Hershey (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
Among the iconic monuments that dot the landscape of industrial achievement in the United States, the five-cent Hershey chocolate bar ranks high. Along with the Ford motor car, Coca Cola, Quaker Oats, and Campbell soups, the Hershey bar has a long history and reflects a great deal about the changing history of the country. Michael D’Antonio is particularly effective in discussing the social and industrial climate in which the Hershey Company originated and prospered. His understanding of the Gilded Age of the latter half of the nineteenth century, of the Panic of 1893, and of other socioeconomic currents that affected the course of both the company and the nation is impressive.
The early life story of Milton Snavely Hershey is one of frustration and failure. The son of Henry Hershey and Victoria “Fanny” Snavely Hershey, Milton was one of two children. Milton’s younger sister, Sarena, born in 1862, contracted scarlet fever in 1867 and succumbed to complications accompanying that disease.
Henry Hershey was a dandy who enjoyed dressing in silk clothing. He constantly hatched get-rich-quick schemes that were doomed to failure from the start. He courted Martha Snavely, nicknamed Mattie, the daughter of a prominent and quite wealthy family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a Mennonite stronghold some fifty miles west of Philadelphia. In time, his interest shifted to Mattie’s sister, Fanny, whom D’Antonio describes as short and...
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