Former Hertzler Brothers Department Store Has Been Retail Spot for Nearly 200 Years

By Jean-Paul Benowitz

December is here and so commences the holiday shopping season. Our Elizabethtown “busy sidewalks are dressed in holiday style and shoppers rush home with their treasures” to quote Bing Crosby (1903-1977). Let us reflect upon one of the oldest continual retail spaces in Elizabethtown, the former Hertzler Brothers Department Store on the Square. The Federal Style building on the corner of...

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Milling Played Major Role in Development of Elizabethtown Area

By Jean-Paul Benowitz

According to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (1973), at the University of Nebraska (1869), March is National Flour Month. To this end, let us reflect on the history of mills and milling in Elizabethtown. The Mennonite minister Ira David Landis (1899-1977), founder of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (1958), authored a study entitled “Old Mills in Lancaster...

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Elizabethtown Has Long History of local Scholarship

By Jean-Paul Benowitz

Aug. 9 is National Book Lovers Day. Let us reflect on the history of the Elizabethtown Public Library and related topics such as the Elizabethtown Delphian Society, Elizabeth Hughes Society, Elizabethtown Lyceum and Elizabethtown Chautauqua. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua. The Elizabethtown Public Library is located at 10 S. Market St. As shown in the...

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Elizabethtown: A Treasure Trove of Historical Architecture Style

By Jean-Paul Benowitz

Have you ever walked around Elizabethtown and noticed the wide variety of historic architectural styles which make up our beautiful community? At the intersection of Market and High Streets, on the Square, and nearby properties there are wonderful examples of Georgian Style architecture. This form of architectural design was prevalent in Lancaster County and particularly in Elizabethtown from the...

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Cassius Emlen Urban (1863-1939) Was Elizabethtown's Architect

By Jean-Paul Benowitz

Cassius E. Urban, a native son of Lancaster County, was the community's leading architect from the 1890's through the 1920s. Born in Conestoga Township, he descended from a long line of country carpenters. His family moved to Lancaster City in 1873 opening a planing mill on South Prince Street manufacturing window sashes, doors, and millwork. He graduated from Lancaster's Boys High School in 1880,...

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Buch Manufacturing Played A Major Role in E-Town's Development

By Jean-Paul Benowitz

During September we celebrate Labor Day. The U.S. Congress unanimously voted to make Labor Day a national holiday and President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) signed it into law six days after the end of the Pullman Strike on 11 May 1894. The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike which pitted the American Railway Union (ARU) against the Pullman Car Company (1862-1987). As we celebrate...

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Tavern Built in 1757 Served Elizabethtown Until 1985 Fire

By Jean-Paul Benowitz

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) proclaimed Oct. 6 as German American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German immigrants to America. On Oct. 6, 1987, President Reagan signed into law the observance of German American Day. On Oct. 6, 1683, 13 German families from Krefeld, near the Rhine, landed in Philadelphia. These families subsequently founded Germantown,...

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The Schools of Elizabethtown

By Kathleen Forney

Summer has drawn to a close and with that the seasonal regularity of school buses are seen in numbers rolling toward various schools in Elizabethtown. The school buses are filled with excited children anticipating a new school term. Their excitement in regard to a new term, new teacher and perhaps new classmates is not unique nor unlike the excitement that children experienced in Elizabethtown...

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