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Harland Sanders in 1914.

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Sanders when he was a tire salesman.

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Colonel Harland David Sanders
(September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980

Sanders was a businessman and entrepreneur, best known for
building his Kentucky Fried Chicken café into a fast-food empire.

He worked as a farmer, salesman, steamboat pilot, and railroad
fireman. He sold KFC to John Y. Brown Jr., Jack Massey, and a
group of investors for $2 million in 1964.

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The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon
was an annual event held
on the eve of and during the
Labor Day holiday to raise money for the
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The show was founded and
hosted by actor and comedian
Jerry Lewis, who hosted the broadcast
from its 1966 inception until 2010. We recently lost Jerry on August
20. He was 91 years old.

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Gulf Oil was a major global oil company from the 1900s to 1980s.The eighth-largest American manufacturing company in 1941 and the ninth-largest in 1979, Gulf Oil
was one of the so-called Seven Sisters oil companies.The company was founded
in 1901 by William Larimer Mellon, SR. with headquarters in Framingham, PA. It 
ceased to exist as an independent company in 1985, when it merged with Standard
Oil of California.


William Larimer Mellon, Sr.
(June 1, 1868 – October 9, 1949) 

That Good Gulf Gasoline

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The name "Lynch School" dates back to 1900 when a one room school (above)
was built on land at S.E.162nd Avenue and Division Street. The acre of ground,
located in Multnomah County, Oregon had been donated by Patrick and Catherine
Lynch on March 13, 1900. The small School started with fifteen to twenty students
and increased in number until in 1914 there were about fifty students. There was
no running water or electricity in the building until at least 1924 or 1925. The site is
now the location of a Burgerville Restaurant on the N.E. corner along with other businesses.

An added note, the Lynch farm original property consisted of 160.3 acres granted
to Patrick and Catherine Lynch on August 1, 1874, under the Homestead Act
passed by Congress in 1862. The original deed granted the land to the Lynch
family and was signed by Ulysses S. Grant, then President of the United States.

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History and pictures from a reprint of the booklet produced by
the Civic Leadership Class of 1964.


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Amedeo Obici   (July 15, 1877 – May 22, 1947)


In 1906, Italian immigrant Amedeo Obici, along with his
friend and business partner, Mario Peruzzi, founded
Planters Peanut Company in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He
started his career as a bellhop and fruit stand vender
in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Obici later moved to Wilkes-
Barre, opened his own fruit stand, and invested in a
peanut roaster. He turned peddler within a few years,
using a horse and wagon, and calling himself "The
Peanut Specialist". Today, the snack food company
is a division of
Kraft Foods.

A 1917 drawing of the company’s brand icon by artist
Cecil Stoner
based upon a contest entry by 14 year old
Antonio Gentile.




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