Pennsylvania History Harvest

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    Interview with Anna Mae Harpster conducted during the Milton History Harvest, March 4, 2017

    Hector Boiardi immigrated to New York City from Italy. After the success of his restaurant, the chef decided to start selling food packages for patrons to make his famous meals at home. He later joined together with his brothers to form a large scale production of the meals. The business took the name "Chef Boyardee", using an easily to pronounce spelling of the original Italian last name. Chef Boyardee opened a factory in Milton, Pa. in 1938. This calendar commemorates the 75th anniversary of the factory, which occurred in 2013. As of 2017, factory is still in operation.

    During World War II, Milton's Chef Boyardee factory shifted their production. The plant functioned 24 hours a day to produce food rations that were sent to troops serving in the war. Pamphlets were also compiled by Chef Boyardee employees and sent overseas.
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