Acquisition No.: 2001-04
Title: Photograph Copy; Hartlaub Farms.
Item History:

Hartlaub Farms was located about one mile east of Bonneauville on the Hanover Road, at Square Corner. This photograph is of proprietor Albert Hartlaub and his employees. Verbiage on the delivery truck reads "Hartlaub Farms, Quality Leghorns" (chickens). From L to R: Norman "Brownie" Brown, Roy Hartlaub, A. W. (Albert) Hartlaub, Robert Spangler and John Hartlaub.

In the early 1950's, long, modern chicken houses spanned fields on both sides of Rt. 116 at Square Corner. By the middle of the 1950's, the farms produced just a fraction of the chickens and eggs that it had the year before. In 1954 Hurricane Hazel struck Pennsylvania dead center from the south. It was thought to be one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit the US. for many years. The Hartlaub buildings lie flattened. "If that's the way the Lord wants it, that's the way it will be" said Albert Hartlaub (as quoted by his son Fred Hartlaub about 1995). The buildings lie in their tangled state of destruction for about a decade.

Hanover Shoe Farms purchased the Hartlaub Farms property on the south side of Rt. 116 in the mid-1960's. It was only then that the tangled and rotting building materials were finally removed from the south side of the road. A large chicken building on the opposite side of the road lie rotting where it was destroyed for another twenty years or so.

Location: Collection Book I
Acq. Date: 2001
Acquired from: Frederick Hartlaub
Price ($): gifted
Type: accession
Curator: ckrc