Banners mark Biglerville anniversary
BY TOM FONTANA For the Gettysburg Times
Banners began flying in Biglerville Wednesday to celebrate the town's 200th anniversary this year.
A few months ago, borough council began discussing ways to mark the milestone. Council Vice President John Angstadt approached Knouse Foods about funding flags to honor the apple town's longevity.
"We felt it was a perfect way to show pride in our community," said Knouse CEO Charlie Haberkorm as he watched the flags go up. "Musselman's and Biglerville have worked hand-in-hand for many, many years to keep the town growing."
Musselman's was founded in Biglerville in 1907 by Christian and Emma Musselman to produce apple sauce and apple juice using fruit from local orchards. Generations of area families have worked for the company as it became a leading source of canned fruit products in the country.
"My father worked for Musselman's, and our borough building was originally the home of the Musselman family," Angstadt said.
To further benefit the community, the Musselman Foundation was created in 1942, and continues to offer financial support to local schools, colleges, libraries, and hospitals.
In 1984, Knouse Foods purchased Musselman's, preserving the tradition of the popular Musselman's brand. Today the grower-owned cooperative provides a livelihood for nearly 600 farming families.
"The company was pleased to donate $2,500 for the 19 banners," said Scott Briggs, Knouse vice president of human resources. "They reflect not only the town's anniversary, but also it's continuing growth into the future with the commitment of the Musselman's brand."
The banners read: "Biglerville, Pennsylvania, Established 1817, 200 Years And Still Growing," with the Musselman's logo below.
"Originally, the area was called Middletown," explained borough council President Neil Ecker. "A plan for property development was laid out in 1817, but it was a few years before homes and buildings were started. By then, the name of the town was changed to Biglerville after Pennsylvania'a Governor William Bigler."
Ecker said events are being discussed to celebrate the 200th anniversary in September