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The Importance of Conversation

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2018
1. The Importance of Conversation Marker
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On this site in the 1940s, a young R. Ronald Reedy and his uncle would sit on a bench and watch railroad workers and engineers switch the freight cars bound for Wilbur Chocolate and the nearby lumber yard. And, at certain times throughout the day, they would enjoy seeing the passenger trains arriving at the nearby station. Sprinkled amidst the screeching of the boxcars, the engineers' yells, and the family members greeting their loved ones as they disembarked from the trains, my dad and his uncle would talk about Lititz, trains, and family.

Some two months before his death in November 2016, Ron would write in his journal that these weekly trips to the park "fostered his passion for the borough of Lititz, for the preservation of the Park's grounds and its history and for the Reading Railroad." Most importantly, these trips to the park taught him about the importance that conversations have in passing down history from one generation to the other.
 
Erected by Lititz Springs Park Historical and Archives Committee.
 
Location. 40° 9.494′ 

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By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2018
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The former Wilbur Chocolate Factory at left background
N, 76° 18.484′ W. Marker is in Lititz, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on the Lititz Springs Park Entrance Road west of Broad Street (Pennsylvania Route 501), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 North Broad Street, Lititz PA 17543, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building of the Lititz Freight Station in 1921 (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lititz Caboose Museum (a few steps from this marker); 1895 Drinking Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz Springs Park Entrance Gates (within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz Springs Park Historical Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz Spring Park Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lititz.
 
Also see . . .
1. R. Ronald Reedy Obituary (LNP - LancasterOnline, 2016). (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Columbia Rail History (Reedy, 2002). (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The History of Wilbur Chocolate. (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Wilbur Chocolate Company at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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