Elizabethtown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Shoe Industry in Elizabethtown
In 1901, Aaron S. Kreider introduced Elizabethtown to the factory system by mass producing shoes in a building he bought from Buch Manufacturing. In 1904, A.S. Krejder Shoe Manufacturing Company built a plant at the corner of South Poplar and West Washington Streets, currently Peach Alley Court Apartments. Men on the factory floor repeated one piece of the shoe making process, like sewing the tongue to the font vamp, before passing it on to the next station. It was called piece work and the employees were only paid for the completed work. If the production line shut down and they could not complete their task, they did not get paid. In 1915, A.S. Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company employed 450 people and produced 5,000 pairs of shoes per day.
Elizabethtown's shoe industry era came to an end when the last shoe factory, A.J. Bedford Shoe Company, closed its doors in 1979.
Shoe companies in Elizabethtown included A.J. Bedford Shoe Company, A.S. Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company, Empire Shoe Company, J.B. Athletic Shoes, Lancaster Shoe Company, Savoy Shoe Company, and the W.A. Withers Shoe Company.
From where you are standing:
The W.A. Withers Shoe Company was located in the 3-story brick building directly across South Peach Alley.
Looking to the left, down the alley, The A.S. Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company was located in the 4-story brick building.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1763.
Location. 40° 9.029′ N, 76° 36.358′ W. Marker is in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Peach Alley south of Rose Alley, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28 South Market Street, Elizabethtown PA 17022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. Design of Elizabethtown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnabas and Elizabeth Hughes (about 300 feet away); Elizabethtown (about 300 feet away); Changes in Elizabethtown (about 400 feet away); Industry in Elizabethtown (about 400 feet away); In Memoriam (approx. ¼ mile away); Elizabeth Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grist Mill Process (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethtown.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 150 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.