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Old 09-24-2007, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WILKES-BARRE, Pa.

An Italian immigrant who grew his fresh-roasted peanut business from a small pushcart into a worldwide corporate behemoth has been recognized with a state historical marker.


Amedeo Obici moved to the United States at age 12, speaking no English. The peanut business he started in 1906 became Planters Peanuts, now owned by Kraft Foods.


About 100 people gathered Saturday outside an office building that served as the peanut giant's world headquarters from 1925 to 1961 for the unveiling.


''I don't believe many people know Planters began in Wilkes-Barre. This marker gives you a little peek at the story,'' said Andrea MacDonald, of the state Bureau of Historic Preservation.


Obici died in 1947. His great-niece, Jolyne R. Dalzell, attended the ceremony and said she was proud.

Founder of Planters Peanuts Honored
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I remember that and as a young child I remember going to public square and see Mr. Peanut walking around with his cane. And the fresh smell of roasted peanuts. Been out of Wilkes-Barre for nearly 30 years but remember the 1960's and 1970's in WB. The world has sure changed! Thanks for the memories.
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