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Museum will host a talk on history of Del Monte

45-year employee of plant that’s closing will speak at dinner

MENDOTA — A Mendota museum event next weekend has a timely, bittersweet topic: The Del Monte plant that is scheduled to close.

Harlan Hawkins will reminisce about his 45 years of employment with Del Monte during this year’s Heritage Dinner fundraiser for Mendota Museum and Historical Society.

The event includes social time 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Main Street Station The Other Side, 714 Main St.

Hawkins signed on in 1975 to run a Case pea mower and FMC combine for the first time. Hawkins worked in DeKalb, Rochelle, Mendota and Arlington, Wis., both on farms and in production plants.

Del Monte is in the process of closing, and he will conclude his career with the company Nov. 30.

Reservations are required for the dinner. MMHS requests a call to (815) 539-3373 or email mmhsmuseum@yahoo.com no later than Oct. 11.

The cost for the evening is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Mail checks prior to the event to: MMHS, P.O. Box 433, Mendota, IL 61342-0433.

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