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History Park Clock Dedicated to Katz Family

A new clock was officially dedicated to the legacy of Leonard Katz & Sara Wolfson Katz during a ceremony on July 29.
Post Date:07/30/2019 1:20 PM

A new clock in History Park was officially dedicated to the legacy of Leonard Katz & Sara Wolfson Katz during a ceremony on Monday, July 29. History Park, located adjacent to the train station, Community Museum and rolling stock displays in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, features a tranquil sitting area and placards that detail the City’s historic commercial center.

The ceremony was presided over by Mayor Jud Ashman, who was joined by Council Members Neil Harris, Laurie-Anne Sayles, Mike Sesma, and Ryan Spiegel. “We would like to remember and recognize Leonard and Sara for being an integral part of the Gaithersburg community,” said Mayor Ashman. “Our hope is that those who enjoy the amenities of Olde Towne Plaza and History Park today and in the future will occasionally look to the clock and be reminded of those who have left an indelible mark on this City.”

Receiving the dedication were Sara and Leonard’s sons, County Council Vice President and former Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, Allen Katz, Terry Katz, and their families.

In 1918, Jacob & Rose Wolfson opened Wolfson’s Department Store on Diamond Avenue, bringing new retail opportunity to Gaithersburg’s developing commercial core. Sara Wolfson Katz and Leonard Katz continued the family-owned and operated business, which would go on to welcome customers for 95 years, making Wolfson’s a staple in a burgeoning community while contributing to Olde Towne’s strong hometown atmosphere. More than just a store, Wolfson’s served as a gathering place for property and storeowners in Olde Towne. The Katz family was, and continues to be, actively involved in efforts to promote Gaithersburg’s original retail district.

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