Share our heritage | Kerlin’s Grand View Poultry Farm

Kerlin’s Grand View Poultry Farm office in the 1920s.
Kerlin’s Grand View Poultry Farm office in the 1920s. Photo provided

Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from LeDon Young.

She wrote: “The picture was taken in the office of the Kerlin’s Grand View Poultry Farm, located on South Potter Street in Centre Hall. It was taken sometime in the 1920s. Note the cutting-edge technology in the office equipment.

“Kerlin’s Grand View Poultry Farm was established by Arthur E. Kerlin in Centre Hall in 1899.

“Mr. Kerlin found a way to preserve eggs for shipment by rail to metropolitan markets. He developed a flock of several hundred hens, which became known as the ‘Kerlin Strain’ of Leghorns, with a reputation for prolific egg laying.

“In 1929 his son, having been in the business since he was 14, purchased it. During the eight years after this purchase, more than 8 million, 400 chicks were hatched and shipped to every state, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.

“Considerable quantities of started and matured Leghorns supplied the trade annually, with shipments having been made to all sections of the United States and more than 30 foreign counties.”

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos. Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Design Editor Laurie Jones at Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.