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Katz family legacy honored with History Park Clock Dedication

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 1, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 31, 2019—On Monday, July 29, the City of Gaithersburg honored the legacy of Leonard Katz and Sara Wolfson Katz, the parents of Council Vice President Sidney Katz, by dedicating a clock tower in History Park. Located in the recently revitalized Old Towne Gaithersburg, History Park features a tranquil sitting area and placards that detail the City’s historic commercial center.

“My family and I are grateful to the City of Gaithersburg to have this remembrance of my parents,” said Council Vice President Katz. “My mother lived her entire life in the City (as did I) and my parents would be pleased to know that the City they loved honored them in this way.”

In 1918, Jacob & Rose Wolfson opened Wolfson’s Department Store on Diamond Ave., 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. Wolfson’s served as a gathering place for community members and storeowners in Olde Towne. The Katz family continues to be actively involved in efforts to promote Gaithersburg’s original retail district.

Council Vice President Katz, his two brothers and their family members were there to commemorate the clock dedication.

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Release ID: 19-272
Media Contact: Laurie Edberg 240-777-7845