Hettinger, meet the Hettingers: Couple from Pennsylvania with last name ‘Hettinger’ visits town en route to California

A quick search of ‘US cities named Hettinger’ didn’t garner much, except information on the town of Hettinger in Adams County. That’s why Ken Hettinger had to make the trip to visit when he realized he would be close to the town that shares his same name.

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By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

A quick search of ‘US cities named Hettinger’ didn’t garner much, except information on the town of Hettinger in Adams County. That’s why Ken Hettinger had to make the trip to visit when he realized he would be close to the town that shares his same name.

Ken and his wife Mary Lou were on their way to California when their route took them through the norther part of South Dakota, Ken decided he needed to check out the town.

“I gotta come and see what Hettinger’s all about,” Ken Hettinger said.

Ken (a business owner), and his wife Mary Lou (a Quality Manager at a foundation) were on their way from Pennsylvania, relocating to California to be closer to their children when they passed near Hettinger.

Both semi retired, they thought they would come and spend some time admiring the novelty of the name the town and their family share. They spent over an hour in Hettinger and visited different business and landmarks, but to their surprise they didn’t find anyone who also had the last name of Hettinger.

“I was just disappointed to see there’s no one else in the town named Hettinger,” Ken said.

While they were visiting the made stops at the Adams County Record, and KND Radio Station.

They took photos next to different signs and buildings, like the Hettinger Chamber and the Hettinger Candy Company.

Another stop they made was to the post office, where Ken and Mary Lou mailed out post cards, so they could have a souvenir piece of mail post marked ‘Hettinger Post Office.’

Ken said he wasn’t sure what the exact origin of his name was, but that he would lean more towards German ancestry.

Ken said that there will be plenty of people to pass down the Hettinger name in his family. Along with his own son, he said there were five boys in his own immediate family.

The trip to Hettinger was not by accident, Ken said. He planned it.

“Yes when I planned this trip, to come out here [Hettinger], yes I did.” Ken said.

Though the Hettingers weren’t in Hettinger very long, Kens said he enjoyed his time in the city that shares his name.

“It’s a nice little town,” Ken said.