Category Archives: farm machinery

Percival Farquhar in Brazil

Arthur Briggs (A.B.) Farquhar is a familiar name in York County history, mostly because of his huge agricultural equipment manufacturing establishment. Son Francis stayed in York, an attorney and businessman. But have you heard of another son, Percival Farquhar (1865-1953)? … Continue reading

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Potato roots run deep in York County

The Potato Association of America says Americans eat more than 41 billion pounds of potatoes a year. An article in the York Daily Record a few days ago indicated that new techniques and varieties of potatoes might help York County … Continue reading

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Latest in farm equipment highlighted 1898 York Fair

These two photos of the York Fair were taken about 1898. They fairgoers look a little overdressed to us today. In those days the fair was held in October, so this looks like a nice day, perhaps not too hot … Continue reading

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Windmills Used Early in York County

Windmills–we might think of the sleek white blades of giant windmills generating electricity or those with huge canvas sails that we associate with Holland. Some of you might remember the iron frame windmills once used on many farms to pump … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania German Poet and York Artist Team Up

Pennsylvania German poet Henry L. Fisher at his attic writing desk Some of my posts earlier this year on York County agriculture drew on the books written around 1880 by Henry Lee Fisher, York attorney and Pennsylvania German (Pennsylvania Dutch) … Continue reading

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York Manufacturers Hoped to Resume Lost Russian Trade

1905 was one of the most turbulent years in Russian history. York manufacturers had evidently had quite a brisk trade going on with buyers in Russia before a tariff was enacted a few years before. The York companies were again … Continue reading

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York Poet Looks Back to Boyhood Harvest

I suppose it’s human nature to look back to the “good old days.” They might not have been so great, but time makes them seem so. I was reminded of this when I stopped to take the photo above of … Continue reading

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New Invention in Lower Windsor Township

George Anstine’s Patented Threshing Machine, 1843. I recently wrote about the blossoming of York County inventors in the mid- nineteenth century. Click here to read previous post on inventions. Read the 1843 ad below to find out just how George … Continue reading

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