Category Archives: Manufacturing

Early years of York Corporation presented in Dover

This illustration includes some of the key early founders and leaders of York Corporation. A talk on the early years of York Corporation will be presented Thursday August 17, 2017 at the meeting of the Greater Dover Historical Society. The … Continue reading

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York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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Dallastown Furniture Factory was WWI Army supplier

“Then & Now” photos show the buildings originally built in 1911 as the Dallastown Furniture Factory in Dallastown, York County, PA. The Dallastown Furniture Company produced driver seats for WWI army wagons within these buildings. The “Then” photo is circa … Continue reading

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Lead Clue leads to locating Loucks’ Cave

In a comment to my initial post concerning the discovery of Loucks’ Cave, Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services noted a clue, that popped out at him, was the mention of the lead discovery as being in the area of … Continue reading

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York made 1901 Pullman Ventilators installed in White House

Pullman Automatic Ventilators have a connection to The President of the United States. These ventilators were first tested in railroad cars, including the President’s car, and they were also a superior product for buildings, with the White House one of … Continue reading

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Toy inventor Samuel Small Schmidt

Samuel Small Schmidt was born in York, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1897. Sam is a son of George S. Schmidt and Mary R. (Small) Schmidt. Sam’s father was a prominent York lawyer, banker and businessman; plus an 1881 graduate of … Continue reading

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Founders and Leaders of York Corporation

This illustration includes some of the key founders and leaders of York Corporation. I use it in two of my talks about the history of York Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Last month I was the speaker at the 87th Annual … Continue reading

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Motter’s 1914 photos of Wright Flyer at Hilton Field

During a June weekend in 1914, a Wright Brothers Model B Flyer took off repeatedly from Hilton Field carrying York County’s first airplane passengers; one at a time. The flights were at a newly constructed airfield, on property of George … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during September 2016

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. Synopsis and … Continue reading

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York County’s First Airplane Passenger was Charles Eastlack

On June 19th 1914 a Wright Brothers Model B Flyer took off from Hilton Field carrying York County’s First Airplane Passenger. That scene in rural Dover Township was probably not all that different from this photo of a Wright Brothers … Continue reading

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