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#1 A. B. Farquhar, Largest York County Factory Employer in 1899

This undated A. B. Farquhar Company letterhead notes the company was “Formerly A. B. Farquhar & Son.” It lists Arthur B. Farquhar as Chairman and his son William E. Farquhar as Assistant Chairman and Secretary. On January 1, 1889, the … Continue reading

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#6 York Haven Paper Company; on the Site of One of the Earliest Canals in America

This southward looking aerial view of the York Haven Paper Mill (center) & York Haven Power Plant (lower left) is from the 1950s. The reason for locating a paper mill (and power plant) at this site can be traced to … Continue reading

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#15 Wrightsville Hardware Company; top Wrightsville employer in 1899

In 1899, the Wrightsville Hardware Company had been manufacturing hardware and iron novelties for 19-years.  The #15, in the post headline, signifies that in the year 1899, there were only fourteen companies containing a work force of more employees in … Continue reading

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#16 John C. Schmidt & Company, Chain Manufacturer in York is founded by a Hall of Fame Industrialist

  Several times a year, the Chicago trade publication American Artisan and Hardware Record selected a Captain of Industry that was profiled in a feature they called Hall of Fame.  John C. Schmidt of York, Pennsylvania, was given the honor … Continue reading

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#17 Celestino, Costello & Company; Top Cigar Manufacturer in York during 1899

In my count down of the 50 top factories in York County at the end of 19th Century, there are 12 cigar factories represented.  Celestino, Costello & Company is the eleventh cigar related manufacturer that I’ve written about thus far, … Continue reading

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#18 Holtzman Manufacturing Company in York; Makers of “Marquise” Shirt Waists

“Marquise” Shirt Waists are illustrated in a Hecht’s Department Store ad that appeared in the April 26, 1908, issue of the Washington Post.  At the time, Hecht’s was located at 513-515-517 Seventh Street, N.W. in Washington D.C.  The advertisement is … Continue reading

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#20 Wells Whips Wear Well; Wellsville’s Wells Whip Company

“Wells Whips Wear Well” was the tongue-twister marketing slogan of the Wells Whip Company of Wellsville.  The circa 1905 photo of the Wells Whip Company Factory is from 1892-1992 Wellsville … Remembrances for Tomorrow, by Joan S. Clippinger. As noted … Continue reading

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#22 Nes Chain Manufacturing Company in York; first building within ACCO Plant

In my post Late 1800s Factory Inspection Reports Assist in Identification of an East Prospect Photo  I wrote about finding these reports in the State Library of Pennsylvania.  For this series on the Top 50 York County Factories at the … Continue reading

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#23 Variety Iron Works in York; Ornamental Iron Work to Charter School

In my post Late 1800s Factory Inspection Reports Assist in Identification of an East Prospect Photo  I wrote about finding these reports in the State Library of Pennsylvania.  For this series on the Top 50 York County Factories at the … Continue reading

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