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Tractor Seat Chairs made in York a Century ago

In honor of the opening of the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show this post examines Tractor Seat Chairs made in York over a Century ago. Walker A. Dromgold, of York, PA, received a United States Patent for the single bolt design … Continue reading

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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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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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#2 York Manufacturing Company; Ice Making to Air Conditioning

This is the earliest view of the York Manufacturing Company along Roosevelt Avenue, a road then named West York Avenue; which runs along the bottom left of the illustration. The York Manufacturing Company had there own passenger railroad station; seen … Continue reading

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#10 S. Morgan Smith Company; Industry Leader in Hydraulic Turbines

I’ve shown the patent header and primary cut-away drawing from S. Morgan Smith’s first Turbine Water Wheel patent. Stephen M. Smith received this patent on December 26, 1876, while still with York Manufacturing Company. Smith retained rights to his new … Continue reading

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Tractor Seat Chair or Modern Art; You Decide

I happened upon this image while looking for a United States Patent related to a future post.  My first thought, this could easily be a piece of modern art.  I was not surprised that the patentee was from York, PA, … Continue reading

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S. Morgan Smith Company founded in 1877; News-Comet of East Berlin

In a previous post, I noted that S. Morgan Smith Company begat four current York County Companies and asked what year the company started.  I have seen or been told 1871, 1873, 1874, 1876 or 1877 as the year the … Continue reading

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Founding Year for S. Morgan Smith Company

In a previous post, I noted that S. Morgan Smith Company begat four current York County Companies and asked what year the company started.  I have seen or been told 1871, 1873, 1874, 1876 or 1877 as the year the … Continue reading

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Congress in 100% Agreement; Not a Single Dissenting Vote in the House or Senate

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 passed the House and Senate of the United States Congress without a single dissenting vote!  The act changes some of the regulations and streamlines how government agencies work together in making it easier … Continue reading

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O. J. Bollinger & Co. plus S. Morgan Smith and Jacob Loucks form the York Manufacturing Company in 1874

The company lineage of today’s Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency operations in York goes back through the following business names: York International Corporation (1986-2005) York Division of Borg-Warner Corporation (1956-1986) York Corporation (1942-1956) York Ice Machinery Corporation (1927-1942) York Manufacturing Company … Continue reading

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