Category Archives: A.B. Farquhar

High Rock in York County, Pa. So, which High Rock is this?

Chris Otto tells us about all kinds of interesting things over at Papergreat.com. He found the High Rock postcard above. The question seems to be: Which York County, Pa., High Rock is it? Maybe one of you can help?

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Gettysburg’s battlefield, as you’ve never seen it

Yes, you’ll not see Gettysburg National Military Park this empty, blocked off and downright lonely. The U.S. government shutdown is the culprit. The Hanover, Pa., Evening Sun, which put up a Media Center gallery of the military park that included these photos, reports that 76 full-time park service employees are furloughed. All this in the 150th anniversary of the battle.

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These old York County steps led to Edgecombe, A.B. Farquhar’s estate

The gates of A.B. Farquhar’s former estate in the hills south of York still attract attention along Country Club Road in York.

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4 images show the the rise and fall of venerable A.B. Farquhar Co.

The Gazette and Daily calendar for 1970 shows the the A.B. Farquhar Co.’s North George St., York, plant and part of its product line. ‘The A.B. Farquhar company plant as it appeared in 1904, when the now-abandoned factory was the … Continue reading

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Old York Safe & Lock, now Harley-Davidson, plant: U.S. Army ordnance made there, too

A Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information photographer captures 28-year-old Gerald Smith assembling 37 mm gun mounts at York Safe & Lock. The caption stated: “Assembling weapons for Victory to be used by the armed forces.” Also of interest: Torpedo, … Continue reading

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Historical marker may soon point to Jefferson square’s famous visitors

When some people think about the southwestern York County borough of Jefferson, they think Jefferson Hillclimb. Codorus Valley Area Historical Society is seeking a historical marker to tout that region’s history, too. Here, a cycle tries to scale the 300-foot … Continue reading

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History-making evening on rebel occupation of York could turn into daylong symposium

Confederate Gen. Jubal Early issued this handbill touting his magnanimity in not burning the town. Some people in York saw the address as an attempt to undermine the authority of the U.S. government. Background posts: The horrors of Civil War … Continue reading

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Who were York County’s most influential citizens? – Part I

William C. Goodridge, a former slave who became a respected York businessman, was an influential 19th-century figure in York County. He is on a short list of top newsmakers in York County in the past 250 years. Background posts: List … Continue reading

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After WWII success, Farquhar sells assets to out-of-town outfit – 10/31 iconic images

William J. Fisher, seated, A.B. Farquhar Co. president, and his son, Edward H. Fisher, sold the York, Pa., company to Oliver Corporation in 1951. The farm equipment manufacturer started in 1856 and was one of the prime movers behind the York Plan.

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Andrew Carnegie to York’s A.B. Farquhar: ‘… I am ready to go out and enjoy myself’

Eighty years after his death, industrial leader A.B. Farquhar’s business prowess is still remembered. The York park that bears his name attests to his community involvement. Now, a national author has remembered him too, including an exchange between Farquhar and … Continue reading

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