Category Archives: A.B. Farquhar

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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York, Pa. made big, heavy things – and was immensely proud of it

This big World War II mobile siege gun represented the legacies of two industrial giants. Neighboring factories S. Morgan Smith Co. and York Corporation jointly constructed the gun, which could lob 240-pound shells at targets 30 miles away. This photo … Continue reading

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Vehicular crash ends life of York County-based former Indy driver

Gerald “Jerry” Karl was a York countian who played on the national stage – or rather, drove on national tracks. Karl, who raced at the Indianapolis 500 six times, died recently from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Background posts: … Continue reading

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Bradley Lifting’s boss Harvey Bradley: ‘I’m 81’

Harvey Bradley, who built his York company, Bradley Lifting, from scratch has sold his company to an out-of-town outfit. Here, Bradley is seen with a giant hook in 2007. His company fabricates the block that the hook will be hung … Continue reading

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Who will lead the York area in the future? Part I

Founder A.B. Farquhar (in portrait) appears to be overseeing the sale of his 95-year-old company in 1951. William J. Fisher, seated, Farquhar president, and his son, Edward H. Fisher, sold the company to Oliver Corporation. Farquhar executives cited the difficulty … Continue reading

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Reader searching for York Boys Club Pool photo

YMCA of York members throw beach balls into the old Farquhar Park Pool for the last time in September 2007. Demolition of the old pool is now complete. A sketch of its replacement, the Graham Aquatic Center, is below. Background … Continue reading

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Pro/Con: Should York’s leaders have surrendered to the rebels?

This good-natured mock surrender ceremony in 1988 served as a symbolic point of change in York’s official view of the town’s surrender to the Confederates 125 years earlier. When confronted with the demand by Confederate Gen. Jubal Early, played here … Continue reading

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Farquhar Park pool: ‘Good grief, how long has that pool been here?’

The White Rose Amusement Park operated near the Farquhar Park Pool, now site of Arthur Ferguson Elementary School. York Daily Record Jim Hubley explained that, despite of the fun the pool offered, it was often a site of controversy: “It … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Field Band: Live at Farquhar Park

Gen. Jacob L. Devers met with President John F. Kennedy about his work as chair of the Battle Monuments Commission, one of Devers’ assignments after retirement from the military in addition to creating the U.S. Army Field Band. Devers was … Continue reading

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