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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. Background posts: Who will lead the York area in the future?, Carnegie to Farquhar: ‘… I am ready to go out and enjoy myself’ and Pro/Con: Should York’s leaders have surrendered to the rebels?

Continuing the series of telling York County, Pa.’s, history through images:

In plain view: Founder A.B. Farquhar (in portrait) appears to be overseeing the sale of his 95-year-old company only six years after the company’s success in the York Plan. Farquhar executives cited the difficulty of independent, medium-sized companies trying to do business through depressions, wars and war threats. Oliver eventually moved jobs to other locations, and city officials ordered the demolition of Farquhar’s complex fronting North George Street in the vicinity of present-day CGA Law Firm.
Behind the scene: Caterpillar and other large companies with out-of-town headquarters moved into York County in the post-war years, competing for workers with longtime York-based manufacturers. Meanwhile, Farquhar and other companies that had grown up through the pluck of now-deceased entrepreneurs started selling to large, out-of-town interests in those years. York Corporation, selling to Borg-Warner in the mid-1950s, is another example. This trend continues today, with a wrinkle. Some of that work is not only moved out of town but also out of the country.
Further details: The “Autobiography of A.B. Farquhar,” sometimes called “The First Million the Hardest,” covers the life of this captain of industry and his venerable York County farm equipment manufacturer. Available on the Web via www.google.com/books.
Posts in this series:
400 years ago, John Smith explored Chesapeake Bay – 1/31 iconic images
Declaration signer James Smith tops York County patriot list – 2/31 iconic images
Going to market a longtime York County pastime – 3/31 iconic images
William C. Goodridge: From slavery to success story – 4/31 iconic images

Rebs’ short York visit creates long memories – 5/31 iconic images
Artist Horace Bonham captured everyday life – 6/31 iconic images
York County farm vs. factory tension relieved in overnight raid – 7/31 iconic images
York County stood firmly behind Allies on all fronts in WW II – 8/31 iconic images
Downtown thrived in post-WW II York – 9/31 iconic images
After WWII success, Farquhar sells assets to out-of-town outfit – 10/31 iconic images.
Sears, York County Shopping Center in the middle of things – 11/31 iconic images
Three Mile Island emergency indelibly written into memories – 12/2 iconic images.
People of varying religious groups founded York County – 13/31 iconic images
President Reagan: ‘Harley is back and standing tall’ – 14/31 iconic images
York’s mayor: ‘We are no longer unprotected’ – 15/31 iconic images
Grange Hall represented past way of York County life – 16/31 iconic images.
York County Honors Choir product of proud moment – 17/31 iconic images.
Meeting of riot victims brought hope for racial accord – 18/31 iconic images.
Property rights foundational factor in Lauxmont dispute – 19/31 iconic images.
New baseball diamond serves as York cornerstone – 20/31 iconic images
Season 2 of York’s campaign to come back – 21-23 of 31 iconic images
York on knees as its men storm Normandy beaches – 24-25 of 31 iconic images
One image illustrates two long-neglected subjects in York area – 26-27 of 31 iconic images
Images explain changes in York County factories, farms – 28-29 of 31 iconic images
York County still home to unvarnished beauty – 30/31 iconic images
Latinos most recent migrant group to call York County home – 31/31 iconic images

To see the full series of iconic photos in a special York Daily Record/Sunday News publication, click here.