An Interview With Mr. AM. (Andy) Hess


| November/December 1991



6260 Main Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520

The following is a transcript of an interview with took place on December 13, 1958.

On the first Monday after Easter in the year 1892, Mr. Hess began his employment with the Geiser Company of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, as a thresher shop helper at the age of fifteen.

Mr. Hess took up the building of threshers designed by Mr. F.F. (Frank) Landis, and worked all through the Geiser thresher shop including testing in the field until June 1, 1896.

Immediately after the termination of his employment with the Geiser concern, Mr. Hess started to work for the Frick Company, also of Waynesboro. He continued there for one year at which time their Frick 'Landis' thresher was taken out of production because of litigation between Geiser and Frick concerns. During this period when the Frick Company was temporarily out of thresher production, Mr. A.E. Price approached Mr. Hess to come back to work for Geiser Company, which he did.

Mr. Hess' father learned his trade from Frank and Abe Landis, steam engine builders of the 'Best Engine' built in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876, Mr. Peter Geiser induced Mr. F.R. Landis to come to Waynesboro to work for Geiser.