History of the Flinchbaugh Company


| September/October 1959

  • The Flinchbaugh display at the York Fair
    The Flinchbaugh display at the York Fair, 1909. See the article on the Flinchbaugh History in this issue.
  • The Shop Group
    The Shop Group of the Flinchbaugh Manufacturing Company in 1909. Fred,the inventor, is to the right of the engine. See Flinchbaugh History.
  • M. Helen Lehn
    M. Helen Lehn, 821 South Queen St., York, Pennsylvania, who was Secretary of the Flinchbaugh Company for 18 years and is also a niece of the Flinchbaughs.
  • Flinchbaugh tractor
    Flinchbaugh tractor purchased by the City of Binghampton, N. Y., and used as you see. This was about 1910. The engine has been dismounted and used today on a saw mill.
  • The York Standard
    The York Standard. Mr. Flinchbaugh used the name YORK as his trade mark in honor of the city where he lived.
  • Ttwo-cylinder Stationary Tandem Engine

  • Flinchbaugh's G to 20 hp
    Flinchbaugh's G to 20 hp. portable.
  • Tractors
    The full line of tractors manufactured by Flinchbaugh. Nine different sizes. See the article on the Flinchbaugh History

  • The Flinchbaugh display at the York Fair
  • The Shop Group
  • M. Helen Lehn
  • Flinchbaugh tractor
  • The York Standard
  • Ttwo-cylinder Stationary Tandem Engine
  • Flinchbaugh's G to 20 hp
  • Tractors

821 South Queen Street, York, Pennsylvania

Miss Helen Lehn was Secretary for the Flinchbaugh Company for 18 years and gives us this history of Mr. Flinchbaugh and the Company. She is also a niece of Mr. Flinchbaugh and knew all the men in the plant. She is quite an interesting person and talks very conversantly about these tractors Elmer

FREDERICK T. FLINCH-baugh, a York County, Pennsylvania Dutch farmer boy was always busy making attachments to his father's farm machinery, plows, cultivators, harvesting equipment and threshing hay equipment and his mother's household equipment. His parents, realizing the need for median'-cal training encouraged him to become a machinist.

He finally got a job with a local manufacturing company and served an apprenticeship. Those days to become a machinist it required four years. The start was cleaning castings and doing errands. Next, operating a hack saw or small machine lathe, drill press, shaper, planer, boring mill for about 2 years. Next, bench work, erecting and finally tool room.



There was no diploma to be had, but a good Master Mechanic was always known and in great demand; in fact he could get a job in any factory.

It is interesting to know that apprentices had to work without pay until they could earn about one to two dollars per week and finish up the 4th year at about $4,00 a week; 10 hours or more a day and 6 days per week.