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.

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.