HISTORY OF Weaver Fodder Shredder


| September/October 1988



3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

Jacob C. Weaver born 1852, was a machinist of top quality. At the age of sixteen years he entered the well known machine shop of Valentine Andes at Mechanicsburg (now Leola) Pennsylvania as an apprentice. Jacob C. Weaver was my maternal grandfather, and many times in my youth I heard him describe his apprenticeship at the Andes Shop.

He described the shop as being the shape of a horse shoe, where the young apprentice started at the one end of the 'shoe' and four years later he came out the other end as a qualified mechanic. He was then a blacksmith, machinist, patternmaker, cabinetmaker, wheelwright, cylinder builder, and anything else which pertained to a first class machine shop in those days.

In 1876 he married Hattie A. Weaver (no relation) and they went to the Centennial at Philadelphia on their honeymoon.

Upon their return they settled south of Strasburg, PA, where he was employed at the Valley Spring Machine Shop and Foundry at Bunker Hill. The shop and foundry were powered by a water wheel on Little Beaver Creek and were operated by another Jacob Weaver (no relation) who was a brother-in-law of the Captains Jefferson and Aldus Neff, both killed in the Civil War.

After Grandfather Jake spent several years here at the Valley Spring shop, he moved one mile East near the White Oak Community and built a three story shop. It was powered by a Geiser steam engine, which was later discarded for an 8 H.P. Springfield gasoline engine. Here he built the Weaver Thresher and did all kinds of machine and repair work.