Reminiscences of A FRICK DEALER


| May/June 1985



W. J. Eshelman

W. J. Eshelman, of Lancaster, Pa., is well known to threshermen and sawmillers as a former salesman and historian of the Frick Company, and longtime announcer at several Old Threshermen's Reunions in three different states.

He is also an active member of the Lancaster County Historical Society, and the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

As a farm boy growing up , he was acquainted with the machinery and equipment of a former era. He carried on a family tradition that stretched well back into the 1800s.

His maternal grandfather, Jacob C. Weaver, born in 1852, manufactured the Weaver thresher and the Weaver fodder shredder. Those were not days of mass production, but products were put together to last. Two of the Weaver threshers and one of the fodder shredders can be seen today at the Rough and Tumble Engineers Museum at Kinzars, Pa.

'As a farmboy,' Wilmer recalls, 'I went along with the threshing rig of Walter Smeltz. He had an Oil Pull engine, a Frick thresher and an Ohio baler'.

Eshleman stayed in farming until before World War II, when he became interested in the sale of electrical appliances. He then conducted a small country store at Fairland, Lancaster County. He later sold that to accept a sales position with New Holland Machine Co.