Thanks to Seiber Troutman of Clarksville, TN for sending me a complete catalog of Acme Wagons (missing page 22), parts and a story about the
- Category Archives History and old photos
Craig Johnson writes,
I recently purchased at auction a wagon which to the best of my current research indicates it was made by the Acme Wagon Company in Emigsville, PA, probably in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I am doing research now with wagon historians to determine further identification and historical ownership if possible.
It’s last journey landed it in Aurora, Nebraska, and the wagon is now in a shed on one of my farms near Denton, Nebraska.
The wagon is in very good shape for it’s age and appears to have been stored inside for a number of years which has contributed to it’s current condition. Fortunately enough paint is still intact on the wagon which clearly indicates it was made by Acme. I cannot find any other wagon makers using that particular name during that period. It was fairly unusual for an eastern produced wagon to make it this far west during that time as their were a number of wagon builders in Illinois (John Deere/Moline) , Iowa, Missouri etc. which obviously were much closer to this area and easier to deliver.
It is a bit unique in that it carries the additional designation as “Special” on both the side printing and on the rear axle and the ACME brand name is written in scroll rather than block letters which from other photos most of their wagons carried. This particular wagon was used in corn shucking as it is a
” 3 board” side and has an extension pieces for one side that allowed the farmer to throw the corn ears up against he side and let them fall into the wagon after they were gleaned. I did see online a picture of Acme’s letterhead from correspondence in 1916 and the scroll version of their name was on that document.
If you notice some of the banners missing from the main drag, or you noticed them falling apart, or you notice two people climbing up and down telephone poles, it’s because the new banners are falling apart.
The seams at the top and bottom were sealed with defective tape and the local shop that made them will be remaking some and stitching all of them.
So standby, there is going to be some up and down in the coming weeks, but hopefully they will all be happy again and back on a pole in a month or so.
Historical interior print designers
Check out the new large print historical photos hung at Dawn’s My Favorite Deli in Emigsville, Pennsylvania.
That is C. A. Kauffman putting up the frames he custom cut and finished using recycled material and over 30 years of carpentry skill.
I made the copy shots and did the Photoshop work from some copies of copies using a low cost option of printing on vinyl.
One photo I shot on a perfect afternoon Fall day in 2014.
Now the deli has some Emigsville Heritage Project charm to got with the good and old school atmosphere.
Printing large photos on vinyl, a low cost, nice quality option.
It’s the same material that is used to wrap vehicles, only mounted on foamboard, or plexiglas. or your car. The process is extremely UV stable because it is usually displayed on vehicles.
The total cost is about half of what I got quotes to print on photo paper and mounted on foamboard.
Working on a wall mural for My Favorite Deli, the building was the past home of the Grange
I am in the process of pulling all of the historic photos into one page. If you have an old photo that you would like to share with the village email a digital copy or contact me and will take a picture of it – firstname.lastname@example.org
Link here for the Historic image page link that will live permanently at the top of this site
A random man from Covington, Ga found a book at Goodwill for $2.50 and asked if the heritage project wanted, but when he went back he said it was gone. He took some snapshots of it. Interesting window into 1897.
It would be interesting in the (1897) context of the inscription. I am assuming John H might be the grandson of John the original Emig?
Here was the inscription:
Christmas Day 1897
We must escape from the limitations which gall our freedom by out growing them, by rising above them.
The â€œlife more abundant is the only remedy for what we call evilâ€
John H. Emig, Emigsville, Pa.
And Merry Christmas to you Mr. Emig.
Jim McClure expands onÂ in his blogÂ Yorktownsquare here
Featuring several places in Emigsville
The Manchester Township Historical Society is offering a 2013 calendar featuring a broad collection of historic township sites.Each month offers photographs and profiles of farms, barns, organizations, and businesses in Manchester Township.Featured selections for the 2013 calendar include: Acme Cornet Band, White Oak Park, Center Square School, Ambrose Updegraff Farm, Union Churches of Manchester Township, Alert Fire Company No. 1, Emigsville Creamery, Stillmeadow Farm, Black Bridge, Acme Wagon Works, and the John Smith House.The calendar also includes a two-page memorial to Maxine Lumsargis who passed away in 2012. Maxine was a founding member of the Society and, for many years, the groupâ€™s leader and primary researcher, or â€œdiggerâ€ as she liked to say.Calendars are available at the Manchester Township building in the Township Office and the Township Tax Office or by contacting ManTwpHistory@gmail.com.Single copies are $10.00 each.Â A portion of the proceeds will go to the fund to Save Center Square School.–Mae Duncan
The Emigsville Band would like to advise the residents of Emigsville that The Band will be Christmas Caroling through the streets Saturday morning, December 24th, INSTEAD of the traditional Christmas morning.
This decision was made because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year and many of the band members attend church services, especially on such a holy holiday.
The Christmas morning (Eve this year) has been a tradition in Emigsville since the late 1800’s
Join Jim McClure, an editor with the York Daily Record/Sunday News and author of several books and local history blog York Town Square for a story night 7 pm at Otterbein United Methodist Church 3241 N George St. Emigsville.Last year Mr. McClure brought us “The famous – and not so famous – people passing (or traveling) through Emigsville.”
Jim McClure at York Town Square
Some facts about Emigsville – mostly tied to transportation – gleaned from my recent presentation at a Emigsville Heritage Project story night.
This image shows the convergence of two forms of transportation that put Emigsville, Manchester Township, on the map… read more
James McClure, editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday New, blogs daily at yorktownsquare.com, in which parts of this column first appeared. To contact him, e-mail email@example.com
Story Night, April 6 – The famous – and not so famous – people passing (or traveling) through Emigsville
Otterbein United Methodist Church, 3241 North George Street, Emigsville on April 6 at 7 PM
Jim McClure will talk about presidential visits and other famous people, but also those passing through on the trolley just to go to swimming at Elm Beach on the Conewago Creek.
Jim McClure has been the editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News for about six years and served as managing editor of the newspaper for 15 years before that. He has authored five books on York County history and regularly speaks to area clubs and organizations.
He writes a daily Web story on York County’s history on his blog, York Town Square, found at yorktownsquare.com
Nine years of meticulous work.
An undying quest for perfection.
That’s the formula local artisans followed to restore a 1930 Waco open cockpit biplane, originally built in Troy, Ohio.
The result garnered a grand champion award in the antique category at a prestigious show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Under the direction of Joe Kaminskas of Biglerville, the plane’s owner, John Shue and his son, Scott Shue, both of Emigsville, spent nearly a decade restoring the plane.
The award at left reads, “Progress and quality are inseparable” (Charles Lindbergh 1948)