The “Peerless” Past of Franklin County’s Steam Power

The “Peerless” Past of Franklin County’s Steam Power

In the 1880s, Waynesboro was known for two steam engines, the Geiser Manufacturing Company’s “Peerless” steam engine and Frick Company’s “Eclipse.” To broaden their product line, Geiser later developed a steam-powered “Peerless” gang lplow to go along with the “New Peerless” thressing machines, hay presses, and sawmills that were already in the line.

This is an amazing part of the building of Franklin County and the contributions it made to early America.

The following is an excerpt from Geiser: A Waynesboro Industrial Icon’s History and Legacy puts the genius of Peter Geiser in perspective.

“In 1858, Peter (geiser) arranged with Georgbe Frick, operator of a small foundry and machine shop to build Geiser separators at his shop on his father’s farm in Ringgold Maryland. This would prove to be a long and successful association. Frick was an inventor and mechanical genius who was also destined to play a large, important part in the development of industrial Waynesboro. An agreement also was reached with Samuel Fitz to build threshers at his Hanover, Pennsylvania and Martinsburg, West Virginia shops. As business continued to expand, Daniel joined Peter to grow the trade.

During the following year, Frick built 20 machines in the Rigngold shop, and the four small shops involved in building Geiser equipment turned out a total of 111 units.”

Steam power grew America’s agricultural capacity.

Find out more about Waynesboro’s industrial history from the Waynesboro Industrial Museum by clicking here.

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CHAMBERSBURG: Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s – Annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

CHAMBERSBURG: Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s – Annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

 

Steam, Gas & Tractor Show
August 10th, 11th & 12th, 2018

 

CVAEMA was formed in 1983 by a group of like-minded antique engine and tractor collectors. 35 years later the organization still goes strong with two shows a year on its 40+ acre showgrounds located just west of Chambersburg.

As a non-profit historical association, CVAEMA focuses on bringing together individuals interested in antique steam and gas engines, tractors, power driven farm machinery, and other equipment of historical value in an effort to preserve machinery of the past.

Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show offers fun for the entire family including a daily tractor parade, live demonstrations, tractor pulls, live gospel and country music, and an indoor & outdoor flea market.

Geiser Works Peerless manufactured in Waynesboro, PA

Show Features:
Daily Tractor Parade – Gas & Oil Field Engines – Tractors – Steam Engines – Live Demonstrations
Corn Chopping – Hay Bailing – Running Sawmill – Stone Crushing – Shingle Milling – Running Oil Well Display
Steam School Q&A – For Fun Tractor Pull – Kiddie Pedal Pulls – Garden Tractor Pull – Operating Blacksmith Shop
Live Gospel & Country Music – Kids Candy Toss – Quilt Sale – Indoor & Outdoor Flea Market
Museum Open – Free Admission – Free Parking

 

 

 

 

CHAMBERSBURG: Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s – Annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

CHAMBERSBURG: Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s – Annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

 

Steam, Gas & Tractor Show
August 10th, 11th & 12th, 2018

 

CVAEMA was formed in 1983 by a group of like-minded antique engine and tractor collectors. 35 years later the organization still goes strong with two shows a year on its 40+ acre showgrounds located just west of Chambersburg.

As a non-profit historical association, CVAEMA focuses on bringing together individuals interested in antique steam and gas engines, tractors, power driven farm machinery, and other equipment of historical value in an effort to preserve machinery of the past.

Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show offers fun for the entire family including a daily tractor parade, live demonstrations, tractor pulls, live gospel and country music, and an indoor & outdoor flea market.

Geiser Works Peerless manufactured in Waynesboro, PA

Show Features:
Daily Tractor Parade – Gas & Oil Field Engines – Tractors – Steam Engines – Live Demonstrations
Corn Chopping – Hay Bailing – Running Sawmill – Stone Crushing – Shingle Milling – Running Oil Well Display
Steam School Q&A – For Fun Tractor Pull – Kiddie Pedal Pulls – Garden Tractor Pull – Operating Blacksmith Shop
Live Gospel & Country Music – Kids Candy Toss – Quilt Sale – Indoor & Outdoor Flea Market
Museum Open – Free Admission – Free Parking

 

 

 

 

CHAMBERSBURG: Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s – Annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

CHAMBERSBURG: Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s – Annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

 

Steam, Gas & Tractor Show
August 10th, 11th & 12th, 2018

 

CVAEMA was formed in 1983 by a group of like-minded antique engine and tractor collectors. 35 years later the organization still goes strong with two shows a year on its 40+ acre showgrounds located just west of Chambersburg.

As a non-profit historical association, CVAEMA focuses on bringing together individuals interested in antique steam and gas engines, tractors, power driven farm machinery, and other equipment of historical value in an effort to preserve machinery of the past.

Cumberland Valley Antique Engine & Machinery’s annual Steam, Gas & Tractor Show offers fun for the entire family including a daily tractor parade, live demonstrations, tractor pulls, live gospel and country music, and an indoor & outdoor flea market.

Geiser Works Peerless manufactured in Waynesboro, PA

Show Features:
Daily Tractor Parade – Gas & Oil Field Engines – Tractors – Steam Engines – Live Demonstrations
Corn Chopping – Hay Bailing – Running Sawmill – Stone Crushing – Shingle Milling – Running Oil Well Display
Steam School Q&A – For Fun Tractor Pull – Kiddie Pedal Pulls – Garden Tractor Pull – Operating Blacksmith Shop
Live Gospel & Country Music – Kids Candy Toss – Quilt Sale – Indoor & Outdoor Flea Market
Museum Open – Free Admission – Free Parking