This thread will only be about Jake Kinsey & Angelo Myers from what I learned listening to Al Landis 90 yrs. old whose granfather Henry Landis and Mr Kinsey married Sisters! I spent 2 hours last night finding out about many things the rest of them about Kinsey will be on my Memories Thread but I want everyone to be able to hear what I learned about Angelo Myers From Al who learned as a boy as much as he could from his father Hoarce Landis who went on to be Kinsey's Master Distiller after Prohibition. Al later went on himself to work for Mr Kinsey.
Angelo Myers was a Very Well known Whiskey Dealer in Phila in the late 1890's he also was himself a master Distiller. He and Jacob G Kinsey became friends about a year or so after Mr Kinsey started work on buiding his Distillery in Linfield Pa. Mr Kinsey had one goal in mind and as Al Told Me it was to Make The VERY BEST WHISKEYS POSSIBLE! Jake Kinsey was a master Distiller also. after about 8 yrs or so Mr Kinsey decided He needed someone with a name in Distilling in order to be able to sell his products. Angelo Myers had many contacts in New York City a very Big Market for fine Whiskeys also Phila and Boston. Mr Kinsey got to talking to His Friend Angelo Myers and decided He was going to use his name at the Distillery and let him run that part while He owned it and and worked hard to make the Very Best Products He could make. Angelo Myers started running and using Kinsey Distillery about 1909 and Ran it till prohibition. He marketed Kinsey Brands in Phila and very much in New York City. One example was Kinsey Brand "Maywood Brand Straight Rye" which on the top of the Label says "Kinsey's Pennsylvania Rye" and it was bottled in Boston by The American Liqour Company for them back then. Things were starting to go very Good with Angelo Myers help and just a few years before Prohibition Kinsey Rye was really getting popular. Prohibition Coming about caused Kinsey being small to have to shut down completely during those days and Mr Meyers to never return. Every Case they marketed had Angelo Myers Distillery & Kinsey Distillery on them as my Wooden one from 1909 has! I from what I have heard figure Mr Myers was alot older then Mr Kinsey so most likely He went on to retire or do something Else after Prohibition came about. Angelo Myers is someone very hard to find anything about and without AL Landis talking to me this story could never be told, I have known Al's Son Ken from the days I worked there and I knew if anyone could give me the story it would be Al and I wanted to get it quick while he is here to tell it. One Other Thing Angelo Myers thought his friend Mr. Kinsey's products to be so good that is why he decided he would run the plant and marketing for Jacob G Kinsey for a time till his brands got a foothold. Neither one ever though it would end with him still there running it and prohibition closing it as it did then those days.
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