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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    During my time at the WWII Air show I found out something that amazed me. The one Old Vet that had been stationed in Hawaii and when he was there after The Pearl Harbor attack they were running out of food so they asked Dole if they could give the men some fruits to hold them over till they could pay them and they refused completely The old Timer said he never bought any of their stuff to this very day.

    The reason I am writting this is to show the difference in Companies! Publicker not only supplied Liquor to the troops but also free of charge too! Also as I have said many times they raised Steers at Kinsey down back and all the cattle that were fed the Mash were then donated to the service men to eat.
    Continental Distilling / Publicker Industries was always very Proud to be an American Company and Mr Neuman was very Proud to be the Chairman of an American Company.

    There is a railroad Museum in Strasburg Pa on the way to Lancaster Pa

    There is a very Old Clock in a tower there that came from the old Market Street Station in Phila.
    When the Station was being torn down in 1952 Mr Si Neuman bought the Clock and saved it from being thrown away. He stored it in Warehouse U from 1952 which became the 1966 Bottling House till He died with the hope that someone would want this Historic Clock by donation. It remained there till 1982

    I tracked it down and found that around 1982 6 years after He died it was donated to the Rail Museum by Publicker in Mr Neumans name which would Have made him very Happy had he knew it.

    Although had he been living he would have kept his name out of it as he believed in giving and not letting anyone Know Publicly which is the way things should be. He believed the reward was in giving not letting everyone know you did!
    My friend who was in a high position at Publicker has told me many times that Mr Neuman loved donating to things but did not want to let anyone know he preferred the Joy of the Giving.

    Even after His death he was preserving something very special because when he was living He saved this clock and kept it there all those yrs. I remember it well sitting in the warehouse area of the 1966 Bottling house covered over to protect it. It was stored at Linfield at Kinsey for 30 yrs in the Bottling House.
    Dave Z
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    I got some exciting news from Ludy Last night when I called him to see how he was. He told me he was wishing I would call as he has something I would enjoy looking at, his daughter was looking through Old stuff and found an original Auction sale Book from when Kinsey was auctioned off in 1940 to Continental Distilling.

    He told me it lists everything from Empty and full bottles of Whiskey to Empty and full aging Barrels of Whiskey! This is an amazing piece of History and I am hoping He will let me take it home and scan the pages for the Sake of History. I would be willing to bet this may be the only exsisting one. He got it from the same person that gve him the Picture That I posted of the plant in 1936.

    He forgot all about it till she found it and I can hardly wait to see it. he also told me that his wife was able to come home from the Nursing home in May for the day to enjoy their 69th Aniversary. Once I see this book I will try to get it home and scan the pages and post some of them.
    I am amazed that something like this still exsists.

    I also through a friend found My Old Friend Harrison ( Shorty ) Tysons wife and talked to her last night She is doing fine and she also said to me when I asked her what Her and Shorty thought Of Kinsey back in the day and she like everyone else said it was a truely wonderful place to work.
    She also said that Mr Si Neuman was a wonderful and good man!

    I always get excited when I can talk to anyone that knew of Kinsey & Continental back in those years it operated. I have yet to hear anyone who worked there say anything bad about it.
    Everytime I think of someone that workked there I try and find out if they are still around and I will continue to do this for the sake of Kinsey and of the History of Distilling In Pa as Continental was clearly the leader in this in Pa!
    Dave Z
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I now have the book about the Bankruptcy sale of Kinsey on Aug 22nd. 1940 when Continental bought the Plant and there are 6 old rare 1940 Plant pictures in the book plus lists of Equipment and also lists of Brands registered! There is to much to post all of it 66 pages but I will post the most interesting ones on here.

    The Book states that the warehouses under Jacob G Kinsey have 55,000 barrels of Whiskey in storage aging and also a Sharpless Evaporating Plant for manufacture of Cattle Feed as a by Product! Plus 1,590 cases of Bottled Whiskey, Cordials and Brandy.

    This is an amazing Book to be able to copy and read and look at I am very sure it is the only one that exsists anymore.

    I am going to scan all the pictures and some pages of Equipment and also Trade brands available back then!
    There is a great picture of some tanks in the back first floor room of the still in the back of the picture is a door way if you could walk through that door way it led to the time clock we rang out at and the Wooden Mash tanks of which I posted pictures a long time back.
    I promised Ludy I would get this back to him in a week or so, I am going to copy every page on the big copier at work and just scan the most important ones to post here as the book has 66 pages!
    I will post first thing tomorrow Morning as tonight I will scan and and resize the pictures!
    Dave Z
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    Alright here are some of the Pages of information and the pictures from the Aug 22nd 1940 sale of Kinsey Distillery to Continental Distilling Corp from the old book Ludy has.
    Here we go
    1. Front of Booklet states Bankruptcy Sale of Kinsey Distillery Aug 22nd 1940
    2. Inside of cover with Ludys name on it
    3. Information about the sale
    4. The Original areial Picture taken by Jacob G Kinsey in 1936 Warehouse H was being built in this picture it is as of 1940 complete and holds 20,349 barrels of Whiskey in the information page
    5. Second floor in 1940 of the Old Kinsey Bottle House which was used by Continental after they bought the plant to make all our Liquors states and shows rectifying area
    6. First floor of Old Kinsey Bottle House showing Mr Kinsey's Bottling Line in 1940
    7.First floor tanks in Old Dsp-Pa.-12 Still, at the back of the picture is a door that leads to where we rang out and where the Big Wood Mash tanks picture I put on here were
    8. Front Picture of the Plant with all the front buildings in great shape in 1940 shows Silos the building that conected them to the Dryer Building and the grain processing building connected to the Still, Boiler room with stack and DSP-Pa-12 with Cistran tank on top says Kinsey Distillery
    9. Inside the Grain dryer Building
    10. Lists warehouses and how many Barrels they hold noting that warehouse H holds 20,349 barrels

    The next pictures state what is for sale, full Barrels Cases of Whiskey what their Proofs are and how many also
    trade brands for sale and other stuff such as Equipment.

    What a sad thing that after starting up in Late 1933 at 75 yrs old it ended like this for Mr Kinsey but thankfully Continental Bought it and kept it going till 1986. The pictures in this book I posted are the only ones there are that I know of and sure brought back memories of the inside of Old Dsp-Pa-12 to me.

    These are one of a kind which will be able to be seen by many because of Ludys kindness in loaning me this one of a kind rare booklet
    Dave Z
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    I got some real good news yesterday about the old book I have pictures of on the page #504 just before this writting.

    I went to a small printer in the town where I work and he has done many things with old stuff and told me he can very carefully take out the two staples and double side print the pages to the same size to create a couple of Exact copies of it.

    This means I can preserve all the History in this Auction book and have my own copy after I give it back to Ludy.

    I am going to have a copy made for the Historic Society in Limerick. And that means many will be able to see this Historic Auction Book. I never relised how many Brands Jacob G Kinsey had the rights to I only posted a couple of pages there were many more. Also I was surprised at how much whiskey was there when he went Bankrupe.

    And the 6 Pictures of the Plant were a great thing for History. Also It documents how many barrels each of the Old Wood and Brick Warehouses Kinsey Built held. It states there were 55,000 Barrels of Whiskey there!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave, thanks for posting the various pages from the auction booklet. I find it amazing that there were so many different registered trade names associated with Kinsey and so many different products - Brandy, Sherry, Gin, Rum, Creme de Menthe.
    Doug

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave, you and Jim Butler are doing a wonderful thing here: creating and archiving for posterity the historic memory of an industrial giant. It is impossible for each of us to absorb the volume of information and knowledge you possess of Kinsey and Continental by its mere relation to us. But, with the compilation of all these threads, pictures, stories and anecdotes, you are creating a living history of a long-dead distillery. That is no small feat, and I am awed by its ever-growing embodiment.
    Bravo, Dave.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    Dave, you and Jim Butler are doing a wonderful thing here: creating and archiving for posterity the historic memory of an industrial giant. It is impossible for each of us to absorb the volume of information and knowledge you possess of Kinsey and Continental by its mere relation to us. But, with the compilation of all these threads, pictures, stories and anecdotes, you are creating a living history of a long-dead distillery. That is no small feat, and I am awed by its ever-growing embodiment.
    Bravo, Dave.
    Many thanks TN Bourbon for your Kind words, the History of The Company is a passion for me. For many years there was nothing said about Kinsey / Publicker / Continental Distilling and I most enjoy writing about Them.
    Also finding great pictures Of Kinsey to give everyone an Idea of what it looked like back in the day.

    I wanted more then anything to give a right Picture of How it was to Work for Publicker Industries as there was not much said in positive and somehow I keep thinking of things and finding things.

    It is alot of work but it is a work of Love for me to talk about and when someone like you says they enjoy it, makes it all so worthwhile as now Kinsey and Continental will live on through this History being placed here.

    And when it comes Distilling Spirirts in pa Jacob G Kinsey and Si Neuman of Continental Distilling were Giants .
    Publicker Industries was the Most Prolithic Distiller for many Yrs.

    Again Thanks for the Kind words they keep me seaching for long lost information & Pictures.
    Dave Z
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    On Sunday afternoon I took what most likely will be my last trip into Kinsey till fall when the weeds go away! Everything thankfully is locked because Kids are out of school and love to smash things there. Looking at her I got very sad in my Heart to see the Place in such ruin.

    Picture 2 Weeds have covered the whole 1966 Bottle house and anything that gets in there way. Kids have wriitten rotten things on the buildings and the roofs of the Explosion Proof warehouses are leaking rain because of people sealing the metal edging on them.

    The old buildings out front are covered with Poison Ivy and trees are growing in front of the Plant Maintiance barn. It is heart breaking for me and I think what would Shorty and Lou and Frank think if they were living and saw that as they worked all their Lives there very happily.

    I also think what would Dicky think seeing his place he worked so hard on the old trucks and cars falling apart, and Charlie seeing his place he kept his buggy falling down!

    Here are a couple of Pictures I took of the Plant and also of the Old Kinsey Bottle house with a foot of water laying on the floor as the second floor has fallen and rain pours in so sadly!

    Also 3 of the last Pictures are of the Old Dsp-Pa.-10 Rye Barn still, platforms slowly falling down too.


    Here are the pictures some of the plant and the weeds and many at the end of the Old Jacob G Kinsey Bottle house from the early 1930's with a foot of water on the floor a couple of shots in the old power control room an old Blender for whiskey like Ludy used to use.

    The Anitonic and Catonic tanks. When I worked there the Old Bottle house was like a jewel it was in mint condition and well cared for and was used as I have said many times right up till just before 1980. All My Peanut Liquor was made there and all Continental Liquors were done there and many for other Companies by contract too!

    To see it in such ruin breaks my Heart as I remember Kinsey Distillery!


    Heres another one of our Motto's Long forgotten!
    "There's No Better Bourbon Old Hickory Straight Bourbon Whiskey"
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    Dave Z
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave, it is similar to a shipwreck....think of the Titanic slowly rusting away.... or a vessel with a personal family connection to me, the U.S.S. Arizona memorial. Eventually nature will take over completely and everthing returned to its natural state. It is the way of all things. Your photos are an important historical record.

 

 

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