On Wednesday I talked to one of the last of the oldtimers on the phone that worked at Kinsey when I was a kid starting there, his nick name is Ludy and he worked there from 1936 till 1980. Since there are people on the web that say they don't think that Continental Distilling ever ran the old # 12 & 10 I asked him when did they shut them down! His answer was sometime in 1951 which is what I had speculated as my father worked there then. He remembered me well after all these years and my Dad. I also asked him when before the Kinsey Distillery was sold at auction did Mr Kinsey leave he told me that at age 82 in 1939 / 1940 when the place went up for auction and Continental bought it Mr Kinsey was there every day walking around talking to his workers. He told me a funny story about MR Kinsey it seems those day's they parked their cars in front of the Old Bottle house as there were alot less people, one day Jacob Kinsey saw a bumper sticker of some type for someone running for President on the old 1930's car he told the guy get it off! I plan on finding out all I can from the old days one thing He told back then all the Rye and Bourbon were made at Kinsey till the Stills shut down. So to anyone saying maybe Continental never ran them here is proof. Also I remember looking at old Honeywell carts in the machines that were put there for the next day that never came and knew as I cleaned the floors there all the time that they were dated something in 1950's but wanted to have the information right. This means if any of you get a Bottle of bourbon a bottle of Kinsey Whiskey or an old bottle of Rittenhouse Rye from the time up till then you will be getting stuff Distilled there and in some cases bottled in the old Kinsey 1892 Bottle house which later became the Liquor Bottling house till the very end. Ludy also told me that in the early days they had a line in the same building the old DSP #10 Rye building and they would bottle there and in the bottle house. He said Mr Kinsey was a nice guy and the people all liked him and having worked there 43 years he said as I have that it was a great place to work then and for Continental Distilling.
I want more then anything to get all the information I can about the place that is correct and interesting. I have an old Full bottle of Haller's County Fair Bourbon Distilled in 1946 100 proof Bottled in bond and It was distilled at old #12 it is my favorite piece as it was bottled in 1951 so that is when my Dad worked there and it was distilled a year and a half before I was born spring 1946.