Ms. Bobijean Cesnik-Neher
The business from Belfast.....
KINGAN GETS MONEY FROM GOVERNMENT ]
LOWEL and JOE ]
19 September 2008 -
This week I picked-up a couple of Kingan Memorabilia items. An
International Harvester Ad from around the 1930's and a replica of the
Kingan Railroad Car made by Athearn. Just little things that represent
what Kingan and Company used to be.
This ad speaks of
Kingan and Company having 116 International Trucks!
The Railroad Car is
just a scale model ..... I couldn't fit a real size train car in my
carport. In Indianapolis in the 1940's and 1950's there used to be a
multitude of Kingan Railroad Cars on the tracks!
Though Kingan and
Company was known for pork and hams, they also did beef .... when Kingan
and Company dressed beef, no one had to ask, "Where's the beef?"
In the early 1990's I
came across a large framed print of the Old Sailor .... I had to pass on
it though .... it was just out of my price range! I would loved to have
had that print however. I think they had the Old Sailor hanging in the
Canteen at the Indianapolis Plant, because I remember seeing it
when I visited the plant in the 1950's ..... and I visited the plant
many times! I could go to the Canteen or Guard Shack! When I got older
and wasn't so small I could go down to where the trucks were docked and
watch them park the trucks and see them load the trucks. I think one of
my Dad's Cousins was a truck driver.
After I moved to
Ozark, Arkansas, in 2006, I came across a Telephone that looked just
like the one in the Guard Shack where I waited from my Dad to come see
me! The Guard used to call it the Jinglebox! He would make me sit on the
tall table in the guard shack until Dad called. After Dad called I could
stand outside the door and wait for him.
I wonder if anyone has a complete Newsletter from Kingan & Company, not
just cut-out pictures.
I did learn one thing from reading the back of the cut-outs ..... Kingan
and Company had a baseball team!
Not the Indianapolis, Indians, but a baseball team just the same.
According to Wikipedia, the
the second oldest minor league team in professional
Here's the pieces of
several Kingan & Company Newsletters!
Left: Unknown Baseball Player - Is this
a Kennedy? - Right: James D. Cesnik
My Uncle, Joe Cesnik with Flossie Howard.- Right: Both Unknown
picture speaks for itself!
A "friend" of mine dated a man named Lowell. for a few months.
I think his full name was Lowell Young, but not this Lowell Young.
The one Jane Howard dated was about 5 feet 6 inches tall, thin
with dark hair.
He passed away after colliding with a tree, I think on Mann Road ....
I almost ran into a tree on Mann Road,
but I have better reaction time than Lowell!
I met Jane Howard at ForwardAir ... an air freight forwarder that went
out of business in the 1980's.
Not connected to the current day trucking company of the same name!
This Lowell Young was about 6 feet tall!
A prominent architect in Indianapolis was
Hugh J. Baker & Co.
... Hugh Baker even designed the Kingan Plant!
Sinclair was in charge of Kingan most of the years my family worked
there; after Sinclair came Hugo Slotkin.
Hygrade, created by Slotkin's father, purchased Kingan and Company.
In 1970 Hygrade (including Kingan and Company) was sold
Circa 1989 Hygrade (including Kingan & Company) was acquired by Sara
Lee. Sara Lee, in 1989,
also sold under the names Kahn's, Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farms.
Mr. Slotkin was married to Shirley Eder, an entertainment columnist.
Mr. Slotkin died 21 August 2003 from cancer; he was living in Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan at the time of his death.
Interesting note about Hygrade history.
Per Time Magazine, 15 October, 1928 I think,
Frank R Warton, President of Allied Packers, Inc. became Chairman of the
Board of Hygrade.
Reason: Hygrade purchased Allied Packers.
On my street in the
1950's was the Everett Johnson family.
EJ was a truck driver for Kingan & Company.
EJ was the father of Tom Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Johnson.
My Dad, Rudy Cesnik, worked in several areas at
Kingan & Company.
I think his last job was in the sausage kitchen.
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