Ms. Bobijean Cesnik-Neher
The business from Belfast.....
first to refrigerate! The Ice Man cometh thanks to Kingan!
most relevant part of Kingan's History and my History,
W.R. Sinclair, Chief Executive Office lived in Massachusetts.
In 1948, the year I was born, he became Commodore of the Hyannis Port
He was also a neighbor John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy.
Most of my Dad's working years were spent at Kingan and Company.
My Mom worked there too!
I think they were both working at Kingan and Company in 1948
The "55" of Kingan and
Company in Indianapolis, Indiana was
not a year or an age, it was the address of the
plant office, 55 S. Blackford Street. Blackford Street in
Indianapolis only runs North as the city is seen today, but in the
1950's and years before that there was a 55 South Blackford.
Picnics were something of
an event at Kingan and Company, not Picnic Hams, but Picnic Outings!
I'm not sure when the
3rd Annual Picnic took place, nor who these people might be. My Uncle,
Joseph P. Cesnik kept this photo for posterity and it was bequeathed to
me upon the death of my Aunt, Mary Cesnik, second wife of Joe Cesnik.
Many of my family members worked at Kingan and Company including, but
not limited to my Dad, Rudy Cesnik and my Uncle, Joe Cesnik.
There were lots of people
who worked at Kingan and Company in Indianapolis, including the Father
of a basketball great according to one Internet article.
The Big O himself, that is Oscar Robertson,
says his Dad worked at Kingan Company.
My Grandmother worked at
Kingan and Company too (back row, 2nd from left).
She's the only one in
the picture below that I know.
Back Row, Second on the
right is a woman who looks similar to my Mom, but it's not my Mom.
My Mom, Iris Grimes
Cesnik did, however, work at Kingan and Company. In the photo below Iris
is on the left and her sister-in-law Mary is on the right.
Kingan and Company was
known for many fine products including Corned Beef Hash and Spiced
Luncheon Meat. KIngan's K-P may have been around even before
They wore the same colors, but they were not the same meats!
Kingan and Company processed a variety of meat products, but to my
Kingan never slaughtered Chickens or Lambs!
13 Feb 2010 - A meat inspector in Indiana sent me an E-Mail,
to let me
know that Kingan
did slaughter sheep at one time.
After getting the E-Mail, I asked my Dad about the sheep and the
he confirmed the sheep, and also said Kingan never did chickens!
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Kingan and Company was
all over the United States, mostly in the East and Midwest. In searching
for information about the company, I found a paradox. Samuel Kingan may
just rise from the grave on this one. One of Kingan's competitors was
Cudahy Meat Packing ..... Cudahy was a town in Wisconsin and Patrick
Cudahy Inc. was located on Kingan Street.
Common Bonds: Wisconsin
had a Kingan, as in Kingan Street and an HH as in Hugh Hefner.
John F. Kennedy rode in a
GG on November 22, 1963 and the slogan for Cudhay Meats, at
least today, is GG, that is Give Goodness! Rosemary Kennedy also lived
several years in a group home in Wisconsin. Ironic isn't it that JFK was
neighbor to W. R. Sinclair at one time ..... Sinclair was head of Kingan
and Company for many years. It might be said that JFK was well known to
the "meat" industry!
Jack Wharton was a
Foreman at Kingan and Company in Indianapolis and he was married to Ruby
Wharton. Ironic that a man name Jack Ruby killed the man that killed
Kingan and Kingan, one a street and one a
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