Re: Kingan packing
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I meant to say since most meat from the Midwest was shipped east, I would guess those branch houses were all located in the east.
And I agree with Tony regarding other commodities in meat reefers. Meat reefers were in lease to the meat packers, who wanted them back as quickly as possible. It is doubtful they would be routed with other loads.
And I agree with Don, it is very doubtful a Kingan reefer was still in use in 1957. Meat reefers got regular maintenance. Not to mention that probably all the Kingan leases had expired and the cars returned to the owner to be painted for the new leassor.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Douglas Harding via groups.io
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Kingan packing
Brian most meat heading to NYC westside traveled via the Erie. If that helps.
Here is what I have for Kingan locations, it is not complete.
In 1939 there were three slaughter plants and eleven branch houses. But I do not have the locations of those branch houses. As most meat from the Midwest was shipped, I would guess those branch houses were all located in the east.
Here is something that may be of interest: a USDA listing of Refrigerated Warehouses in the US in 1947. The list includes warehouses owned by meat packers, fruit companies, ice companies and many others. https://downloads.usda.library.cornell.edu/usda-esmis/files/db78tc02w/fq977z57x/8s45qc92k/DireRefrWa-06-00-1947.pdf
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Brian Carlson via groups.io
My question really is where were kingan products being distributed or where the branch houses were. The photos in Gene Greene’s book are from 1954 after the sale the hygrade.
I found a 1923 list of Branch houses and Kingan had some listed in NJ and NYC that could have traveled over the Erie.
Sigh, boxcars are easier. Lol.
Brian J. Carlson
On Apr 26, 2020, at 5:06 PM, Todd Sullivan via groups.io <sullivant41@...> wrote: