The Families of Adam Keith

Manufacturers, Merchants, and Artisans


Mercantile Store and cigar maker


Simon Peter Kinard, Jr. [1859-after 1910]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Anna Maria [Keith] m. [Philip Jacob] Olewiler3>Leonard Olewiler4>Jacob S. Olewiler5>Catherine “Cassie” [Olewiler] [m. Simon Peter] Kinard6>Simon Peter Kinard, Jr.7

History of York County, Pennsylvania. John Gibson, Historical Editor. Chicago: F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886. Part II, Biographical Sketches, Lower Windsor Township, Pg 129


“SIMON P. KINARD, assistant postmaster, is the son of Simon and Catharine Kinard, and was born November 28, 1859. He was reared to farming and was educated at the common schools and at the York County Normal School at Wrightsville, and was afterward a teacher for three terms in Lower Windsor and one term in Spring Garden Township. April 10, 1882 he embarked in the mercantile business at Craleyville, which he still conducts in conjunction with the manufacture of cigars, having added the latter in 1883, and now turning out 120,000 per year; he also owns one acre of ground and his house and store. December 31, 1883, he married Mary, daughter of George and Elizabeth Silar, of Lower Windsor.”


Cigar Label Gazette, Issue 11, March-April 1997, Page 5


"In the early days, cigars were known as ‘twist heads’ and were manufactured by cigar pioneers such as L.E.Olewiler, George Young, Henry Darshinger, and David Forry. By the turn of the century, East Prospect had a well established reputation as a cigar town. This small town of less than 500 people was home to a booming cigar business throughout the early part of the century. With the construction of a concrete road in 1923, that connected East Prospect to York, the cigar industry grew by leaps and bounds. By 1931 there was no less than six large factories engaged in the manufacture of five cent cigars. And local residents can account for several other smaller cigar makers that occupied the back alley garages throughout town. Many of these produced cigars for the larger factories."