Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cigar Maker James

James C. Warren, my 2nd Great Grand Uncle is listed on the 1900 census for Lubeck, Wood County, West Virginia which us near Parkersburg as being a cigar maker. There is no further information on where or with whom as on some census. I was intrigued as to what cigar company may have been in business in Lubeck District of Wood County.

I found Marsh Wheeling Company

 in Wheeling West Virginia. It was the oldest cigar manufacturing company in America. 

They were the makers of the famous Marsh Wheeling Stogies. 
Their cigar box became a well-known hallmark in the tobacco industry.  
                                                       Augustus Pollack
Augustus Pollack Wheeling Stogies 

are another cigar company found in Wheeling. They were known for their Crown Stogies.
John Schneider & Co., Muhn & Brandfass, Brandfass Tobacco Co., H.L. Loos & Bro.. Ebeling & Pebler, H. Seamon & Son and his Nail City Stogie Cigar Works, and many others.

I found cigar makers in several parts of West Virginia but only Wheeling West Virginia is the home of Stogies.  The name comes from Conestoga wagon drivers who would buy the slim small cigars at 4 for a penny.

James died in 1902, he was 27 and there is no more information about him. 

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