THE CROOKS TOBACCO CO
WHOSE SUCCESS HAS BEN PHENOMENAL

  Extensively engaged and firmly established in the cigar and stogy manufacturing business is The Crooks tobacco Company, whose products are known over a wide territory. The trade in stogies is probably unsurpassed by any other similar concern in the country, and an idea of the extent of this trade may be gleaned from the fact that a recent day's shipment was made of 32,000. Fine hand-made cigars comprise a large portion of the output. the widely known "Crooks Old Cuban" and "Congress Perfecto" brands capture trade wherever introduced, and are the acme of perfection in aroma and flavor. Made from selected Havana tobacco with Sumatra wrappers, by the best of skilled labor, their highly attractive appearance is fully substantiated by their smoking qualities. These cigars have been pronounced by competent judges, and justly so, to be without a peer.
  the factory, a neat and attractive building, is located on Main Street in the south portion of Keyser. employment is given to some twenty-two hands, most of whom are skilled and well-paid workmen, the factory thus contributing to the general community welfare. J M Trexler, the foreman of the factory, brings to his work the ripe experience of twenty years of active industry in the cigar-making trade, and to his close supervision of the employees is due the high standard of workmanship maintained. He has been connected with this company's business for two years. Mr Trexler's brother is a large dealer in cigars in Philadelphia.
  The Crooks Tobacco Co was organized in 1893, and is essentially a home enterprise. Its officers all well known residents of Keyser, who have been more than usually prominent in the upbuilding of the city, include: N J Crooks, President; E F Nine, vice-president; W E Crooks, secretary, treasurer and manager. Mr Nine, who is a thoroughly practical cigar man, has greatly contributed to the immediate success of this enterprise. The secretary-treasurer and manager, Mr W E Crooks and Mr NJ Crooks, the president of the company, will be found more fully spoken of in other articles in this issue.

TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 28, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD

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