Friday, June 10, 2016

Smoke Selker's - Key West Select

An original sign from the Selker Cigar business. The J.W. Selker Cigar business was founded April 1889 by Joseph William Selker in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley Pennsylvania details his education and career as a business owner:

“He received his early education in the local schools, and when sixteen years of age was apprenticed for three years to learn the trade of a cigarmaker, at which he worked for one year in Germany after finishing his apprenticeship. In 1885 he emigrated to the United States and worked at his trade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until March 15, 1887, when he settled in Clarion, Pennsylvania, and entered the employ of Michael Zacherl as a cigarmaker. In April, 1889, he entered the cigar manufacturing business on his own account with a capital of three hundred dollars, in which trade he still continues, having by his industry and ability enlarged the capacity of his business until his establishment manufactures over five millions two hundred thousand cigars annually, for which he finds a ready market in Pittsburgh and the neighboring country. He is also a wholesale dealer in tobacco and cigarettes, having in 1893 bought a large warehouse at 248 Main Street, Clarion, Pennsylvania, adjoining which he built in 1895 the commodious dwelling in which he now resides. He served for several years as a member of the city council of Clarion.”

Michelle M. Murosky: The Selker Collection &emdash; Selker Sign
Smoke Selker's 
Key West Select 
All Quality 
A copy of the Selker sign is shared with permission. The original is in the care of my 2nd cousin 1x, a descendant of Frederick William Selker. Frederick William Selker was a son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Frederick William Selker is my 2nd great uncle. His sister Frances Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. 


  1. John Woolf Jordan, LL.D., Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley Pennsylvania, III vols. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Page 839: Selker

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