Rose scented maccoboy dry snuff.
George Washington Helme was born May 18, 1822 in Kingston, Pa. George quit school at the age of 16 and went to work as a clerk for Asa Packer who was a wealthy contractor. In 1851 he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana and became a member of the Louisiana Bar. By 1852 he opened up a law office. In 1858 he would marry Margaret Appleby whose father was Leonard Appleby from Spotswood, New Jersey. Leonard established the Railroad Mill in 1825. This tobacco mill is thought to be one of the earliest snuff mills in the country at that time.
In 1866 George Helme partner with his brother in law Jacob Appleby involving the Railroad Mill property. By 1872 George was the sole owner. He would continue running the Railroad Mill until the late 1880s. George would purchase the property between Jamesburg and Spotswood which today is the city of Helmetta. This is where he would have a new Snuff Mill built along with 105 homes for his workers. He named the town after his family surname (Helme) and his daughter Antoinetta ('etta").
On June 13 1893 George would pass away of a heart attack. Over 1500 people attended his funeral.
It was reported in the Jamesburg Record Newspaper that George was the second wealthiest man in New Jersey.
February 1900 the American Snuff purchased the George W. Helme Company. In May 1900 the George W. Helme Company was dissolved but still continued under the name George W. Helme Company.
George's son George A. Helme became president of the company. The last Helme to serve as a director of the company was George A. son James B. Helme who died in 1956. In 1986 the company was purchased by the American Maize Products. The Mill continued until 1993.
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This is a very fluffy moist medium grind tobacco with a decent nic hit. It’s very tobacco smelling like a nice cigar , a little sweet. The rose scent is almost non existent extremely subtle. Good snuff if you like tobacco scents . If your looking for a decent rose scent… pass this up. Worth trying though!
Lovely scent of sweet rose water. The base flour is nice as well: a pleasant little sting to compliment the sweetness. For comparison, I've also tried Toque Rose (also an excellent selection, btw!), which is less sweet and heavier in the floral punch. Toque's base flour grind is silkier than this and slightly easier to take. But having tried both, this one is my favorite!