Tinsley's Creamery



HUNTINGTON — Chester Park Tinsley was born in Lexington, Kentucky,
in 1901. His family moved to Huntington, and he graduated
from the old Huntington High School in 1921.

He was employed by a mining equipment manufacturer based in
Huntington from 1922 to 1927 and was assistant director of
the Huntington Community Chest (the predecessor
 of today’s United Way) in 1928 and 1929.

In 1930, he became a salesman for the Cream Top Dairy
 Co. and later was sales manager for Huntington’s
Kennedy Dairy. He resigned to start his
 own creamery business in 1935.

Tinsley’s Sunrise Creamery was located at 1514 Norway
 Ave., beside what was then the Huntington  State
Hospital and across the road from
Spring Hill Cemetery.

The Tinsley milk bottles were instantly recognizable, as
they displayed a logo of a beaming sunrise along
with a greeting: “Good Morning and Good
Health.” Today, they’re
 highly collectible.

In 1945, Tinsley sold his creamery business to
Wendell K. Porter, who moved it to 429 6th
St. West. Porter retained the sunrise logo.

Then, Dicky’s Dairy moved their retail operation
into the Norway Avenue building, while
continuing to operate their dairy farm
on Davis Creek Road.

Circa 1948, Tinsley moved to Lexington to open a
dairy equipment business. He then moved to
Texas and finally to Florida, where he died
in 1990 at age 89. An animal hospital
now occupies the Norway Avenue
site of Tinsley’s Sunrise Dairy.


Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on Sep. 15, 2020.


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