Something special has kept Poindexter Lumber running for 100 years - family ties.
The current owners, Bill Selin and Bobby Poindexter are first cousins.
Their fathers both worked there.
Their grandfather worked there.
And their great-grandfather worked there.
It's that family connection which has helped the business weather the storm of construction supercenters and giant corporate lumber yards.
There used to be three lumber yards in Cynthiana.
Then there were two.
Now, only Poindexter remains to try and carve out a niche in the future.
"We had some lean years there for a while," Bill said. "If it hadn't been family, we'd have been done."
The Poindexter family can trace its roots back to 1250. In 1657, the family arrived in Virginia and in the 1790s, came through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky.
The first Poindexters arrived in Harrison County around 1815 and James Robert "J.R." Poindexter was born in 1860.
J.R., or 'Mr. Bob,' as he was known, founded J.R. Poindexter and Son company in May 1908 with his son Harold.
At the start, the business was involved in supplying building materials and coal and rock from the Poindexter family quarry, which is on New Lair Road next to Harrison County High School.
In fact, J.R. had supplied rock from the quarry for several years prior to opening the Pleasant Street business. His stone still sits in such locations as Cynthiana Christian Church, the old jail and stone abutments at the Lair bridge.
The quarry is still in operation, just not by the Poindexters. They own the land, but lease it to IMI Materials.
For the first few years, the business only consisted of the building on the north side of Pleasant Street.
Prohibition changed that.
Poindexter and Son sold the lumber to build the distillery at Lair. Alcohol sale and manufacturing was banned in 1920 by the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Being a fair man, J.R. bought the lumber back from the distillery owners and used it to build the lumber yard on the south side of the street around the old Maffett Coal Company structure. That was 1933, the year prohibition ended.
A few years later, in 1940, J.R. died, leaving Harold with the business. The family tradition continued, though.
1948 brought Harolds son, Robert, and his son-in-law, Theodore "Slick" Selin. In 1950, the name changed to "Poindexter Lumber and Coal." Since coal was dropped as an offering sometime in the 1970s, by Bill's recollection, "Coal" was dropped from the business name in 1981, making it simply "Poindexter Lumber."
Slick retired in 1983 and Robert in 1993.
Bill started at Poindexter in 1979 and his cousin, Bobby came on board in 1997.
They may be the last generation of the family to run the business, but said they feel like 100 years of service is quite an accomplishment.
"It's something to be proud of," said Bill.
Another thing they agree on - who the top Poindexter was.
"We all think that great granddaddy J.R. was the best of all of us," said Bill.