The name of the Rome Hollow Wire & Tube Company, of 244 East Dominick street, is each year becoming more
generally known, the result in a large measure of the efforts of its president, Frank J. De Bisschop, who
has had an extensive experience and is an acknowledged leader in this line of business. He is a native of Bayonne,
New Jersey, born January 12, 1879, being a son of Andrew and Wilhehnina (Lamar) De Bisschop. Mr. De Bisschop, Sr.,
moved with his family to Southington, Connecticut, and there the son received his preliminary education in the
public schools. He then spent a year at a private preparatory school, after which time he matriculated at Johns
Hopkins University of Baltimore, Maryland, where he spent one and one half years, paying especial attention to
The first employment of Mr. De Bisschop, whose name stands at the head of this sketch, was with the Waterbury Clock
Company of Waterbury, Connecticut, as foreman of a department. Here he gained valuable practical experience that
assisted him materially as he advanced to positions of larger responsibility. His next employment was with Holmes,
Booth & Hayden, manufacturers of brass and copper. He remained with this firm two years and then accepted a
position with the Benedict & Burnham Manufacturing Company, also manufacturers of brass and copper. After seven
years with this concern he resigned to become superintendent of the Rome Tube Company, a branch of the Rome Brass
& Copper Company, and one year later went to Hastings-on-Hudson as superintendent of the seamless tube mill
of the National Conduit & Cable Company. This position he held for one year, at the end of which time he returned
to Rome, having been appointed superintendent of the Rome Metal Company, a position which he filled with great
acceptability. Having acquired an interest in the company, he was after two and one-half years elected president
and manager of the Rome Hollow Wire & Tube Company, an enterprise which is apparently destined to become under
its present energetic management one of the most important concerns of the kind in the country.
On the 7th of August, 1901, Mr. De Bisschop was married to Miss Ida May Spender, a daughter of Albert and Sarah
Spender, of Waterbury, Connecticut, but now of Milford, Connecticut. One child, Lois, has been born to this union.
Mr. De Bisschop is not a member of any clubs or fraternal organizations but takes an active interest in the Young
Men's Christian Association. He is a lover of mathematics and has taught classes in that branch in the Rome Young
Men's Christian Association. His religious belief is indicated by membership in the First Presbyterian church.
In his business he has always used strictly honorable and straightforward methods and his success has been largely
due to his known integrity of character and his ability in a calling for which he is by nature and training especially
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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