Biography of Francis F. Tische
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Francis F. Tische, who was until recently vice president of The Hettrick Manufacturing Company, the largest manufacturers of canvas goods in the cbuntry, was born in Austin, Minnesota, May 22, 1881, and is a son of Mathew and Mary (Aubrecht) Tische, both of whom are natives of Bohemia. They came to America in 1879, settling in Minnesota, and there the father successfully engaged in farming.

Francis F. Tische attended the public schools of Austin, Minnesota, and afterward became a student in the University of Chicago, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Philosophy degree. Soon afterward he secured a position with Montgomery Ward & Company of Chicago, serving in various clerical capacities for several years. Later he was with H. Channing & Company of Chicago as a salesman and in 1911 he came to Toledo, forming a connection with The Hettrick Manufacturing Company, with which he came to be vice president, and from the beginning was sales manager and purchasing manager. The business had been established in 1893 by William E. Hettric and was originally conducted in a small frame building thirty by fifty feet, while the sales for the first year amounted to about three thousand dollars. Difficulties and obstacles beset the new enterprise, but in time a substantial trade was established and by 1897 the company had to secure larger quarters, and three floors were rented in a brick building about sixty by ninety feet. After the outbreak of the Spanish-American war the firm secured a substantial contract from the war department for army tents and covers and the rapid increase in the business soon made another removal necessary. The company then began the erection of a building and the factory now consists of five mammoth buildings. affording floor space of seven and a half acres. The most modern equipment has been installed, while special attention has been given to light, air and sanitation. The company has always been most just and equitable in its treatment of employes and has endeavored to make their working hours as pleasant as possible, thus securing their cooperation and goodwill. Workmen receive a liberal wage and the business has been carried steadily forward along most harmonious lines. In 1900 the business was incorporated and has since been conducted under the present style. During the World war the firm supplied the government with army tents and horse covers and the business is now so enormous that it is necessary to purchase the entire output of several mills, the company being one of the largest buyers of canvas goods in the world. The principal part of the business is converting and treating fabrics as received direct from the looms in an unfinished state, to meet the requirements for various purposes of different manufacturers throughout the country. It also manufactures tents, awnings, coal bags, carpenter's aprons, hammocks, horse covers, floor covers, gloves, leggings, belting and in fact, practically everything made of canvas. Its sales now average more than a million dollars a month.

On the 16th of July, 1903, Mr. Tisehe was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle Hunt of Chicago, who is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Hunt. Mr. Tische belongs to the Sylvania Golf Club, which indicates much concerning the nature of his recreation. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, but he does not seek nor desire political preferment, concentrating his efforts and attention upon his business affairs. He has made notable progress since starting out for himself. He was well equipped with a liberal education but otherwise had no special advantages. From the start he has steadily advanced, working his way upward until today his connections in the manufacturing circles of Toledo have become very important. He is now spending his time in travel.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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