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Jay Lyman Hench

Jay Lyman Hench, American manufacturer executive. Member American Iron and Steel Institute, Kappa Sigma. Republic; Mason.


  • Hench, Jay Lyman was born on April 11, 1885 in Hinsdale, Illinois, United States. Son of John B. and Helen (Bebb) Hench.

  • Education

    • Student Cornell Univercity, 1903-1905.


    • Furnace man, open hearth department, Illinois Steel Company, Southern Chicago, 1905-1906. Salesman Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Chicago, 1906-1911. District sales manager, Lackawanna Steel Company, Chicago, 1911-1922.

      Vice-president and director Achuff Railway Supply Company, St. Louis, 1930-1931. Vice president, later president and treasurer, Hillside Flour Spur Mines, Rosiclare, Illinois, 1922-1943. President and director Pershing Quicksilver Company, Lovelock, Nevada, 1941-1944.

      President-treasurer and director Knapp Brothers Manufacturing Company, Joliet, Illinois, 1944-1947. President-treasurer, owner Mid-West Forging & Manufacturing Company, Chicago, 1924-1957, Chairman, Board Of Directors and chief Executive officer, since 1957. Past president Manufacturers Association Chicago Heights.

      President, trustee Wesley Memorial Hospital. Trustee Northwestern University.


    Denomination: Conglist


    Member American Iron and Steel Institute, Kappa Sigma. Republic; Mason.; Clubs: Chicago Athletic Association, Chicago, Mid-Day (Chicago).


    • Married Rachell Elting Cable, June 22, 1911. Children: Katharine Whitney, Helen H. Jones, Fayette H. Johnson.
    • father: John B. Hench
    • mother: Helen (Bebb) Hench
    • spouse: Rachell Elting Cable
    • children: Katharine Whitney Hench
    • Helen H. Jones Hench
    • Fayette H. Johnson Hench
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    Born April 11, 1885
    Died April 16, 1961
    (aged 76)