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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.


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.


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.

John B. Hench

Helen (Bebb) Hench

Rachell Elting Cable

Katharine Whitney Hench

Helen H. Jones Hench

Fayette H. Johnson Hench