The manufacturing interests of Sheboygan find an able representative in the person of Thomas Sellinger, vice president of The Ross-Sellinger Company, one of the city's foremost industrial enterprises, which has now been in operation for ten years. He was born at Rochester, New York, on the 6th of March, 1863, and is a son of Lawrence and Rose Sellinger. The parents were both natives of Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States about 1840, locating in the state of New York, where the father subsequently engaged in the foundry business and the manufacture of stoves. The father passed away in 1906 at the age of seventy-five years, but the mother was sixty-five at the time of her death, which occurred in 1898. They are both buried in the cemetery at Le Roy, New York, of which town they were residents for many years.
Thomas Sellinger received his education in the public schools of Rochester and Le Roy, New York, terminating his student days upon his graduation from the high school in 1879. Immediately thereafter he began his business career as an employee in a glove factory at Rochester, New York, where he thoroughly mastered every detail of the industry. In 1884, he acquired stock in the Eisendrath Glove Company of Chicago, where for fifteen years he held the office of secretary. At the expiration of that time he disposed of his interest in this company and later became associated with Hall Ross, and in 1902 they came to this city and established The Ross-Sellinger Company. This is the only enterprise of the kind in Sheboygan and in its development they have met with a gratifying measure of success.
They are both thoroughly familiar with the industry and are business men of more than average perspicacity as has been manifested in their progress. The workmanship and material of the products of their factory, as well as the price, commend them to jobbers all over the country, and their sales department has developed until it now requires the service of between five and six hundred employes to fill the orders. Their plant, which is located at South Ninth and South Water streets is equipped with all modern appliances and machinery essential to the successful operation of a factory of this kind, and is in every way a credit to the community.
Mr. Sellinger was married at Rochester, New York, on the 14th of April, 1884, to Miss Frances Marchand, and to them have been born two children: Francis J., who is a traveling salesman for The Ross-Sellinger Company, and Jeannette F., who married Robert Kross, a merchant of this city. The family home, the hospitality of which is graciously extended to a large circle of friends and acquaintances, is located at No. 1018 North Sixth street.
Mr. Sellinger fraternally belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and he is also a member of the Country Club. In matters politic he is independent, giving his support to those candidates he deems best qualified for the offices, regardless of party affiliation. Mr. Sellinger is held in high esteem in the community, as he is not only a business man of more than average efficiency but is public-spirited and progressive in matters of citizenship, and takes an active interest in all things affecting the welfare of the municipality.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL