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Prominent among the French-Americans of LaSalle county is Frederick P. Tisler, a well-to-do and enterprising florist of Marseilles. He was born in Alsace, France, December 15, 1843, his parents being Charles B. and Catherine (Neuviller) Tisler. Both of his grandfathers, John Tisler and Charles Neuviller, were soldiers serving under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1855 the Tisler family, to which our subject belonged, emigrated to the United States. Arriving in New York city, they proceeded on their westward journey, and thenceforth were residents of Ottawa, Illinois, until death released them from life's burdens and responsibilities. Mrs. Tisler died in 1867, and was survived by the husband and father, whose death took place in 1895.

Frederick P. Tisler is the eldest of five children, and with his brother and three sisters attended the public schools of his native land. After coming to this country he went to the Ottawa schools for a short time, and then set about learning the carpenter's trade. During the next few years he was employed in the building of many of the houses and stores in Ottawa. In 1879 he came to Marseilles, where for a score of years he was similarly occupied. In 1892 he embarked in a very different line of enterprise, and has made a success of the venture. He opened a greenhouse, and has since made numerous improvements which add greatly to the value of the plant. A fine hot-water system is used during the winter season for keeping the greenhouse at the proper temperature, and all modern appliances and devices used by florists are employed by Mr. Tisler, who is wide-awake and progressive. He is very popular. In 1896 his fellow citizens elected him to the position of alderman, and he was re-elected for a second term. In 1897 he was appointed collector of taxes for Rutland township. Fraternally he belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

In 1867 Mr. Tisler married Miss Sophie E. Scheidecker, who was born and reared in France. She is a daughter of Louis and Henrietta (Bernard) Scheidecker, and from this union were born to them the following, namely: Sophie E., wife of M. H. Pitts, of Deer Park, Alabama; Emilie H., wife of Louis Morel, Marseilles; Fred P., Jr., a machinist; Ida J., a graduate of 1893; May L., a teacher in the Marseilles schools; Charles L., who died in Ottawa, in 1878; Henry A.; Cora L., a graduate of the class of 1899 (M. H. S.); Adele L.; Eva J.; and Mabel E., who died in 1890. All of the children were given a liberal education and are well qualified to meet the battles of life. Mr. Tisler is a man of thorough integrity of character, as all who know him cheerfully testify.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 167-168.

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