Walter Tyzynski is part owner of the Red Arrow Auto Paint Company, one of the largest concerns of its kind in Grand Rapids. He was born in that city, January 4, 1898, the son of Adam Tyzynski, who was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1896, settling at Grand Rapids. Adam Tyzynski is now in the employ of the Royal Furniture Company of Grand Rapids. Walter Tyzynski received his education in the Grand Rapids public schools, after which he took up the trade of mechanic and metal finisher, following that line of work for several years. In 1916 he enlisted in the First Field Hospital unit and was stationed on the Mexican border. With the outbreak of the war with Germany, the company was made the 125th Field Hospital and attached to the Thirty-second Division, composed of Michigan and Wisconsin national guard men principally. He sailed for France with his unit February 26, 1917, and participated in five major operations of the World war. After the signing of the armistice, he spent six months with the Army of Occupation. During that time he availed himself of the opportunities offered by the government occupational schools. He was discharged from the army in May, 1919, and returned at once to Grand Rapids. In 1921 he and Stanley Denowicz established the Red Arrow Auto Painting Company. They erected their own building at 450 Eleventh street and equipped it for the work in which they engaged. During the four years in which the company has been in business, it has developed to a point where it ranks as one of the leading concerns of its kind in the city. In addition to the automobile painting, the firm does sign painting and decorating. On May 1, 1922, he married Miss Helen Nowicki, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nowicki of Grand Rapids, the former of whom is dead. Mr. and Mrs. Tyzynski have one son, born October 1, 1924. Mr. Tyzynski is a member of the Grand Rapids post of the American Legion.
Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 24 March 2005