By:  Montford                                   S.R. No. 1095
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2        WHEREAS, One of the most enduring Texas institutions that
    1-3  has added to the fame of our state is the Finck Cigar Company of
    1-4  San Antonio; and
    1-5        WHEREAS, Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 1993, the
    1-6  Finck Cigar Company was established by William Henry Finck who came
    1-7  to San Antonio from New Orleans because of health problems; and
    1-8        WHEREAS, Mr. Finck brought his large family with him and
    1-9  opened his small cigar factory with $1,000 he borrowed against his
   1-10  life insurance; moving his family into the upstairs of a house in
   1-11  an area south of Fort Sam Houston, he converted the downstairs into
   1-12  Finck Cigar Company and began making handmade cigars with the brand
   1-13  name WHF; and
   1-14        WHEREAS, Although there were 18 other cigar factories in
   1-15  San Antonio at the time, Mr. Finck developed a thriving business
   1-16  in the Alamo City and, in 1909, when he became a charter member
   1-17  of the exclusive Travis Club, his success was secured; and
   1-18        WHEREAS, Mr. Finck began manufacturing a private brand
   1-19  exclusively for the enjoyment of Travis Club members; the Travis
   1-20  Club cigar eventually became the company's biggest seller and
   1-21  is known throughout Texas among cigar smokers and nonsmokers alike;
   1-22  and
   1-23        WHEREAS, Today Finck Cigar Company is the only cigar
    2-1  factory in Texas and has long since expanded its line of cigars
    2-2  to include such favorites as the Sam Houston, Pancho Garcia, and
    2-3  imported Lamb's Club and Charles the Great that are handrolled
    2-4  in the Dominican Republic; and
    2-5        WHEREAS, The company sold its cigars only in Texas until
    2-6  1989 when by popular demand it began mail order sales; appealing
    2-7  to the cigar-smoking public, the cigars sell themselves without
    2-8  the need for advertising; and
    2-9        WHEREAS, The company has remained a family enterprise; when
   2-10  the founder retired, his son took over; grandson Bill Finck, Jr.,
   2-11  stepped into the business to help out his father and ended up
   2-12  running the company; his son, Billy, helps his father operate the
   2-13  business that employs 85 workers; and
   2-14        WHEREAS, Rafaela Sanchez is celebrating her 75th anniversary
   2-15  as an employee with Finck Cigar Company; she has worked with three
   2-16  generations of the Finck family and her hard work and loyalty have
   2-17  served as an inspiration for the hundreds of employees through the
   2-18  years; and
   2-19        WHEREAS, Using only the finest tobacco, Bill Finck travels
   2-20  extensively to find the best for his cigars and uses an assortment
   2-21  of tobaccos from Kentucky, Connecticut, Virginia, and the Carolinas
   2-22  to produce his superior product; he makes his own blends using
   2-23  Latin American tobaccos to create his version of the fabled "Havana"
   2-24  cigar; and
   2-25        WHEREAS, A man of many talents, Bill Finck is a lawyer by
    3-1  profession, a former state representative from 1967 to 1973, and a
    3-2  rancher; the company's best salesman, he is an expert on tobacco who
    3-3  knows the cigar business from top to bottom and handrolls his own
    3-4  samples; and
    3-5        WHEREAS, His hallmark in Austin at the statehouse was
    3-6  Mr. Finck's ever-present box of cigars he passed around to fellow
    3-7  legislators; one of the best-liked and most respected
    3-8  representatives, he served his constituents well and chaired the
    3-9  House Appropriations Committee; and
   3-10        WHEREAS, For cigar enthusiasts, several new cigars specially
   3-11  created for the 100-year celebration include Texas Club Texan, Travis
   3-12  Club Centennial, and a special edition Travis Club Senator in a golden
   3-13  anniversary wooden box; now, therefore, be it
   3-14        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
   3-15  73rd Legislature, hereby extend congratulations to the Finck Cigar
   3-16  Company on the grand occasion of its 100th anniversary; and, be it
   3-17  further
   3-18        RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
   3-19  the staff of the Finck Cigar Company as an expression of the high
   3-20  regard of the Texas Senate with best wishes for continued success
   3-21  in the years to come.
   3-22                                 _____________________________________
   3-23                                        President of the Senate
   3-24                                      I hereby certify that the
   3-25                                 above Resolution was adopted by
    4-1                                 the Senate on May 27, 1993.
    4-2                                 _____________________________________
    4-3                                        Secretary of the Senate
    4-4                                 _____________________________________
    4-5                                         Member, Texas Senate