JOHN BIESEL, a wholesaler in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, was born January 24, 1863, in Rhem, Prussia, where he attended
the public schools and came to America in 1881, locating in Pittsburg, Pennsyivania. After coming to this country
he attended the Indiana State Normal School. Mr. Biesel has been engaged in the wholesale liquor trade at Duquesne
since 1902. He is a member of the Duquesne lodge of Eagles, No. 1087; belongs to the Roman Catholic church, and
votes the Democratic ticket, except in local offices, when he votes independent of party lines.
He was united in marriage, May 8, 1893, to Martha Luetke, of Posen, Prussia. She died March 23, 1907, and they
were the parents of three children: 1. Seigford Joseph, born January 31, 1894. 2. Barthold Hieronimus, born October
6, 1895. 3. Margaret Catherine, born July 5, 1899.
Concerning the parentage of Mr. Biesel it may be said that his father, Jacob Biesel, Sr., was born in 1829 in Germany,
and followed farming and stock-raising. He served four years in the German army and died in 1892, aged sixty-three
years. He married Catherine Teil, of Germany, and she was the mother of five children, as follows: 1. John, who
died in infancy. 2. Mathias, who died in. infancy. 3. John, of whom an account has been given above. 4. Jacob,
Jr., of Germany. 5. Annie, wife of Mr. Steffen, of Germany.
Mrs. Catherine (Teil) Biesel, was born October 22, 1822, and died in 1905, aged eighty-three years. The son, Jacob
Biesel, Jr., served three years. in the German army and is still counted a soldier if called upon for service.
A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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