IRA J. BIESECKER is a veteran Indiana banker, and has been active in the banking affairs of Morocco for thirty years. He is cashier of the Farmers State Bank of that city.

Mr. Biesecker, while a native of Illinois, is a member of one of Newton County’s oldest families. His grandfather, Joseph Biesecker, came to Indiana and acquired by homestead and purchase from the Government a section of land located seven miles from Morocco, in Beaver Township, Iroquois County, Illinois. Ira J. Biesecker is today the owner of this land, which had long constituted one of the valuable farms of Iroquois County.

Ira J. Biesecker was born April 7, 1855. His father was also named Joseph and died many years ago. The mother of the Morocco banker was Genevieve Myers, whose father, Conrad Myers, came from Germany and settled near Lafayette, Indiana. Ira J. Biesecker has one brother, Joseph.

He was educated in public schools in Illinois and has lived at Morocco since 1900. For a number of years he was president of the State Bank and in 1920 became cashier of the new Farmers State Bank. Mr. Biesecker is a Republican in politics and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

He married, September 26, 1875, Miss Florence Archibald, daughter of James Archibald. The one child of their marriage is Laura Gertrude, the widow of Albert Grant. She has two children, Vera, who married Van E. Cox, and they have one son, David, and Clifford Grant. The son, Clifford, who lives at Gary, Indiana, married Elva Hammer.

By Charles Roll, A.M.
The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931


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