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Jesse H Besser
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Birth: May 21, 1882, USA
Death: May 3, 1970
Michigan, USA

Inventor, philanthropist. In 1904, an industry was born when Jesse Besser developed the hand tamp block machine which allows concrete blocks to be made in the field at construction sites. He and his father, Herman Besser, formed the Besser Manufacturing Company to manufacture and improve the innovative machines. The Besser Company grew to be dominant in the industry. He developed unique blocks for Frank Lloyd Wright to use in his buildings. On August 30, 1906, he married Anna Mulvena, who became his partner in his industrial and philanthropic endeavours. These included the Besser Foundation in 1944 and the Jesse Besser Fund in 1960. The foundation has established long term scholarships at Alpena Community College (his alma mater), donated land for public schools in Alpena, helped build the Alpena County Library, established the Besser Natural Area to preserve a rare virgin pine forest, built the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan and Besser Lodge at Boy Scouts of America Camp Greilick. For his philanthropic contributions to education, he was awarded the Silver Medallion, a 1963 Citizen's Award by the Greater Michigan Foundation. He was presented the Medallion and Ribbon of the Order of Saint Sylvester by the Bishop of Saginaw on behalf of Pope Paul VI. (bio by: dfilpus) 
 
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  Anna Mulvena Besser (1880 - 1958)
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Alpena
Alpena County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Block 27 Lot 83/84
 
Created by: David R. Cheesman, Sen.
Record added: Feb 06, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5193066
Jesse H Besser
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Jesse H Besser
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