Frederick Theodore “Fred” Beisser

Frederick Theodore “Fred” Beisser

Plymouth, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 12 Mar 1962 (aged 46)
Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
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Newspaper Editor and Publisher.

(Fred Beisser, son of the deceased, provided the following information.)

Frederick T. Beisser - The Cheese Reporter, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, Vol. 85, No. 29, Friday, March 16, 1962, page one.

Editor and Publisher of The Cheese Reporter, Frederick T. Beisser, Dies Early Monday, March 12, 1962.

A long-time standard bearer of the cheese industry and well-known editor and publisher of The Cheese Reporter, Frederick T. Beisser, died early Monday morning at a Sheboygan hospital. He was 46.

Mr. Beisser, who resided and maintained the business offices of The Cheese Reporter at his home in Sheboygan Falls, was active until being taken ill last Sunday, at which time he was admitted to the hospital.

Upon his graduation from Mission House College in 1936 Mr. Beisser became a reporter for the Sheboygan Press daily newspaper until 1940, at which time he assumed the editorship of The Sheboygan County News.

It was in 1943 that he also became editor of The Cheese Reporter, official weekly organ of the Wisconsin Cheese Maker's Association and several other cheese and dairy organizations throughout the nation.

Mr. Beisser's name came to be synonymous with the newspaper which he edited and in 1957 he purchased the publication and become sole owner and publisher of the paper which was established in 1876.

For many years, and up until the time of his death, he provided the cheese industry with a highly regarded market opinion, a publication feature of the Cheese Reporter. His interpretations was based on his own personal weekly report of transactions made each Friday at the Wisconsin Cheese Exchange in Green Bay. Mr. Beisser's report and opinion was carried by national news wire services throughout the country.

A native of Plymouth, Mr. Beisser was born June 6, 1915, a son of the late Rev. Friedrich Wilhelm and Emelia Heyer Beisser. He attended elementary and high schools in Plymouth and received his bachelor of arts degree from Mission House College.

He married Edith Hulda Hoffmann of Sheboygan Falls on July 26, 1941 and in addition to his wife is survived by three sons, Frederick, Wayne and Richard, and one daughter, Judith, all at home; a brother, Calvin, Plymouth; and four sisters, Mrs. Vernon Zimmerman of Appleton, Mrs. A. C. Anderson of Sheboygan, Mrs. Earl Hirsch of Plymouth, and Mrs. Carroll Rusch on Oneonta, N. Y. In addition to his parents, a brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Sheboygan Falls and were conducted by a college classmate of Mr. Beisser, the Rev. Ralph Ley, pastor of First Reformed Church in Waukesha, who officiated.

Hundreds of floral tributes and expressions of sympathy came from the local area, in which Mr. Beisser was active in community affairs, as well as from his many friends and officials in the cheese industry throughout the nation.

Note from Fred: My father, Frederick T. Beisser, met his future wife, Edith Hoffmann, who was a life-long bowler, while he was a junior reporter collecting bowling scores.