Richard Ziesing, foreman in the furnace department of the Matthiessen &
Hegeler Zinc Company, LaSalle, was born on a farm just north of Peru,
Illinois, March 5, 1860, and is a son of Dr. Henry Ziesing, one of the
leading physicians and surgeons of LaSalle county.
Dr. Henry Ziesing is of German birth and education. He was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, December 21, 1829, a son of Christian and Elizabeth (Landman) Ziesing. He completed a liberal literary education and then took up the study of medicine, following in the footsteps of his father, who was in the medical profession; pursued a course in the University of
Giessen and graduated in 185 1, before he reached his twenty-second year. After one year of practice in his native land, he came to this country, locating in the city of Baltimore in 1852. A year later he removed to Chicago, where he practiced a year and a half, and whence in the fall of 1854 he came to Peru, Illinois, where he has since resided, engaged in the practice of his profession. During the civil war he served from January, 1865, to September of that year as surgeon of the Fifty-third Illinois Infantry. He is a member of the LaSalle County Medical Society, and the North Central Illinois Medical Society. Politically he is a Republican. For some twelve or fifteen years he has been a member of the board of education of Peru and has served several years as the president of the board.
Richard Ziesing was educated in the public schools of LaSalle and Peru, under a private tutor, and in the University of Illinois. While in the university he made a specialty of the study of chemistry. On leaving college in his junior year, he accepted a position as a drug clerk in a store in Peru, where he remained a year and a half, at the end of which time he entered the employ of the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company, as assistant assayer, a position he held for three years. He was then transferred to the practical furnace work, of the same establishment, and is now one of the foremen of this department.
Mr. Ziesing was married in Chicago, in 1884, to Miss Minnie Hibben, and they have two children — a daughter and son — Hester E. and Richard B.
Extracted 13 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 648-649.