Joseph Nicholas Tibesar, a retired business man of Quincy, (Illinois) is one of the striking personalities in local citizenship. He comes of an old and prominent family of Western Europe, long identified with some of the districts in the immediate war zone of the recent conflict, and as a youth there he was liberally educated, had a thorough technical training, and has always been a student as well as a practical man of affairs. He not only inherits the intellectual qualifications of his ancestors but also their splendid physical stature and manhood.
Mr. Tibesar was born in the Duchy of Luxemburg February 14, 1859. His father, Maximillian Tibesar, was born in Belgium in 1808, and for generations the family had lived in and around Brussels. Maximillian married Mary Sehleimer, of Luxemburg, where she was born in 1824. Her father was a native of the same Grand Duchy and had served as a soldier under Napoleon the First. Maximillian Tibesar after his marriage settled in the Belgium district known as the Walloon and later lived in Luxemburg on a farm estate. He died in 1861 and his wife in 1879. Both branches of the family were Catholics.
Joseph Nicholas Tibesar acquired a liberal training in the schools in Europe, and was given a thorough technical apprenticeship in blast furnace and the iron works trade. He was superintendent of a large furnace plant on the border between France and Belgium. At the age of twenty-five he was granted a two years vacation for the purpose of acquainting himself with the most improved technical methods of the iron industry. In 1884 he went to England to look over the iron districts of that country and later in the same year came to America, through New York and on to South Bend, Indiana, where some cousins were connected with Notre Dame University as instructors. He himself enrolled as a student there, taking a course in elocution under Charles W. Stoddard and studied chemistry under Professor Zahm. Later for a time he was in Chicago and from there came to Quincy (Illinois) and was a student in St. Francis College. A year later he was made a professor in that institution, teaching French, chemistry, mathematics and natural sciences. For six years he was one of the men who gave strength and prestige to the faculty of St. Francis College. He then entered business as a grocer, and in 1898 joined the Blomer & Michael Packing Company. In 1900 he became a member of the Wholesale Quincy Grocery Company and represented that house four years. He then went back to the packing company and continued with it until fire destroyed the plant on February 14, 1913. Since then Mr. Tibesar has been practically retired from business, and enjoys the comforts of a fine home at the corner of Vine and Fifteenth streets.
After coming to Quincy Mr. Tibesar married Miss Christina Blomer. She was born in Quincy in 1872, and is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and was liberally educated in music. Her father was Henry Blomer, a prominent figure in Quincy affairs to whom further reference is made on other pages. Mr. and Mrs. Tibesar are the parents of eight children : Maria, who was educated in St. Mary’s Academy and took special work in music; Agnes, a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in the commercial course; Leopold, who graduated from St. Francis College with the degrees A. B. and A. M., and is now preparing for the priesthood in a Catholic seminary; Cyril, a graduate of high school and now a pharmacist student; Maurice, a student in St. Francis College; Norbert and Sevrin, both in St. Francis parochial schools; and Octavia. The family are all members of St. Francis Catholic Church.