HENRY W. BESSAC
Henry William Bessac is the proprietor, publisher and editor of the News Messenger, a weekly journal issued each Friday at Lincoln, Placer County. He is a native of Wisconsin, born at Randolph Center, on the 1st of April, 1850, and is of French lineage, although for several generations the family has been in America. The father, Henry L. Bessac, was a native of Hudson, New York, and became one of the first settlers of central Wisconsin, being numbered among the pioneer farmers there. He married Amanda Mosher, also a native of Hudson, where the paternal grandfather of our subject had located at an early day, since which time representatives of the name have ever been found there. Henry L. Bessac died of typhoid fever at the age of thirty-two, leaving a wife and three children, and the mother was called to the home beyond at the age of forty. One son died and the daughter, now Mrs. Maritta Alliger, is living in Wisconsin.
Henry W. Bessac spent his boyhood days in Hudson, New York, acquiring his education in the public schools there. He began his newspaper career on the old Hudson Star in 1864, a celebrated journal of that time, and since has been connected with various papers in the western and northwestern states. He has owned and sold fourteen different papers published in towns from British Columbia to Mexico. He was at one time the owner of the Santa Ana Herald, the Ontario Observer and also established the Vidette in Montesano, Washington. In the spring of 1894 he came to Lincoln, and being favorably impressed with the town and its people he is now doing good work for this section of the country as the editor and publisher of the News Messenger. This is an independent paper devoted to the interests of Lincoln and Placer County. The journal is a six-column, eight-page paper, and has an excellent circulation and large advertising patronage. It is well conducted after the most modern methods, and is a bright and entertaining sheet that supports all measures and movements for the public good.
In 1874 Mr. Bessac married Miss Virginia Bagnall, a native of Ohio and at the time a teacher in the public schools of Wisconsin, and unto them have been born eight children: Henry William, a leading school teacher of Placer County; Virginia G., who is occupying the position of bookkeeper; Anna O., who is attending schools in Stockton; H. Bremner, of Lincoln; Richard D., who is in his father’s office; and Grace E., Charles N. and Eugene P., who are at home. The family have a pleasant residence in Lincoln and a large circle of friends. Mr. Bessac has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1874 and is a past master of the order. He is also an attendant of the Methodist Church and contributes to church and charitable work in a liberal manner.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.