Joseph Bisig


Joseph Frederick Bisig was born of immigrant parents in Dexter, Iowa, on January 14, 1895. He began his career in education shortly after graduating from Ames Iowa State College in 1917 when he accepted a position to teach in the lower San Joaquin Valley. He later moved to the Danville School District where he remained until being hired as Superintendent of Manteca Union High School in 1934. He remained in that position until the end of the 1949 school year.

Knowing of the sacrifices caused by war from service in World War I, he counseled many current and former students who left to fight for freedom in World War II. He continued his support by being a pen pal to many.

During his career as an educator, he provided a role model in civic activities by being on the Manteca Planning Commission, Manteca Civil Defense Committee, 1942 President of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, American Legion, Manteca Sportsman's Club, California Teachers' Association, and other committees and organizations.