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Max A Wishek, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1901
Death: Feb. 8, 1993

Excerpts from UND Alumni Review, September 1986 issue.

Max Wishek's parents were pioneers who helped to settle McIntosh County in south central North Dakota. His mother was Nina (Farley) Wishek and his father was John Wishek, for whom a town in North Dakota is named. John helped to mold the history of McIntosh County and North Dakota politics.

Max, age 85, is much more comfortable talking about his parents than about himself. And as he refers to his parents, his voice reflects awe, respect, love, and pride.

Nina Farley married John Wishek in 1891. She had moved to the Dakota Territory in 1887, and maintained her taste for the fine arts. One of the first teachers in McIntosh County, Nina wrote a book of poetry, "Rose Berries in Autumn" and a history of the area, "Along the Trails of Yesterday."

John had many "firsts" to his credit. He was instrumental in developing McIntosh County's first town. For bringing the Soo Line Railway into the county, a town was named in his honor. He served as the first clerk of court, was register of deeds, states attorney, opened the abstract office, and, in 1891, was elected representative from his district to the State Legislature. The following year, he was elected senator. In 1912, he was a Republican candidate for Governor of North Dakota.

Max Wishek is a reflection of both the rugged pioneer, John, and the sensitive writer, Nina, and continues in their tradition of dedicating his life to the betterment of his community.

"Max is the biggest optimist in the Midwest," said Lowell "Bud" Overboe, executive vice president of the McIntosh County Bank owned by the Wisheks. Max, an attorney like his father, maintains an office in the bank building. Also a developer like his father, Max was instrumental in establishing the Ashley Hospital and he donated the land for the medical park. He also donated land for a Heritage Center in Ashley.

As a contemporary pioneer, Max took his first major trip away from home on a train to Grand Forks, to attend the University of North Dakota. Then there was a trip a few years later to England where he and a college classmate opened new territory for the Fuller Brush Co.

Max has, in addition to the bank and law practice, an insurance business, five grain elevators, and the local bowling alley. He sold the abstract office and the John Deere farm implement business.

He is active in civic organizations and the state Republican party, serving as a national delegate to the Republican convention in the 1960's.

Max and Viola maintain an appreciation for the fine arts, and Max can still quote from Shakespeare which his father required he study and learn as young as 11 years old.

Max and Viola raised two children, Max Jr., an area farmer, and a daughter, Saloma.
Family links: 
  John Henry Wishek (1822 - 1932)
  Nina Mary Farley Wishek (1869 - 1957)
  Viola Hezel Wishek (1903 - 1994)
  Esther Barbara Wishek Tange (1894 - 1979)*
  Carl Allison Wishek (1898 - 1988)*
  John Henry Wishek (1900 - 1949)*
  Max A Wishek (1901 - 1993)
  Jean Marion Wishek Ofsthun (1902 - 1995)*
  Homer C Wishek (1906 - 1997)**
  Paul Joseph Wishek (1908 - 2004)**
*Calculated relationship
Ashley Cemetery
McIntosh County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Jae Miller
Record added: Jul 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20342916
Max A Wishek, Sr
Added by: Truman Bratteli
Max A Wishek, Sr
Added by: Truman Bratteli
Max A Wishek, Sr
Added by: Jae Miller
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