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Wishek family portrait at home, Ashley, N.D.
Wishek family portrait at home, Ashley, N.D.
TitleWishek family portrait at home, Ashley, N.D.
Date of Original1928
DescriptionThe eight children of the Wishek family, parents John and Nina Wishek, and some of the grandchildren pose for a family picture outside the family home in Ashley, N.D.
Ordering Information
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Families
Personal NameWishek family
Wishek, Carl A. (Carl Allison), 1898-1988
Wishek, Max A. (Max Albert), 1901-1993
Wishek, Esther, 1894-
Wishek, Anna, 1896-
Wishek, John H. (John Henry), 1900-1949
Wishek, Jean, 1902-
Wishek, Homer, 1906-
Wishek, Paul, 1908-
LocationAshley (N.D.)
Item Number2007-P-019-21
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryNina Mary Farley Wishek was born in 1869. She married John H. Wishek, 14 years her senior in 1891. She worked as a teacher, was involved in women's organizations, and was an author, poet, and a writer of historical works, particularly of the McIntosh County and Ashley area.
Esther Wishek was born in 1894 and married Carl Tange in 1919. They operated farms at Outlook, Mont. before moving to Whittier, Calif. They had five children: Nina Tange, Margaret Tange, Helen Tange, Carl Tange Jr., and John Tange.
Anna Wishek was born in 1896. She married Ryland Benson in 1918. He died in 1934, and she never remarried. She had four children: Barbara Benson, Louise Anne Benson Beterson Wiese, Joan Farley Benson, Ryland Reese Benson.
Jean Wishek was born in 1902 and married Norman Ofsthun in 1927 and lived in Palm Springs, Calif. They had one daughter, Jeannette Ofsthun.
Carl Wishek was born October 14, 1898 at Ashley. He graduated from the Wharton School of Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. He married Eva Campanella, He was later a banker with the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Lodi, California. He and Eva had two children, Sheila Marie Wishek, born 1936 and Carl Allison Wishek, born 1938.
John H. Wishek, Sr. was born in Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. He practiced law for one year in Kenton, Ohio, and served as mayor of Prospect, Ohio for five years. In 1884, he came to survey McIntosh County in North Dakota with George W. Lilley. In 1885, Wishek and Lilly organized the McIntosh County Bank. He would later help found more banks, and was instrumental in bringing the Soo Line Railway to Ashley and McIntosh County. Wishek served in the state House from 1893-1894 and the Senate from 1895-1898. Wishek married Nina Farley in 1891 and they had eight children. Wishek was keen to bring German Russian settlers to the McIntosh County area, and was of German heritage himself. In 1917, Wishek was brought to trial under the Espionage Act for distributing pamphlets praising the German culture. A three week trial was held in federal court in Bismarck. Wishek was eventually acquitted. He died in 1932.
John H. Wishek Jr. was born in 1900 and married Lillian Mielke in 1926. He taught school, worked at the First State Bank of Wishek, and was involved with the Wishek Concrete Products and Lumber. He was head of the North Dakota Securities Commission under Governor Welford. He was killed in a plane crash in Bismarck in 1949. He and his wife had five daughters: Lillian, Virginia, Jonna, Roberta, and Nina. Max Wishek was born in 1901. He attended Ashley schools, then UND and the University of Michigan, where he got a law degree. He practiced law with his brother Homer, and was elected states attorney of McIntosh County. He married Viola Hezel in 1925. They had two children: Max Jr. and Saloma.
Homer Wishek was born in 1906, and practiced law with his brother Max in Ashley. He married Justine McCarthy in 1930 and had two children: Homer Jr. and Susan. Paul Wishek was born in 1908 and married Kathryn Prophet. They moved to California and had three children: Barbara, Paula, and Catherine. Paul later married Audrey Whistler and had two more children: Nicholas and Cherie.
Bibliographic ReferenceAshley diamond jubilee, Ashley North Dakota : June 19-20-21, 1963. Ashley, N.D. Historical Book Cmte., 1963. p. 154-156.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWishek Family Photograph Collection 2007-P-019
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (2007-P-019-21)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDsh2007P01921
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