Biography of Victor Scott Wisner of Larimore North Dakota

Victor Scott Wisner, D.D.S., born March 18, 1856, in Orange County, New York, is a prominent dentist and civic leader in Larimore, Grand Forks County, North Dakota. He moved to North Dakota around 1880, initially homesteading in Grand Forks before pursuing dental studies at Northwestern Dental College, Chicago. Returning to practice in North Dakota, he settled in Larimore in 1892. A dedicated Republican, Wisner served as mayor, city auditor, city council member, and state legislator. On May 31, 1893, he married Lillian M. DeKay of Warwick, New York.

V S Wisner
V S Wisner

Victor Scott Wisner, D. D. S., is one of the substantial citizens of Grand Forks county, North Dakota, and prominent in his profession at Larimore, his place of residence. He is a native of Florida, Orange county, New York, and was born March 18, 1856, William P. and Mary (Roe) Wisner, his mother being of a noted Orange county family. He had good educational advantages in his boyhood, and after graduating from Newburgh, New York, High School, spent some time clerking in a bank there. About 1880, Dr. Wisner joined the rush of settlers to North Dakota and took up his residence at Grand Forks, in the summer of that year. He at once secured a homestead and tree claim and lived on them, and got them broken up and subdued, and while thus employed bought an additional half section, making his holdings 640 acres. Being now in a position to carry out a purpose which he had long cherished, of fitting himself for the dental profession, he took a course of study at the Northwestern Dental College, Chicago, where he graduated. Returning to Grand Forks, he began the practice of his profession, but in 1892 removed to Larimore, his present home.

Dr. Wisner is a Republican, and has been actively identified with public and civic affairs since settling at Larimore. He served four years as city auditor, was four years a member of the city council, and in 1905 was elected mayor for a term of four years. At the November election of 1908 he was elected to the Eleventh Legislative Assembly of North Dakota, and served on a number of important committees, and faithfully discharged his duties for the best interests of the Fifth district, from which he was elected.

Dr. Wisner has devoted a great deal of time to the duties of his office since he became mayor, and has been a leader in numerous improvements and public utilities, such as paving, curbing and filling streets, laying sidewalks, providing for public parks, etc. Dr. Wisner is a leader in social life of the young city, and in the Masonic Order takes a lively interest, having passed all the chairs in the Blue Lodge, and served as secretary of his lodge, and as master for three years.

On May 31, 1893, Dr. Wisner married Miss Lillian M., daughter of Robert W. and Elizabeth (Durling) DeKay, of Warwick, N. Y.


C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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