JAMES MATHEW SELISKAR, M. D. Not a few physicians of foreign birth have attained high standing at Cleveland,
and among these none are held in greater esteem than Dr. James Mathew Seliskar. The career of this physician has
been what may be spoken of as remarkable, for not alone has he risen to distinction in the ranks of his profession
in a city in which such a position denotes the possession of much more than ordinary abilities, owing to the presence
of so many practitioners of splendid talents, but he has also advanced himself to a prominent place among the bankers
of the city, being president of the North American Banking and Savings Company.
Doctor Seliskar is a native of what is now Jugo-Slavia. He was born in Laibach, a city of that country, June 10,
1880, a son of the late Joseph and Gertrude Seliskar. The father died in the old country, while the mother came
to America after her husband's death and passed away at Cleveland. Doctor Seliskar was seventeen years of age when
he came to the United States, settling at St. Paul, Minnesota, where several of his relatives were living. In his
native town he had acquired the rudiments of an education, and after some preparation he entered St. Thomas' College,
St. Paul, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts as a member of the class of 1900. He
followed this with a course in philosophy at St. Paul's Seminary, St. Paul, and after a year spent in the study
of medicine at the University of Minnesota, in 1903 he came to Cleveland and entered Western Reserve University.
He was graduated therefrom in 1905 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and during the remainder of 1905 and
a part of 1906 served as interne at the Cleveland City Hospital. On completing this preparation he embarked upon
the practice of medicine and surgery, with an office at 6129 St. Clair Avenue, where he has since continued. Doctor
Seliskar is a thorough master of his profession and keeps himself fully abreast of all of its advancements, devoting
a large part of his time to study and research when not busily engaged with his large and constantly growing practice.
He is an active and valued member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Society and the
American Medical Association, and bears an excellent reputation in the ranks of his calling.
Aside from his profession Doctor Seliskar is one of the well known bankers of Cleveland, and is president of the
North American Banking and Savings Company, one of the strong junior banks of the city. This institution was organized
and chartered in 1920 by the doctor and the following associates: Frank Paulin, vice president; John Breskvar,
vice president; Frank Jaksic, secretary and manager, and August
Haffner, treasurer. The bank was capitalized at $125,000, and in four years' time its surplus has grown to
$125,000, while it has over 6,000 depositors, whose deposits amount to $3,000,000. The bank is a member of the
American Bankers Association. Doctor Seliskar belongs to the Knights of Columbus, and his religious connection
is with St. Jerome's Catholic Church.
Doctor Seliskar married Miss Fredericka Kline, a daughter of Henry Kline, of Medina, Ohio, and to this union there
have been born the following children: James Frederick, John A., Elizabeth, Paul Joseph, Richard Thomas, Carl and
Mary Catharine. The pleasant and attractive family home is located at 17820 Nottingham Road, Cleveland.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
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