It's always lovely to hear from a 'Whisker'. I remember when I first found the name in my family tress some years ago - I thought it was the best and had never heard it before. When anyone asks me what my favourite family name is, it's always the one I say. I have Scots/Irish ancestry and the name came to Scotland from Ireland. I have it back to about 1800 in County Down, Northern Ireland but the records in Ireland are not good as many were destroyed in the early 1900s.
Could you see if you can find them on a Census to see where they said they came from. If you check out the 1880 Census for the US at www.familysearch.org and just fill in the surname and nothing else you will get 89 Whisker/Wisker entries. Some are in Missouri which is where you said your father came from as far back as you remember. Most of them were born in US but some are from Germany and Prussia. You would need to find out where your particular Whiskers came from to make a start.
You could post a message on the look-up request board asking if anyone could search for Orville Whisker in the appropriate Census and see where he says his parents are from.
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