After the Storm, Williston, N.D.
|Title||After the Storm, Williston, N.D. |
|Date of Original||1907-07-20 |
|Description||Two children and one man can be seen standing behind the foundation of a home. The young girl is holding her hat, and the boy is holding a small black kitten. Debris from structures destroyed by the storm are strewn about, and people mill about the wreckage. Furniture, textiles, and parts of the building can be seen throughout the photograph. At the far right of the photograph, a man wearing a hat appears to be observing the scene. Behind the children, slightly to the right is an outhouse that has been tipped on its side. Behind the scene in the foreground, at the right of the photograph, are people on horseback, people standing around small structures, and horses. In the center background are several houses, debris on the ground, clothes hung on a clothesline, and several women and men. A passing train can be seen in the distance. |
|Item Number||1-81B-14 |
|Negative Number||1-81B-14 |
|Format of Original||Glass negatives|
|Dimensions of Original||4 x 6 in. |
|Transcription||"After the Story Williston N.D. 1907"--Handwritten on front of negative. |
|Notes||Title created by staff. |
|Biography/History||William E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications. |
Through the years, Williston has been the victim of storms a number of times, but probably the one which did the most damage both to property and people alike was the great windstorm of 1907.
It was 7 p.m., Saturday, July 20, when the storm struck, almost without warning. In most homes, people were just finishing their evening meals, and being so occupied, few of them saw the approaching clouds and thus were unprepared.
The Williston Graphic described the onset of the storm as follows: