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After the Storm, Williston, N.D.
After the Storm, Williston, N.D.
TitleAfter the Storm, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1907-07-20
DescriptionTwo 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.
General SubjectWeather
Subject (LCTGM)Storms
Debris
People
Lumber
Barrels
Foundations
Houses
Privies
Horses
Boys
Girls
Women
Men
Textiles
Railroads
Clotheslines
Hats
Dresses
Suits (Clothing)
Neckties
Cats
Furniture
Furnishings
Chairs
Horseback riding
Railroads
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Decade1900-1909
Item Number1-81B-14
Negative Number1-81B-14
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Transcription"After the Story Williston N.D. 1907"--Handwritten on front of negative.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam 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:
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