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Group outside homestead shack, Williston, N.D.
Group outside homestead shack, Williston, N.D.
TitleGroup outside homestead shack, Williston, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1900 and 1917
DescriptionA young family stands outside their homestead shack. The father and husband is seated, holding a young boy. His wife stands next to him, their daughter next to her. Four boys and a young girl stand to the right of the seated father.
General SubjectPioneer era
People
Subject (LCTGM)Families
Men
Women
Girls
Boys
Homesteading
Dresses
Suits (clothing)
Neckties
Subject (LCSH)Tar paper shacks
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Decade1900-1909
1910-1919
Item Number1-78F-13
Negative Number1-78F-13
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Transcription"Horses pulling sleigh, horses pulling wagon, homestead family, and hens and chickens"--Handwritten on original box.
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.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-78F-13)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at eschultz@nd.gov
Digital ID178F13
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