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Fort Buford, Throw out the life Line, Williams County, N.D.
Fort Buford, Throw out the life Line, Williams County, N.D.
TitleFort Buford, Throw out the life Line, Williams County, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1895 and 1919
DescriptionA man and woman stand on the deck of the Fort Buford steamboat. The man holds the life raft around his neck. The Badlands are visible behind the River.
General SubjectTransportation
Subject (LCTGM)Steamboats
Men
Women
Life preservers
Rivers
Waterfronts
LocationWilliams County (N.D.)
Badlands (N.D.)
Decade1890-1899
1900-1909
1910-1919
Item Number1-3-23-2
Negative Number1-3-23-2
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original3 x 5 in.
Transcription"Throw out the life line"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
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 1950s, 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 (1-3-23-2)
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 IDws13232
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