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Stack threshing, Barr Butte township, N.D.
Stack threshing, Barr Butte township, N.D.
TitleStack threshing, Barr Butte township, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1907 and 1915
CreatorBrekke, John
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionMen, horses, and threshing machines are at work in a field. This arrangement, called "stack threshing" was commonplace during the early days of this area. Instead of bundling and shocking the ripened grain, and later hauling the bundles to the thresher, the shocks were stacked in such a manner that the thresher could be placed between them and working top to bottom, the shocks were pitched directly into the feeder.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Grains
Bundling (Packing)
Threshing machines
Bicycles & tricycles
Subject (Local)Bundle haulers
Sheaves of grain
Threshing crews
LocationBarr Butte (N.D. : Township)
Item Number1-1-33-6
Negative Number1-1-33-6
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original8 x 10 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill);
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
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.
Bibliographic ReferenceDescription by William E. Shemorry in his book: More Lost Tales of Old Dakota, p. 131
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 (1-1-33-6)
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
Digital IDws11336
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