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Williston, Main Street looking South, N.D.
Williston, Main Street looking South, N.D.
TitleWilliston, Main Street looking South, N.D.
Date of Original1912
DescriptionA view of Main Street Looking South in downtown Williston. Automobiles are parked along the streets, and people can be seen walking on the sidewalks.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Dirt roads
Business districts
Hardware stores
Public utility companies
Mercantile facilities
Organization NameRawson Hardware Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Williston Electric Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Bruegger Mercantile (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-8-1-6
Negative Number1-8-1-6
Format of OriginalPostcards
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Publisher of OriginalBloom Bros Co.
Place of PublicationMinneapolis, Minn.
Transcription"Main Street, Looking South, Williston, N.D."--Typed on front of postcard
"1912 Otto M Seel"--Handwritten on back of postcard
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 (1-8-1-6)
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 IDws1816
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