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African Americans in early days, Williston, N.D.
African Americans in early days, Williston, N.D.
TitleAfrican Americans in early days, Williston, N.D.
Date of OriginalBetween 1900 and 1930
CreatorPasonault, Joseph Ernest, 1875-1945
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA large group of African Americans assembled outside for a group portrait. Trees are visible in the background, and two dogs are in the foreground. Williston, N.D.
General SubjectPortraits
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Subject (Local)African Americans
Personal NameDairy, Emma
Aunt Sally
Love, Ida
Lee, Bert
Lee, Mrs. Bert
Gordon, Cliff
Gordon, Prof.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-6-18-6
Negative Number1-6-18-6
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original5 x 7 in.
Transcription"This pic came from Joe Donohue Jr. Negroes living in Williston during 'early days' Emma Dairy Aunty Sally Ida Love Mr. & Mrs Bert Lee Prof. Gordon & family Cliff Gordon - on 1917 champ football team"--Handwritten on back of photograph
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 (1-6-18-6)
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 IDws16186
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