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Williston, Main Street, N.D.
Williston, Main Street, N.D.
TitleWilliston, Main Street, N.D.
Date of Original1910-01-15
CreatorKloss, Athniel
Creator RolePhotographer
Description"The era of 'booming' was not yet over when Willistonites gathered practically in their shirt-sleeves to celebrate unseasonably warm weather January 15, 1910. It was a lively occasion as the band joined in and a large crowd closed Main Street to traffic. In addition to having a little fun of their own, these old-timers were bent on showing one and all that North Dakota winters were not as bleak as the pictures some eastern newspapers had painted."
A large group, including a band, has congregated on Main Street in Williston. The Fair Store, Great Northern Hotel, Bruegger Mercantil, G.M. Hedderich & Co., Stenehjem & Husebye, Aaen Brothers Lands & Loans, Rawson Hardware, the Majestic Theatre, Model Meat Market, Fred Southard Farm Loans, and the old Williams County Courthouse are all visible behind the crowd.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Business districts
Musical instruments
Dirt roads
Hardware stores
Meat industry
Stores & shops
Mercantile facilities
Clothing stores
Organization NameThe Fair Store (Williston, N.D.)
Great Northern Hotel (Williston, N.D.)
Bruegger Mercantile (Williston, N.D.)
G.M. Hedderich & Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Stenehjem & Husebye (Williston, N.D.)
Aaen Brothers Lands & Loans (Williston, N.D.)
Rawson Hardware (Williston, N.D.)
Majestic Theatre (Williston, N.D.)
Model Meat Market (Williston, N.D.)
Fred Southard Farm Loans Farm Land (Williston, N.D.)
Williams County Courthouse (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-12-26-3
Negative Number1-12-26-3
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original8 x 10 in.
Publisher of OriginalAppl'd Fur (Copyright)
Shemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"Main Street Williston N.D. Jan-15-1910 Copyright Appl'd Fur."--Handwritten on original negative
"Ralph, Henry Dave"--Handwritten on print
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 ReferencePhotograph appears in Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, page 33.
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 (1-12-26-3)
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 IDws112263
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