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Williston, Main Street, N.D.
Williston, Main Street, N.D.
TitleWilliston, Main Street, N.D.
Date of Original190-
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionThe 200 block on Williston's Main Street looked like this in 1919. The Metropolitan Bank now stands where the large building stands. The Grand Theatre has taken the place of Monsch Land Co.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)People
Business districts
Dirt roads
Stores & shops
Mercantile facilities
Meat industry
Organization NameBruegger Mercantile (Williston, N.D.)
Donohue & Carney Model Meat Market (Williston, N.D.)
Monsch Land Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Grand Theatre (Williston, N.D.)
Monsch Land Co. (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-12-28-2
Negative Number1-12-28-2
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original4 x 10 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"Bill Shemorry Files - Please Return Print"--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 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 derived from Shemorry's caption in Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, page 44.
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 (1-12-28-2)
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
Digital IDws112282
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