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30th Anniversary Oil monument, Harmon Park, Williston, N.D.
30th Anniversary Oil monument, Harmon Park, Williston, N.D.
Title30th Anniversary Oil monument, Harmon Park, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1981
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA monument to oil discovery in Harmon Park, for the 30th Anniversary of the discovery of oil, dedicated in 1981, Williston, N.D.
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Monuments
Oil well drilling rigs
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street West - 1100 block
Item Number1-132-19-1
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Oil monument, Harmon Park, dedicated 1986"--Handwritten on back of photograph
Image 175-6-11 is the same image, its says "30th Anniv. Oil Monument, Williston."
Similar images 170-110 to 112 say "1981 Oil Disc. 30th Anniv. Celebration."
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.
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 (1-132-19-1)
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 IDws1132191
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