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William O. "Big Bill" ("Dad") Hollar and in buggy
William O. "Big Bill" ("Dad") Hollar and in buggy
TitleWilliam O. "Big Bill" ("Dad") Hollar and in buggy
Date of Originalbetween 1900 and 1909
DescriptionWilliam O. "Big Bill" or "Dad" Hollar is seen on his farm sitting in a horse drawn wagon. Crops can be seen behind him.
Born 31 July 1854, Hollar was a prosperous farmer, and lived in and around Williston for many years. He was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Williston around 1900. He was known for his sense of humor, and many articles by him or mentioning him can be found in the Williston Graphic newspaper. He also wrote to the editor of the Register in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He moved back to Pennsylvania sometime after 1930. William died on 19 January 1936 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetary, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Hollar is buried on his father, Samuel's, family plot along with his third wife.
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Carts & wagons
Personal NameHollar, William O. "Dad"
Hollar, William O. "Big Bill"
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-16-56-9
Format of OriginalPostcards
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Transcription"This is me I See"--Handwritten on back of postcard
"William O. 'Big Bill' Hollar"--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 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 (1-16-56-9)
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 IDws116569
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