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Frank Nasner farm, first to receive REA current
Frank Nasner farm, first to receive REA current
TitleFrank Nasner farm, first to receive REA current
Date of Original1947?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionFirst to receive REA current was the Frank Nasner farm located west of Williston. In the photo Lawrence Hughes, Williams Electric line superintendent closes the switch on the yard pole as he is watched by Ted Perry, R.E.A. fieldman; Vernon Salmeier, line construction worker; Sig Forseth, Williams Electric Cooperative manager and J.U. Fitzpatrick, Montana Dakota Utilities line superintendent.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Electricity
Electric lines
Public utility companies
Electric lighting
Personal NameHughes, Lawrence
Perry, Ted
Salmeier, Vernon
Forseth, Sig
Fitzpatrick, J.U.
Nasner, Frank
Organization NameWilliams Electric Cooperative (Williston, N.D.)
Rural Electric Association (United States)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-17-35-9
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original5 x 8 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
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 from Shemorry's caption in The Curtain of Darkness has been Lifted: A History of the Williams Electric Cooperative, Inc.
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 (1-17-35-9)
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 IDws117359
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