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Wildrose Buds Motorcycle Club Members, Williston, N.D.
Wildrose Buds Motorcycle Club Members, Williston, N.D.
TitleWildrose Buds Motorcycle Club Members, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1950-07-16
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionMembers of the Wildrose Buds Motorcycle Club line up for a picture prior to their first public field meet held July 16, 1950, on their newly built two-mile long race track located a short distance north of Williston. Left to right: Russ LaPray, Ralph Mode, Mary Ann Cox, Alvin Bratlein, Andy Paine, Al Paine, club President Clint Beard, Shirley Olson, Club Treasurer MOrris Olson, Clarence Olson, Leland Marchant, Gene Brown, Patty Hanrum, Alvin Olson and Ray Colebank. Not in the photo were Ray Atol, vice president; Arvilla Flatley, secretary; and George Halvorson, road captain. At this time, the 24-member Wildrose Buds was the only motorcycle club in North Dakota and had the only motorcycle race track. Besides local riders, the first event was participated in by riders from Montana and Saskachewan, Canada. Competitive categories included time trials in classes, Australian pursuit events, elimination races, potato races, stunt rides, slow races, a ramp jump, and a wall crash. Dedicated to safe riding, the Wildrose Buds was organized under the code of the American Motorcycle Association, which included a rule that if a rider is fined by local authorities for unsafe riding practices, he is further penalized by being required to pay a like fine into the club. In the event his unsafe riding continued, he would lose his membership. This arrangement must be successful, for it was not long vefore the club was awarded a safe riding banner by the national association.
General SubjectBands, clubs & societies
Subject (LCTGM)Clubs
Motorcycle clubs
Personal NameLaPray, Russ
Mode, Ralph
Cox, Mary Ann
Bratlien, Alvin
Paine, Andy
Paine, Al
Beard, Clint
Olson, Shirley
Olson, Morris
Olson, Clarence
Marchant, Leland
Brown, Gene
Hanrum, Patty
Olson, Alvin
Colebank, Ray
Atol, Ray
Flatley, Arvilla
Halvorson, George
Organization NameWildrose Buds Motorcycle Club (Wildrose, N.D.)
American Motorcycle Association (U.S.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-18-15-15
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original8 x 10 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 ReferencePhotograph appears in Shemorry's book: Best of the Best Little Stories of the Twentieth Century, p. 54.
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 (1-18-15-15)
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 IDws1181515
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