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Gayle and Jan Shemorry with their Christmas presents, Williston, N.D.
Gayle and Jan Shemorry with their Christmas presents, Williston, N.D.
TitleGayle and Jan Shemorry with their Christmas presents, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original194-
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionGayle and Jan Shemorry play with their Christmas presents, books and a toy train set. A decorated Christmas tree and other presents can be seen behind the young girls.
General SubjectSocial life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Holidays
Christmas decorations
Christmas presents
Christmas trees
Girls
Railroad locomotives
Railroads
Books
Gifts
Dolls
Personal NameShemorry, Gayle
Shemorry, Jan
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Decade1940-1949
Item Number1-18-15-3
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. 31.
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 (1-18-15-3)
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 eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws118153
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