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Williston Volunteer Fire Department portrait
Williston Volunteer Fire Department portrait
TitleWilliston Volunteer Fire Department portrait
Date of Original1919
DescriptionThe Williston Fire Department's 1919 American LaFrance pumper was new when this photo was taken of the firemen of that day. Seated are Chief Bill McCrory and driver Dwight Houston. Standing left to right are Bill Lukins, Torger Hofengen, Heinie Vohs, Art Evans, Al Vohs, Gene Bruegger, Chappie Rickard, Joe Donohue, Sr., Carl Sathra and Leo Krukeberg.
In 1919, Williston's horse-drawn fire truck gave way to a brand new 500 gallon per minute motorized fire truck. Many of the firemen of the horse-drawn days apparently left with the old equipment. The firemen still use this truck in parades.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Fire stations
Fire engines
Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Firefighting equipment
Fire helmets
Personal NameMcCrory, Bill
Houston, Dwight
Lukins, Bill
Hofengen, Torger
Vohs, Heinie
Evans, Art
Vohs, Al
Bruegger, Gene
Rickard, Edwin "Chappie"
Donohue, Joe Sr.
Sathra, Carl
Krukeberg, Leo
Organization NameWilliston (N.D.). Rural Fire Dept.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-19-24-2
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original5 x 9 in.
Publisher of OriginalThe Williston Daily Herald
Shemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"New 1930 Fire Truck Tues May 29, 2007 Best Little Stories Bill Shemorry"--Handwritten on paper taped to back of photograph.
"WFD - 572-2196, Left to right seated, Dwight Houston Driver, Fire Chief Bill McCrory; Standing left to right, Bill Lukins, Torger Hofengen, Heinie Vohs, Art Envans, Al Vohs, Gene Breagger, Chappie Rickard, Joe Donohue, Sr., Carl Sathra, Leo Koukeberg. Bill Shemorry File Photo." -- Information with matching cropped image number 204-48.
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 ReferenceThe quoted description is from Shemorry's caption published with this photograph in the article "1930s Firefighters Push for New Fire Truck" in The Williston Daily Herald, 2001-05-29, p. 5A. The article was part of Shemorry's series, "The Best Little Stories of the 20th Century" written weekly for The Herald.
The second description is derived from Shemorry's caption in Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, page 45.
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 (1-19-24-2)
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 IDws119242
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