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Almer Iverson #1 oil well, McKenzie County, N.D.
Almer Iverson #1 oil well, McKenzie County, N.D.
TitleAlmer Iverson #1 oil well, McKenzie County, N.D.
Date of Original1952
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionAlmer Iverson No. 1 spudded March 23, 1952. Completed as a producer May 11, 1952.
General SubjectOil
Subject (LCTGM)Petroleum industry
Oil well drilling rigs
Oil wells
Personal NameIverson, Almer
LocationMcKenzie County (N.D.)
Item Number1-19-36-10
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original5 x 9 in.
Publisher of OriginalThe Williston Daily Herald
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"Almer Iverson Bill Shemorry 1952"--Handwritten on front of print
"11 1st 12 wells Almer Iverson Herald Oil Sect."--Handwritten on label on back of photograph
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 that was published with the photograph in "The First 12 Wells Drilled in Western North Dakota Oil Country" in The Williston Daily Herald, 2001-08-05, pgs. 16-17. This photograph appeared in the Herald Oil Section.
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 (1-19-36-10)
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 IDws1193610
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