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Almer Iverson #1 oil well aerial photograph, Beaver Lodge oil field south of Tioga, N.D.
Almer Iverson #1 oil well aerial photograph, Beaver Lodge oil field south of Tioga, N.D.
TitleAlmer Iverson #1 oil well aerial photograph, Beaver Lodge oil field south of Tioga, N.D.
Date of Original1954-03-19
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionAlmer Iverson No. 1 spudded March 23, 1952. Completed as a producer May 11, 1952.
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Petroleum industry
Petroleum workers
Oil wells
Oil well drilling rigs
Tankers
Personal NameIverson, Almer
LocationTioga (N.D.)
Decade1950-1959
Item Number1-28-86-1
Negative Number1-28-86-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Transcription"3-19-54 Air Shots Wells in Beaver Lodge March Pet Pic #1 Almer Iverson Furthest S Winfield #7 Well NE Kvam Leter Larson #8 Lars Kvam #9 #10 Fourth S W in field - W-H McClintock #11 blank #12 Furthest SE in field C.M. Moe"--Handwritten on envelope containing negatives
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 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.
This information also appeared in Mud, Sweat and Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin, page 117.
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 (1-28-86-1)
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 IDws128861
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