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Dickinson oil celebration, parade, Dickinson, N.D.
Dickinson oil celebration, parade, Dickinson,  N.D.
TitleDickinson oil celebration, parade, Dickinson, N.D.
Date of Original1954-05-07
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA view of some of the parade festivities commemorating the Queen City Refinery. On this day, the refinery processed its first North Dakota crude oil. Two men are facing spectators outside of a local business, playing instruments on the back of an old-time truck, a KDIX Radio station humorous float in the parade. The truck is decorated with signs which read "KDIX Mountain Dew Refinery 100 octane guzzeline 100 proof corn squeezins" and "In North Dakota to keep from freezin' Try a jug of our corn squeezin' It's guaranteed to be the most pleezin' Good for corns and aches and SNEEZIN'!" A sign on the passengers door says "23 Skiddoo."
General SubjectOil
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Parades & processions
Floats (Parades)
Petroleum industry
Business districts
Stores & shops
Radio stations
Musical instruments
Soda industry
Organization NameQueen City Refinery of Dickinson (Dickinson, N.D.)
KDIX (Radio station : Dickinson, N.D.)
LocationDickinson (N.D.)
Item Number1-28-194-3
Negative Number1-28-194-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Dickinson oil celebration May 7, 1954"--Handwritten on envelope containing negatives.
NotesTitle created by staff.
This film negative matches photographic print # 1-68-10-7, a humorous parade float.
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.
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 (1-28-194-3)
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
Digital IDws1281943
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