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Williston oil and farm festival parade, 4-H, N.D.
Williston oil and farm festival parade, 4-H, N.D.
TitleWilliston oil and farm festival parade, 4-H, N.D.
Date of Original1955-09-25
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
Description4-H girls and boys march down Main Street in Williston, holding signs, and wearing caps. The first two boys at the far left hold a sign with the 4-H logo. Behind them, two girls are carrying a larger banner which reads "510 club members 36 clubs." Other children are carrying signs with the names of the 36 clubs. The New Grand Theater, Dee Bee's, Model Mens Wear, J.C. Penney, Standard Clothing, Quality Bakery, and the Odd Fellows lodge can be seen in the background.
General SubjectOil
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Parades & processions
Business districts
4-H clubs
Clothing stores
Organizations' facilities
Organization NameNew Grand (Williston, N.D.)
Dee Bee's (Williston, N.D.)
Model Mens Wear (Williston, N.D.)
J.C. Penney Co.
Standard Clothing Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Quality Bakery (Williston, N.D.)
Odd Fellows Fort Buford Lodge 18 (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street - 200 block
Item Number1-29-10-3
Negative Number1-29-10-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"9-25-54 Oil & Farm Festival Parade -1 contact of Jaycee float 1 -5 5x7 of each of rest charge to Reporter 4-5x7"--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.
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 (1-29-10-3)
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 IDws129103
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