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Williston's 10th anniversary of oil discovery celebration parade, N.D.
Williston's 10th anniversary of oil discovery celebration parade, N.D.
TitleWilliston's 10th anniversary of oil discovery celebration parade, N.D.
Date of Original1961-06
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA view of children recieving candy from and looking a a Great Northern Railroad float in the 10th anniversary of oil discovery celebration parade in Williston. On the far left, some of the guests of honor can be seen. H.L. Hunt is one of those guests, but he is seated further to the left, and is not pictured. The New Grand, Treasure Island Gifts, Model Mens Wear, the American State Bank, Standard Clothing, and the Odd Fellows Lodge are all visible in this photograph.
General SubjectOil
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Celebrations
Parades & processions
Business districts
Petroleum industry
Floats (Parades)
Railroad companies
Gift shops
Clothing stores
Organizations' facilities
Personal NameHunt, Haroldson Lafayette Jr., 1889-1974
Organization NameNew Grand (Williston, N.D.)
Treasure Island Gifts (Williston, N.D.)
Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.)
Model Mens Wear (Williston, N.D.)
American State Bank (Williston, N.D.)
Standard Clothing Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Odd Fellows Fort Buford Lodge 18 (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street - 200 block
Item Number1-29-15-3
Negative Number1-29-15-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Williston, N.D. 10th Anniversary of Oil KUMV Interview - Looking in Machine in City Hall - Riding auger pole, GN Railroad Float June, 1961"--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 (1-29-15-3)
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 IDws129153
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