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Williston Oil discovery day celebration parade, N.D.
Williston Oil discovery day celebration parade, N.D.
TitleWilliston Oil discovery day celebration parade, N.D.
Date of Original1953-04-18
DescriptionOil Discovery Day queen Patsy Joyce can be seen riding on the back of a Tioga Ready Mix float in the Williston Oil discovery day celebration parade. Members of the Drum and Bugle Corps. can be seen walking among spectators outside the Model Cafe and Town Pump.
General SubjectOil
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Celebrations
Parades & processions
Business districts
Petroleum industry
Floats (Parades)
Concrete products industry
Marching bands
Band uniforms
Cowboy hats
Personal NameJoyce, Patsy
Organization NameTioga Ready Mix (Tioga, N.D.)
Model Cafe (Williston, N.D.)
Town Pump (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-29-14-3
Negative Number1-29-14-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Williston, N.D. 10th Anniversary of Oil Barbecue -Reviewing Stand - Drum & Bugle Corps 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 (1-29-14-3)
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 IDws129143
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