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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 City of Ray float can be seen passing the Ben Franklin store in Williston. Behind the float is a marching band, likely Grenora High School. DeGree Jeweler, the Castle Cafe, J.C. Penney store, Seaboard Loans, and OK Used Cars are all visible in this photograph.
General SubjectOil
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Celebrations
Parades & processions
Business districts
Petroleum industry
Floats (Parades)
Marching bands
Drum majorettes
Musical instruments
Band uniforms
Fabric shops
Clothing stores
Automobile dealerships
Personal NameHunt, Haroldson Lafayette Jr., 1889-1974
Organization NameGrenora High School (Grenora, N.D.)
Ben Franklin Company
DeGree Jeweler (Williston, N.D.)
Castle Cafe (Williston, N.D.)
J.C. Penney Co.
Seaboard Loans (Williston, N.D.)
OK Used Cars (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street - 300 block
Item Number1-29-16-12
Negative Number1-29-16-12
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Williston Oil Cel. -- HL HUNT"--Handwritten on box 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 (1-29-16-12)
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 IDws1291612
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