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Ray Farmers combine Arnie Berntsen crop aerial photograph, N.D.
Ray Farmers combine Arnie Berntsen crop aerial photograph, N.D.
TitleRay Farmers combine Arnie Berntsen crop aerial photograph, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1940 and 1959
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionAn aerial view of Ray farmers working together to combine Arnie Berntsen crops. Berntsen lost an eye at the Williams County Firemen's Association Picnic at Epping.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Aerial photographs
Combines (Agricultural machinery)
Personal NameBerntsen, Arnie
Organization NameWilliams County Firemen's Association (N.D.)
Ray (N.D.). Fire Dept.
LocationRay (N.D.)
Item Number1-30-90-3
Negative Number1-30-90-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Ray Farmers combine Arnie Berntsen crop Ray Farmers Combine for Berntsen Arnie lost an ey at Wms Co Firemen's Assn Picnic at Epping"--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 (1-30-90-3)
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 IDws130903
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