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Williston Fire Department photo album page
Williston Fire Department photo album page
TitleWilliston Fire Department photo album page
Date of Original1958-10
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA view of photographs of members of the Williston Volunteer Fire Department. From left to right, top row to bottom are: Bob Falstad, Fire Commissioner; Harris Anderson, Chief; Frank Markham, Assistant Chief; Bill (Bus) McCrory, Past Chief & Roy Milner, Secretary-Treasurer; Joe Donohue, Hose Co., Honorary; Carl Sathra, Fireman; Heinie Vohs, Hook and Ladder Company; Oscar Resell, Hose Company; Ed Haakenson, Chemical Company; Lloyd Anseth, Hose Company; Clarence Olness, Hose Company; W.E. Shemorry, Fireman; Roy Hval, Chemical Company; Andrew McBride, Hook & Ladder Company; Les Panger, Rescue & Salvage Company; Corky Coughlin, Fireman; Gene Howard, Fireman; Gene DeLorme, Fireman; Ray Milner, Jr., Rescue & Fire Co.; Albert Zvalney, Fireman; Swen Kleppe, Driver; Clyde Chapman, Driver; Maynard Swenson, Driver; Melvin Knutson, Driver.
General SubjectPeople
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Fire fighters
Fire stations
Photograph albums
Personal NameFalstad, Bob
Anderson, Harris
Markham, Frank
McCrory, Bill
Milner, Roy
Donohue, Joe
Sathra, Carl
Vohs, Heinie
Resell, Oscar
Haakenson, Ed
Anseth, Lloyd
Olness, Clarence
Shemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Hval, Roy
McBride, Andrew
Panger, Les
Coughlin, Corky
Howard, Gene
DeLorme, Gene
Milner, Ray Jr.
Zvalney, Albert
Kleppe, Swen
Chapman, Clyde
Swenson, Maynard
Knutson, Melvin
Organization NameWilliston (N.D.). Fire Dept.
Williston (N.D.). Volunteer Rural Fire Dept.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-30-31-2
Negative Number1-30-31-2
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"10-58 Will Fire Dept Individual photos"--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 (1-30-31-2)
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 IDws130312
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