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Band Day parade 1959, marching band, Williston, N.D.
Band Day parade 1959, marching band, Williston, N.D.
TitleBand Day parade 1959, marching band, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1959
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA view of a marching band passing spectators in the 1959 Band Day parade on Main Street, Williston. Businesses are visible in this photograph, like J.C. Penney, the American State Bank, Standard Clothing Co., B & B Drugs, the KGCX radio station, J.B. Lyon Women's Wear, Woolworths, Snyder Theatre, and the Plainsman Hotel.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Parades & processions
Baton twirling
Business districts
Marching bands
Musical instruments
Band uniforms
Beauty contests
Drum majors
Department stores
Clothing stores
Radio stations
Organization NameAmerican State Bank (Williston, N.D.)
B & B Drugs (Williston, N.D.)
KGCX (Radio station : Williston, N.D.)
Plainsman Hotel (Williston, N.D.)
Snyder Theatre (Williston, N.D.)
J.B. Lyon Women's Wear (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street - 200 block
Item Number1-31B-8-28
Negative Number1-31B-8-28
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"BAND DAY PIX Williston grade at Back of Central Sch.
Williston grade in Marching formation
another " " " " "
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Band Day Hostesses on Stairs
Williston Band members drink Coca Cola
Little girls in parade crowd
parade -
Williston Municipal (in front NW Federal)
Legion Drum & Bugle from 2nd story Hedderichs
Regina Bagpipe
? ? - Cover Pic 1960 Cynthia Craven & Mary Anderson, Epping, 1959"--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 (1-31B-8-28)
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 IDws131B828
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