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John Floyd Shemorry letter to grandparents page one
John Floyd Shemorry letter to grandparents page one
TitleJohn Floyd Shemorry letter to grandparents page one
Date of Original1944-04-24
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
Description"Dear Grandma & Grandad,
Recieved your letter yesterday so will answer right away and tell you what I know about our return. In yesterdays mail I also recieved the band news from Arletta which was quite a shock to me I presume you have heard about it by now - about her baby. That seems to be one of the ways of life and I guess theres nothing one can do about it. Arletta seems to be recovering very nicely and I'm mighty thankful for that. I'd like to have some fun though as been able to get home but that was impossible.
Theres not much I can tell you about our return or any leave. It would be nice if we could all get together and perhaps it will be possible - but probably on a short notice. We have not word one way or the other as to whether will get back very soon. In fact we may not even know it unitl we get underway. We are supposed to have returned before this but the Navy is very unreliable in planning and I've learned never to plan even a few hours ahead because anything can happen and it usually does. One thing that is against us returning soon is the activity around here. We are getting Arriv (?) every weeks and its very seldom we are in a point (?) few twenty four hours so that part of it don't look so good for an early return. However we'll need a major overhaul soon and I'm almost positive that...
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Correspondence
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945
Personal NameShemorry, John Floyd
Shemorry, Edmund Hector
Shemorry, William H.
Shemorry, Emma V.
Shemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Organization NameUnited States. Navy
LocationSan Francisco (Calif.)
Item Number1-31C-26-2
Negative Number1-31C-26-2
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
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 (1-31C-26-2)
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 IDws131C262
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