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William E. (Bill) Shemorry letter to parents
William E. (Bill) Shemorry letter to parents
TitleWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry letter to parents
Date of Original1944-04-15
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Organization NameUnited States. Army
United States. Army. Signal Photo Company, 164th
Item Number1-31B-76-2
Negative Number1-31B-76-2
Transcription"Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Shemorry
Box 202
Williston, N. Dak.

Pvt. W.E. Shemorry
Detch.B-Y Force Hdg.
A.P.O. 627-%P.M.-NewYork, N.Y.
China April 15, 1944
Dear Mother and Dad -
A million congratulations to both of you on your approaching Golden Wedding Anniversary - I would give most anything I had if I could be there to help you celebrate the occasion, but I guess that was not meant to be - However, I'll have you a little "rain check" on a dinner party, redeemable when I get back home and in addition am going to mail you a new picture I had taken of myself - just as soon as I get a chance to make the print.
You have probably noticed that I have a new address (above) and am not located in China - From all indications I am going to enjoy it here very much - and will explain more fully when I write again - Right now I'm waiting for my Chinese boy to press a set of sun-tans so I can go into town and see the sights.

Love - Bill"--Handwritten on original letter
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-76-2)
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 IDws131B762
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