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Williston, Main Street, N.D.
Williston, Main Street, N.D.
TitleWilliston, Main Street, N.D.
Date of Original1941
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA view of Main Street, Williston, near Christmas in 1941. Greengard's, Joseph's, Rexall Drug, the New Grand, Interstate Stationery, J.C. Penney Co., and Andy's Bakery are all visible in this photograph.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Cities
Business districts
Clothing stores
Stationery trade
Department stores
Organization NameGreengard's (Williston, N.D.)
Joseph's (Williston, N.D.)
Rexall Drug (Williston, N.D.)
New Grand (Williston, N.D.)
Interstate Stationery (Williston, N.D.)
J.C. Penney Co.
Andy's Bakery (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-32A-167
Negative Number1-32A-167
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Josephs old store view of Main St 1941"--Handwritten on envelope containing negative
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 (1-32A-167)
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 IDws132A167
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