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William E. (Bill) Shemorry World War II letter to Corinne Shemorry
William E. (Bill) Shemorry World War II letter to Corinne Shemorry
TitleWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry World War II letter to Corinne Shemorry
Date of Original1945-05-30
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Personal NameShemorry, Corinne Gweneathe Joynes, 1918-2010
Shemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Item Number1-166-36-9
Negative Number1-166-36-9
Format of OriginalCartoons
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Mrs. Corinne Shemorry
Williston, North Dakota

T/S W.E. Shemorry, 37553806
B Det - 164 Sig Photo Co - APO 627
c/o Postmaster, New York, N.Y.
CHINA - May 30, 1945

Hi Darling -
This is sort of a pilot letter to let you know what to expect in the way of mail.
Between the period of April 24 and May 30 I have written 16 AIR MAIL letters. The first nine of these are replies to your letters. From ten to sixteen are a detailed account of some of the things I have been doing. In addition I am sending three letters "free". These contain short letters, clippings, and some letters I have received that you might like to read - and that I wanted to sve. Also, there is one v-mail besides this, with a cartoon on it.
I expect to leave here sometime during the next week and depending on how many days it is - you should also have several more V-Mails coming with cartoons.
Wen I leave I will probably go back to detachment headquarters. I'll write further from my next destination wherever that is.
The Air Mail letters no. 10-16 are written small in pencil. They are on paper which mostly had oil spilled on it. That was all I had. Please make a typewriter copy of these and destroy the originals. Above all do not store them in a tight box because the oil might make them catch fire from spontaneous combustion if they are stored wrong.
There are letters, Dad and Mother would enjoy reading. I would appreciate your showing them to them. The information included may turn into a book. I am re-writing it with that purpose in mind - if no book, Press articles. Final writing will come to you with instructions and pix after it passes Press clearance. All my love - Bill"--Handwritten on 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
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 IDws1166369
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