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Ole Axehandle drinking poem cartoon
Ole Axehandle drinking poem cartoon
TitleOle Axehandle drinking poem cartoon
Date of Original1944-02-26
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
DescriptionA draft letter to Corinne Shemorry, with an Ole Axehandle drawing and poem at the bottom.
Item Number1-166-37-4
Negative Number1-166-37-4
Format of OriginalCartoons
Dimensions of Original9 x 12 in.
Transcription"Mrs. Corinne Shemorry
Williston, N. Dak.
Pvt.W.E.Shemorry, 37553806
164 Signal Photo Co.
A.P.O. 9029-c/o P.M. - New York, N.Y.
Feb 26, 1944
Hi Darling -
This is a request for a package - would you make up one with brewers malt and yeast which I plan to use to sit some beer. Also get the formula with all the instructions - I'm sure that my morale will lift if I can get some beer, even if home made -
Love, Bill
OLE AXEHANDLE SAYS: Ay skal drinking a toast to beer,
For me thre ban nothing quite
so dear -
vhen Ay slaving all veek
vithout once stopping,
Ju kan betting yur boots
Ay skal need some hops-ing!
So here's to das brew
For Saturday night
Fill up yur glasses -
Drink 'til yu're tight.
Bottles to bottles -
And thirst to thirst.
If the beer don't get us,
the Yap'sll die first!"--Handwritten on cartoon
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 IDws1166374
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