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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 Original1945-06-02
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Personal NameShemorry, Corinne Gweneathe Joynes, 1918-2010
Shemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Item Number1-166-36-8
Negative Number1-166-36-8
Format of OriginalCartoons
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Mrs. Corinne Shemorry
Williston, N. Dak.
Pv. W. E. Shemorry, 37553806
8 Det - 164 Sig Photo Co. APO 627
c/o Postmaster, New York, N.Y.
CHINA - June 2, 1945

Hi Darling -
You will probably recognize the illustration as a picture of Little Beaver Red Ryders friend. I didn't have any particular reason for using him to brighten up this page except that he was easy to draw.
I'd surely like to get a chance to study cartooning - it would be fun to be able to create one's own character and put him through all sorts of interesting experiences. Might even be able to create some typical N. Dak farmer and syndicated him to papers all over the state. Would be interesting to try, any how!
But, I believe, even more than cartooning, I'd like to be able to make pencil drawings of people - ones that really look like them. Well, I guess that will have to be a post-war hobby if there is time for it.
The past few months I've seemed to find time to do a
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 IDws1166368
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