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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 Original1944?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Personal NameShemorry, Corinne Gweneathe Joynes, 1918-2010
Shemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Decade1940-1949
Item Number1-166-36-11
Negative Number1-166-36-11
Format of OriginalCartoons
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Mrs. Corinne Shemorry
Williston, N. Dak.
T/5 W.E. Shemorry 37553806
B Det - 164 Sig Photo Co APO 627
c/o Postmaster New York, NY
CHINA - 6-1-45

The Poet
I should like to write a poem
I should like to take a whack
At setting down my thoughts in verse,
E'en though I lack the knack

I approached a friend for help -
A well-known literary hack.
He looked at what I'd done
And groaned, 'Oh, my aching back!'

There's nothing I can do for you!
He said, in accents sad,
This verse that you have shown me,
Is pretty awful bad!

But his advice I disregard,
And now set out to show:
There's nothing in this whole wide world
I dont' profess to know!

And if you think my writing's poor,
Please don't let on to me
I'm happy in my ignorance
Because my verse is free!

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 eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws11663612
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