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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
Item Number1-166-36-7
Negative Number1-166-36-7
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 Sg Photo Co APO327
c/o Postmaster, New York, N.Y.
CHINA - June 1, 1945

Hi Darling -
This sketch of Pop-eye just about shows the way I've been feeling lately. We've been waiting for the lane to come and take us back to headquarters - but it hasn't come! Biggest disappointment is because of no mail, rather than urgent desire to get back to civilization.
When you receive this, you will know that the plane finally did arrive and the six weeks old mail fast has been broken.
The monsoons have begun up here. Usually the days are quite cloud and lots of rain falls. The stream is over flowing it's banks half a mile away. The clouds are often so low a plane could not get in. But today, the sky is blue, the sun is shining brightly. It recalls some June days back home.
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 IDws1166367
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