Williston Oil Discovery Day celebration parade, Patsy Joyce, Oil Discovery Day Queen, N.D.
|Title||Williston Oil Discovery Day celebration parade, Patsy Joyce, Oil Discovery Day Queen, N.D. |
|Date of Original||1953-04-18 |
|Creator||Shemorry, Bill, 1914-2004|
|Creator Role||Photographer |
|Description||Patsy Joyce, Oil Discovery Day queen, sits atop a Tioga Ready Mix float in the parade celebrating oil discovery in North Dakota. |
Ms. Joyce, a native of Tioga, was a senior in high school at the time. Following the parade, Queen Patsy presented the first barbecue sandwiches to Governor Norman Brunsdale and Dr. Robert E. Wilson, who was then chairman of the board of Standard Oil Co. of Indiana. Miss Joyce sang at the Saturday afternoon and evening performances at the Williston High School auditorium, which featured Jerry Murad's Harmonicats and other vaudeville entertainers. Patsy's parents are Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Joyce.
Leading off with a 40-unit parade down Main Street, the second annversary celebration of oil discovery in the Williston Basin hit its stride as town and country people joined with visiting oil men to jam the city's streets and business places.
By parade time, more than 7, 000 people had lined sidewalks on both sides of Main Street for several blocks, despite brisk temperatures and a chilly north wind. The noot temperature was 27 degrees farenheight.
|General Subject||City & town life|
Parades & processions
Concrete products industry
|Personal Name||Joyce, Patsy|
|Organization Name||Tioga Ready Mix (Tioga, N.D.)|
G.M. Hedderich & Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Williston Jaycees (Williston, N.D.)
Standard Oil Company
|Address||Williston (N.D.) - 1st Street E.|
Williston (N.D.) - Main Street
|Item Number||1-219-15 |
|Format of Original||Photographic prints|
|Dimensions of Original||5 x 8 in. |
|Notes||Title created by staff. |
|Biography/History||William 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 Institution||State Historical Society of North Dakota|
|Repository Collection||William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection 1|
|Credit Line||State Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-219-15) |
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|Digital ID||ws121915 |