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Williston Oil Discovery Day celebration, Dr. Robert E. Wilson arrives in Williston, N.D.
Williston Oil Discovery Day celebration, Dr. Robert E. Wilson arrives in Williston, N.D.
TitleWilliston Oil Discovery Day celebration, Dr. Robert E. Wilson arrives in Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1953-04-17
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionStandard Oil Board Chairman Dr. Robert E. Wilson, second from left, is greeted by Holger Smitt, Oil Discovery Day general chairman, at municipal airport on April 17 while Eddie Conlin Jr. (second from right), Jaycee president, looks on.
Dr. Robert E. Wilston, chairman of the board, Standard Oil Company, was among the speakers at Williston's second annual Oil Discovery Celebration April 17th and 18th. He is known in the scientific world for some 85 technical papers and more than 90 patents. He is the director of Chase National Bank of New York and First National Bank of Chicago. Dr. Wilson began his career as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, transferred to industry in 1922 as assistant director of research for Standard's refinery at Whiting, Ind. Seven years later, he was chosen to head the company's development and patent department, and soon thereafter became a director and a vice president.
General SubjectPeople
City & town life
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Celebrations
Shaking hands
Petroleum industry
Suits (clothing)
Personal NameWilson, Robert Erastus, 1893-1964
Smitt, Holger
Conlin, Eddie Jr.
Organization NameStandard Oil Company
Sloulin Field International Airport (Williston, N.D.)
Williston Municipal Airport (Williston, N.D.)
Williston Jaycees (Williston, N.D.)
Chase National Bank of the City of New York
First National Bank of Chicago
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-219-11
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original5 x 8 in.
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
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-)
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 IDws121911
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