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Williston Oil Discovery Day celebration oil tour, N.D.
Williston Oil Discovery Day celebration oil tour, N.D.
TitleWilliston Oil Discovery Day celebration oil tour, N.D.
Date of Original1953-04-17
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionThe Tioga field trip was made in the High School bus with Mr. Brad Sinnex of Amerada Petroleum Co. acting guide. The turn out on the field trip was very poor but enjoyed by those who did make the trip. The tour included a stop at the Clarence Iverson discovery well, a visit to a drilling site and a very short trip through Tioga. This tour was made April 17, on the 18th, a private tour was made for Mr. Wilson, using one of Amerada's cars with Mr. Sinnex and Mr. Agey of Amerada acting as guides.
General SubjectPeople
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Bus travel
Suits (Clothing)
Petroleum industry
Organization NameWilliston Jaycees (Williston, N.D.)
Standard Oil Company
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-219-14
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 (1-219-14)
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 IDws121914
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