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Tioga N.D. Oil Capital Band in parade in Williston, N.D.
Tioga N.D. Oil Capital Band in parade in Williston, N.D.
TitleTioga N.D. Oil Capital Band in parade in Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1984
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of the Tioga, N.D. Oil Capital Band marching down the street during a parade with a baton twirler and people marching carrying a banner and an American flag. In the background are businesses along the street including the Plainsman Hotel, the Colonial Shop, Snyder Theatre, and Woolworths.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Parades & processions
Marching bands
Band uniforms
Baton twirling
Stores & shops
Flag bearers
Musical instruments
Organization NamePlainsman Hotel (Williston, N.D.)
Colonial Shop (Williston, N.D.)
Woolworths (Williston, N.D.)
Snyder Theatre (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-108-77
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Color photographic prints
Color images
Dimensions of Original9 x 13 cm.
Transcription"Parade 26" - Handwritten on front of photograph.
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 (1-108-77)
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 IDws110877
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