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Williston Fire Department summer of 1979, Williston, N.D.
Williston Fire Department summer of 1979, Williston, N.D.
TitleWilliston Fire Department summer of 1979, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1979
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionGroup portrait of the Williston Fire Department firemen with four fire engines, taken during the summer of 1979.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Fire engines
Fire fighters
Group portraits
Personal NameHanson, Stan
DeLorme, Gene
Stepanek, Rich
Andes, Lynn
Jarland, Jim
O'Brien, Dan
Kittleson, Art
Miller, Bob
Hendrickson, Arlo
Rettig, Bob
Sowitch, Mutts
Pegg, Sam
Wehrman, Cliff
Zavalney, Albert
Ownes, Art
Milner, Ray
Neft, Ron
Kirby, Orlin
Kunka, Joe
Engmann, Doug
Lindsey, Gene
Sweneson, Maynard
Semenko, Floyd
Willows, Ray
Howard, Charles
Christianson, Ken
Organization NameWilliston (N.D.). Fire Dept.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-108-264
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original13 x 25 cm.
Transcription"Latest Pic of Fire Dept. - key. This recent group photo of the Williston Fire Department was taken during the summer of 1979, the picture includes (left to right) the newest 1974, 1, 250 gallon per minute pumper, the 1956, 85 foot hook and ladder truck (with 750gpm pump), the 1965, 1, 000gpm pumper and the 1947, 750gpm pumper… all manufactured by the American LaFrance Fire Equipment Co. The 1933 Boyer-International pumper has been retired and the 1919 LaFrance pumper has been refurbished and is now used primarily as a parade unit. Left to right in the photo, kneeling, are: Stan Hanson, Gene DeLorme, Rich Stepanek, Lynn Andes, Jim Jarland, Dan O'Brien, Art Kittleson and Bob Miller. Standing are Arlo Hendrickson, Bob Rettig, Mutts Sowitch, Sam Pegg, Cliff Wehrman, Albert Zavalney, Art Ownes, Ray Milner, Ron Neft, Orlin Kirby, Joe Kunka, Doug Engmann, Gene Lindsey, Maynard Sweneson, Floyd Semenko, Ray Willows, Charles Howard and Ken Christianson. Since the photo was taken, a number of additional members have been added to the roster. -- Bill Shemorry Photo" - Typed and taped on back 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 (1-108-264)
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 IDws1108264
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