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Exterior of Seventh Day Adventist Church, Williston, N.D.
Exterior of Seventh Day Adventist Church, Williston, N.D.
TitleExterior of Seventh Day Adventist Church, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1965?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionExterior view of a building, showing the front and side, with snow on the ground. Sign out front says Seventh Day Adventist Church.
General SubjectCity & town life
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Buildings
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
North Dakota
Item Number1-64-7-207
Negative Number1-64-7-207
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original6 x 6 cm.
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.

The Seventh Day Adventist Group was organized in Williston in 1935 by Elder Piper of Minot. Before this time the potential members of the church had been meeting for two years in homes, in the Williston Township Hall. In 1937 Rev. I.C. Schmidt organized the church and the congregation met in the Knights of Pythias Hall until 1943, when they held meetings in the Holiness Methodist Church. The Seventh Day Adventist Church built on the corner of 2nd Ave. west and 7th Street. Services were held in the basement until the auditorium was finished in December of 1949. The present membership is seventy-five, several families having moved away during the last few years. Only four of the charter members are still here. Nine pastors have served the church since it was organized, the present pastor is Rev. G. Schwarz.
The Church has operated a parochial School in the basement of the church since 1956, and teachers since then have been Mrs. Turner, Mrs. Houck, G. Kloko, and the present teacher, Mrs. Anita Bird.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation from the book Word and Picture Story of Williston and Area Since 1887, 75th Anniversary, Diamond Jubilee and Fari, August 8-11, 1962, page 120.
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 (1-64-7-207)
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 IDws1647207
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