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Three women geologist crew, Divide County, N.D.
Three women geologist crew, Divide County, N.D.
TitleThree women geologist crew, Divide County, N.D.
Date of Original198-?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer;
DescriptionView of three women smiling and one man all wearing hard hats at an oil well site. Caption with photograph - "A new record was set in Divide County recently when a three 'man' geologist crew on one rig turned out to be all women. With consulting geologist Herb Kane are, from left, Pat Rowe, Nancy Lane and Terry Rau. The three are employees of Continental Laboratories, Inc., Billings, and were working on Gulf Oil; Mosbacher-Pruet 1 George C. Anderson, SW SE 25-161N-103W Wildcat. The well was completed at 11, 300 in Red River. - Bill Shemorry Photo."
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Women
Oil wells
Oil well drilling rigs
Petroleum workers
Petroleum industry
Smiley faces
Personal NameRowe, Pat
Lane, Nancy
Rau, Terry
Kane, Herb
Organization NameContinental Laboratories Inc. (Billings, Mont.)
LocationDivide County (N.D.)
North Dakota
Item Number1-175-6-14
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original18 x 13 cm.
Publisher of OriginalPublished in The Williston Basin: Oil Reporter, 1979-01-03, p.1.
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"Three gals help analyze core samples." By Earle Dodd. There are a lot of "roughnecks" in the oil fields but in these days of women's lib there is a new look to the oil scene. An occasional gal working on an oil rig is not too unusual a sight anymore, but a new record was set recently in the Williston Basin when one rig had a crew of three gals as geologists. Gulf Oil; Mosbacher-Pruet 1 George C. Anderson (SW SE 25-161N-103W), a wildcat in Divid County, was the home of this unusual crew. Working under the watchful eye of consulting geologist Herb Kane were Terry Rau, Nancy Land and Pat Rowe. There are some who think Kane was there to watch them as much as to watch over them but after some 40 years in the oil fields, who can blame him for appreciating a change of scenery? With a Master's in geology from Kent State in Ohio, Rau is rapidly becoming an old-time in the Williston Basin. She worked with Kane on the successful Mosbacher Pruet 1-26 FLB (NE NW 26-153N-101W) well in McKenzie County. "It's interesting work, " says Rau. "The thing I appreciates is that you have a great deal of independence on the job." Geologist Lane is a graduate of Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y. She is presently working on another rig in North Dakota. Pat Rowe, who rounds out the trio, is a graduate of the University of North Caroline in Chapel Hill. All three girls are employees of Continental Laboratories, Inc. of Billings, which emplyes several other women geologists. The job of the threes is to maintain a running analysis of core samples from the drilling. The samples are studies for a show of hydrocarbons, a clue to the oil and gas content of the strata being drilled. Of concern also is the physical nature of the rock as this gives an indication of the recovery rate possible at a given level. The girls report generally cordial acceptance by the men they work with in the oil field. "Occasionally we run into a hard-nosed guy who doesn't think that a girl has any business in the oil field, " said one of the girls, "but that attitude is pretty rare." "To my knowledge this is a first in the Williston Basin, " says Kane. "I don't know of another site where there has been an all-woman crew." -- Information in front page newspaper article published in The Williston Basin: Oil Reporter. Wednesday, January 3, 1979 - Volume 1, Number 1.
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.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation in the transcription was published in The Williston Basin: Oil Reporter on Wednesday, January 3, 1979, front page article.
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 (1-175-6-14)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
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Digital IDws1175614
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