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American State Bank, Williston, N.D.
American State Bank, Williston, N.D.
TitleAmerican State Bank, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1955?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionCorner of the American State Bank building. On the left are signs for Souvenirs, Coca-cola, Club News Stand, Shine Parlor, Weisser Loan Co. and 10 Min parking along the street. Down the street on the right is a stop light sign for Main Street, and signs for stores including Al__ Barney's Barber Shop, Krogen's Studio, Kelvinator Appliances, Pianos, and Standard Oil. There is snow on the ground, and two people on the sidewalk. The car on the right at the stop light is probably a 1955 Hudson Hornet.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Banks
Street lights
Signs (Notices)
Doors & doorways
Traffic signs & signals
Subject (LCSH)Building, Brick
Organization NameAmerican State Bank (Williston, N.D.)
Club News Stand (Williston, N.D.)
Weisser Loan Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Standard Oil Company
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-193-6-28
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 cm.
Transcription"American State Bank in old Union Block" - Handwritten on envelope holding negatives.
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 (1-193-6-28)
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 IDws1193628
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