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Aerial of Clarence Iverson No. 1 oil well before discovery of oil, Tioga, N.D.
Aerial of Clarence Iverson No. 1 oil well before discovery of oil, Tioga, N.D.
TitleAerial of Clarence Iverson No. 1 oil well before discovery of oil, Tioga, N.D.
Date of Original1951-10
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer;
DescriptionAerial view looking straight down on top of the Clarence Iverson No. 1 oil well before the discovery of oil, South of Tioga, N.D.
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Aerials
Subject (LCTGM)Oil wells
Oil well drilling rigs
Tankers
Croplands
Aerial views
Petroleum industry
Organization NameAmerada Hess Corporation
LocationTioga (N.D.)
Decade1950-1959
Item Number1-175-11-38
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original26 x 21 cm.
Transcription"Clarence Iverson No. 1 Discovery Well, From the air. Taken Oct 1951 shortly after well was begun, before oil discovery." - Handwritten 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 (1-175-11-38)
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 eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws11751138
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