Committee of fifteen prominent men, Williston, N.D.
|Title||Committee of fifteen prominent men, Williston, N.D. |
|Date of Original||194-? |
|Description||Group portrait of fifteen men gathered behind a table indoors, possibly a Boy Scout Committee meeting. Men seated in the front row from left to right: Dr. Harry J. Baker, Dentist; O. Fossum, County Superintendent of Schools; Clyde R. Gorham; Arthur B. DeGree, Jeweler; Oscar E. Westberg, Ins. Real Estate; and Gerhard Andrew Stenehjem, Realtor. Men standing in the back row, from left to right: Neal Clark, Reporter for the Williston Herald newspaper; R. M. Gross, Jeweler; John H. Volk; Erich Kather, Pharmacist and proprietor of Kathers Drugs Store on Main Street, Williston; John Norman Urness, Williston Superintendent of Schools; Stephen "Steve" Thorstein "S. Th." Westdal, Editor of the Farmers Press newspaper; Arley R. Bjella, Attorney; Pap Levitt; and Dr. Eugene Bryant Uhlman, Chiropractor. |
Bands, clubs & societies
Real estate business
|Personal Name||Baker, Harry J., 1880-1947|
Gorham, Clyde R.
DeGree, Arthur B., 1893-1973
Westberg, Oscar Emanuel, 1886-1956
Stenehjem, Gerhard Andrew, 1882-1965
Gross, R. M.
Volk, John H.
John Norman Urness, 1888-
Westdal, Stephen Thorstein, 1873-
Bjella, Arley R., 1916-2001
Uhlman, Eugene Bryant
|Organization Name||Boy Scouts of America|
Williams County (N.D.)
|Item Number||1-1-22-5 |
|Format of Original||Photographic prints|
|Dimensions of Original||5 x 7 cm.
|Publisher of Original||Williams County Farmers Press-Graphic |
|Place of Publication||Williston, N.D. |
|Transcription||"Seated: Dr. HJ. Baker, Dentist; O. Fossum, Co Supt. Schools; Clyde Gorham; - AB Degree, jeweler; Oscar Westberg, Ins. Real Est.; G.A. Stenehjem, Oil Co. |
Neal Clark Wil. Herald – Reporter; R.M. Gross, Jeweler; John Volk Prop Saverson(?) Store; Erich Kather, Prop Kather Drugs; J.N. Uruees, Will Supt Schools; S. Th. Westdahl, In___dale (?) Sta, Ed. Farmers Press; Arley R. Bjella, Attorney; Pap Levitt, RR?, Dr. E.B. Uhlman, Chiropractor; Scouts, Bill Shemorry Part 9, Sue Lloyd Petty 23513; 154%" – Handwritten on back of photograph.
|Notes||Title created by staff. |
|Biography/History||William 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. |
Stephen Thorstein Westdal was born in Iceland on June 21, 1873. In 1880 his father, John G. Westdal moved the family to the United States and settled in Minnesota. On April 15, 1900 Stephen Th. Westdal married Miss Pauline J. Sigurdson of Wisconsin. Mr. Westdal went to school in MN and Washington D.C. and in 1907 he took a homestead in McKenzie County, North Dakota, which he made his home until 1911 when he settled in Charlson, McKenzie County and he became the publisher of the McKenzie County Journal, a newspaper with which he identified with until November 1, 1919. He then took up residence in Williston, where he entered the employ of George Farries, the publisher of the Williston Herald and on March 15, 1924, he participated in forming a corporation known as the Williston Herald Corporation which bought the newspaper. Mr. Westdal acted as editor and publisher of this publication until at least 1931… Later images, from the 1940s, in the Bill Shemorry Photograph Collection show "S. Th." Or "Steve" Westdal working at the Farmers Press newspaper. S. Th. Westdahl was a member of the Williston North Dakota Rotary, and was included in The Rotarian, Sept 1943 issue as a Rotarian who had not missed a Club meeting for 15 years or more.
|Bibliographic Reference||Information on Stephen Thorstein Westdal from History of North Dakota by Lewis F. Crawford, published by the American Historical Society in 1931, page 530. |
|Repository Institution||State Historical Society of North Dakota|
|Repository Collection||William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958|
|Credit Line||State Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-1-22-5)
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