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Band playing in Bicentennial celebration parade, Williston, N.D.
Band playing in Bicentennial celebration parade, Williston, N.D.
TitleBand playing in Bicentennial celebration parade, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1976
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of an all male band marching and playing down Main Street in Williston, N.D. for the Bicentennial celebration. On the right, leading the band, are two men holding rifles, and three men carrying flags. All the men are wearing a type of band uniform and white cowboy hats. In the band are men playing drums and trumpets. There are crowds of people lining the street, and a man standing on top of a truck filming the parade. The Colonial Shop, Woolworths, Snyders movie theater playing George Kennedy - The Human Factor Rated R, and the Plainsman Hotel are all visible across the street.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Parades & processions
Marching bands
Flag bearers
Band uniforms
Cowboy hats
Stores & shops
Video recording
Brass instruments
Street lights
City & town life
Subject (LCSH)American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976
Organization NameColonial Shop (Williston, N.D.)
Woolworths (Williston, N.D.)
Plainsman Hotel (Williston, N.D.)
Snyder Theatre (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-1-47-75
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original10 x 26 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.
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 (1-1-47-75)
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 IDws114775
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