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Building at Wright Airport on fire, Williston, N.D.
Building at Wright Airport on fire, Williston, N.D.
TitleBuilding at Wright Airport on fire, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original194-?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer;
DescriptionView of a building collapsing and on fire with lots of smoke. There are a few men in front of the building and one is using a water hose spraying water on the building at Wright Airport. There are metal cans and debris in the foreground. Wright Field Airport is located three miles North of Williston, N.D.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)People
Fire fighters
Building failures
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-203-9
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original12 x 22 cm.
Transcription"Building's at Wright Airport" - 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 (1-203-9)
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 IDws12039
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