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Elephants in Circus parade, Williston, N.D.
Elephants in Circus parade, Williston, N.D.
TitleElephants in Circus parade, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1926
DescriptionA rear view of a procession of elephants walking in a parade down the main business district in Williston, N.D. Women, men and children are lined up among automobiles on both sides of the street. One of the elephants bears a banner, which cannot be deciphered, but contain advertisements for local firms.
General SubjectSocial life & customs
Awards & ceremonies
Subject (LCTGM)Elephants
Parades & processions
Business districts
Stores & shops
Subject (LCSH)Ford automobile
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-75A-18-1
Negative Number1-75A-18-1
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original2 x 3 in.
Transcription"Elephants on Main Street Swimmers"--Handwritten on original box by Shemorry
"March May June 1926"--Handwritten on original box by original owner
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.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation about the photograph was derived from the caption in the book Word and Picture Story of Williston and Area Since 1887, p. 24.
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 (1-75A-18-1)
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 IDws175A181
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