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Edward O. and Olive Salveson wedding portrait
Edward O. and Olive Salveson wedding portrait
TitleEdward O. and Olive Salveson wedding portrait
Date of Original1897
CreatorPeterson, N. August
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA man is seated in a chair, with his bride kneeling on the floor next to him. The couple are inside a lushly decorated photographic studio, with various props in the background. In their wedding outfits, the man is slipping the wedding ring on his bride's finger. The woman photographed was Olava Marie Akre, and her husband was Edward O. Salveson.
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Photographic studios
Photographic apparatus & supplies
Wedding clothing & dress
Grooms (Weddings)
Studio props
Suits (Clothing)
Personal NameSalveson, Edward O.
Salveson, Olive
Akre, Olava Marie
LocationWildrose (N.D.)
Item Number1-76-14
Negative Number1-76-14
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original5 x 7 in.
Transcription"N.A. Peterson Lester Prairie, Minnesota"--Imprint on original negative
"Wildrose - glass negs 5 x 7 given to Bill Shemorry by Mrs. Dr. McCoy June 5, 1997"--Handwritten by Shemorry on paper with negatives
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 (1-76-14)
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 IDws17614
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