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William H. Shemorry family portrait, Williston, N.D.
William H. Shemorry family portrait, Williston, N.D.
TitleWilliam H. Shemorry family portrait, Williston, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1926 and 1933
CreatorPasonault, Joseph Ernest, 1875-1945
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionGroup portrait of the William H. Shemorry family. In the back row from left to right stand his three sons, William E. "Bill", Edmund, and John. Seated in the front row from left to right is William H. Shemorry, his daughter Mary and his wife Emma. The men are wearing suits and ties.
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Suits (Clothing)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Shemorry, William H.
Shemorry, Mary C., 1902-1986
Shemorry, John J.
Shemorry, Edmund H., 1896-1984
Shemorry, Emma V.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-77-10-1
Negative Number1-77-10-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original20 x 25 cm.
Transcription"W.H. Shemorry __, 5" -- Handwritten on back of negative.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Emma V. Shemorry's face was retouched on the original black and white negative, hence the skin tone color.
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 (1-77-10-1)
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 IDws177101
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