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Standard Oil gas station near Williston, N.D.
Standard Oil gas station near Williston, N.D.
TitleStandard Oil gas station near Williston, N.D.
Date of Original196-?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of the exterior of the Standard oil gas station and garage. There are many signs including ones that say We give Gold Bond Stamps, Tires, Atlas, Ask us about free gasoline with tire purchase, filtered, fill'er up, etc. There are also two road signs for Highway 2 and Highway 85 near Williston, N.D.
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Gasoline pumps
Petroleum industry
Automobile service stations
Tire industry
Traffic signs & signals
Signs (Notices)
Organization NameStandard Oil Company
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-77-20-52
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 15 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 (1-77-20-52)
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 IDws1772052
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