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Letter of recommendation by J.E. Pasonault, Williston, N.D.
Letter of recommendation by J.E. Pasonault, Williston, N.D.
TitleLetter of recommendation by J.E. Pasonault, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1943-03-02
CreatorPasonault, Joseph Ernest, 1875-1945
Creator RoleAuthor
DescriptionTyped letter written by J.E. Pasonault as a letter of recommendation regarding Mr. William E. Shemorry in terms of working as a photographer for the Army Signal Corps. during World War II. The letter paper has J.E. Pasonault's letterhead at the top.
General SubjectPhotography
Subject (LCTGM)Letterheads
Military life
Military occupations
Military personnel
Military service
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Pasonault, Joseph Ernest, 1875-1945
Organization NameUnited States. Army
United States. Army. Signal Photo Company, 164th
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-77-1-2
Dimensions of Original29 x 22 cm.
Transcription"Photographs Live Forever
J.E. Pasonault
Williston, N. DAK.
March 2, 1943
To Whom It May Concern:
I am well acquainted with Mr. William E. Shemorry, staff photographer for the Press Publications, and have been watching his work for some time.
It is my personal opinion that Mr. Shemorry is capable of completing practically any type of photographic assignment, for I know that he has had considerable and varied experience in news, feature and advertising photography, and in darkroom work as well.
Mr. Shemorry has requested a letter of recommend-ation from me as a possible help in getting into photographic work in the Army Signal Corps, which I understand he is anxious to enter. I do not hesitate to recommend him, for I know that he is honest, dependable, and has the necessary initiative and ability to be of outstanding service.
Yours very truly,
J. E. Pasonault." -- Printed letter.
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 (1-77-1-2)
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 IDws17712
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