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Clarence Iverson oil well Christmas tree, South of Tioga, N.D.
Clarence Iverson oil well Christmas tree, South of Tioga, N.D.
TitleClarence Iverson oil well Christmas tree, South of Tioga, N.D.
Date of Originalafter 1951
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of the Clarence Iverson oil well Christmas tree, which is steel, consists of multiple valves and is used to control the flow of oil or gas into or out of the well. In the background are trucks, a small building, and storage tanks. 'Christmas tree' is oil language for the steel valves on a completed producing oil well.
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Oil wells
Storage tanks
Petroleum industry
Organization NameAmerada Hess Corporation
LocationTioga (N.D.)
Item Number1-68-7-22
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original21 x 26 cm.
Transcription"Clarence Iverson" and "Completed oil well - Rig left - What you see is the 'Christmas Tree' - 'Christmas tree' is oil language for the whoosis they have on a completed producing well." - Handwritten on back of photograph.
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 (1-68-7-22)
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 IDws168722
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