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Rescue of two boys stranded on melting ice, Williston, N.D.
Rescue of two boys stranded on melting ice, Williston, N.D.
TitleRescue of two boys stranded on melting ice, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1966-03-19
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of man, Panger, in a row boat rescuing two boys that are stranded, standing on an ice cache. There are five men standing on the edge of the ice in the bottom left corner, including a man in possibly a police uniform. There is more ice visible in the top right corner, and water in between the ice. The two boys being rescued are labeled as Wesley Johnson and Les Woodword.

"Firemen ‘give a lift' to two fishermen marooned on a cake of ice. Williston volunteer firemen Les Panger is pictured above as he ‘gave a lift' to two boys who had become marooned on a floating cake of ice in the little Muddy River, just east of Williston.
The boys, Wesley Johnson 16 and Lester Woodward 17 had been fishing from the west bank of the Muddy just north of the bridge. In the course of their casting, their fishing line had become snagged on a cake of ice near the opposite bank. The two boys then walked across the bridge and down on the ice to retrieve their line. However once on the ice, a large piece on which they were standing, broke off and they floated into the open water.
While in their predicament, the boys were seen by Panger who was driving by. Although they were not in immediate danger, it was decided to help them get ashore and Panger went after the boat which he and Fire Chief Harris Anderson brought to the scene.
The incident ended uneventfully enough as the series of pictures shows, with Panger backing the boat up to the cake of ice, and the two boys scrambling aboard."
General SubjectWater
Subject (LCTGM)People
Rescue work
Personal NameJohnson, Wesley
Woodword, Lester
Panger, Lester
Organization NameWilliston (N.D.). Fire Dept.
Williston (N.D.). Rural Fire Dept.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-205-91
Negative Number1-33-404-2
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original14 x 21 cm.
Publisher of OriginalPublished in the Williston Herald, 1966-03-23, front page.
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"March 19, 1966. Panger rescue, kids on Ice cache, Wesley Johnson 16, Les Woodword 17." - Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Print 1-205-91 crop from negative 1-33-404-2)
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.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation in quotes in description and picture published on the front page, above the fold, of the Williston Plains Reporter, Wednesday, March 23, 1966.
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 (1-205-91)
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 IDws120591
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