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Williston High School marching band in parade, Williston, N.D.
Williston High School marching band in parade, Williston, N.D.
TitleWilliston High School marching band in parade, Williston, N.D.
Date of Originalbefore 1961
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of the Williston, N.D. High School Band marching down Main Street in Williston, N.D. Students are wearing band uniforms and playing their musical instruments, including tubas, trombones and saxophones. Spectators stand along the sidewalk watching the band. Buildings and signs along the street visible are Tot & Teen, New Grand theatre showing Strange Lady in Town, Model Men's Wear, and J.C. Penney Company. The J.C. Penney Company building exterior is the old Bruegger building, Penney's opened in a different building in 1961, hence this image was taken prior to 1961.
General SubjectBands, clubs & societies
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Bands
Marching bands
Band uniforms
Musical instruments
Stores & shops
Parades & processions
Organization NameWilliston High School (Williston, N.D.)
Tot & Teen Shop (Williston, N.D.)
New Grand (Williston, N.D.)
J.C. Penney Co.
Model Mens Wear (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-48-1-3
Negative Number1-48-1-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original10 x 13 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 (1-48-1-3)
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 IDws14813
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