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Crowd of people watching a tractor drive down Main Street, Williston, N.D.
Crowd of people watching a tractor drive down Main Street, Williston, N.D.
TitleCrowd of people watching a tractor drive down Main Street, Williston, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1940 to 1960
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of downtown Williston with a tractor and a car pulling a trailer driving down the road. Crowds of people, most wearing coats and hats, stand along the street watching. In the background is the I.O.O.F. (International Order of the Odd Fellows) building with signs for Clothing, Shoes, and Standard Clothing Co. Other buildings and signs are visible for The Florsheim Shoe, B and B Drug, Red Owl, and Montgomery Ward.
General SubjectCity & town life
Agriculture
Subject (LCTGM)Buildings
Streets
Stores & shops
Storefronts
Spectators
Tractors
People
Hats
Automobiles
Trailers
Coats
Organization NameStandard Clothing Co. (Williston, N.D.)
B & B Drugs (Williston, N.D.)
Red Owl (Williston, N.D.)
Montgomery Ward Co.
Odd Fellows (Williston, N.D.)
Florsheim Shoe (Sidney, Mont.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Decade1940-1949
1950-1959
1960-1969
Item Number1-48-1-5
Negative Number1-48-1-5
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original6 x 6 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 (1-48-1-5)
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 eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws14815
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