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Home Guard and Loyalty League, Williston, N.D.
Home Guard and Loyalty League, Williston, N.D.
TitleHome Guard and Loyalty League, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1918-04-06
Description"When Company E, National Guard left for overseas service during World War I, a home guard unit was quickly organized with E.W. Jeffrey as commanding officer. In January, 1918 the guard was supplemented by the Loyalty League, with U.L. Burdick as president. Its purpose was to combat apathy and explain the U.S. objectives in the war. The photo of both the Guard and Loyalty League was taken at Main and Broadway April 6, 1918 as the city observed the first anniversary of the U.S. entry in the war. 1918."
Group portrait of the National Guard and Loyalty League at the corner of Main and Broadway of Williston, N.D. with two men and an early automobile with an American flag and sign that says "The Patriotic Squadron." In the background are buildings, a street, utility poles, and trees.
General SubjectMilitary
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Military personnel
Military uniforms
Military regimes
Signs (Notices)
Utility poles
Street lights
Organization NameNorth Dakota. National Guard. Infantry Regiment, 1st. Company E
North Dakota. National Guard
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Williston (N.D.) - Broadway
Item Number1-73-7-21
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original21 x 26 cm.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"Squad, Patriotic Squadron" -- Handwritten on back of photograph.
"Page 44, Top - 135% Patriotic Squardon, Crop to Return Pic to Shemorry, Crop Top & Bottom to fit window, disregard marks on frame." -- Handwritten on paper taped to 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.
Bibliographic ReferencePhotograph published in Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, page 44.
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 (1-73-7-21)
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 IDws173721
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