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North Dakota Newspaper Association Award
North Dakota Newspaper Association Award
TitleNorth Dakota Newspaper Association Award
Date of Original1987-04-24
DescriptionCertificate to Bill Shemorry for Best Feature Story second place in the Better Newspaper Contest, given by the North Dakota Newspaper Association on April 24, 1987, in Bismarck, N.D.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Bands, clubs & societies
Subject (LCTGM)Certificates
Newspaper industry
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Organization NameNorth Dakota Newspaper Association
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Williston (N.D.)
Item Number1-12-61-3
Format of OriginalDocuments
Dimensions of Original21 x 26 cm.
Transcription"North Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest
Certificate of Award
Presented to Bill Shemorry, Williston Herald
For Best Feature Story
Second Place
Awarded at the Annual Convention, Friday, April 24, 1987, Holiday Inn, Bismarck, N.D. 1987
North Dakota Newspaper Association, More Than a Century of Public Service." -- Printed on front of letter.
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 (1-12-61-3)
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 IDws112613
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