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Honor Citation for Outstanding Service in Fire Fighting, Williston, N.D.
Honor Citation for Outstanding Service in Fire Fighting, Williston, N.D.
TitleHonor Citation for Outstanding Service in Fire Fighting, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1963-10-10
DescriptionView of a Honor Citation award for Outstanding Sertice in Fire Fighting to William E. Shemorry, Rural Fire Chief, dated October 10, 1963.
General SubjectCity & town life
Bands, clubs & societies
Subject (LCTGM)Awards
Fire fighters
Country life
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Organization NameWilliston (N.D.). Rural Fire Dept.
Williston (N.D.). Volunteer Rural Fire Dept.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-12-61-2
Format of OriginalDocuments
Dimensions of Original22 x 28 cm.
Transcription"Williston Volunteer Rural Fire Department
For Outstanding Service In Fire Fighting TO
William E. Shemorry, Rural Fire Chief
On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the Williston Volunteer Rural Fire Department
The Directors of The Rural Fire Department wish to recognize the great services you have rendered the citizens of the area protected by The Rural Department.
In fulfilling your obligation as a Fire Officer, we recognize that many times you have made personal sacrifices, leaving your livelihood and loved ones at all hours of the day and night to come to the aid of persons who were imperiled by fire.
For this devotion to your duty we sincerely express our gratitude and appreciation.
Dates this tenth day of October 1963
W.E. Shemorry President
Sam (?) Rolfstad Secretary-Treasurer." -- 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 (1-12-61-2)
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 IDws112612
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