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Flooding near Trenton and Buford, N.D.
Flooding near Trenton and Buford, N.D.
TitleFlooding near Trenton and Buford, N.D.
Date of Original1953-03
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionAerial view looking down on the flooded bottomlands from the Missouri River near Trenton and Buford, N.D. in March of 1953. Flooded fields, farms and roads are visible.
General SubjectWeather
Subject (LCTGM)Floods
Aerial views
LocationTrenton (N.D.)
Buford (N.D.)
Missouri River
Item Number1-44-6-30
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original21 x 26 cm.
Transcription"March 1953 Trenton-Buford Bottomland Flooded" -- Handwritten on front of photograph.
"This picture is property of Mr. Bill Shemorry of Press Graphic Williston, N. Dak.; Recent flood of the Missouri River near Williston - taken from the air" -- Handwritten on 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.
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 (1-44-6-30)
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 IDws144630
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