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Lawrence Hughs throws electrical switch, N.D.
Lawrence Hughs throws electrical switch, N.D.
TitleLawrence Hughs throws electrical switch, N.D.
Date of Original1947-09-04
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of eight men standing around an electrical switch with a station and utility poles in the background. Lawrence Hughes is throwing the electrical switch, and the other men are identified as Vernon Salmeier a line construction worker, Ted C. Perry a federal R.E.A. Representative, Kenneth Wahl the resident Engineer of Ulteig (?) Eng. Company, J.U. Firzpatrick a Montana Dakota Utilities construction / line superintendent, Sig A. Forseth the Williams Electric Cooperative Manager, S.C. Westphat a materials clerk, and Harry Preston the Manager of Montana Dakota Utilities.
General SubjectPeople
Work Life
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Clothing & dress
Electric lines
Electrical apparatus
Electronic industry
Utility poles
Construction workers
Personal NameHughes, Lawrence
Perry, Ted C.
Wahl, Kenneth
Salmeier, Vernon
Preston, Harry
Westphat, S.C.
Forseth, Sig A.
Firzpatrick, J.U.
LocationNorth Dakota
Item Number1-45-1-20
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original21 x 26 cm.
Transcription"9-4-47, Larence Hughes throws switch, Vernon Salmeier, line construction worker, Ted C. Petty, federal REA Rep, Kenneth Wahl - Resident Enginer Ulteing Eng. Co., J U Fitzpatrick, MDU Const. Supt., SA Forseth, Wms Elec. Coop Mgr., SC Westphat Materials Clerk, Harry Preston, Mgr MDU." -- 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 (1-45-1-20)
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 IDws145120
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