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J.B. Lyon covered wagon in parade, Williston, N.D.
J.B. Lyon covered wagon in parade, Williston, N.D.
TitleJ.B. Lyon covered wagon in parade, Williston, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1956 and 1979
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of a covered wagon that says J.B. Lyon Since 1887, pulled by a team of four oxen down the Main Street of Williston, N.D. during a parade. Spectators and people are visible on the sidewalks and on the road. A few automobiles are visible in the background. Buildings lining Main Street that are visible include American State Bank, B & B Drugs, Standard Clothing, KGCX radio, Penney's, Montgomery Ward, and a Pizza place.
General SubjectCity & town life
Sports & recreation
Subject (LCTGM)Carts & wagons
Ox teams
Parades & processions
Childhood & youth
Organization NameAmerican State Bank (Williston, N.D.)
B & B Drugs (Williston, N.D.)
J.B. Lyon Women's Wear (Williston, N.D.)
Standard Clothing Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Montgomery Ward Co.
J.C. Penney Co.
KGCX (Radio station : Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-45-4-6
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original21 x 25 cm.
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 (1-45-4-6)
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 IDws14546
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