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Mr. and Mrs. Eidsness celebrating 25th wedding anniversary in front of their house, Williston, N.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Eidsness celebrating 25th wedding anniversary in front of their house, Williston, N.D.
TitleMr. and Mrs. Eidsness celebrating 25th wedding anniversary in front of their house, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original191-?
DescriptionLarge group portrait of men, women and children standing and sitting in front of a two story house. In the center sit a man and woman, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Eidsness with a table and flower arrangements in between them. They were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversiary. In the foreground is a sidewalk.
General SubjectPioneer era
Art & Architecture
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)People
Flower arrangements
Group portraits
Clothing & dress
Personal NameEidsness, A.E.
Hardaway, Logan
Charnholm, Walter
McGahey, Walter
Randolph, Beverly
Shafer, Charles
Stutsrud, Amanda
Boystrom, Maybelle
Wagner, Martha
Jack Ester
Solberg, Clara
Stutsrud, Dena
Conley, Luella
Crow, Edith
Wilde, Raymond
Eidsness, Norman
Heffelfiner, Earl
Craven, Janet
Allen, Genevieve
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-73-7-14
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original23 x 27 cm.
Transcription"An Eidness Celebration" -- Handwritten on back of photographic print.
"P 31-Bottom 95%, men & women in front of house - crop all sides to fit window, Return to Shemorry" -- Handwritten on note on back of photographic print.
"Mobil, W.A. Harmon Area Manager, Socony Mobil Oil Company Inc...." -- Printed on business card taped on back of photographic print.
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.

"The photo below was taken in front of the home of A.E. Eidsness, (812 Main) who operated general merchandise stores on south Main and in Mondak. He and Mrs. Eidsness were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Identified on the photo are (front) Logan Hardaway, Walter Charnholm, Walter McGahey, Beverly Randolph and Charles Shafer; (middle) Amanda Stutsrud, Maybelle Boystrom, Martha Wagner, Ester Jack, Clara Solberg and Dena Stutsrud; (back) Martha Wagner, Luella Conley, Edith Crow, Raymond Wilde, Norman Eidsness, Earl Heffelfinger, Janet Craven and Genevieve Allen."
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation about the photograph was derived from Shemorry's book Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, p. 31.
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 (1-73-7-14)
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 IDws173714
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