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Bill Shemorry at desk in Press hostel, China
Bill Shemorry at desk in Press hostel, China
TitleBill Shemorry at desk in Press hostel, China
Date of Original1944
DescriptionView of Bill Shemorry working at a desk in the Press hotel in Chengtu, China in 1944, during World War II.
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)People
Military personnel
Military life
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - China
World War, 1939-1945
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Organization NameUnited States. Army. Signal Photo Company, 164th
Item Number1-56-28-2
Negative Number1-56-28-2
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original10 x 13 cm.
Transcription"1158 Bill at Cheng Tu Press Hostel, China 1944 " -- Handwritten on envelope holding negatives.
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 (1-56-28-2)
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 IDws156282
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