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Gathering outside home, Northwest Williston, N.D.
Gathering outside home, Northwest Williston, N.D.
TitleGathering outside home, Northwest Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1920
DescriptionThe photographer stands inside a barn. A cart is visible in the foreground of the photograph. Chickens and a dog are wandering on the lawn in the foreground. Men and women are standing among automobiles that are parked in the background of the photograph. People are seen entering a building at the right side of the photograph. Behind the automobiles, on a hill, are people and more automobiles.
General SubjectSocial life & customs
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Farms
Carts & wagons
Subject (LCSH)Ford automobile
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-75B-8-9
Negative Number1-75B-8-9
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original2 x 3 in.
Transcription"May, June 1920"--Handwritten on original box.
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 (1-75B-8-9)
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 IDws175B89
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