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Road building camp, Northwest Williston, N.D.
Road building camp, Northwest Williston, N.D.
TitleRoad building camp, Northwest Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1920
DescriptionBehind a fence, a construction site can be seen. At the right of the photograph is a cook car with wood support beams. An automobile is parked next to the cook car. A tent has been pitched at the center of the photograph, and to the right of the tent is another cook car. Surrounding this cook car are carts and wagons loaded with supplies, and various farming and agricultural equipment. Several grazing cows can be seen in the distant background.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Fences
Chuck wagons
Agricultural machinery & implements
Threshing machines
Carts & wagons
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-75B-8-5
Negative Number1-75B-8-5
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-8-5)
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 IDws175B85
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