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Lawrence Welk shaking hands with William Guy, Bismarck Airport, Bismarck, N.D.
Lawrence Welk shaking hands with William Guy, Bismarck Airport, Bismarck, N.D.
TitleLawrence Welk shaking hands with William Guy, Bismarck Airport, Bismarck, N.D.
Date of Original1965-09-08
DescriptionLawrence Welk steps down from an airplane at the Bismarck Airport and shakes hands with Governor William Guy. An unidentified third man is visible on the airplane steps in the background.
Ordering Information
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Governors
Subject (LCSH)Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award
Personal NameGuy, William L. (William Lewis), 1919-
Welk, Lawrence, 1903-1992
Organization NameNorth Dakota. Governor (1961-1973 : Guy)
Bismarck Municipal Airport (Bismarck, N.D.)
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Item Number00840-06
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Transcription"Lawrence Welk Day"--Printed on back of photograph.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam L. Guy was born in Devils Lake, N.D. in 1919. He attended public school in Amenia, N.D., and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota Agricultural College, and then a Masters of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Economics from the University of Minnesota. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Guy worked in a variety of occupations until 1960, most in the agricultural field. A member of the Nonpartisan League since 1954, occupying a number of committee positions, he received the Democratic-Nonpartisan League nomination for Governor in 1960, and served as North Dakota's 26th governor for 12 years. As the state's chief executive, he was involved in many prominent projects in North Dakota's history, including the Garrison Diversion Project, the creation of the Tourism Promotion Division and the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Hall of Fame, and the North Dakota Heritage Commission, which paved the way for the construction of the North Dakota Heritage Center. Guy was also the chairman of the National Governor's Conference in 1968. After leaving office, he served as the executive director of the North Dakota Community Foundation, worked as a consultant for Basin Electric Power Cooperative, and was appointed by Governor Arthur A. Link as chairman of the Public Employees Retirement Commission. Guy was later appointed to a six year term on the State Water Commission by Governor George Sinner.
Lawrence Welk was born on a farm near Strasburg, N.D. and spent much of his childhood honing his musical talents. He played farm dances to pay for an accordion that he purchased, and appeared on local radio, then moved to hotels in resorts before the Lawrence Welk Orchestra appeared on KTLA TV in the 1950s. Welk remained on television for many years, and was awarded the first Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1961.
External Resource
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionRough Rider Awards Photograph Collection 00840
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00840-06)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh0084006
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