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1. First Congregational Church Men's Club portrait First Congregational Church Men's Club portrait Men; Clubs; Cooks; Men; Women; Churches; Members of the First COngregational Church Men's Club posed for their group photo in mid-November 1949 following the serving of some 600 diners who brought tickets to their annual Pilgrim Dinner. The story...

2. Old post office, Williston, N.D. Old post office, Williston, N.D. Post offices; Automobiles; Streets; Street lights; Traffic signs & signals; Sidewalks; Mailboxes;

3. Leonard Brown and Don Picek at Texas Company's Helle No. 1A near Keene, N.D. Leonard Brown and Don Picek at Texas Company's Helle No. 1A near Keene, N.D. Oil wells; Petroleum workers; Petroleum industry; Men; People; Employees; View of two men standing and chatting next to an oil well Christmas tree.

“The Luck of The Texans. ‘It doesn’t look like very much yet, but it’s the beginning of another new...

4. Tioga Oil Celebration Days parade, Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club float, Tioga, N.D. Tioga Oil Celebration Days parade, Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club float, Tioga, N.D. Parades & processions; Celebrations; Spectators; Business districts; People; Crowds; Floats (Parades); Women; Organizations; Tipis; Costumes; Indigenous peoples; Spectators have gathered on Main Street to view the Oil Celebration Days Parade. An automobile is pulling a float past spectators. "This float, built by the Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club, won first place...

5. Tioga Farm Festival 1956, Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club float, Tioga, N.D. Tioga Farm Festival 1956, Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club float, Tioga, N.D. Parades & processions; Celebrations; Spectators; Business districts; People; Crowds; Floats (Parades); Ships; Women; Costumes; Umbrellas; Storefronts; Automobiles; Flags; Organizations; Bakeries; Furniture stores; Spectators outside a bakery and Bargain Center Furniture on Main Street Tioga are enjoying the Tioga Farm Festival parade. "This float entered in an early oil festival parade by the Tioga Ladies Petroleum...

6. Phillips-Skelley-Hoehn #1A, nine miles north of Alexander, N.D. Phillips-Skelley-Hoehn #1A, nine miles north of Alexander, N.D. Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Petroleum industry; Tankers; "The Phillips-Skelley-Hoehn No. 1A was drilled on a seismic high overlooking the Missouri River, found oil in core samples at 9,230 feet."

7. Samedan Monson Trust #1 and Hardy Salt Papineau #1 oil rigs aerial photograph, N.D. Samedan Monson Trust #1 and Hardy Salt Papineau #1 oil rigs aerial photograph, N.D. Aerial photographs; Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Croplands; "...The camera is pointing east, showing the Samedan Monson Trust No. 1 in the foreground and the Hardy Salt Papineau No. 1 in the distance."

8. Samedan Monson Trust #1 and Hardy Salt Papineau #1 oil rigs aerial photograph, N.D. Samedan Monson Trust #1 and Hardy Salt Papineau #1 oil rigs aerial photograph, N.D. Aerial photographs; Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Croplands; "...The camera is pointing east, showing the Samedan Monson Trust No. 1 in the foreground and the Hardy Salt Papineau No. 1 in the distance."

9. Investors well USA #1 in middle of Lake Sakakawea aerial photograph, N.D. Investors well USA #1 in middle of Lake Sakakawea aerial photograph, N.D. Oil well drilling rigs; Oil wells; Petroleum industry; Lakes; Waterfronts; Mounds (Landforms); An oddity in the petroleum industry of North Dakota was this Madison producer pictured above which in 1958 was the only marine and offshore drilling operation for thousands of miles.
Owned at that...

10. Amerada Petroleum Corporation oil well on M.B. Rudman-Paul Rutledge-Chester Nelson location aerial photograph, Amerada Petroleum Corporation oil well on M.B. Rudman-Paul Rutledge-Chester Nelson location aerial photograph, Tioga, N.D. Aerial photographs; Croplands; Oil well drilling rigs; Railroads; Gas industry; Natural gas; "'Bountiful North Dakota,' the state slogan is symbolized in this air photo taken in November, 1958 wherein the chief sources of new wealth are illustrated... agriculture as showned by the harvested wheat...

11. Ditsworth leads oil tax protest to Bismarck, N.D. Ditsworth leads oil tax protest to Bismarck, N.D. Business people; Farmers; Demonstrations; Petroleum industry; Taxes; Men; Capitols; Legislators; "Jealousy of western North Dakota's oil wealth is nothing new.
Ever since the beginning of oil production in the state, the have-not counties have been trying to 'stick their finger in the pie' as...

12. Marlaine Rustad with Williston Area OIIC plaque for winning essay contest, N.D. Marlaine Rustad with Williston Area OIIC plaque for winning essay contest, N.D. Contests; Women; Students; Teenagers; Plaques; Awards; Petroleum industry; "Marlaine Rustad of Grenora, winner of the high school division of the Oil Industry Information Committee's Oil Progress Week contest told of her plans to become an artist."

13. Joan Delaney with Williston Area OIIC plaque for winning essay contest, N.D. Joan Delaney with Williston Area OIIC plaque for winning essay contest, N.D. Contests; Girls; Students; Teenagers; Plaques; Awards; Petroleum industry; "Joan Delaney, grade school division winner in the O.I.I.C. contest was also named honorable mention, overall winner in her division."

14. Ytterdahl #2 oil well, south of Missouri River, N.D. Ytterdahl #2 oil well, south of Missouri River, N.D. Petroleum industry; Petroleum workers; Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; The second directional well, the Ytterdahl No. 2...drilled by Worley & Harrell for Amerada Petroleum Corporation.

15. Williston Desk and Derrick Club officers, N.D. Williston Desk and Derrick Club officers, N.D. Women; Organizations; Petroleum industry; Candles;

16. Williston Desk and Derrick Club, Williston, N.D. Williston Desk and Derrick Club, Williston, N.D. Women; Organizations; Petroleum industry; "The first meeting of the Williston Desk & Derrick Club is photographed in January, 1954."
"If the men who ran the oil industry in the Williston Basin, back in 1955, ever needed a hand with any of...

17. Lars Fretland #1 oil well, N.D. Lars Fretland #1 oil well, N.D. Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Petroleum industry; The Lars Fretland oil well spudded April 2, 1952 and was completed as a producer on May 21, 1952.

18. Congregational Church Confirmation Class portrait Congregational Church Confirmation Class portrait Churches; Men; Women; Teenagers; Clergy; Confirmations; On June 14, 1959 Rev. Cecil Leek presided over confirmation ceremonies for a class of nine.
Following this, the new confirmands posed for their picture in front of the church.
Left to right are...

19. Quartet, Williston, N.D. Quartet, Williston, N.D. Singing; Holidays; Christmas carols; Girls; Boys; Churches; Choirs (Music); Sacred music is sung by this earnest quintet which performed many times during the Christmas season and on other occasions during the mid-1950s. Left to right are Cathy Snyder, Tom Snyder, Nancy Johnson,...

20. Congregational Church Confirmation Class portrait Congregational Church Confirmation Class portrait Churches; Men; Women; Teenagers; Clergy; Confirmations; Rev. Cecil Leek's confirmation class of 1961 is pictured following the service.
Left to right in the front row are Jan Shemorry, Susan Ahlson, Beverly McBride, Diane Haugen, Valli Nelson.
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