George Francis Will, Sr. was born on November 8, 1884. He was the son of Oscar H. Will, owner of the Oscar H. Will & Company. In June of 1925 George Will, Russell Reid, and Clell G. Gannon took a rowboat down the Little Missouri River from Medora to Elbowoods. They completed their journey by navigating down the Missouri River to Bismarck. The trip was meant to be a vacation while camping at and photographing various locations along the way.