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Ole E. Westgaard grave, Williston, N.D.
Ole E. Westgaard grave, Williston, N.D.
TitleOle E. Westgaard grave, Williston, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1917 and 1928
DescriptionThe grave of Ole E. Westgaard. On the tombstone are his birth date, date of death, and a prayer in Norwegian. A memory box with glass top sits in front of the grave. A dead snake lies in front of the memory box. Fences can be seen in the background.
General SubjectLandmarks
Subject (LCTGM)Graves
Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Snakes
Fences
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Decade1910-1919
1920-1929
Item Number1-78E-5
Negative Number1-78E-5
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Transcription"Military negatives and steam threshing machine close-up"--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 (1-78E-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 eschultz@nd.gov
Digital ID178E5
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