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Tioga Farm Festival 1956, Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club float, Tioga, N.D.
Tioga Farm Festival 1956, Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club float, Tioga, N.D.
TitleTioga Farm Festival 1956, Tioga Ladies Petroleum Club float, Tioga, N.D.
Date of Original1956-09-15
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionSpectators 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 Club is a replica of 'The Southern Belle.' The ladies no doubt were hoping, 'Their ship would come in.'"
General SubjectOil
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Parades & processions
Celebrations
Spectators
Business districts
People
Crowds
Floats (Parades)
Ships
Women
Costumes
Umbrellas
Storefronts
Automobiles
Flags
Organizations
Bakeries
Furniture stores
Organization NameTioga Ladies Petroleum Club (Tioga, N.D.)
Woodwards (Tioga, N.D.)
Ben Franklin Company
LocationTioga (N.D.)
Decade1950-1959
Item Number1-28-190-7
Negative Number1-28-190-7
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationMud, Sweat & Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin
Transcription"9-15-56 Tioga celebration Disc & Derreck Boone & Amerada officials Clarence Olson Gov John Davis"--Handwritten on envelope containing negatives
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.
Bibliographic ReferenceThe quoted description is from Shemorry's 1991 book: Mud, Sweat & Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin, page 194. This photograph also appears on the same page.
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 (1-28-190-7)
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 IDws1281907
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