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Albert M. Thompson portrait
Albert M. Thompson portrait
TitleAlbert M. Thompson portrait
Date of Original191-
Description"Albert M. Thompson, and early-comer of the Wildrose area, filed on land two miles north of the town in what is present-day Divide county. His homestead was the first in Palmer township. A neighbor, Frank V. Johnson, arrived that same year.
Thompson had already made photography a career, beginning in Brandon, Minnesota, where his work was so good it was selected to hang in the Alexandria museum. From there he had gone to Forsythe, Montana, for a time, then to MOntrose, forerunner of Wildrose, where he operated a thriving studio on Main Street. At one time he had competition when photographer E. J. Klebe moved in from Paddington, but he persevered and Klebe, after a time, found greener pastures in Williston.
Through the years, Thompson raised grain and also transformed the wild prairie into a place of culture and beauty with many shade trees and a fruit orchard. During many summers, his raspberries, strawberries and other fruits were eagerly sought by people who came from miles around.
Thompson has had more than his share of worrow, for he was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara, two daughters, Lilah and Lenora and a son, Ralph.
He sometimes remarked that throughout his photographic career, he had taken so many pictures of people, including those of foreign lands that if those prints could be placed in a line they would nearly encircle the globe. He felt the pictures he had left behind, and in particular, those of pioneer days were his legacy to future generations.
E.A. Thompson passed away February 27, 1957 and was buried in Grace Lutheran Cemetery at Wildrose. His widow and son, Helaire reside on the estate near Wildrose."
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Suits (Clothing)
Photographic studios
Personal NameThompson, Albert M.
LocationWildrose (N.D.)
Item Number1-31A-88
Negative Number1-31A-88
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
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 description is from Shemorry's book: More Lost Tales of Old Dakota, p. 195.
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 (1-31A-88)
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
Digital IDws131A88
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