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Williston, Main Street, N.D.
Williston, Main Street, N.D.
TitleWilliston, Main Street, N.D.
Date of Original1931
CreatorPasonault, Joseph Ernest, 1875-1945
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionMen and women are walking and driving down Main Street in Williston. Many businesses are visible in this photograph, including: Dr. Scolberg, dentist, Creaser's Drugs, Conlin-Johnson Co., Montana-Dakota Power Co., Gross Jeweler and Florist, G.M. Hedderich & Co., J.C. Penney Co., Kassis Store, New Grand, Florsheim Shoe, and American Cafe.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Business districts
Stores & shops
Dental offices
Furniture stores
Hardware stores
Public utility companies
Jewelry stores
Florist shops
Department stores
Clothing stores
Stores & shops
Shoe stores
Organization NameDr. Scolberg, dentist (Williston, N.D.)
Creaser's Drugs (Williston, N.D.)
Conlin-Johnson Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Montana-Dakota Power Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Gross Jeweler and Florist (Williston, N.D.)
G.M. Hedderich & Co. (Williston, N.D.)
J.C. Penney Co.
Kassis Store (Williston, N.D.)
New Grand (Williston, N.D.)
Florsheim Shoe (Williston, N.D.)
American Cafe (Williston, N.D.)
Model Cafe (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-186-23-3
Negative Number1-186-23-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"MAIN STREET WILLISTON N.D. 1931 Pasonault Photo"--Handwritten on original negative
"MAKE 3 11x14 Bahenhagen 11x14"--Handwritten on back of print
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 (1-186-23-3)
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 IDws1186233
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