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Illustrated directory of 
Kansas oil men 


In The Kansas Oil Fields With The Modern Midases 

A Utopian Villa|(« built with Oil Capital for Oil M»n, with Civic Ownership thruout 

Introduction and Dedication 

IT is with a feeling of humble gratification for tlie opportunity to help in the develop- 
ment of our recently-discovered resources, that the Publishers herewith present the 
first edition of the "Illustrated Directory of Kansas Oil Men." No eff'ort or expense 
has been spared in giving to the world a work that will, thru reports and photo- 
graphs, truthfully depict the facts of the Oil Industry of our State. 

The articles and cuts herein published were compiled and made especially for this 
book in order to keep it of uniform excellence thruout. It is strictly a home production 
and we submit it to you — believing it to be the highest standard of merit in the photog- 
rapher's, printer's and engraver's art, and with full confidence that its circulation will 
reflect credit upon and be of permanent assistance to the Oil Men of Kansas. 

If it fills the need — long felt among these men — for some satisfactory reply to the 
numberless requests for information with which they are continually besieged, if its reports 
are valuable as a directory, and if it does justice to "Our Big Miracle," itself, this publica- 
tion will have served its purpose and justified the effort expended in its cnmnletion. 

With a full realization of the part petroleum is to play in winning the World War, 
and with heartfelt allegiance to the big brave boys who strode across the seas as cham- 
pions of all that America holds dear, we proudly dedicate this volume to the United States 
Army and Navy. 


Introduction and Dedication 

IT is with a feeling of humble gratification for the opportunity to help in the develop- 
ment of our recently-discovered resources, that the Publishers herewith present the 
first edition of the "Illustrated Directory of Kansas Oil Men." No effort or expense 
has been spared in giving to the world a work that will, thru reports and photo- 
graphs, truthfully depict the facts of the Oil Industry of our State. 

The articles and cuts herein published were compiled and made especially for this 
book in order to keep it of uniform excellence thruout. It is strictly a home production 
and we submit it to you — believing it to be the highest standard of merit in the photog- 
rapher's, printer's and engraver's art, and with full confidence that its circulation will 
reflect credit upon and be of permanent assistance to the Oil Men of Kansas. 

If it fills the need — long felt among these men — for some satisfactory reply to the 
numberless requests for information with which they are continually besieged, if its reports 
are valuable as a directory, and if it does justice to "Our Big Miracle," itself, this publica- 
tion will have served its purpose and justified the effort expended in its cnmnletion. 

With a full realization of the part petroleum is to play in winning the World War, 
and with heartfelt allegiance to the big brave boys who strode across the seas as cham- 
pions of all that America holds dear, we proudly dedicate this volume to the United States 
Army and Navy. 

Directory of Kansas Oil Men ™ ^ 





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Brief History of the Butler County Field 

By Bruce Arbogast. 

It was just about four years ago that The Wichita Natural Gas Company drilled in 
a twenty-five barrel oil well on the Frank Varner farm in the Augusta district in Section 
twenty-one. Township twenty-eight and Range four east, Butler County, Kansas. Although 
the drilling of this twenty-five barrel well attracted little or no attention at the time, it 
was the real beginning of the development of one of the greatest oil pools, not alone in 
the mid-continent field but on the North American Continent. The Wichita Natural, how- 
ever, went along quietly "playing the game" and secured leases on every foot of Butler 
County possible and the strangest thing about this was that they had secured thousands 
of choice acres for "a song" as the expression goes, before anyone woke up to the fact 
tluit they had the same opportunities and it was some time after the real discovery of oil in 
Butler County that either "home-folks or outsiders" paid any attention to the rich fields of 
Butler County. 

Six yeai-s ago. The Wichita Natural Company entered the Butler County field but 
it was not until two years after their entrance into the field that the first oil was discov- 
ered. Additional wells of small size failed to get other large operating companies inter- 
ested and so it continued until October, 1915, when The Wichita Company drilled in a well 
at El Dorado, to the north of Augusta fourteen miles — and then the producers awakened 
to the fact that there might be a pool in Butler County. 

Leasing then became brisk in the Augusta pool, and soon afterwards a few large 
wells were developed. Since that time both the Augusta and El Dorado fields have been 
furnishing many large wells but it remained for the big Towanda field to bring in the real 


gusher type of wells during the summer of 1916. The first sensation in this field was on 
the famous Williams and Walker lease by The Eureka and Trapshooters Companies and 
soon after that ten and fifteen thousand barrel wells became common in this field. Many 
large producers have since been brought in in this field of the Mother Pool and Section 
eleven in the Towanda district has been heralded almost around the world for its fabu- 
lously rich producers ranging even as high as twenty-live thousand barrels a day initial 
production. The most important leases in the gusher class in this field are the Shumway, 
the Cardey, the Ralston, the Enyart and Potter, the Peder Paulson and many others. 

The discovery of oil in the El Dorado field occurred in the month of November, 1915, 
when The Wichita Natural Company, now the Empire Gas & Fuel Company, brought in 
the Stapleton Number One well at a depth of five hundred forty-two feet. Two years 
prior to this discovery, the city of El Dorado had voted twenty thousand dollars in | | 
bonds for the purpose of prospecting for oil and gas in the immediate vicinity of El Do- i 

rado. Two tests were made, one on the A. J. Holderman farm, one mile west of the city 
limits, and one in East Park, just across the Walnut river, south of East Central Avenue. 
The depths of these wells were fifteen hundred and sixteen hundred feet respectively. 
Both were reported dry and were plugged. It was claimed by many at the time, that gas 
was found in the well in East Park. Immediately following the bringing in of the Staple- 
ton Number One well, development of this field has, like the Augusta field, spread in all 
directions but was confined for the most part to the northwest and west as well as to the 
southwest of the city of El Dorado until the bringing in of the wild-cat by The Haverhill 
Petroleum Company six miles straight south of El Dorado in the Smock district. Since 
that time development southeast of El Dorado has given us the Sluss pool and just now 
it begins to look as if a northeast extension to this pool would be opened up successfully 
and rapidly. The latest wells to the north and east of the original discovery well in the 


Sluss district have given rise to a theory that a new pool has been opened in this terri- 
tory. It now remains for only that part of Butler County lying to the northeast of EI Do- 
rado proper, to yield producers which are now drilling in this district and the oil city of 
El Dorado will be entirely surrounded by producing wells. 

Both the Augusta and El Dorado fields have given us quite a lot of good gas wells 
ranging in volume from five hundred thousand cubic feet to as high as twenty million 
cubic feet per day. 

Wildcatting is continually extending the field and widening the productive territory, 
although at present more attention is being given to the development of the proven fields 
and the caring for its enormous production which, by the way, is no small item even at this 
date, four years after the discovery of oil in this county. Men of experience and old oper- 
ators in the oil game, confidently assert that the Butler County fields are one of the rich- 
est in the entire mid-continent field, if not in the world, and they do not hesitate to venture 
their ripened judgment that development has but just begun. 

While oil in this section has only been determined above the Mississippi lime, yet 
this field is now known as the world's greatest producer of high grade crude, having pro- 
duced in the first six months of the year 1916, early in its history, approximately fifty mil- 
lion barrels of crude oil out of a national production of one hundred forty million barrels. 



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The Advantages of an Oil Producing Country 

Bv Chas. Payne. 

Oil, the liquid wealh of the world, wherever found, brings prosperity to a greater 
degree than any other product of nature. It comes in such quantities and is distributed 
so widely that it does great good to mankind and far surpasses the production of the 
world's gold. The difference is so great that the gold production seems insignificant in 
comparison. Oil seems to be more inexhaustible than gold because oil is found in such a 
wide, extended territory. 

There has never yet been a universally accepted theory put forth as to what petro- 
leum is or how created. The writer's theory is, that petroleum is the oil from decayed 
vegetable matter. At a time in the world's history when the seas covered the now land, 
the rank vegetation in the tropical waters was so great, that when the seas receded from 
the now land, the vegetable matter was washed up in great reefs, where it now lays and is 
called oil pools. During many volcanic actions this was covered up at different times, 
either by water, sediment, or volcanic ashes, forming many stratas over the vegetable for- 
mation. This has laid where it now is, possibly for billions of years, until it was opeiud 
up by mankind for his benefit. 

Most of the natural gas comes through tlic porous condition or crevices in the eartli 
from the oil stratas. 

Electricity and the explosive engine called for material to use in these human inven- 
tions, so the earth, the God-given storehouse, was called on, and oil came forth like water 
when Moses smote the rock, all for the benefit of a God-created people. The explosive 


engine, by the use of gasoline, has revolutionized the manner of cultivating the soil and the 
construction of power for commercial and pleasure purposes. Even in the air and under 
the sea, the production of oil, together with the God-given skill of mankind, has made these 
things possible and overcome many obstacles and will yet work greater wonders. 

In Pennsylvania many years ago oil was discovered, men became wealthy from the 
production of oil and speculation in oil land. Since that time, oil prospecting has spread 
far and wide. A few years ago Kansas people discovered oil and the area has spread in 
Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas ever since. About three years ago oil was found in Butler 
County, adjoining Wichita on the east. The increase has been so rapid that a conserva- 
tive estimate of production in Butler County for 1917 is $130,000,000 and with the ever- 
increasing production it is estimated that in 1918, Butler County alone, will receive $200,- 
000,000 for oil and gas. The land owners will receive out of this amount more than 
$25,000,000 as their share, which to them is all profit. This rate of increase, no doubt, will 
keep up for years and many new fields in Kansas and the other territory mentioned will 
be opened up and then produce for many years. Estimates have been made on a basis of 
other oil fields in North America that the production will last from twenty-five to fifty, or 
one hundred years. Surely the oil producing country is the most attractive from a finan- 
cial standpoint. The people of Wichita are very fortunate in having a large city and 
railroad center and the best city in Kansas or Oklahoma already builded up, before oil 
was discovered, located in the best agricultual section of North America, all ready to take 
care of this oil business. 

Wichita is a solidly built city and has passed the experimental stage many, many 
years ago. Many large companies are locating here, because this city is the greatest fi- 
nancial center in the Southwest, even the great Standard Oil Company has recently bought 
400 acres of land for its refinery. 



Our Congressman, W. A. Ayres, understanding the necessity for water for agricul- 
tural purposes and knowing that the whole semi-arid country lying to the west and south 
has an abundance of water underlying the surface, has introduced a bill in Congress to 
have the government loan its credit for at least fifty years and build power stations every 
200 miles to make electricity to sell at about cost to the farmers and manufacturers for 
cheap power to pump water on land or use in any other means to aid agricultural pro- 
duction. The section of country to be developed is from the center of Kansas, Oklahoma 
and Nebraska, west to the Rocky Mountain Foot Hills and from Canada to the Gulf of 

This, when carried on to its fullest extent, will help populate this territory of splen- 
did soil and of large area, and the people dwelling therein should be happy and contented. 
Most of this land is level and it is reasonable to expect that many sections of the territory 
described may produce oil and gas. which will naturally make everyone in the territory 
described, in good circumstances. Surely Kansas and Wichita are being blessed and this 
country is destined to be as thickly populated as the fertile lands on the Nile in Egypt. 
An abundance of water, oil and agriculture is the great foundation for good government 
and under a democratic republic, where excesses are eliminated, there is no good reason 
why the coming population should not be healthy, contented and happy. 


Wichita- Walnut Valley Interurban Railroad 

The Wichita-Walnut Valley Interurban Railroad is to be built in the very near 
future. The line will run east to some point not far west of Augusta, then north to To- 
wanda and El Dorado. The first unit will reach Augusta also and then run south to 
Douglass and later to Winfield and connect up with the Arkansas City line. Most of 
this line runs through ver>' fine farming country on the Walnut River bottoms and 
through most of the oil fields in Butler County. The oil fields near Towanda and El 
Dorado are the greatest producing oil fields in North America, and financiers predict that 
this road will pay large dividends as soon as it is in operation. 

The line from El Dorado through Towanda will terminate in Wichita; the line 
from Douglass to Winfield and Augusta will terminate in Wichita, giving Wichita practi- 
cally two terminal lines and part of which will be run over the same track, just west of 
Augusta. The public who wish to use this line jjelwecn Douglass, Augusta, Towanda and 
El Dorado, have nearly a straight line except they may have to change cars at the forks 
of the Y which will be just west of Augusta. 

There no doubt will be immense trattic on account of the increased oil production 
in Butler County. War conditions have delayed construction, but the company has a 
permit from the State Utilities Board and will soon have a permit from the Capital Is- 
sues Committee of Washington, D. C. The contract for constructing and equipping the 
road is already let to Mr. John R. Scott of St. Louis, Mo. This is one of the big enter- 
prises for the benefit of the oil men and all the towns reached by this interurban railway. 


Oil Makes El Dorado, Kansas City of Activity 

By Roy Moore ^^^^^ 

Vast Wealth of Petroleum Deposits Make Town Center of Business Almost Over Night. \ \ 

El Dorado, — the city of gold. 

That's a free translation from the Spanish of El Dorado, Kan., where more oil is 
produced at the present time than any other place of similar area in the United States. 
But until two years ago, prior to the discovery of the ill-smelling liquid that has brought 
more wealth to Butler county than a discovery of real gold would have done, the in- \ ' 

habitants of the city were little impressed by the derivation of the name. , j 

A few, perhaps, had heard of the visit of Coronado to Kansas, back in the six- \ 

teenth century, in his quest for the mysterious kingdom of Quivera, where it was said 
the streets were laid vdth gold. They had heard, too, that the gallant knight of Spain 
had lost his life in his search for treasure. It isn't folk lore that he crossed Butler county, ; 

little dreaming that the gold was hidden deep under ground. 

No one can tell you why El Dorado was named thus, unless perchance some wag 
called to mind the vain search of Coronado, and, being in a facetious mood, had given 
the town its title. 

But it's no idle dream now. 

Standing on an eminence at the western side of the city, the spectator can look for 
miles at an endless field of derricks set out in rows with all the regularity of a new apple 
orchard. Up hill and down hill, the rows run until they are lost in the distance. As a 


matter of fact, there are more than a thousand derricks in sight, each one pxmiping f rom 
mother earth the liquid that is destined to play the biggest part in reclaiming the world 
for democracy. 

These rows upon rows of derricks mark spots where more than a quarter of a 
million dollars are brought to the surface daily. Off to the south and north, as far as the 
eye can see, are more derricks, some of them pumping oil and others merely drilling 
rigs, but each one almost sure of production. 

You cannot persuade an El Doradoan that it's only a question of a few months 
until a million dollars every day of the year will be pumped from the ground. Un- 
doubtedly there is considerable truth in the assertion. Large companies estimate that it 
will take several years to drill out all the proven territory under lease. To the east of 
El Dorado new pools recently have been struck, and to the far side of the county is the 
Greenwood county pool, which many oil men claim is connected to the El Dorado field. 

Butler county used to get considerable notoriety from its annual kaffir carnival. 
The crop occupied about all the available land under cultivation, more because it could 
withstand the droughts that generally swept over southern Kansas. Butler county's 
jealous neighbors, however, used to say they planted kaffir because the soil was most 
too poor to raise anything else. 

In any case, El Dorado held a carnival annually to celebrate nature's beneficence. 
All the available bands were imported from neighboring towns, famous speakers from 
over the state were in attendance and everything was hterally bedecked with kaffir corn. 
That was two years ago. At that time it was the proud boast of Butler county that she 
produced $2,000,000 worth of kaffir and other farm products annually. 


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Think of it, $2,000,000 every year! Now it takes Butler county about a week to 
duplicate the feat. They say that when children grow up they put away childish things. 
Butler County is now grown up. She does not hold ^hc Kaflir Carnival in the Autumn. 
She has put on a cUgnified bearing that is supposed to attend great wealth. 

Of course. El Dorado kicked up her lieels considerably when oil was first discov- 
ered by the pioneer prospectors for oil. Thousands of drillers and tankies from all over 
the country hurried to the new field, and, as a result, there was considerable activity 
nightly as far as the poHce were concerned. But that stage has passed. The town has 
now adjusted itself to wealth that sprung up over night. It looks upon miUions with the 
cool, calculating eye of a Wall Street financier. 

Along its paved streets glide the motor cars, whose owners can write checks up to 
six figures. New buildings are going up— not sky scrapers, but dignified buildings that 
you would expect in any hustling, wide awake town. El Dorado is not going to waste 
its money as many towns did in the boom days in the eighties. 

She also has got over the habit of raising the price of food conmiodities beyond 
reason. Immediately after the discovery of oil, an unlimited bank roll was a prime es- 
sential to a visitor who planned to spend a few days in the city. But the big oil compa- 
nies promptly taught the city a lesson, as far as food prices were concerned. They started 
towns of their own on their leases where employes could get all the essentials that could 
be purchased in El Dorado and not nearly so high. Consequently, the city now charges 
no more than the average town. 

But El Dorado has not grown fast enough for its permanent population and vacant 
houses are hard to find at any price, with the attendant result that rent is beyond rea- 
son. To meet the housing problem, every building that is available is turned into a home 


of some description. At present, much of the residence section strongly resembles a col- 
lection of summer houses along some resort, with no more attention to architecture. 

Although El Dorado has the dignified airs of a large city, she has many Puritani- 
cal ways that are hardly to be expected — even in Kansas. There is not a pool room 
in the whole city. It decided that indulging in pool was harmful to the morals of the 
young. The ban was accordingly placed on the sport. 

The stores also are open at night, at least many of them are. The drillers, of 
course, can't get away from work in the middle of the day to shop, and night is the only 

There are many cities in the country with oil wells in the city limits. But El Do- 
rado claims this distinction: She claims to be the only city in the country that owns a 
municipal well. Up in the northwest part of the town, the town owned a dump where 
trash and garbage was hauled. It was on the edge of the producing field. Someone 
suggested that the acreage might as well be put to pumping oil, as well as its other duties. 
A company agreed to sink the well for three-fourths of the oil, leaving the city one- 
fourth. The other day a 150-barrel well was brought in. The net income of the city 
will be around $50 a day — not a bad sumi from land that was considered nothing but 

Of course. El Dorado has a few millionaires. Most of them are most too modest 
to admit it. One oil company has paid as high as $100,000 for one month's royalty to a 
single lease owner. Right now. Uncle Sam is taking a generous share of the oil wealth of 
Butler county through the excess profit tax — 40 per cent, to be exact. But you hear no 
complaint. Butler county is proud of the fact that she is doing a little bit more than 
any other part of Kansas to help win the war.— From Petroleum for May, 1918. 


501 Schweiter Building 

One of the big reasons for the continued activity in the Kansas Oil Fields may be 
placed at the door of such successes as that of The Big Four Oil Company, established and 
incorporated in February, 1917, for the purpose of developing oil in Butler County. This 
company is a $50,000.00 closed corporation with valuable holdings. Northeast of the' North- 
west in 3-26-5, consisting of twenty acres; and 640 acres in the shallow territory of East 
Greenwood County. 


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The fact that these operators brought in their first well on April 2, 1917, and began 
paying large dividends as early as July 1st of that year may be explained by the fact that 
it is manned by these officers: Mr. O. E. Foulke, Pres., Mr. J. M. Reynolds, Vice-Pres., and 
A. M. Griffith, Sec. and Treas. Already stockholders have received their original invest- 
ments back by way of dividends, and as the company already has six wells on the pump 
with the seventh one ready to come in any day, the outlook is verj', very bright. 



The National City Oil Company 

501 Schweiter Bldg. 

In "spudding in" for an article on the activities of The National City Oil Company, 
the reporter hopes that he will not encounter as many difficulties as that organization met 
with during the early stages of their development. If, however, as their experience 
proved, "The darkest hour is just before the dawn," he is probably willing to take his 
chances, for few Butler County operators now enjoy such a satisfactory present or arc 
justified in expecting a more roseate future. 

Beginning with their drilling in May, 1917, no bad luck known to the oil producer 
had passed them by, until their Number Two well came in with a 200 barrel production, 
and aparently raised the hoodoo. For by the time this goes to press. Number One will be 
in and they will have begun drilling on two more oti'sets and three more absolutely proven 

Incorporated in April, 1917, with a •'^60,000.00 closed corporation, they already con- 
trol these valuable parcels: Northeast of Northwest 3-26-5, consisting of 20 acres; 80 acres 
near production Northeast of Eureka, Greenwood County; 40 acres in the Fox Bush Dis- 
trict, south part of Butler County. 

The fact that Mr. 0. E. Foulke as president, Mr. J. M. Reynolds as vice-president, 
and Mr. A. M. Gritlith as secretary and treasurer, are the officers of the organization ac- 
counts for the loyalty and patience of the stockholders and for the A-1 financial condition 
of the corporation. 

Returns will be in in the near future after which date a large monthly dividend will 
be paid to all who are fortunate enough to be associates in this company. 


The Midland Refining Company 

El Dorado, Kansas 

The accompanying picture of The Midland Refinery tells its own storj- for it illus- 
trates the ultimate success of unlimited endeavor, and depicts the last word in modern effi- 
ciency for producing, manufacturing, and distributing petroleum and its products. It is one 
of the show places of the Mid-Continent field. 

But, in case you are interested in a few statistics, you miglit consider these. From 
the activities on those eighty acres two miles south of El Dorado, 250 of the company's tank 
cars are in continuous service, and the products are shipped in train load lots to Pittsburg, 
Pennsylvania, and New York State, beside filling their share of middle west orders. They 
are breaking into the retail department by establishing stations in Kansas, Oklahoma and 

Mr. W. G. Skelly, the President, is a director in eleven other oil companies and is one 
of a few really responsible for the development of the Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma fields. 
He doesn't need the boost but we would like to add our approval to his enterprise and our 
appreciation for the difficulties he has overcome. Mr. F. A. Pielsticker as Vice President 
and Dr. G. W. Gray as Secretary complete the trio of human dynamos who, since the in- 
corporation in March, 1917, have put this big project "over the top." 



The Inland Oil Company 

Incorporated in April, 1917, as the producing department of The Midland Refining 
Company, The Inland Oil Company, appropriated two and a half million for that purpose 
and formed an organization of their largest stockholders who secured leases on 2,000 acres 
in Kansas, consisting of sixteen pieces, some of which is oHset acreage. They also operate 
valuable production in Oklahoma, and the policy of handling the business is to get the af- 
fairs of the company on a firm, good paying basis and then pro rate any extra funds needed 
among the original stockholders. So far, they have never had to go outside of that list for 
anything they financed. That may be explained by the fact that only a small amount has 
been set aside for speculative purposes as all the rest is spent in proven territory. But we 
suspect that their large annual income has something to do with it. 

When you know that Mr. W. G. Skelly, as President; Mr. F. A. Pielsticker, as Vice- 
President and Secretary, and Mr. R. H. Hazlett as Treasurer form the personnel of tlie 
board, you will understand why the charter membership still stands . Mr. Pielsticker, who 
was formerly at the head of The Ice and Light Company for El Dorado, was placed in 
charge of the company's office at 308 El Dorado National Bank Building. He is an expe- 
rienced oil operator, holds an engineering degree from the Iowa State College, and in vari- 
ous ways, seems especially equipped to fill his office in the company. 


The Famous Shumway Lease at Towanda 

Operated by The Gypsy Oil Co. 
(See Frontispiece Panorama.) 

There is no doubt that the quarter section most prominent in the history of the oil 
industry of Kansas is the N. E. Y^ of section 11-26-4 Butler County, known in petroleum 
parlance as The Shumway. There has been no way to speak of it except in superlatives 
and here are a few of the most used ones: It has been considered the greatest produc- 
ing oil property of its size in the United States (having yielded over twelve million 
dollars in oil within ten months) ; operated by The Gypsy Oil Company, the lease is per- 
haps the best equipped and most thoroly developed quarter section in the country; their 
Number Five has made a record — unequaled in the entire iield. It came in 16,000 barrels 
strong on September 7, 1917, and flowed natural for over seven months. Number Thirteen 
struck oil on March 16, 1918, and was good for 16,000 barrels. One-sixteenth of the royalty 
paid in excess of $66,000.00 for fifteen days in March. 

As to equipment, it is a marvel of ingenuity and efliciency. There are two 55,000- 
barrel tanks on the lease and a great numb r of the 1600-barrel size. It has air compres- 
sion plants for use in flowing the oil. When the compressed air is run thru tubing into 
the wells, it serves as pressure to force the oil out and wells that would make 1000 bar- 
rels on the pump, will, when put on the air, increase to five or six thousand barrels a day. 
There are about one hundred dwelling houses on the lease for the employes, and all the 
property is served with electricity from its own plant. Guards are stationed at the gates 
and the pubUc is not permitted to enter without a pass. At night, the immense search- 
light in the center of the lease, helps to guard the holdings of the syndicate. 



Production first came in thru number one on July 15, 1917 and flowed at the rate 
of 5000 barrels per day. The property is not one year old and is nearing completion 
as far as deep oil is concerned, having brought in twenty-eight deep producing wells, 
with eight more drilling. They have drilled into the deep sand from four to forty feet, 
getting results at this depth, and have stopped drilling, altho the sand on the lease is 
proven to be 80 feet in depth. By drilling no deeper, the wells maintain their initial pro- 
duction for a longer time. There is a shallow production at 1670 feet with two wells on 
it that flowed when they were drilled in, and the indications seem to warrant double or 
twin sand wells. This sand produces about 200 bbls. to the well — flush. There w^ere 
seven gas wells completed that furnished fuel for operation for quite a while and are 
still a prominent factor in drilling. 

The products of the Shumway wells are transported by means of six-inch pipes 
for the large wells from the pumps to flow tanks and thence into the storage tanks and 
pipe lines. The Gulf Pipe Line Company of Oklahoma, affiliated with the Gypsy, has 
laid lines from the property to Port Arthur, Texas, where they have one of the largest 
refineries in the world. Many other items of an epoch-making nature could be cited but 
the most provable statement of their eminence, is the tendency of the entire oil public to 
describe all their holdings with the Shumway as a gauge. 


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Mr. W. M. Jamieson ^ 

In writing up Mr. W. M. Jamieson, secretary of The Otter Creek Oil and Gas Com- 
pany, it is unnecessary to resort to flowery epigrams and dig up camouflage sensations. 
The facts will speak for themselves. 

He came to Kansas in 1883 but in 1887 was sent to New Mexico as drill runner for 
The San Pedro Coal & Coke Co. His former experience as a miner aptly fitted him for 
this office. The May and Jekyl Construction Co., of New York availed themselves of his 
services as superintendent of live stock in building the railway from Port au Prince to 
Santa Clara, Cuba in 1901 and two years after he served as superintendent of excava- 
tion and tracks in building the great filtration plant for the city of Washington, D. C. 
Then he was installed as superintendent of construction for the railroad from Nipa Bay 
to Punta Baca, Cuba and, at its completion, was engaged by Pierson & Son of London, 
England to superintend the construction of Tunnels "A" and "B" in the great tunnel sys- 
tem under the East River connecting New York and Long Island. In 1910, he again be- 
came associated with May & Yekyl as superintendent of construction on the Madeira and 
Mamore Railway, South America — a task that took him down into the swamps of the 
Amazon with a working crew of French-speaking negroes, Cubans, and hundreds of im- 
ported Germans, — all fighting the common enemy — fever and swamp laziness. 

That is almost enough for one man to accomplish with one life but there are local 
citizens who still love to talk about the big real estate deals he has consummated here 
before going in for oil leases and royalties. The facts that Mr. Jamieson drilled oil 
wells in South America 10 years ago; that he got some of the choice acreage in Green- 
wood two years ago; and that he always attempts such big things and, somehow has a 
knack of putting them thru — all contribute to the conviction that his association with The 
Otter Creek Oil and Gas Co., is enough to insure its success. 



The American Petroleum Investment Company 


In the history of every big industry, there have been those admirable organiza- 
tions, who sacrificed various small personal opportunities for the ethics and advance- 
ment of the profession, itself. Such a one in the annals of the Kansas Oil Development 
is The American Petroleum Investment Company. It is a veritable clearance house for 
reliable royalties and deals in nothing but proven propositions because it believes that 
every poor oil investment does unlimited harm to all petroleum activities. So, when 
you go to them for stock in any oil venture you are sure to get an expert's best opinion 
of your contemplated transaction, if you ask for it. And, as they have nothing of their 
own to sell, you can be reasonably sure that it is an unbiased judgment, based upon 
the best obtainable information. 

Incorporated on May 2, 1918, for $100,000, the following officers were appointed 
to carry out the firm's policy of integrity and dependability: C. M. Van Pelt, President, 
a man with twenty-five years of practical oil experience; A. V. Bourque, Vice-Presi- 
dent, for fourteen years special oil writer and statistician for the Mid-Continent field; 
Paul Bossemeyer, Treasurer, formerly in charge of Bosscmeyer Brothers Grain Com- 
pany's Wichita Office, and T. M. Thomas, Secretary, an experienced stock man for- 
merly in charge of the local office of Orthwein Matchette Company, Stocks and Bonds. 
Mr. J. F. Marion, one of the directors, was for many years traveling buyer for the Ernst- 
Davis Grain Co., a Kansas City Commission House. 

It is the aim of The American Petrol eimi Investment Company to specialize in 
exclusive listings of high grade oil securities but they conduct a service for various 


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companies wno prefer to distribute their selling chances, and can get anything for you 
that is on the market. However, if you would save embarrassment, don't try to enlist 
their aid to unload some blue sky proposition that you may be willing to part with. 
They have a way of sorting out the good bets from bad ones and, remember, they are 
establishing a reputation for worth-while royalties only and it is to their interest to pro- 
tect their clients. 

One of the most philanthropic services in the history of the oil industry is being 
rendered by their department for indexed information on eleven hundred Kansas Com- 
panies. There is to be a small fee for the reports obtained from this source but it will 
be authentic and might save you many times its cost. The Oklahoma lists are being 
compiled and the entire system will be under the jurisdiction of Mr. A. Y. Bourquc, 
who is peculiarly fitted for the position from his extensive publicity experience as oil 
reporter for the Tulsa Democrat and Times, Oil and Gas Journal. Oil City Derrick, 
Mid-Continent reporter for the Gulf Coast Oil News, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Oil Staff 
Correspondent for the Kansas City Star, American Oil Journal, and National Petrole 
um News. 

This company was organized and incorporated on December 14, 1917, for fifty 
thousand dollars and is a closed corporation whose stockholders are the officers of The 
American Petroleum Investment Company. They take leases, buy producing property, 
market refined products, and have 18,000 acres leased in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. 
They are a producing company and finance all their own undertakings, being the produc- 
tion deparfmont of The American Petroleum m Investment Co. They do not need, nor 
will they accept outside capital. This attitude only further substantiates their principle 
to handle all stock in their listings at an equal advantage. 


of The Inter-Sea Service Corporation in Butler County 

The Inter-Sea Service Corporation was organized under the laws of the State of 
New York in 1917. It was primarily intended as an importing and exporting concern. A 
representative was selected to tour South America. But necessity turned its activities 
another way. 

When the United States became a participant in the great European war the Board 
of Directors discussed the manner of greatest service to the nation and thus came about 



the decision to become producers of petroleum and thus if possible render a real service 
to mankind. 

The Vice-President of the company was chosen to secure acreage in the celebrated 
oil fields of Kansas and in a short time valu able leaseholds were obtained in Butler, 
Barber and Comanche counties, about 17,000 acres in all. 

It was expected by the directors that the stock of the company would all speedily 
be sold in New York. The capitalization was authorized only to the amount of $250,000 
and under ordinarv- conditions would have quickly been placed. 

War changes every aspect of life and business as usual is all right to talk about 
but impossible to realize. And with war conditions New York was the first place to 
keenly suffer. Hence their development work has been retarded and of necessity. 

However, the first year of the company's existence has been successful. Only 
$100,000 of stock has been issued yet the holdings of the company have increased in 
value and production will be had soon. 

About 6,000 acres of their holdings were sub-leased to The Guaranty Development 
Company, a Million Dollar Company, and several wells are being drilled by that concern. 
The Inter-Sea Service Corporation retained a one-eighth royalty in all lands subleased 
and received as further compensation one-fourth of the common stock of The Guaranty 
Development Company. 

The remainder of the stock of the company is being sold in the middle west and 
they will soon be drilling on their holdings in Comanche and Barber counties. The well 
which they started in Butler county last year will soon be completed. 

Twenty-eight hundred acres were added to their holdings recently and they have 
now about 13,500 acres besides the royalty in the above described 6.000 acres. 

The officers and directors of The Inter-Sea Service Corporation are: Gordon L. 
Stephens, of Brooklyn, New York, president and treasurer; George Alfred Platts, of El 
Dorado, Kansas, vice-president; Joseph F. Coppinger, of Brooklyn, New York, secretary; 
J. 0. Evertson, of El Dorado, Kansas, director, and Arthur D. Shaw, of Medicine Lodge, 
Kansas, director. 


The Union Oil Company of Wichita 

The Union Oil Company of Wichita located at 511 Beacon Building, is one of the 
largest of the local companies. Capital -"^LSOCOOO. Leases total about 34,000 acres; 6,000 
of which are in Butler County. The others are scattered through various Counties in 
the oil territory such as Wilson, Montgomcrj', Chautauqua, Greenwood, etc. 

Producing Leases are Denny or Manley Lease in 12-26-4, Hill Lease in 34-25-5, Sar- 
gent Lease in 24-26-4, Butler County. On all of these leases further development work is 
being pushed. 

A Scene on The Union Oil Comp 

Property in liutler Counly 

They also have a number of other leases now within one-half mile of production 
on which development will soon be necessary. 

Officers: Geo. E. Bicker, President; Jos. C. Jordan. Vice-President and Treas- 
urer; M. T. Pearce, Secretary. Directors: Geo. E. Bicker, Jos. C. Jordan, M. T. Pearce, 
J. M. Mollcndick, Wm. C. Bitchey. 

The Commercial Refining Company 

The little stone church that gave the famous "Church Yard" Lease its name had no 
spire. Now the spires of this Butler County "Spindle Top" are as thick as the sunflowers 
used to be. 

This lease alone establishes The Comni ercial Refining Company, but the company's 
holdings near Broken Arrow are just as valu able if not so spectacular. With fifteen years" 
experience back of their enterprise, it is small wonder that their trade territory covers the 

The Churchyard Lease 

(ieorge E. Ricker, a Kansas City business man, is president. O. J. Watson, whose 
success in selling Overland cars has been phenomenai, is Vice-President, and R. W. Black, 
a well-known operator in Oklahoma and Chautauqua fields, is Secretary and Treasurer. 

With these holdings and these men to manage them, it is easy to see why the stock- 
'lolders tiiink Christmas is a quarterly event. 



El Dorado Refining Company 

You have heard that if you aim at a star you will, at 
lease, hit a tree top; but how many times have you noticed 
any organization aiming at a tree top and hitting a star? 
That has been the experience of The El Dorado Refining 
Company. When they incorporated January 10, 1917 for 
$150,000, it seemed all sufficient for handling their business 
of the present or future. They bought ten acres one mile 
west of El Dorado and got busy. 

"Busy" is the word. Within one short year, they had 
outgrown both their original quarters and capital, until they 
appropriated another $150,000 and doubled their acreage. 
They are spending most of this upon equipment to handle 
the immense volume of business they have developed and 
have 136 privately owned tank cars, 4 new stills, a new 
26,000-bbl. tank and a resers'oir covering one acre. From 
3,000 to 4,000 barrels of petroleum are refined by them every 
da v. 


Mr. J. J. Taxman, the man who turned the Illinois Oil Company from a jobbing 
concern to a big successful refinery, is the president of this organization and gives it his 
personal attention. Mr. R. H. Hazlett, the prominent El Dorado banker, is Vice-Presi- 
dent with Ben Taxman as Secretary and M. Taxman, Treasurer. 


The Guaranty Development Company of Des Moines, Iowa 

It is easily imagined the difficulty encountered in telling the same story in a couple 
of hundred different ways. So when a company with an entirely new system of organiza- 
tion appears upon the scene, it is the editor's real delight to write them up. We believe you 
will be much interested, as we were, to learn of the policy of The Guaranty Development 
Company of Des Moines, Iowa, who now have charge of operations on more than 10,000 
acres of valuable Kansas oil lands, and which policy is original with this Company and 
unique in its character. 

This corporation, capitalized at !?1,000,000 and backed by unlimited resources, op- 
crates under a South Dakota charter, with the following ofl'icers in executive charge: 

Parley Sheldon, the President, is a millionaire, and President of the Story County 
Bank of Ames, Iowa; William Moran of the American Trust and Savings Bank of Des 
Moines, is Vice-President; Messrs. A. E. Hollingsworth, prominent coal operator and Albert 
G. Maish, wholesaler, are respectively Secretary and Treasurer of the Company, and the 
Directorate and list of prominent stockholders contain the names of such well known 
and conservative business men as Hon. John L. Bleakley, ex-State Auditor Daniel O'Don- 
nell, Geo. B. Hippee and D. H. McKee, respectively President and Vice-President of the 
Iowa Loan and Trust Co., men who in all other lines of business have never known what 
it was to fail. 

They have so much faith in their own proposition that they are willing to guarantee 
all the stock sold by them, with the world's best currency-land. This company has entered 
into a Trust Agreement with the Iowa Loan and Trust Company of Des Moines and have 
deposited with them deeds for 18,800 acres of Brevard County, Florida lands, which after 
May 1, 1920 is the property of the stockholder on a basis of $40 an acre provided he is not 
satisfied with his investment. Brevard County lands are the cream of Florida and in the 
famous grape fruit district, selling now for from $50 to $200 an acre. The Company is 
thereby giving you two runs for your money, oil or land. With carefully selected leases 
and $500,000 in the treasury, you have one guess as to how much Florida land you will get. 


Deering J. Marshall 

Independent Operator 

The largest chapter of the "I-knew-him-when" Club in Kansas is the Deering J. Mar- 
shall contingent. Even the writer cannot remember the time when she did not know 
Deering J. and, likewise cannot remember the time when he was in any way different from 
the man he is today. He has proven himself a big man by the way he has accepted his 
mar\'elous good fortune. It is a crucial test for one of "our boys" who has been reared in 
the average Kansas small-town way to become suddenly prosperous and successful beyond 
his wildest dreams; to be known and loved by a small circle of friends one day — and cast 
head-long into the lime light of the world the next; to read newspapers filled with articles 
about prominent financiers one moment — and to fill those same papers the next with one's 
own achievements. Very few could have stood it and come thru as cosmopolitan and 
democratic as Deering J. Marshall has done. 

There is a little old stone church over near Augusta which, until oil was discovered, 
was about as famous as Deering Marshall under the same circumstances. Both were fill- 
ing their individual nooks very satisfactorily but neither had any brilliant aspirations. The 
little church did not even have a spire. But there came a time when the names of both 
were on every tongue^and both for the same reason. Oil had been discovered on the 
Churchyard Lease— owned by Deering J. Marshall ! It was the beginning. Bought for a 
mere trifle, this property yielded Mr. Marshall $65,000 worth of oil before he sold it for 
$125,000 and, to use his own words, put him on the map in the oil world. Since then, he has 
accomplished things that make this transaction pale into insignificance but the modest lit- 
tle edifice always draws a warm thrill of gratitude and tribute from Mr. Marshall at every 

Pursuing his policy of buying leases early at a nominal sum and spudding in for 
actual production while awaiting a propitious time to sell, Mr. Marshall bought the Har- 
mon quarter section for $16,000 and sold it to S. T. Jocelyn and associates for a quarter of 
a milHon dollars. Then there was the Dillenbeck Deal. As a pioneer on the west portion 


of the El Dorado Pool. Mr. Marshall drilled in No. 1 on this lease — then four miles from 
production — and brought in a gas well. At this time he sold 320 acres to The Tuloma Oil 
Co. and this concern went down 2450 feet and brought back an oiler. The rest of the Dil- 
lenbeck was owned by Harry Heimple, a prominent Wichita oil man, and Deering J. Mar- 
shall and they sold one-half of their interests to the Tidal Oil Company for $650,000 with 
the understanding that Mr. Marshall was to take full charge of the operating. 

At the present time, this remarkable exponent of the oil industry is carrying on an 
extensive drilling campaign in the eastern part of Butler County, western part of Green- 
wood—near the Hull well, and in Cowley County. He has already produced as many bar- 
rels of oil as any individual producer in the state and has more wildcat tests to his credit 
than any other man and than most of the op( rating companies in Kansas. It was doubtless 
this spirit of continued activity and advancement that caused the officials of the organiza- 
tion to place him upon The Advisorj' Board of the Petroleum War Service Committee. 
Deering J., himself, wondered why the chairman appointed so young a man as himself on 
so important a department of government service and asked that executive why they did 
not select an older man with more brains, and received this reply: "Well, it is usually 
conceded that an oil man doesn't have to have brains — it's all luck anyhow — so why con- 
sider that qualification on this committee?' 

A word here about the service of this war committee may not be amiss. The pur- 
pose, as the name would indicate, is to keep the government informed at all times regard- 
ing the conditions in the oil fields, the wells, production, refining, marketing and all opera- 
tions occurring in the industry. Mr. Marshall is the only representative from this state and 
is, as well, the youngest member on the entire board. Their organization meeting, was 
held at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago on June 25th and 26th and since that time, the Mid- 
Continent representatives have met several times at Tulsa on their own initiative. The 
committee members must be thoroly conversant vvath their subject and there will doubtless 
be a great deal of important business transacted by this body of men. At any event, if the 
energy and capacity of Deering J. Marshall is a fitting exponent of the requirements of this 
war unit, there will-have to be level-headed good judgment as well as luck among its per- 
sonnel in order to qualify as members of The Advisory Board of Petroleum War Service 


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Mr. Marihall'a Wichita Hoc 

Vickers & Marshall Refining Company 

The refining business is really the gilt-edge bond department of the oil industry. It 
is the medium thru which most of the returns in oil are routed and there is practically 
no risk connected with the investment. So, after J. A. Vickers and Deering J. Marshall had 
scouted around for a while, brought in several wells, and secured a number of leases, they 
decided to appropriate about $200,000 and on a partnership basis, build a refinery at Pot- 

Vickers & Marshall Refinery at Potwin 

The result is a thoroly modern plant of 2,000-barrel-a-day capacity equipped with the 
most efficient methods and apparatus for ret ning crude and handling its derivatives. They 
have taken up a large block of leases north of Potwin and now expect to drill a well. 

The fact that petroleum is already contracted for from the Towanda Pool; that the 
refinery is served by the M. 0. P. with side tracks into the property; and that the project 
is backed by the Vickers-Marshall combination eliminates all elements of chance and 
makes their investment as safe as a Liberty Bond. 


The Conservative Oil Company 

When a company stamps its organization with a name like the above, it has at the 
outset adopted an ideal which will require every atom of steady control upon which its of- 
ficers may draw. There is no doubt of its v orthiness, and, in the words of Kipling, "If 
you can keep your head, when all about you are losing their's," it is worth the struggle 
So a speculation in a Conservative Way becomes an investment. 

Established and incorporated on July 6, 1916, with Carl Fisher as President, Paul 
J. Wall as Secretary, and H. J. Hagny as Treasurer, the company now owns various desir- 
able leases in Butler and Cowley Counties. From 'their central office at 208 Fourth Nat- 
ional Bank Bldg., they oversee the interests of an ever-increasing clientele of satisfied as- 
sociates, who advocate "system among chaos." 

Mr. J. O. Evertson 

El Dorado 

If more of the production of the Kansas Oil Fields was handled by established local 
operators, the industry would doubtless be less often referred to as the Big Gamble. When 
men like Mr. Evertson add their efforts and precedence to the business, the mushrooom and 
unworthy wildcat elements are neutralized to a great degree. 

This native son was born in a two-sto' y log cabin out in Osage County, and has 
built his career right here with step after step of proven industry and sturdy principles. 
His equipment consisted of first obtaining a B. S. degree at the Southwestern College, 
from which point he climbed thru the Real Estate and Insurance Route to Director and 
Western Agent in the Inter-Sea Service Corporation, of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

From his offices on the Mezzonine of the Eris Theatre Bldg., he controls interests in 
1700 acres in Butler County, 15,000 in Comanche and Barber with drilling in Butler and 
rigs up in Barber as well as the famous Stokes Royalty and a 350-foot well in the city of 
Paola. The fact that his community placed him in the office of County Treasurer is a 
pretty good indication that he is a safe man with whom to trust your oil investments. 


Officer! oi 

The Sampson Oil and 
Grease Co. 

M. D. SAMPSON, Secretary 

Wichita, Kansas 

MR. F. C. HOYT, Preside 

S. B. DANIEL, Vice-President 

B. B. BROWN, Sales Manager 

The Sampson Oil and Grease Go. 

Wichita, Kansas 

The banking business has many points in its favor. It requires integrity, judgment 
and, above .alliia strict adherence to precedent. It is this last feature that prohibits an in- 
dividual ofiinventive instincts and original ideas from making it his life profession. That 
is doubtlesi; the reason. why Mr. M.D. Sampson, formerly a banker in Solomon, Kansas, 
transferred his affiliation to the above company, and the results of his four years' work 
in the latter capacity have proven the wisdom of the change. 

The service of this organizatipn is inestimable. They compound lubricating oils of 
various weights and the large si;pply of base oils available from their contracts with pro- 
ducers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Illinois fields, makes it possible for them to 
supply lubrication for anything from the smallest piece of machinery to the largest loco- 
motive. Their formula for treating neutrals and stocks with a steam and heat process has 
been so successful that they were obliged to establish a factotj' in Wichita to serve the ever 
growing demand. From a small plant at Salina, Mr. Sampson has developed the industry 
into a quarter of a million-doUar-a-year proposition, and all this on the small capitaliza- 
tion of $100,000. 

The officers who have co-operated in bringing this venture to its remarkable culmi- 
nation are: Mr. F. C. Hoyt, President; S. B. Daniel Vice-President; M. D. Sampson, Secre- 
tary, and B. B. Brown, Sales Manager. Mr. Brown has spent fifteen years in this bu.siness 
and this feature coupled with the combined efforts of Mr. Sampson and himself has result- 
ed in making the factory and office of the company at the corner of Sixteenth and Santa 
Fe one of the busiest spots in the Mid-Continent field. Twelve travelers are employed to 
look after the company's trade but the indications now point to a necessity for establishing a 
series of branch offices to handle the coiistanlly increasing demand for their products. 


Ob the Revert School Houte Lease 


The Occident Oil and Refining Company 

A man who knew once said "If you want to get any thing done, ask the busiest man 
you know to do it". On that basis, what would you conclude in regard to an organization 
whose active oflicers were just too busy to hold the meetings necessary for their individ- 
ual welfare? Wouldn't you decide that the concern was destined for success just because 
busy men were back of it? 

Whenever Mr. F. C. Hoyt, the President; Mr. Geo. Theis, Jr., the Vice-President; Mr. 
Charles Saunders, Secretary, and Mr. S. B. Daniel, Treasurer, can find enough Directors 
with a moment to spare, they draft them all into a special call meeting and grind out 
more actual results in a record time than any similar organization we know. Since Sep- 
tember, 1917, their ofiice at 500 Hoyt Building has witnessed some pretty firey sessions, and 
they got results as is evidenced by the accomplishments of the firm to date. 

This remarkable company, organized under a Delaware Charter in October, 1917, and 
capitalized at three million dollars had, at the age of nine months, a 500-barrel production 
and three operating refineries of 2,000-barrel capacity — each. These refining properties 
are located at Cushing and Tulsa in Oklahoma and Burkburnett, Texas and are thoroly 
equipped with the most modern facilities for handling petroleum and its derivatives and 
are manned with the most efficient skilled labor obtainable. 

The President has other big oil investments, among them the famous Revert School- 
house Lease, Churchyard Lease, and Tlie Union Oil Co. He organized the last-named cor- 
poration and was its first President. The Occident Oil and Refining Company has other 
prominent members upon its directorate, among which are : the champion of the world — 
our own Jess Willard, Senator Chester L Long, and General J. T. Barker, ex-attorney gene- 
ral of Missouri. Corporations like this are the Sampson Posts of the Kansas Oil Fields, and 
can be depended upon to bring in steady, sure results rather than spectacular flurries. 



The Great West Oil & Gas Co. 

211 Schweiter Bldg. 

A man who can be conservative in as fascinating a game as the oil business deserves 
a Victoria Cross. He really has the making of a conqueror for he has conquered him- 
self. And when you find enough men of that sort to organize a company whose first policy 
is to drill only on proven territory, it is a good firm to tie to for sure and steady returns. 

They incorporated in July, 1917 for $100,000.00 with the idea that the small capital 
ization would permit early premiums. With A. L. Price, President; O. H. Howard, Vice- 
President, and A. N. Bontz, Secretary and Treasurer, you are at least assured of a square 
deal backed by good judgment. 

Mr. Bontz has had a wide personal experience in handling royalties along with his 
former real estate and insurance business and reports that the company already has an 
oiler two miles west of El Dorado and intends to spud in on its acreage in Butler and 
Chautauqua Counties. No one can tell the outcome but you are sure to have a run for your 
money and "those who know" predict a real success for this organization. 


Neodesb*, Kaasas 

Without the services of competent an d trustworthy drillers, the oil game would not 
get very far. A great deal could be said about the industry from a drilling contractor's 
viewpoint and in some cases would form good grounds for libel. It is only the activities of 
solid, experienced and dependable operators like Cramer & Purkapile that brings the aver- 
age up to the requirements of good business ethics. They are backed with twenty years' 
practical work in this line and have adopted the Star Drill as their prime favorite. Both 
of these men are members of the Masonic Lodge and endeavor to instill into their business 
the high principles of this organization. Their record is testimony to the success of this 



Ben R. Beezley Agency for Oil Securities 

^^1^ Several years ago, before the oil industry had reached 

^^^^^" its present prominence, it required a lot of nerve for an in- 

Jj/KKf^' dependent operator to spud in alone. It was such a big 

r^ ■ , gamble that most prospectors preferred to attack it in 

I 'MS massed formation. Just because of its uncertainty. Mr. Ben 

R. Beezley, however, decided to take all the chances himself 

and organize his friends as a rear guard only after he had 

proven that he was a good guesser, and he has operated on 

that policy more or less ever since. 

At the present time he controls the oil and gas rights in 
5000 acres of strictly wildcat territory in Marion County, 
which is completely surrounded by big company leases and 
the general prediction is that we "all will hear more of this 
location in the near future. He has 12.000 acres in other 
parts of Kansas and Colorado and two offset locations to the 
Big Four property in Butler County, and some holdings in 
the old dump ground of El Dorado. This last item is inter- 
esting because it is so near the line of demarcation which 
the City Fathers have drawn, that he could drain most of the 
oil under the city and never be stopped with an offset. 
Altho not much of a "jiner" himself. Mr. Beezley has been instrumental in organiz- 
ing numerous operating companies for others and has a number of well known successes 
to his credit. From his office in 604 Schweiter Bldg., he manages his own property in Kan- 
sas as well as his valuable acreage in Oklahoma which is in the very center of actual pro- 
duction. There is a big project pending, involving New York capital, which we would like* 
to tell you about, but it is not yet ready for publication. However, it is always safe to keep 
in touch with Mr. Beezley's activities, as you are very apt to find out that there is, most 
of the time, some real advancement in the p'ocess of culmination. 



The Cumberland Petroleum & Refining Company 

A lot has been said about the middle-man's profit— principally by the fellow who 
wasn't "it". You never heard the middle-man kick. That would be killing the goose that 
laid the golden egg. So it is with the refining business. Very few stockholders in a first 
class refinery object to profiting as the medium through which the big returns in oil are 
routed. They are in an advantageous position, also, because there is practically no risk 
connected with their investment. 

The Cumberland Petroleum & Refining Company is a fitting example of this sort of 
oil venture and, although one of the younger exponents of the refining industry of Kansas, 
has made rapid strides toward big achievement and is booked for an active future. It oper- 
ates under a Delaware charter; is capitalized for one million dollars; and has elected the 
following officers upon the directorate: Mr. R. C. Clapp, President; Mr. C. C. Wadleigh, 
Vice-President of this organization as well as The Citizen's State Bank of Centralia, Kan- 
sas; Dr. G. E. White, Second Vice-President and a prominent physician of Effingham, Kan- 
sas; Miss E. McCorkle, Secretary and Treasurer. These other active members of the board 
need no introduction to the residents of Kansas: W. W. Holyfield, finance commissioner 
for the city of Lawrence, Kansas; Geo. D. Thompson, Deputy United States Internal Reve- 
nue Collector; John T. Sever, a specialist in oil investments; U. S. Barr, one of Wichita's 
successful investors; and Mrs. K. E. Underwood, formerly private secretary for Deputy for 
the Supreme Council for the state of Kansas Scottish Rite Free Masonry. As depositories, 
they have selected the Merchants' Reserve State Bank and the American State Bank, both 
of Wichita. 

The holdings of The Cumberland Petroleum & Refining Company comprise over 19,- 
000 acres of leases in Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Oklahoma. Texas, Wyoming, and in The 
Municipal Tampico, Mexico. Their property in Butler County Kansas, consisting of six 
leases and one drilling contract, covers some extremely valuable acreage, including loca- 
tions near the Varner, Smock and Sluss Pools, the Churchyard and Trapshooters' leases, 
and the Lorena Tank Farm. In Montgomery County, they have acquired 160 acres upon 


which they have some oil production and a good showing of gas. Then thefti are 1760 
acres in Logan County and 6891 in Wallace County. Their assets elsewhere are just as im- 
pressive but this is a Kansas book and their interests in this state are sufficient to indicate 
their eminence in the industry. 

The accompanying cut of the refinery is a tangible proof that their dreams have a 
way of materializing. It is located on the Santa Fe tracks in North Wichita, and has a 
capacity of 1,000 barrels a day. The Butler County oil fields have scarcely been scratched 
as yet and this modern and thoroly equipped rcfinerj', served by the railroad that covers 
that territory, is here on the ground floor to do its share in promulgating the possibilities 
of petroleum production. It has a most roseate outlook and nothing short of a disaster 
could cause its failure. So, for those with middle-men inclinations, we present The Cumber- 
land Petroleum & Refining Company for serious consideration. 







The Empire Companies 

There are some subjects too big for the human mind to grasp — ^just as there are 
some views too extensive for the eye to register. So, in recording the activities of The Em- 
pire Companies we are obHged to reduce it to a focus and, for that purpose, will present 
to you the president — Mr. Henry L. Doherty of The Cities Service Company, whose ideals, 
generalship, and methods have made this huge organization what it is today. 

A certain automobile manufacturer of world-renown is much admired, not entirely 
for his product, which is now established beyond competition, but for the human and un- 
derstanding relationship of himself and his employes. Not so much has been said of the 
Doherty organization in that respect but our private conviction is that the ties are even 
stronger. Beside the personal benefit that each co-worker in the company receives — al- 
most automatically — he knows, in his heart, that he need never question the integrity of his 
firm or doubt the quality of service he is rendering the world at large. 

Fo;- instance. The Empire Companies, at an immense expense have established 
an efficiency bureau for the purpose of evolving the best methods of drilling for oil 
and conserving natural gas. The experiments of this department are public property and 
are used as much by rival concerns as by Thet- Empire itself. This alone is ample evidence 
that the motives of their constant efforts are not so much those of personal gain as for 
the general aid to operators in obtaining the best results. Mr. James York, Conservation Of- 
ficer for Oklahoma paid tribute to this service in his recent address in court relative to the 
new system for mudding off natural gas. 

The Henry L. Doherty interests in Kansas until 1915 consisted of supplying natural 
gas to Wichita and surrounding towns until their di.scoverj' of vast petroleum deposits 


occurred which has placed many a Kansas farmer in the millionaire class. It transformed 
the sleepy little country towns into veritable Klondike camps and they are still working 
night and day to avail themselves of their unlimited opportunities. Surely we do not have 
to point out how many hundreds of people were benefited by this local advancement — not 
to mention the millions who are served with the products of the industry itself. 

If you are fond of statistics, consider these: The Cities Service Company was cre- 
ated to advance scientific research in order that the public at large might have the best utili- 
ties service obtainable. It controls one million acres of producing and prospective oil and 
gas lands extending from the Gulf to Nebrask a. Its producing or drilling wells are now 
numbered among the thousands; it has hundreds of miles of oil pipe line; nine operating 
refineries; hundreds of tank cars, tanks and stations; and even some ships for distributing 
its petroleum products. 

When you know that Henry L. Doherty, the presiding officer of this corporation* 
has, while still under fifty years of age, climbed from newsboy to his present eminence, 
upon two policies — "The public be served" and "Co-operate" — you will see why he is re- 
spected, understood and served by every man and woman fortunate enough to be his as- 
sociate. And he chooses them like Comiskey does his ball team — old heads for ballast 
but the youngsters filling the active positions. 


Brought to the Surface by The Empire companiet od their Cardy Leate 

The Oil & Gas Company of El Dorado 

A number of features in the management of this organization command our respect 
and raise the general standard of the oil industry. In the first place, it was incorporated in 
June, 1916, for the avowed purpose of production and to further that policy, it procured 
the now famous Dillenbeck Lease six miles west of El Dorado, on the fifth parallel. It then 
opened an office at 110 Gordy and within seven months had paid 100% dividend to its 
stockholders from the increased value of its holdings. That gave it distinction as it is the 
only Blue Sky Company in Kansas that has made this record. But the profits are still go- 
ing big and the dividend checks are in continuous circulation. A 20 "c dividend was de- 
clared on May 13th, and 5Vc monthly thereafter. 

The membership is composed of representative citizens of El Dorado, who have 
eliminated all speculative features and do not lose their heads at the first successful turn- 
over and plunge into some other proposition on the basis that "it will cost us no more than 
our profit on the last to take a shot at this deal." They are conservative all the way thru 
and it must be a good rule for even their wells are following it. There have been no dry 
holes and no gushers. (Oil men please take note.) 

The President, Dr. F. E. Dillenbeck, has invested his own property as well as his 
time and energy toward the success of the venture and D. J. Fair will place your money in 
an oil well for you and get enough out so that you can pay him for the lumber in your new 
home. The Secretary, Mr. J. G. Shelden, came out here before the railroads knew Kansas 
belonged on their itinerary but they soon built the M. 0. P. out to him and since then he has 
made money for both it and himself. Lee Scott as Treasurer is a self-made man and could 
boast about it but doesn't bother to do so. He struggled up thru various difficulties to 
County Surveyor aad went to New Mexico as a civil engineer where for three years he 
worked among the mountains. He now has a one-half interest in the Scott-Embree Groc- 
ery business as well as numerous oil holdings. For a trade-mark this firm could use the 
Rock of Gibralter. 

P A G •-: H H- Y - r H K H E 

The American Tank Company 

306 El Dorado National Bank Bldg. 

If the government continues to list the oil industry as a necessity. The American 
Tank Company will never be classed as a luxury and its officers and employees will be in 
the actual service of Win-the-War America. For the real production of petroleum could 
not go very far without the oil and water tanks manufactured by this company. 

Incorporated in June, 1917, for $100,000.00, they now have factory shops at Augusta, 
El Dorado, Reece, Douglass in Kansas; and Gushing, Dillworth, Blackwell, Cleveland, 
Driunright, Quay, Hominy, Billings, and Yale in Oklahoma, with offices at El Dorado, 
Kansas, and Cushing, Oklahoma. 

The presiding officers' list is as familiar to the oil trade as the society column to the 
"nouveau riche." If you don't know them you are not "one of those present." Glance 
them over: Howard Hannah, President; J. V. Shells, Vice-President; S. E. Johnson, Vice- 
President; Jay P. Walker, Secretary; J. R. Gruver, Treasurer; H. E. Burns, Auditor. 

The fact that the trade territory of the American Tank Co. extends over the entire 
Mid-Continent Field may explain how their average month's business comes to be $40,000. 
And, at that, Mr. Requa holds no terror for them because they know that every dollar 
earned and every ounce of energy expended in this undertaking is one more step toward 
victory in the Big Fight. 


Although Mr. R. H. Ross has numerous blocks of leases in Butler and Wilson 
Counties, Kansas, and Tulsa County, Oklahoma, they are not on the market. He is holding 
them until the time when "his oil interests will consist of something more than furnishing oil 
well supplies and all sorts of refinery equipment to those already engaged in actual 


The Railroad Men's Refining Co. 

EI Dorado 

There are many advantages to investing your money among your own people, and, 
if you are a present or an ex-railroad man, you will think you are attending a meeting of 
the Brotherhood when you associate with the officers and stockholders of the above or- 



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ganization. It. was created in your interests. For their policy is to assemble the men of 
your profession in a mutual company for the purpose of refining crude oil, and then to 
confer the profits upon the fellows whose money made it possible. 



When you know the President, Mr. E. H. Johnson, contributes both railroad and re- 
fining experience, you will see why he was given that office. The Northwest construction 
engineers still speak of his big work with the C. P. R. and his work among the refineries 
is still more widely known. Just in order to keep the balance, Mr. D. A. Goodwin, a veteran 
of the M. O. P. with 32 years to his credit, was made Secretary and Treasurer, and T. H. 
Bushman was placed at the helm with title of Superinlendent. This man has specialized 
throughout his entire life in oil refining, beginning in Pennsylvania as soon as the refiner- 
ies found a job to fit a boy of his age — and is now considered the most experienced man in 
that Hue in Kansas. Chas. W. Steiger is a Director and Attorney. You can already find a 
few reasons why you should combine your oil interests with this corporation but the ac- 
companying cut of the property may justify your judgment to some doubting Thomas. It 
is located three miles north of El Dorado and their products are sold in advance to Chi- 
cago jobbers who distribute them thruout the Middle West. 

The El Dorado Oil Investment Co. 

Incorporated in December 1917, for .1;30,000, The El Dorado Oil Investment Company 
already have a number of "scoops" to their credit. From their oflice over 20811; W. Cen- 
tral, they control 1300 acres in Butler County and 4300 in Wilson and Montgomery. 

Consider for a moment the personnel of this company and you will agree that, at 
least, the officers must have had the courage of their convictions for every item in their 
foundation is an El Dorado product — both money and individuals. Mr. Orville Holford is 
president, Mr. R. C. Hunting vice-president and Mr. R. A. Thompson, fomier cashier 
for the Santa Fe, and at present interested in the book, stationery and publishing business, 
holds the ott'ice of secretary and treasurer. Chas. W. Steiger is director and attorney. 

Beside the company's valuable holdings in Kansas oil properties, they have big lead 
mining interests near Joplin. Somehow it just looks like The El Dorado Oil Investment 
Company is here to stay and that their principle is to deal only in propositions good 
enough to be financed and operated by personal friends. 






The Stanley Brothers 

By Harry Van Ness 

The oil industry has been a God's blessing to a lot of people but more persons in 
Kansas have benefited from it as a result of the Stanley Brothers' participation in it than 
otherwise would have been the case. The Stanley Brothers, of Wichita, — Judge Claude 
C, Fred B. and W. H., have made an almost unparalleled success of the oil game and while 
they were piling up big fortunes for themselves, they did not forget to make their friends 
rich. There are a score of nice private fortunes in Wichita today which are golden testi- 
monials of that fact. And the Stanley Brothers did not do this at the expense of other in- 

The career of the Stanley Brothers is unique in the history of the oil game in thr 
Mid-Continent field. While other men were making money at the expense of investors 
by buying royalties, "ground flooring" them at double the amount they paid for them and 
then syndicating them at double that amount, the Stanley Brothers bought the most valu- 
able royalties in the Butler County field at low prices and let their friends in on them at 
the same figure that they themselves got in, without even charging a commission. As pro- 
duction increased on these royalties, the advance in the value of the shares developed hand- 
some profits, — in the case of one royalty as much as four thousand per cent profit. 

The result is that a number of Wichitans who were in circumstances demanding 
economies, have been placed by the Stanleys in a position where they can enjoy comfort 
and luxuries the remainder of their lives. 

The writer does not intend to convey the impression that the Stanley Brothers are in 
business for their health or for the sole purpose of effecting philanthropies. They started 
in the oil game after the opening of the Butler County field to make money for themselves 
but blood, the liabits of a life time, and a long line of religious ancestry will tell. The 
Stanleys come from good old Quaker stock and the spirit of Ihe (iolden Rule is bred and 
born in them. 


There isn't an old timer in the game, — not barring the veterans who have been in 
from the start to the finish of the older fields, — who knows any more about the Butler 
County field than does Judge Claude Stanley. He started in to master the game and by liv- 
ing day and night in the fields, making friends of the tool dressers, drillers and anybody 
and everybody who could give him practical information, he has become one of the most 
thorough oil men in the United States. Inclined by nature and accustomed all his life to 
reaping great pleasure by being able to render service to others, when he saw the wonder- 
ful possibilities of the game, one of Judge Stanley's first desires was that others should 
share when he should get good fortune "cornered." 

When the Stanley Brothers purchased half of the Shumway royalty, which lease has 
produced more than five million barrels of oil in less than a year, for the insignificant simi 
of $60,000, they could have made half a mill' on dollars for themselves by syndicating it. 
Instead they let their friends in and everyone of the latter have reaped a fortune. They 
did likewise with the Stanley-Fulkerson Royalty No. 1, Stanley-Linn Royalty No. 2. Stanley- 
Holcomb Royalty No. 3, Stanley-Sargent Royalty No. 5, Stanley-Abraham Royalty No. 6 
and Stanley-Ralston Royalty No. 7. All of these are in Butler County and are big dividend 

Before the Stanley Brothers became famous in the oil game, Claude and Fred had 
already made an enviable reputation as lawyers of ability. Their activities in oil have not 
prevented them from keeping up their professional practice. — in fact, it has given them a 
prominent place among the attorneys specializing in oil law. They are attorneys for the 
Sinclair Oil Company, the Carter Oil Company, the Union Oil Company, and for a number 
of big oil men and smaller companies. They figure as attorneys in some of the biggest oil 
litigation in the Mid-Continent. Fred Stanley is the republican national committeeman 
from Kansas and is vice-president and general counsel for The Kansas Casualty and 
Surety Company. W. H. Stanley was one of the original stockholders in the famous 
Trapshooters Oil <S Gas Company which brought in the first gusher in Butler County. 


The Petroleum Journal 

An institution which Wichita secured because an oil field sprung 
up within seventeen miles of the City is The Petroleum Journal, a 
weekly oil magazine. Harry Van Ness, editor and manager of Tlie 
Petroleum Journal, was among the first to realize the need of a publi- 
cation specializing on the great oil fields of Kansas. He had sufficient 
confidence in the future of the Butler County field to found the publi- 

Under the management of Mr. Van Ness, The Petroleum Journal 
has progressed until it is recognized among the oil men of the United 
States as a substantial, high-class, clean oil magazine. In recognition 
of the influence which The Petroleum Journal has exerted in attract- 
ing oil men, oil industries and capital to Wichita and the Butler Coun- 
ty field, the Wichita Board of Commerce has made it the official or- 
gan of that organization. 

Mr. Van Ness started the Petroleum Journal with the determina- 
tion to publish only accurate and reliable oil news and to avoid exploitation of dishonest 
projects. His slogan was "Dependable Oil News," and he has maintained that policy. 

Members of the staff of The Petroleum Journal associated with Mr. Van Ness are 
Robert H. Timmons, president; Col. Tom Fry, associate editor; Kent Eubank, field editor; 
P. L. Hammond, assistant manager; G. Wildey Lloyd of Tulsa, special writer; J. A. Jenk- 
ins, advertising manager. 

Editor and Manager 

of the 
Petroleum Journal 

. G E S I X T Y - O f 

The Wichita Independent Consolidated Refining Company 

Here is an organization that you are going to hear a great deal about. Its reports 
form the basis of an article such as reporters like to write up — lots of real facts that re- 
quire no imaginative flourishes, and make go od copy without camouflage. 

In the first place, their capitalization g oes down to the $25,000,000 depth and, as a 
foundation, should indicated that they intend to build up a big business. The site for their 
refining activities consists of a fifty-four acre tract in North Wichita and, as equipment, 
they own seventy-five miles of pipe line; 143 tank cars, and eight distributing stations. 
Their charter of April 1, 1917 grants them pro ducing, refining and transporting rights and. 

availing themselves of the first privilege, they have a 200-barrel-a-day production from 
their own lease — on the Millheiser. This does not begin to supply their operations as re- 
finers, so they buy 2,000 barrels a day extra in order to fullfil their 100% capacity in re- 
leasing petroleum products for the world's need and that the cause of the Allies shall not 
suffer from a shortage in any commodity that an American refinery is able to produce. 

The fact that Mr. J. A. Corbett, an efficient capitalist and financier, is President, with 
F. A. Beach, Vice-President, and C. L. Henderson, Secretary, as able reinforcements, may go 
a long way toward explaining why the products of The Wichita Independent Consolidated 
Refining Co. are in demand as far cast ms I'-^ Atlnnlic scnbonrd, as far north as Winnepeg, 
as far west as Colorado, and southwest to > cw Mexico. 


Mr. Bruce Arbogast 

It requires moral courage to disprove the old adage — "Once a newspaper man, 
always a newspaper man", but Bruce Arbogast has cast aside the yoke and has chosen 
the fragrance of the oil field in preference to that of printer's ink. 

As a broker in oil leases and production, he has established himself in Suite 
501-2-3 Fourth National Bank Building and, from that central hub, emanate his activi- 
ties in production, pipe line operations, refining and jobbing interests. 

His immediate success in this new sphere and the ever-increasing list of pleased 
patrons bear vivid witness to the wisdom of his choice. 

The Petroleum Royalty Company 

Royalty is getting to be more unpopular every day in Europe and more popular 
every day in Kansas. The Petroleiun Royalty Company is one of the most popular roy- 
alty companies in the state. In fact it is so popular with the lucky incorporators, that they 
won't let anyone else in on it. The company is a closed corporation, capitalized for $35,- 
000, and was organized in 1917. They own the royalty from one of Butler County's best 
leases; N. \V. 14, 13-26-4, have 2000 barrel per day production and expect to begin to spht 
the profits at an early date. J. A. Linn, a well known business man of Halstead, Kansas, 
is president; A. H. Hill is vice-president, and A. M. Griffith, secretary and treasurer. The 
company's office is 501 Schweiter Building. 


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The Prairie State Oil Company 

In presenting to you The Prairie State Oil Company, we have no intention of keeping 
strictly to the subject of oil and its derivatives. Not that the history of its activities would 
not make good reading but the officers of this flourishing organization are too versatile 
with many big interests to confine ourselves to their oil operations alone. For instance, 
there is that well known herd of registered Shorthorn cattle which has made Park E. Sal- 
ter famous. We should like to edit an interview we had recently with the president of 
tHis company and title it "A Bit of Park E. Salter's Optimism." 

His theory is that the real currency of the world at present is food, and the country, 
state or individual who deals in the new coinage is destined to play an active part in re- 
stocking the world's larder. Mr. Salter's registered cattle is an established factor now and 
was obtained and assembled with the utmost care and a great deal of difficulty. In the 
first place, much of the stock he has bought recently would not have been on the market at 
any price under normal conditions. But just now in Scotland and England they are actu- 
ally killing off many heads of second rate cattle and horses — just because of the food 
question. And it is an almost unsolvable problem to care for those that are left. One of 
Mr. Salter's shipments was held up in port for some reason and the hay they consumed 
during ten days' delay cost $10.00 a bale. Only choice seed stock has been spared and 
America has- procured most of that. 

Then there is Mr. Salter's 800-acre farm 20 miles southeast of Wichita, and it is a 
veritable experiment station for the most scientific methods of farming. He says that Kan- 
sas land is capable of producing five times as much as it has and he is bending every effort 
to show how the yield can be increased. And right here is the clincher. The Liberty 
Bond money cannot be thrown away. It will be spent for food wherever that commodity 
is available, and with this year's wheat crop as a gauge and the steady growth of the 
stock industry in this country, it looks as tho Kansas is now entering upon the most pros- 
perous ten years of her history. And, so far, we haven't even mentioned her new resource 
as a factor for wealth. 

That's getting pretty far off the subject for an oil reporter but isn't it worth while to 



consider America's future from that view-point? Now, as to the subject of this article — 
The Prairie State Oil Company was incorporated for two million dollars in December, 
1917, with 8200 acres, one-half of which is in Butler County; some is in Cowley and has a 
mighty good outlook; and there are 2600 acres in the shallow fields of Eastern Kansas. 
The directorate consists of Park E. Salter, who wrote the first oil and gas lease ever writ- 
ten west of the Walnut River. We refer to the one obtained by The Freed Oil & Gas Com- 
pany; John Madden. Jr., of School House Lot fame, is Vice-President; Harry J. White, sec- 
retary of Union Central Life Insurance Co.. is Secretary, and Mr. A. N. IS.' .Quown, a prom- 
inent Wichita banker, is Treasurer. Some of the directors are: Mr. E. A. Haines, a suc- 
cessful independent operator of Alva, Oklahoma; Cecil Newby, President of the First 
National Bank of Englewood; W. E. Dixon of the Home Furnishing Company, and J. M. 
Hanes of the Union Central Life Insura'.;e Company, and T. V. McCluggage, successful at- 
torney, native son, and gi-aduate of Ar.n Arbor. 

\ou ha%e aliead\ luaid .i lot .d)oiit the <icc()mi)lislunints of tins group of men but 
we would just like to go on ucord as pi {dieting that tlie rt suits ot th( ir Praiue State Oil 
operations will place them still more firmly in the limelight and their office at 616 Fourth 
National Bank Building is going to develoj) into a new "who's who" club room for the oil 
public of Kansas. 



John Ferriter 


Everyone in Wichita knows who John Fer- 
riter is, and that his success in the Real Estate 
business has been phenomenal, but not all have 
learned that Mr. Ferriter is also in the oil game. 
He is, and now wonders how he could have fig- 
ured his Real Sstate business complete before he 
began to buy and sell oil leases. The oil game is 
indeed interesting as well as profitable, says Mr. 
Ferriter, and although we cannot accuse him of 
ever being in a poker game he is sure that it's on 
the same order, only a much bigger game and a 
better chance to win and the spots of oil are big- 
ger than the spots on the cards. 

His chief oil venture is The Robbins Oil 
Company, organized to find out what is under 
the surface six miles south of Wichita. They 
almost had the answer in their Number One 
well when they found eight feet of good oil sand 
at 2580 feet. "Then the collapse of the casing 
erased all bets and caused them to start again. 
The officers of the company are : Henry Rob- 
bins, president; Charley Noll, secretary and 
treasurer; with John Ferriter, J. M. McClellan 
and O. A. Rorabaugh directors. Mr. Ferriter has 
been established here since 1895, has leases in 
Butler, Sedgwick and Wilson Counties and an 
office at 331 East Douglas, in the American State 
MR. JOHN FERRITER, (Courtesy of the Beacon) Bank Building. 


The El Dorado-Linn Oil & Gas Company 

The accented feature in favor of the ah ove company is its happy choice of officials. 
In each case, it would seem that the executive had been chosen because of his peculiar 
capacity to fill the office. For instance, they have selected a practical driller with a score of 
years of actual operating experience as their president. He is Mr. J. M. Ash of Parker, Kan- 
sas. Then there is C. W. Harvey, the secretary, for forty-five years a resident of Butler 
County and the former secretary of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce. J. Oscar Evert- 
son, previously county treasurer, is the vice-president of the organization and Ralph ToUe, 
the treasurer, is cashier of The Farmers and Merchants' National Bank. 

The El Dorado-Linn Oil & Gas Company was incorporated for $50,000 in October, 
1917 and bases its operations upon its large single tract of 1160 acres in Linn County. With 
star rigs, it has gone into the shallow sand to a depth of from 570 to 610 feet and brought 
back several producers with an average of twenty barrels each. They have a stock of 
1,000 barrels on the ground now and are negotiating with a refinery to contract for all 
their production. Recently, the organization was offered 300 per cent profit on their pro- 
perty and turned it down. Of course, that doesn't mean that an individual cannot dispose 
of his own shares, but that it was merely the decision of the board of directors that it was 
not to the interests of the stockholders to sell at this time. 

When interviewed at the company's office, No. 5 Eris Theatre Bldg., the secretary, 
Mr. C. W. Harvey, expressed the sincerest optimism regarding the corporation's outlook 
and none of his stock in the venture is on the market. That signifies enough to those who 
know Mr. Harvey's ability to judge a good lease, and his knowledge of the oil acreage in 


Gallaher & Gilfillan 

If you buy much stuff in the oil line, ljy this linu' you've bought something with the 
"Gallagher Guarantee" on it and it's been right. If it wasn't it was made right, wasn't it? 
That's the way Jim Gallagher does business. Gallagher & Gilfillan is the firm name and its 
offices are 511 Fourth National Bank Building. 

Just to show you to what lengths they will go to give real service, there is that inci- 
dent of filling Mr. F. A. Halliday's order on the C. R. Murray lease at Isabell, Kansas. That 
gentleman dropped in the office at 7:40 Sunday night and placed his order for a supply of 
6%-in. casing provided it could be delivered at the lease, 75 miles away, the next day. So 
Gallagher & Gilfillan forces with the aid of a spotlight after dark, loaded a series of trucks 
and started out with a procession down Douglas Avenue at two o'clock Monday morning 
and arrived at their destination before six o'clock Monday night. 

They will sell you a 
good lease, fix you up 
with cable and tools 
to drill your well, fur- 
nish you casing, tub- 
ing and a boiler and 
tngnie and sell your 
production. If you 
n ( t d anything you 
h,i\i n't got, Jim Gal- 
la i>lK r will get it for 
\()U and won't gouge 
\()U . I' i t h e r. And 
( \ ci > thing goes with 
th( "(iiillaghcr Guar- 
anti( " That's the 
rt .ison Gallagher & 
(iilfdlan are brokers 
that aren't broke. 


The A-1 Oil & Gas Company 

The A-1 Oil & Gas Company started (irillini» in tei-ritoiy so wild that they used to 
hire guards to keep the coyotes out. Now the derricks on their hig acreage south and east 
of Augusta make the sky line look like a comb, and old timers at Atlanta think the lights 
from the drilling rigs at night are the outskirts of Wichita. This Company started in at 
.'PIOO.OOO, increased their capital to $200,000 a nd one of the stockliolders who'said he would 
not shave till the slock went to ten times par, has already latliered his face and will need a 
new Gillett before many months. But seriously, the A-1 Company is no longer a comer. It 
has arrived as one of the big independent producers of the held. It lias an immense block 
of acreage in Southern Butler County, and it all looks good. Every well the company has 
drilled is a producer and a good one. The company is in sound financial condition and 
will soon be a dividend payer. E. E. Cressler is President, and J. W. Blood Secretary. Its 
offices are at 415 Beacon Building. 

The Sunshine Drilling Company 

El Dorado, Kansas 

A nomenclature like the above is most apt for a drilling company that can accom- 
plish what this organization has done in actual operation. One of the spectacular items 
was their record of drilling four wells in tlie Shaffer Pool to an average depth of 2500 
feet and completing each well in twenty-two days. Most oil activities would be sunshiny 
— under those conditions. 

On November 27, 1917, Mr. W. L. Brandon, as president, together with Fred and 
J. M. Mollendick, as associates, organized this closed corporation and immediately spud- 
ded in for drilling contracts and actual operation. The president contributed a score 
of years of actual operation in the oil fields of West Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Ok- 
lahoma, and Kansas and his co-operators have added their sixteen years' experience as 
drillers and tool dressers. 



Mr. C. C. Whitaker 

Independent Operator 

So many of Mr. Whittaker's ventures have been of serv- 
ice to the other operators, that we hope his big deal, now 
pending, for drilling in seven or eight wildcat wells on deep 
well-defined structure, will come in and figure only upon his 
own income tax. The results of his efforts have been signifi- 
cant, however, in defining the field, and the early survey he 
made in his capacity as a trained geologist and engineer, 
with the degrees of B. A. and M. A. from Olivet College, 
Michigan, is still thought by many to be the real authority. 

When interviewed in his office at 605 Schweiter Build- 
ing, "C. C," as his friends all know him, made the statement 
that he was, at this time, preparing to carry on with deep 
drilling in the El Dorado field and in the shallow fields of 
Eastern Kansas. He has opened one small field in Wilson 
County and, at the time the boom first struck here, had 
25,000 acres leased in Elk County. Mr. Whittaker has been 
completely submerged several times with the dust from 
what he thought were sure to be oilers. However, he has 
some production and, in his own terms, has had "a million 
dollars' worth of fun," and we think you will agree that such 
an attitude deserves the greater success that is surely in store 
for his tenacity and perseverance. 



It must have been difficult for Mr. Chas. A. Lamb to translate his business interests 
from terms of yards and pounds in merchandise to barrels and tanks in oil but it was doubt- 
less worth the effort, for Gage, Okla., has lost a successful merchant and the oil fields have 
gained an operator who has brought the average up several degrees. He has some mighty 
good holdings in the Sluss Pool, Greenwood and Wilson Counties with wells on most of 
them beside offset acreage in various localities. 

From his office in 418 Fourth National Bank Building, Mr. Lamb will buy or sell 
your leases, handle production from either angle or tell you the funny little items that 
happen on the inside of the oil game. His sense of humor is keen enough to appreciate the 
joke — even when it is on himself, and that might be why, when he fell for a block of 
acreage separated from production by a dry hole, he drilled and brought in an oiler to the 
surprise of every one including the agent who sold it to him. Even Dame Fortune likes a 
Good Sport. 

209 El Dorado National Bank 

There has been no farm product discovered to date that yields the profit of a lease 
crop. Perhaps that is why Mr. J. B. Clark gave up the former and, on September 2, 1917, 
established the Oil Brokerage Company of Kansas with his son and Mr. L. D. Benton as 
associates. Mr. Clark was born in Nemaha County and now can tell you anything you 
want to know about Kansas land — either way from the Jack-post. Mr. Clark, Jr. is also a 
native son and acts as scout for the firm because he knows nearly every farmer in the state. 

Their co-worker, Mr. Benton, was for eleven years a prominent banker in Cassoday. 
Kansas and, until the fall of 1917, considered himself settled there for life. At that tinie 
he began dabbling in leases with the Clarks and was soon caught in the whirlpool of big 
deals and, already the firm has to its credit the J. M. Batman transaction upon which the 
Empire now has six producing wells. The consideration was $135,000.00 and put this 
company in the limelight. They will buy orsell you a lease in any locality if it is at all de 
sirable and price is right. 



The Kansas-Oklahoma-Texas Oil & Gas Development Company has almost as much 
acreage as it has name. Down in Texas they control 13,440 acres in Terrell County and 
11,657 acres in Tom Green and Irion Counties with an especial tendency toward extremely 
large blocks of leases all in one piece. For instance, there is that immense block, 20,000 
acres in Jefferson County, — and, Mr. Requa, that last zero is not a mistake. Their policy of 
doing big things on a big scale extends to their business management as well, for they 
cater only to corporations or individuals who can alford to buy and produce on the same 
lavish ratio. 

Mr. U. G. Charles, whose picture appears opposite this page, is president and head of 
the company, and with his ability the future of the company is assured. Their head office 
is at 515 Beacon Bldg., Wichita, Kansas. 

El Dorado, Kansas 

Without the drillers, this publication would not have enough material to compose a 
pamphlet — not to mention an artistic souvenir edition of the Kansas Oil Industrj'. We 
haven't heard of any producing company getting ver>' far without the co-operation of a 
driller pretty early in the program. 

In April 1916, Barnes, Hickman & Hickman organized with the idea of specializing 
in drilling. They have an office in Suite No. 302-4 El Dorado National Bank Building and. 
in normal times, keep five strings of tools working. So far, most of their work has been in 
the north part of Butler and they have brought m very few dry holes, which may be ac- 
counted for by the fact that Mr. Barnes has had 35 years experience in this business and 
perhaps because Mr. Shaeffer of the Theta Company is interested in this concern and has a 
natural antipathy for failures. 



To be able to tell where the oil, which lies from 1500 to 3500 feet 
under ground, is to be found, seems almost impossible, but to those 
who make it their profession, it is but a mere process of making a geo- 
logical survey. 

The Universal Petroleum Geologists, of 202 Sedgwick Building, 
are men experienced in this work. J. A. Pynch, manager and geolo- 
gist, and Hyrum Schneider, geologist, have been professors of Geology 
and graduates of Wisconsin and Chicago Universities. They do all 
kinds of mapping and investigate oil properties, and they work wher- 
ever petroleum exists. If you want to know whether your lease or 
property has oil underneath it, ask the Universal Petroleum Geolo- 
gists. They have had ten years' experience and are dependable. 


D. S. Warwick, Fred C. Dymock, C. E. R. Winthrop,— these three men until a short 
time ago were for many years actively engaged in the grain business. War conditions pre- 
venting the commission'man from handling wheat in the Wichita market in 1917, they natu- 
rally turned their energies to the oil business as oil is the biggest proposition in and around 
Wichita today. They buy and sell leases and production and they do it on the same basis 
on which they used to run their grain business: a fair deal to everybody. This firm spec- 
ializes in producing properties. Usually one of the members makes a personal inspection 
of properties they ofter and their description will stand the acid test. There's where the 
advantage of dealing with a reliable firm comes in. And this one at 202 Sedgwick Building 
is reliable. 



The Combination Oil & Gas Company h as its office at 123 South Main, its production 
in Woodson County, its other acreage in Butler, Elk, and Chautauqua Counties, its stock- 
holders all over the mid-west and its treasury full of money. How's that for a winning 

They bring in wells so fast in Woodson County that A. D. Jennings, Jr., president, 
and Edw. J. Groth, manager, are always fighting about how many wells the company actu- 
all has. They're not putting out anything to the public nowadays about their Butler County 
acreage, for fear that if Uncle Sam finds out how good it really is he'll take over the oil 
business. And The Combination doesn't need anyone to take it over although lots of peo- 
ple would like to. 


The Kansas Oil Fields Company is one of the new companies that the year has 
brought forth, and it's a safe bet that before the year is over the company will have to fix 
a place in its books for pipe line runs. 

It has some dandy leases in Elk, Chautauqua and Woodson Counties. G. A. Bying- 
ton and Edw. J. Groth know how to handle the shallow stuff as their management of The 
Combination Oil & Gas Company shows. This new company has its office at 123 South 
Main Street. 


Drilling oil wells is the one thing that keeps a company busy, that happens to be in 
that business. The Sutton Drilling Company happens to be, and the greatest trouble they 
seem to have is that they are unable to fill aall the contracts that come their way. There 
are just too many of them and this is true with nearly every drilling company in the fields 

The Sutton Drilling Company is located at 422 Hoyt Building and has been at work 
in the Butler, Greenwood and Wilson County fields for the past year. The members of this 
company came to Wichita from Bartlcsville, Oklahoma, and are experienced drillers. 




The Home of Mr. M. Q. Chase, Prominent Oil Man ofWichii 



Mr. H. D. Mollohan 

Few professions beside the oil business help in any way to fit a man to become 
an oil magnate. But, if there is one more tiian another, it is the one that takes him out 
in the open prairies where he can really get to know the possibilities of the earth. 

So the mere fact that Mr. H. D. Mollohan, now a specialist in oil leases and pro- 
duction, was formerly a cattle dealer, may in a measure, explain his steady good judg- 
ment of producing land in Butler and Woov'. .son Counties. 

His office in Room 217 Hoyt Building, is llic nucleus lor liis far-i-eaching terri- 
tory in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota and is a favorite gathering spot for oil 
men who have really accomplished something for the industry in this state. 

The Big Walnut Oil & Gas Company 

This resume of the Kansas Oil Industry would be far from complete without a 
brief mention of The Big Walnut Oil & Gas Company, and it is with a great degree of 
satisfaction that wc admit the really substantial accomplishments of this organization 
under the ieadershij) of Mr. T. C. Joimson. president, and J. B. Gardiner, treasurer. 

Incorporated in June, 191(3, under the severe laws of Kansas, tiiey now control 
valuable holdings in theS. E. 19-28-4 and have oil and gas production on the acre- 
age. Some large operations now under consideration will doubtless place this company 
still nearer the top of the list of real producers, and we believe that you will hear a great 
deal more about them in the very near future. 


When J. J. Leatherman, A. C. Menefee and J. S. Duvall made their "positively fare- 
well tour" last fall, they assembled a long list of "don'ts" together with a vast amount of 
advice from old trade-friends out on the "Territory." It is a far cry from the life of a 
"Gadder" as our B. L. T. calls the Knights of the Grip, to that of oil and gas magnates, but 
these partners must have had business pretty well lined up before entering the field or 
the good wishes of their old boosters must have sprung from fourteen-carat sincerity. For 
the fact remains that ever since the opening of their office at 605 Caldwell-Murdock Build- 
ing, in January 1918, their deals in the Kansas oil fields have been most successful, and 
have reassured both friends and investors that their prosperity is ceriain. 


A Specialist in Greenwood County Oil Investments 
Somehow, it always sounds so much more convincing when a business man classifies 
himself as a specialist in some locality. You just know that, in order to be a permanent 
fixture, he has to base his patronage upon sound business ethics and cannot afford to re- 
sort to the tactics of the transient. 

So, when Mr. Chas. A. Doud resigned as Superintendent of the International Corre- 
spondence School to take up oil investments in 1916, he drew an imaginary circle around 
himself and its circumference did not reach outside of Greenwood County. He reminds us 
of the fellow who said "That's my story and 1*11 stick to it" because he has never wavered 
in his decision, and we venture to say that there isn't a man in Greenwood who is better 
informed as to acreage and production in that county. 

Mr. Doud is a firm believer in cooperation and has been actively associated with 
various organizations since receiving his degree at Central College, Sedalia, Mo. He was a 
big factor in the morale of this publication. The whole-hearted response with which he 
greeted the publisher's request for cooperation was inspiring and their aim has been to 
make it worthy of his interest as expressed in the following statement: "I believe your 
Directory of Kansas Oil Men is a step in the right direction in getting the oil fraternity 
closer together and if I can assist you in any way, will be glad to do so." 

pag;e seventy:- eight 


James M. Fast, who has his office at 405 Winne Building, has dealt *n oil leases 
a great many years and has probably the widest territory of any one man handling oil 
leases. Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Colorado all go to make up the territory in which 
he buys and sells leases. 

Men as well as women do not care to have their age exposed, but we will have to go 
as far as to say this, that with thirty-two years experience in this business, Mr. Fast's 
knowledge of good leases is far superior to that of the average person, and having made 
this his principal business, he has made a study of all his territory. In 1886 he started as 
roustabout for Rockefeller's interests in Ohio, and was general manager for different com- 
panies, therefore when he tells you what you are getting you can bet he knows what he's 
talking about. 

Coffevville, Kan. 

Here is a firm with no mushroom indications. They were incorporated under the 
stringent laws of Kansas in 1915 for the purpose of putting into further practice what twenty 
years in the oil business had taught them. They chose Chautauqua and Montgomery Coun- 
ties for the scenes of their activities and, with M. B. Shufflin as President and R. K. Long 
as General Manager, we predict that their oil and gas production will soon equal their 
mining accomplishments. 


W. W. Orebaugh, 313 Beacon Building, has had considerable experience in the oil 
business and because of his expert knowledge of the business he has been very successful 
in his dealings for himself and for the other fellow concerned. 

He buys and sells oil leases and makes a specialty of high grade royalties and is 
also interested in lead and zinc mining and real estate, with territory covering Kansas and 

Mr. Orebaugh was formerly in the fire insurance business as state agent and adjuster, 
and was graduated from the Iowa State University Law School. He likes the oil business 
and has done much toward the development of the Kansas and Oklahoma fields. 




The Western Refining Company has its oflice at 504 Sedgwick Building and its 
plant at 21st and Washington. It is one of the younger refining companies of Wichita, 
being organized in 1917, but has come to the front with a boom, and is doing good busi- 
ness in the city of Wichita and vicinity. 

Some people wonder when they hear the name of S. P. Wallingford, who is general 
manager for this company, if it can be the "get-rich-quick" Wallingford they reatl so much 
about. If he hasn't got rich himself, he has helped The Western Refining Company to 
make money and has done a lot to make it the growing concern that it is. 




The Iroquois Oil & Gas Company, 402-3 Fourth National Bank Bldg., has been estab- 
lished since the 30th of September, 1916. The company owns acreage in Butler, Cowley, 
Chautauqua, Greenwood, Sedgwick and Ottawa Counties, Kansas. 

The Iroquois and Deering J. Marshall have arranged to drill a well jointly in the 
Northeast corner of the south half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 29, Township 26, 
Range 9, Greenwood County, and are at this time moving in material and rigging up. 

H. A. (Dick) Richards, President and Manager of The Iroquois, says this is sure to be 
a producer, as tliey have already drilled their share of dry holes, and besides have owned 
offset acreage to a number of dry ones drilled by other companies. 

Dick, the Optimist, careful business deals and efficient management have perhaps 
been the principal factors in holding this company together, as most other local stock com- 
panies after drilling one or two dry holes have given up the ghost. 

The Iroquois has put forth an unusual amount of effort and deserves success. 


Suite No. 8, Eris Theatre Building, El Dorado, Kansas 

Very few men who were fortunate enough to get into the Kansas Oil Industry at its 
earliest stages gave any thought to the welfare of the project itself or invested any effort 
except what would directly enrich their individual interests. Not so with Wm. H. Harney 
of El Dorado, a former successful specialist in lands and titles, who for ten years has pro- 
cured and managed leases, royalties, and production in Butler, Chase, Greenwood, Wilson, 
and Woodson Counties, but who has taken time and thought from his own activities to 
draw up a very valuable map of structure and surface indications of the oil fields and has 
given out same for free publication. His only reward is that it has been proven correct 
so far. 


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The Oil Industry has nearly as many facets as a finely cut diamond and each one 
requires just about as much brilliancy. Therefore, in the assembling of officers for an oil 
and gas company, it is advantageous to have specialists in several other lines as well as 
men experienced in leases, royalties, and actual production. 

When The Great Plains Petroleum Company was incorporated, in November, 1917, 
for $5,000,000.00, it selected as its executive board the following: 

Mr. Walter Hennig, President, who was born in the shadow of the derricks in the 
Bradford Field of Pennsylvania, and has a lifetime's experience in oil to his credit. Not 
only is he a practical petroleum producer, but he has built and managed various refineries 
during his active oil career. As the organizer and president of The Manufacturers Oil & 
Gas Company, he is one of the pioneers of the Augusta Field. He lias since assembled a 
large group of holdings under the heading of this article. The large acreage of The Great 
Plains Petroleum Company, well selected in some of the best fields of the country, together 
with the elficient management of Mr. Hennig and his associates, place this organization au- 
tomatically among the big factors in the oil world. 

Mr. A. L. Derby, First Vice-President, is already famous from his spectacular suc- 
cesses in the Kansas and Oklahoma Fields, and needs' no introduction to the Mid-Conti- 
nent readers. He is one of the high lights in the history of the Butler County developments. 

The Second Vice-President is Mr. Charles D. Darrigrand, who speciaHzes in big in- 
dustrial achievements and has, among other items, the credit for twenty years management 
of the .lacob Dold Packing Company's interests in Wichita — a service which culminated 
in making this branch one of the most important packing units of the West. He resigned 
this office to become general manager of tlic Mid-Continent Tire Mfg. Co. 

Mr. R. S. Meeker, the Treasurer, has been identified with the oil industry for many 
years and was associated with Mr. Hennig in the Manufacturers' Oil & Gas Co. They ac- 
quired a franchise from the City of Wichita to furnish ten-cent gas for manufacturing pur- 
poses, and while building the pipe line for it, brought in oil on the company's holdings 
north of Augusta, and sold their interests for more than a million dollars. Later, Mr. 


Meeker was associated with The Whitewater Oil & Gas Company, which was absorbed by 
The Great Plains Petroleum Company. 

Mr. A. S. Buzzi, former city attorney for the city of Wichita at the time when the 
Commission form of government was adopted, is Secretary' of the company. We can add 
nothing to his eminence in the practice of law. That record speaks for itself and is its own 
best press agent. But there will be some who do not know that he was also secretary of 
The Manufacturers Oil & Gas Company, and is still secretary of the Central States Fire 
Insurance Company of Wichita. 

Mr. Buzzi's assistant, Mr. J. R. Atchison, is an expert accountant, having served as 
business manager for The Wichita Beacon and as credit man for The Standard Oil Com- 
pany. These qualifications mean something in a sphere where a zero or so could cause a 

Mr. C. M. Weekley, director, has been associated with the largest oil operators of the 
Appalachian Fields of West Virginia, and in Illinois, but for the last seven years has been 
associated with Mr. Hennig in the producing, transportation, and refining business in the 
central west states. 

The Kansas operations of The Great Plains Petroleum Company have been in But- 
ler and Wilson Counties where production was secured in a number of wells in the Sluss 
and Smock Pools, also in the shallow fields in Wilson County. The company holds other 
valuable acreage in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Kentucky and Louisiana on 
which development work is being done, notably in the new Caddo field of Louisiana, 
known as the Pine Island extension of the old Caddo Pool, where they have upwards of 
1000 barrels daily production. They have opened up a new section of Jack County, Texas, 
northeast of Ranger, where a large block of acreage is held. 

This company is already a large factor in the petroleum industry and with their 
splendid holdings and their slogan "Drill where the oil is and then get all we can," cou- 
pled with the efficient management, you will doubtless come to the same conclusion as we 
have, that the corporation is booked for a most brilliant future. 



It is one thing to bet money that there is oil in a certain spot and another thing to 
wait until the wager is won and then buy the product from the winner. There is no doubt 
as to which is the safer investment, and The Golden Rule Oil Company after carefully es- 
timating the ratio of chances, chose the latter. And it doesn't require much more than a 
glance at the reports of their twenty tank stations for selling gasoline, kerosene, and Lub- 
ricating oils thruout southwestern Kansas, to prove that they, at least, were justified in their 

Incorporated in 1917, with Elbert S. Rule as President, A. R. Trotter Vice-President, 
and C. P. Hale Secretary-Treasurer, they now maintain an oflice in Suite 1017 Beacon 
Building and a warehouse at 219 W. First St. They are wholesale distributors for Gar- 
goyle Mobiloils "A", "B", "E" and Arctic, and deal strictly independently in Wholesale 
Petroleum Products, Blue Ribbon Gasoline and Kerosene, as well as Groco Brands Lub- 
ricating Oils and Greases. From this local office they govern their trade territory in south 
central and southwestern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. 

The Golden Rule Refining Company must have some "golden rule." Anj^^-ay, the 
refinery in North Wichita with its thousand-barrels-a-day capacity is a veritable gold mine 
and, with the "Missouri Pacific" Hale (Mr. C. P.) looking after the office end, it is a safe 
bet that the "do unto others" policy will be maintained. Energj', ability, honesty, and oil — 
a combination hke that will beat the Klondike. 


The Page-Lewis Oil Company 

El Dor;ui(), Kansas 

If these pages were to be read by oil specialists alone, our brief resume of The Page- 
Lewis Oil Co. would be superfluous. But there will doubtless be those among the readers 
who invest in oil only at the service station and then, by the gallon. Therefore, when their 
ambitions begin to soar they will want someone to tell them in plain, everyday language 
about a few of the more reliable firms. 

In this connection, we "present for yoi r approval" The Page-Lewis organization, in- 
corporated under the laws of Delaware on September 29, 1917 with the following officers : 
W. R. Page of Olean, New York, President; Will Dusenbern,- of the First National Bank of 
Olean, Vice-President; Wm. A. Marcy of Buffalo, New York. Secretary, and B. D. Nobles 
of Olean, Treasurer. 

Their Kansas branch is in charge of Mr. H. E. Webb, a director in the company with 
an office in the Caldwell-Murdock Bldg., Wichita. This department deals in leases, roy- 
alties and production in the Butler County fields and controls the Dr. Koobler lands. Re- 
cently, The Magnolia Company bought out a half interest in this but the remaining portion 
is not on the market. They do not consider offers on it and the fact that Mr. Page has a 
life-time's experience in oil to his credit makes us think that he expects something unusual 
from this acreage. At any rate the MagnoUa Company seem pleased over the deal. 



Wichita, Kansas 

It really isn't only crude that a responsible refinery purifies. There are so many side 
lines connected with the oil game that, were it not for a few elements of actual industry 
like The Evans-Thwing Refining Co., and some others, it would have the three-shell trick 
backed off the map. Organizations of this sort raise the standard and place the oil busi- 
ness on a level where a reliable firm or responsible individual can consider it. 

One million dollars in money and forty-four acres in land were appropriated and set 
aside for the use of The Evans-Thwing organization in the organization and establishment 
of their now famous refinery in North Wichita. They are equipped to handle 3000 barrels 
daily at the present time, and are increasing that capacity continually as is evidenced by 
their program to have 300 tank cars in constant use by this fall. Their pipe lines, pimip- 
ing plants, and tanks near Towanda, El Dorado, and Gilliland, as well as gathering sys- 
tems at various points in the fields is simply further proof of their stability and confi- 
dence in the Kansas oil industry. 

In March 1917, the following officers took executive charge, and have since brought 
the project to its present eminence: Mr. H. M. Evans, President; Mr. H. F. Thwing, Vice- 
President and Treasurer; Mr. Ed D. Ellison, Secretary; Mr. I. E. Ellis, General Manager, and 
Mr. A. W. Epley Superintendent of the Wichita branch. This last named official is a re- 
finery operator with twenty years' actual experience to his credit. He became associated 
with this company after The Ponca City Refining Company, of which he was in charge, was 
sold to The Empire Gas & Fuel Co. 

Only in rare instances do you find any sort of construction so successful that the 
owner would not alter many details, were it in his power to do so, but The Evans-Thwing 
Refining Company have built a duplicate of the local refinery in Kansas City, and placed 
Mr. Frank Cottingham in charge of it as Superintendent. If this branch serves the eastern 
markets as well as the Wichita department supplies the middle west territory, it will also 
duplicate the success of the latter's record and together they will form one of the big factors 
of Mid-Continent petroleum development. 


Augusta, Kansas 

Although this organization is usually listed with the Oklahoma firms, their Kansas 
interests surely make them eligible for a mention in this publication. Their head office is 
at Tulsa, but a mighty busy branch is located at 519 V-; State Street, Augusta, Kansas which 
keeps in direct touch with the company's holdings on the Bates Farm, Beck Lease, Ander- 
son and Suits acreage. The Manufacturers' Gas System is part of their property and they 
have laid nine miles of four to eight-inch gas line to the leases bought from H. C. Moyles. 

Actual production consists of four producers on the Smock Pool in Greenwood 
County; two wells on the Wayham Lease down around the two thousand-foot depth; one 
well on the D. J. Sullivan with two more drilling on the Rush and there is one well on 
the Geist. One feature in strong favor of The Cosden Oil & Gas Company is that their 
employees are all stockholders. That means that anything they can do to increase the 
value of the firm's property is to their interest to promulgate and insures a much better 
effort to promote its welfare. 

Mr. J. S. Cosden, the President, is a prominent and thoroly experienced oil man and 
has a natural inclination toward refineries. He has one at Tulsa and another at Bigheart, 
which his refinery work in Pennsylvania has ably equipped him to handle. 

410 Hoyt Bldg. 

Mr. Earl Jackson — a young man with exceptional foresight and originality has 
grasped the profitable idea of representing Chicago and New York Syndicates in their 
effort to obtain desirable leases in the oil fields of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

He withdrew his interests in a prosperous clothing business during the early 
stages of the oil development and now has to his credit eleven years of practical experi- 
ence in the latter profession. 



Were this publication to extend only over the Mid-Continent field we should devote 
this page to the one word — Carter — and the tale would be told. There is nothing we can 
add to their record that the mid-west public does not know. But, in view of the fact that 
this publication is to be distributed by the oil men of Kansas and, realizing the unlimited 
territory their mailing lists cover, it may not be amiss to here briefly chronicle a few items 
among The Carter Oil Company's achievements. 

Established in 1893, and incorporated under the laws of West Virginia, The Carter 
Company became associate operators of The Standard Oil Company, with a trade territory 
covering the entire United States. Their oil leases comprise valuable acreage over the en- 
tire state — fully equipped for handling their len-thousand-barrel-a-day production. When 
their present operations are completed, it will bring their oilers up to the two hundred 
mark and the management of all this production is under the direct jurisdiction of Messrs. 
A. V. Hoenig and A. A. Eberly, who have devoted a life time to the oil industry. 

That their efforts have been fruitful is evidenced by the three-quarter section tank 
farm in Butler County — reproduced on this page. The dollar and cents value of this hold- 
ing makes a government mint look like a child's bank. Our feeble efforts to bring it down 
to a focus consisted of this train of logic. If each tank contains 55,000 barrels of oil — 
50,000 in round numbers — and each barrel was worth only two dollars, it would mean that 
every ten tanks represents a million dollars — at a most conservative estimate. 


The Modus-Operandi of The Marshall-Harmon Royalties 

When reaping the profits from oil royalties becomes as sure and impersonal as 
clipping coupons from Liberty Bonds, the most conservative investor's objections to the 
former have been removed. And this is just what has been accomplished by the system 
for handling the Harmon proposition. The method was original with the promoters of 
this venture but if "imitation is the sincerest flattery," its instigators will be wearing extra- 
size millinery this fall. Herewith is a brief outline of procedure. 

In December 1917, one-half the Royalty was bought from Mr. Deering J. Marshall 
and immediately sold for $97,222.00. Its title at once placed with The National Bank of 
Commerce as Trustee erased all individuality and placed the smallest and latest share- 
holders on a par with the pioneer and heaviest investors. It's hard to believe but perfectly 
true that there are no officers to vote on your holdings, no meetings to decide en masse 
what to do with your property, and no taxes to be paid unless you are fortunate enough 
to own sufficient amount of this gilt-edge stock that it figures in your income tax. All 
your dealings arc directly with the bank arc something after this fashion: 

You receive an interest certificate which is yours separately and individually as 
much as your own home and can be transferred in much the same manner. All remit- 
tances from the pipe line company are made direct to the bank and by the bank pro rated 
upon the first of the month to each owner. The books are closed to transfers the last busi- 
ness day of the month in order that the bank may prepare statements which are issued to 
each stockholder the first of the month. 

The second half of the royaltv was purchased in the middle of February, 1918 for 
$200,000.00 and is handled in the same manner. Their first well was brought in on Decem- 
ber 8, 1917 and the first dividends were: on No. 1 (April 1, 1918) 1.45% per month and 
on No. 2, 1.75% per month. Probably this explains why Marshall Dividend Checks are 
scattered from Ontario to Texas and from Philadelphia to San Francisco. 



Not all the oil wealth in Kansas is in Butler County by any means and the sooner 
we realize this the more famous will the oil industry of the state become. Occasionally, 
a pioneer has the courage of his convictions and dares to vary from the beaten path and 
prospect in acreage that has just as many scientific reasons for being productive as the 
fields that have been punctured from all directions. When his wells come in, he is immed- 
iately placed upon the honor roll and everybody wonders why "some folks have all the 
luck We predict that this is what will happen when the report of The Eureka Petroleimi 
Company's drilling comes in. They are now spudding in on their property west of the city 
of Eureka and, in their own words, "should this test meet with our expectations, it will put 
the Eureka field in the limelight." 

They operate under a Kansas charter with these officers: F. E. Ross, President; C. 
W Buskirk, Vice-President; C. A. Doud, Secretary, and Gordon A. Badger, Treasurer. It 
is not too much to say that, with the holdings the company controls, and with these men 
to develop them to the utmost, the Eureka field "will be in the limelight." There are 
plenty who are willing to back that assertion with real money, that is, if the company 
needed their assistance. 


The partnership of Mr. Ralph Williamson and Mr, C. F. Johnson is based upon a 
long friendship altho the former is a native of this state and the latter was born in Wiscon- 

Two years ago they amalgamated their mutual interests in Leases, Royalties and 
Production in the oil fields of Towanda, El Dorado, and Butler Counties as well as their val- 
uable holdings in the Hull Pool in Western Greenwood County. This meant the curtailing 
of a prosperous real estate business of many years standing but Mr. Williamson express- 
ed satisfaction at the results of their activities in the latter venture and admitted that their 
trade territory already covers Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. Mr. Johnson for 40 years in 
Butler County knows all land owners. Their office in 412 Hoyt Building has been the 
scene of many a thrilling oil deal culmination both for their brokerage department and 
their own personal buying and selling. 


Augusta, Kansas 

It is almost a presumption on our part to try to tell the actual operators of the Mid- 
Continent P'ield anything about The Bridgeport Machine Company, as their merchandise 
and service have already introduced them to the oil public and cemented a business 
friendship to which we could add but little. There may, however, among the readers of 
these pages, be individuals who are just spudding into the oil game and who, therefore, 
will appreciate a concise mention of a reliable supply house, which will supply their first 
rst needs as well as their last ones — and giveisfaction all the way thru. 

Based upon seventeen years actual experience in the manufacturing and repairing 
of oil field equipment, the partnership organization of The Bridgeport Machine Company 
succeeds the Illinois corporation of the same title and consists of two active members, E. 
W. Boyd and J. A. Woods. At their machine and blacksmith shops in Augusta, they have 
installed the most modern apparatus and secured the most skilled labor for turning out 
satisfactory oil well drilling tools. That their efforts have met with success is proven by 
the fact that their trade territory covers all of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Sterling, Kansas 

There are those who think that The Kansas Southern Oil Co. selected Sterling as its 
head office because of its name. Others insist that the town was named after the company 
had injected its sound business policies into the community. Certain it is that there is a 
peculiar sense of fitness in the association of the two terms as a brief glance at their per- 
sonnel will show. 

They were organized in 1904, for the express purpose of oil and gas production. With 
their valuable leases in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas and their operations in Labette 
County, Kansas together with the following officers to carry out the program, it looks like 
they will, without doubt, attain their goal. ' Mr. G. J. Brown is President; Mr. O. T. Sholes, 
Vice-President; Mr. C. E. Johnson, Treasurer; Mr. P. P. Trueheart, Secretary; and Mr. T. 
L. Mathews, Assistant. 

P A C. F N I N F. T Y - O N E 


The few old settlers who realized their good fortune in time, have raised a few lease- 
crops within the last two or three years that far exceeded the California Tourist Crop. It 
is always a deep gratification to the world at large when the original owner of a block of 
valuable acreage is keen enough financier to to retain the large share in its profits. 

This is just what happened in the case of The Ramsey Petroleum Company which is 
nearly a family firm, composed of various members of the tribe of Bamsey. "G. L." is the 
President; "A. C." is Vice-President; and "G. A." Secretary. Their offices in the Republi- 
can Building at El Dorado is the nucleus for big interests in 7000 acres in Butler County, 
Kansas and 12,000 in Texas, upon which, by this fall, they will have ten wells. 

When, in 1882, Mr. G. L. Ramsey came to Kansas, he went in for scientific farming 
and, by using a definite and systematic program, obtained real results and earned everj' 
cent he got. Messrs. A. C. and G. A. Ramsey specialized in the cattle business and met with 
more than the average success. However, when the Big Discovery occurred, not one of 
these men hesitated. Their years of hard work had not obscured their sense of values 
and they plunged, heart and soul, into the oil game. That they knew good acreage when 
they saw it was proven when they grabbed the Harmon Lease and a few others of similar 


Under a separate heading, we introduced the Ramsey Boys to you and so we can, in 
this article, dwell upon the much discussed stock in The Ramsey Oil & Gas Co. On March 
16, 1916 the company was incorporated for $25,000 with a par value of $50.00. In July of 
next year they began spudding-in on their section and a half, which, by the way, actually 
belongs to them, and by January 1918 every little share was worth over $3500 and, at that, 
there is simply none to be had. There are some investments worth more than mere 

Beside the big holding just mentioned, this concern controls 600 acres and has eight 
wells pumping oil and there are more to follow. Our oil investments seem to have no 
noticeable affect on the market so far but we hope some day to own one share in the Ram- 
sey Oil & Gas Co., and then quit work. It is backed by integrity, experience and money. 



The Freed Oil & Gas Company could capitalize their guesses if they wanted to cre- 
ate a new department in the oil industry. They have a faculty for picking winners and 
then selling out without having to prove that they were right. For instance, there's that 
MagnoHa Petroleum Companv purchase which "included all the acreage in the Freed Lease 
and the three 2400-foot wells then drilling. Then there is the H. J. Guest lease at almost an 
offset location, 320 acres of John E. Cooley's property and the Sarah McGill quarter at Pot- 
win with its four oilers and all of these possessions are mighty desirable and could be 
turned into ready money without one more effort at production or improvement. 

They were incorporated under the laws of West Virginia and the charter bears the 
date of Mav 27, 1916. The following officers are in executive charge: Mr. E. E. Schock, 
President; 'Mr. J. B. Murphy, Vice-President; and Mr. John Slater, Treasurer and Secre- 
tary, and they have decreed that their company shall be a closed corporation. The head 
office is in Washington. Pennsylvania, but their big interests in Kansas warrant their keep- 
ing a local office at Augusta and this branch is in charge of Mr. Culbertson. Like all pio- 
neers. The Freed Oil & Gas Company commands a great deal of respect and gratitude for 
what they have helped others to attain thru their example. 


The Superior Oil & Gas Company, 201-203 Hoyt Building, one of the younger local 
companies, has really attained its majority. It was organized in 1916 and now has twenty- 
one producing wells. C. A. Fairbanks, its president, says that he will keep count up to 
one hundred and then he's going to quit. By that time'hc can afford to as the company 
has already paid dividends and expects to pny 1 per cent per month or more hereafter. 

A. J. Adams, the company's secretarv' and treasurer, has managed the field end and 
says he'd rather do it than try a law suit, this popular attorney has made good in the oil 

The Company's stockholders are scattered over Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Colo 
rado and other states. Every one can't live in Kansas but any one can make money here 
and this growing company's stockholders are doing it. If you don't believe it, go and try 
to buy their stock. 



It would be useless to deny that, in the oil industry, as well as any other, there are 
organizations with aeroplanic tendencies. It is this factor that creates the skeptical and 
"Doubting-Thomas" attitude of Old General Public toward petroleum propositions. 
Therefore, when a company like The Piedmont Petroleum Company enters the field, it 
serves as ballast for the soaring element and brings the average down to Terra Firma. 
The value of such a service is inestimable. 

It incorporated in 1918 for $60,000 and has 1600 acres of leases in Greenwood County 
that look mighty promising. The members of this organization are Mr. C. D. Brogan, Pres- 
ident, whose oil industries cover the entire state, is an experienced specialist in organizing 
companies, and already has a number of notable successes to his credit; Mr. A. Sautter is 
Vice-President; Mr. J. W. O'Neill, as Secretary-Treasurer, is a fitting index of the Pied- 
mont's policies, and a brief review of his activities speaks for itself; \Vm. M. Jamieson (see 
special article on Otter Creek page), and Chas. Hudson are Directors. Their local office is in 
Suite No. 208 Bitting Building and is already a ver>' busy and fascinating spot for the em- 
bryo investor. 

El Dorado, Kansas 

There are no indications of "the oil fi^^ld parasite" in the partnership of Skelly-Bole- 
Russell firm who label themselves as actual producers — with no side lines. They occupy 
offices at No. 308 El Dorado National Bank Building and are now developing the C. A. 
Draper lease. They control all the oil and gas rights in the south half of this quarter and 
one-half interest in the north eighty. In the former they have brought in nearly a dozen 
producing wells and have five oilers in the other half. So far, only one drj' hole has been 
reported on this acreage. All of their products are sold to the Midland Refining Company 
and from there distributed all over the West. 

The members of this partnership are unusually well-equipped to conduct a success- 
ful oil business since Mr. Skelly has spent his entire life in this profession, and Mr. Bole's 
father was the famous tool manufacturer. Beside the above mentioned holdings, Skelly 
and Bole have valuable production on the Sluss.