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Kevin's First Newspaper—Watch It Grow.
The Kevin Courier ili£tn>-irn : r ~Vt m KEVIN, Toole Co.. MONTANA. Friday. May 5, 1922. $2,50 Per Year Volume 1. No, 1. 3 STANDARD KEEN ON KEVIN-SUNBURST OIL Tuesday a party of Standard Oil Co. of California men, including President Fred Hillman, Montana Manager A. S. Palmer of Billings and others, acompanied Supt. W. R. Smith of the Great Northern rail way J4i__a_a£iyate car, visited Kevin and inspected the Campbell discov ery well. This company has had a crew of men in this field for many weeks and the present trip indicates operations are contemplated. Rumors that a deal had been made between the California company and Gordon Campbell was denied by Mr. Campbell to a Courier reporter upon his return from Great Falls yester day. He stated that no doubt the big .oil men were interested in se curing acreage in the field but that no deal had been made. Regarding a pump test tff the dis covery well Mr. Campbell said that this was awaiting the setlement of matters affecting titles upon which parties were working "night and day," and he hopes of an early ad justment of these matters. That the Sweet Grass Arch is des tined to be thorough!v exploded for oil has been quite evident for some time and particularly so since Gordon Campbell struck oil in the first hol,e sunk in the immediate vicinity, of Kevin. Snow and blizzards the latter part of March, and winds, rain and bud roa is since have not prevented nor stopped tire crews sent into the field by big concerns, among whom it is stated is the Standard of Cali fornia. During the past week land owners to the east of Kevin have re pored $15 per acre for three year leases on ground hitherto considered on what Is known as the Emmons fault. Besides the $15 cash being offered, as reported the leases are to carry a rental of $3 per acre for the second year and $5 for the third in default of drilling on the same. No single thing aside from actual strike lends so much hope as to the richness and the extent of the field as these offers and the activity of the concerns now trying to get acerage. SECOND NEWSPAPER Coincident with the first issue of Kevin's first newspaper, the Courier is able to report that there is pros pects of a second paper for the new oil town. W. D. Frawley and R. B. Thompson of Popular were in the city last week with the intentions •of starting a paper. They returned here Wednesday and if they find that there is room for a Second venture it will be established. SPUD IN JUNE BY 1 Capt. E. D. Birkholz, president ajnd general manager of Sweet Grass Oil & Land Co. with headquarters at the Harrington hotel, Shelby, informed the Courier Tuesday that his com pany would spud in with a Standard rig June 1 on S% section 6-35-lw. The rig for this drilling is now be ing loaded, according to the manager. The location is about half way be tween the Homestake No. 1 and the Three-in-One, and the backers of the company . expect big production. Judge Wm. Prout of Newark, N. J., is general counsel. BABY" NEWSPAPER U This, the first number of Kevin's first newspaper, is smaller in size than its editor would like and lots smaller than the actual size and im portance of the town and territory warrant, so an explination is in order. "Time and tide wait for no man," and neither does the progress of a town "liquid gold" is found on its very borders. Thus while wait ing the arrival of a complete print ing plant and the erection of a suit able home of its own, The Courier is compelled to appear "baby" size. The field, the town and the latter's enterprising business men need a means of publicity now and by the kindness of Editor E. R. Holderby of the Sweet Grass Advocate we are able to serve such need in our pre sent form until established. This arrangement and the present size of the Courier will be only for a few issues when the paper will be published in size and number of! pages to fully present each week Kevin's current and fast making history. KEVIN LOTS GO FAST AS ADDITION OPENS Plats for the enlarged townsite of Kevin were recently lied and for the past week Elmer Genger & Co., who have been given charge of the sales for game, have been kepi busy the company's temporary office at the Campbell building showing bus iness and residence sites and many lots have been sold with numerous inquiries for others, according to R. C. Lehman, well known Kevinite who will be manager of sales here. The new addition, comprising 120 acres, lies principally to the north and east of the original eight block, extending over the bench northwest of the town, lots cover all the addition to the foot of the bench and the bench land has been staked for resi dental purposes, four additional blocks for business purposes to the south and west of the old plat. The lots are 53x140 feet, ideal size for all business or building purposes. Another 80 acres to the south, a tract formerly owned by Art, Lewis, is included in the addition plans but it not having been finally surveyed and staked it could not be fleled with that now opened, but will be in a short time. Mr. Genger and his associates hav% completed an office building north of the Campbell office and are now "at home" there to all seeking one of the m«st promising investments in town lots probably ever offered in the state. Business There are also GET THE NEWS OF NEW OIL FIELD DIRECT. Kevin's first newspaper, soon to be greatly enlarg ed and improved, will feature all news pertaining to great Swet Grass Arch oil fields with particular attention given to actual developments around Ke vin, and the discovery well, Sunburst and the big field east.. Get Reliable information—four months $1.00,—or better still—$2.50 for a year. DO IT TODAY—One issue may contain informa that will be priceless to you. Address the Courier. I * BIG LEASE SALE Report was current the first of the week that A. Beardsley of Great Falls had turned leases of approxi mately 900 acres of land in the east ern part of the field for a considera tion of $15 per acre cash. A. L. Bak er, who has been at Kevin for many months in the interest of Mr. Beards ley told a Courier reporter that the deal did not effect the block near Ke vin which Mr. Beardsley holds and upon which drilling operations are expected to be undertaken soon, and for which there has been a rig on the siding here since last fall. TO SPOT IN That the Producers Oil & Gas Co. of Spokane, of which Joe B. Baker of 56 Petroleum fame is head, will spot its first well on the southwest corner of Sw. Sec. 4-36-2w and start drilling operations in a short time, is the in formation given out by Fred Thatch er, field representative for the com pany. shortly after the Campbell strike in the interest of his company. The latter has been here since The first boxing event for Kevin since the boom started is billed for May 12, when the day and night will BIO DAY AND NIGHT AT KEVIN MAY 12th be celebrated with a basebeall gamej Kevin and Shelby, a 13 round bout between Jimmy Rocke of Kevin and Harry Leffingwell of Milk River, Alberta, preceeded by two good preliminaries, the evening to be concluded with a dance and According to aWjbetween general good time. Jack Doherty, promoter, of Sweet Grass, who is staging the event, sport fans from a wide section will be on hand and Kevin hotel and rest aurants men are preparing to take care of the hundreds expected for the ball game and fight. The ball game will be called at 4 p. m. and the fight program will start at 8:00 o'clock. Interest in the main event is high as Leffiingwell agrees to put Rocke out in 10 rounds, and as it will be remembered that Jimmy out pointed Harry in that number of rounds in a go they had at Sweet Grass in the early spring, the out come is anybody's bet. Visitors at Kevin May 12 may ex pect one big day and they are not likely to be disappointed. LUMBER COMPANY The building needs of Kevin are being supplied by the Monarch Lum ber Co. who rushed a stock of mater ial here immediately after the strike and have now completed a big yard and fine office under the supervision of Contractor Dan J. Maher. CAMPBELL PREPARES DRILLING CAMPAIGN That Gordon Campbell and his as sociates are planning an extensive drilling upon their holdings in the Kevin vicinity is believed to be re vealed by a deal closed here Tues day with AI. Goeddertz, Jr., where by the oil interests have leased with option of buying the large elevator and warehoùse on the G. N. right of way. It it is said that this will be remodeled and strengthened and used for a warehouse for rigs and drilling tools and all repairs. Mr. Campbell confirmed the above and added that an off-se(r-to the dis covery well would be spudded in, in the near future and that two other rigs would be put to work as soon as matters affecting titles were straightened out. The drilling crew for the Black Magic No. 1, three quarters of mile southwest and in the same section as the Campbell discovery well, have been at work all week building bunk houses and hauling out rig and tools in preparation for early drilling op erations. .1. B. Peterson, president, was in Kevin Friday and said that the company had funds to go ahead and at the headquarters of the com pany in Great Falls it is believed this well will be the second producer of the Kevin-Sunburst field. drilling some time ago after winter's layoff at tire well northeast of Ke > n ' were compelled to shut down last Sunday when it was found the work was endangering the whole casing. They are awaiting the arrival of casing. Hole at the rate of 20 feet per day was being made. 8-1 SHUT DOWN The Three-in One crew, resuming MOVIES FOR KEVIN The people of Kevin will soon en joy movies was the word passed out by Geo. H. Brewerton of Shelby when he was here Monday and closed a deal with Al. Goeddertz, Jr., for rent al of the hall for that purpose. Mr. Brewerton, who operates a house at Shelby, has ordered a second machine and will install his own electric light plant. He had hoped to begin show ing next week, but may not get ma chine for that time. He expects to give two shown weekly, Saturday night and either Tuesday or Wednes day nights. SECOND GARAGE The erection of new business places in Kevin is becoming so rapid that even a nimble-footed reporter is al most unable to keep tab on them all. Another one to take shape this week is a neat office building on Central ave. next door west of the Kevin Club, which is being bullt by'W. L. Baker for the use of himself and as sociates of Great Falls. It is being put up in a hurry by a crew of Con tractor Dan Mars men and will help to improve one of the most promis ing of the town's avenues. Gordon Campbell, Kevin's best known citizen who has become fa mous as the discoverer of oil in Mon tana and who located and drilled the first commercial oil well in the Sweet Grass Arch. left Friday for a few days' business trip to Great Falla and Lewistown.