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me. L/BR ■>'ST. y y-; ■«'r Kevin-Sunburst OIL FIELD Newspaper * f THE KEVIN COURIER. ± KEVIN, Toole County, Mont., Wednesday, July 19, 1922 $2.50 per Year Volume 1, Number 12 KEVIN'S ORIGINAL LEASE MAN MADE RICH BY INVESTMENTS RETIRES TO SOUTHERN HOME Although the Kevin-Sunburst field is only a little over three months old since it was proven that oil was under the ground, hundreds of men have been already made comfortable well to-do who were "broke," many have been made wealthy and several rich. Among the latter is E. L. McWhorter. Last Tuesday, a check, not the first that he has received nor the last he will get, for $20,000.00 was deposited to his credit in a Great Falls bank for the lease on 80 acres of ground, the i purchase well known capitalists who recently entered the oil game. The lease pur chased covered the northeast of the northeast, section 34, and the north west of the northwest of 35, township SG, range 2 west, and the price figures at $250 per acre. Mr. McWhorter came to Montana from Birmingham, Alabama, about a year ago and while not knowing any thing about the oil game he had faith in the men who were then pioneering here and took leases and invested a small fortune in royalties, getting them at that time at a low figure. Since the strike in March he has done nothing else but make out assign ments and deeds and keep tab on his bank account which recently grew to such proportions that he concluded to take a rest, and Saturday, he and his family left for their old home in Ala bama. He still retains much royalty and some very choice acreage, much than he has sold, and no doubt « more will be back at intervals to watch the progrès of the field and his invest ments. Other deals Mr. McWhorter closed before leaving included the sale of 2% per cent royalty to Mrs. N. G. Bullard of Great Falls in 80 acres in 32-36-2 west, the price being $20 per acre. The lease of 120 acres in 32-36-2 west to William G. Bridewell of Great Falls at $150 per acre. The leasing Homestake Exploration company in 13-35-2 west, at a price of $150 per acre, it is said. Mr. McWhorter purchased from the of 40 acres to the Homestake company 2% per cent roy alty in 120 acres in this section 13. Mrs. William J. O'Haire of Sun week sold to W. G. Bride burst lai well of Great Falls one-fourth of one per cent in 320 acres, 4-35-2 west. Speaking of the success of Mr. Mc Whorter, a daily newspaper of Great Falls, where the McWhorter Gladys-Belle Adds to Kevin Holdings Oklahoma Concern Now Drilling Two Holes in East Part of Field Buys Half Section More Near Kevin. Another block of acreage near Ke vin has been taken by an active drill ing company and another well is to be started before fall. The land is the half of southwest quarter, the south east quarter, and the south half of the northeast quarter of section 24, 35-2 west, 320 acres and has been leased by the Gladys-Belle Oil company from H. E. Fry berger, a Minneapolis at The consideration has not torney. been made public but it is known that asking a good Mr. Fryfoerger was price. The Gladys-Belle company has nly recently entered the Kevin-Sun burst field, first taking a hold of a big block of acreage east of the Sweet Grass hills where they have a hole down nearing the 2,000 feet level and where oil was hit in a well drilled After the o there seme years ago. second producer was brought in here, the company m*de a deal with W. M. Fulton on the permit he was drilling on in 1-34-2 west and are now making a rapid hole there. They took over 80 acres in 18-35-2 west from the Three In One Oil Syndicate and have spud ded in on that. Last week they took an additional forty in that vicinity and now with the Fryberger acreage and no doubt other acreage purchases yet made public, they are to bo real factors in the development of the not in local field as well as the pioneers what many believe to be a good field in the Sweet Grass hills. The editor of The Courier and Thos Amerman were at Sunburst Friday night. have made their home recently, has this to say: "After having acquired enough of worldly goods to keep the wolf from the door of his home and from the homes of his children and perhaps his children's children, E. L. McWhorter, manager of the Kevin-Sunburst Real ty company, is leaving on Saturday for his old home, in Birmingham, Ala bama, perhaps to return, perhaps to stay. "McWhorter on March 1, 1922, himself but tually broke. Today he leaves be hind the brokerage business and the title, but takes with him upwards of $100,000 in cold cash, representing about half of his winnings, at present prices, in the Kevin-Sunburst oil field. Mr. McWhorter is in Great Falls today dosing up his affairs. His fath er, J. W. McWhorter, who is also an investor in northern Montana oil, has been in the field for the past few weeks, and he is taking his son back to the old home town with him when he returns on Saturday. "Betting everything he had, Whorter plunged in royalties and leases in the Kevin field in the fall of 1921. Mc "He has closed a number of other deals, retaining about half of his lease and royalty holdings. He has enough of either leases or royalties to give him a comfortable income and he has scattered his holdings over the field in such a way that he cannot lose, "no matter how the cat jumps." Mr. McWhorter is one of the first of the new batch of Montana oil million He is well satisfied with his aires. holdings, he says, and he now intends to keep what he has and "let so—eone else make some money in the field". Plucky Men Gamble Making Reservoirs The recent heavy rains not only filled all the old reservoirs and sloughs but stocked up with the fluid so essential to drilling previous operations many reservoirs built by local men and oil companies plucky enough to take the generally consid ered poor chance of heavy rains this late in the season. Among these were William Seabrook, who hired a damn thrown up on 19 and 30-35-2W, and he together with B. C. Hurd, control the Gladys-Belle is from which the piping water about a mile to its drill ing operations in the east half of the southeast quarter of 18-35-2W. Art Louis, field manager company by that name, which is drill ing the well next expected in on 14-35 SW, just north of Kevin, being a local ident and knowing the scarcity of summer and fall for the IV water during the months here, built a dam and reser voir on land near operations and the recent rain has repaid his foresight. The big reservoir back of the Camp bell discovery well has been filled, which will furnish a reserve for much drilling in that vicinity. The Rainbow company is using water from this as well as for the Campbell operations. L. W. Baker, local agent for Artlee Beardslee, the Great Falls sheepman who has such large lease holdings here, has seen to it that a number of substantial dams were built at strategetic points in the field, most of these being completed before the heavy rains. All of which puts the field in a very favorable position, as water is gener ally scarce in most oil fields, many places in Texas it cost from $15 to $50 per day per well or drilling and until water wells were brought in from the deep sands of Cat Creek, water commanded a price of one dol lar a barrel in the field. retired Kevin Blacksmith Shop L. R. Pyke has opened his new blacksmith shop on First avenue south, and is now prepared to handle all sorts of acetylene welding, boiler work and general blacksmithing. Mr. Pyke has a successful shop in Havre, and seeing the great need of a shop in Kevin, he is determined to put in a first-class shop here. The Adams wholesale oil station has been completed and doing busi ness. Mid-Northern Drill Site in Kevin Sector Big Company Which Has Done Much to Develop Cat Creek and Recently Brought in Gushers There, Ships Rig Here. After much preliminary work and scouting in Toole county, extending over a long period, The Courier hears that the Mid-Northern has decided to put down a well in the Kevin section of the field and a rig for this opera tion is said to have already been ship ped. The site for the Mid-Northem's first well is said to be on an 80-acre | tract recently obtained by that com pany in 9-35-2W. Guy Craig, superintendent of the company and who has had charge of the extensive and successful onera tions in Cat Creek where but recently gushers have been added to the com pany's many producers, was at Kevin Wednesday, making final arrange ments, it is understood, for the drill ing of the first hole. Township 35, range 2 west, is getting more play, outside of the territory of the two producers, than any other sector, a new dite being chosen in that town ship almost daily. The Mid-Northern has a large block in the northern part of Toole county, couth and west of Sweet Gra. was leased last year and it is under stood that its holdings have been enlarged this season in that section, and its entry in the Kevin sector is the first known of the company's in tention to operate in this pan. which Shaffer Will Drill West of Ohio Well Another Well Known Oklahoma Oil Man Has Secured Acreage in Kevin Sunburst and Rig Otrdered for Early Drilling. - Following a visitation to the field on Wednesday by J. K. D. Shaffer, president of the Shaffer Oil company, and W. C. Wright, geologist, it be came known in Kevin that Mr. Shaf fer has secured 80 acres in 33-36-2W and that a well would be immediately started. It is understood that a rig has been ordered through the local lumber company's office. While the exact location of the site was not an nounced, the selection was made while these gentlemen were in the field. It has also been rumored that this well will immediately sunk to consider able depth unless an extra heavy flow of oil is found sooner, as a thorough test of all sands is desired. Although Mr. Shaffer has retained his interests in Shaffer Oil, since his brother, C. B. Shaffer retired from the organization last fall, he is acting independently in the local fields. Development Activities KEVIN-SUNBURST FIELD Producing Gordon Campbell-Kevin Syndicate No. 1, NE NE 16-35-3W. Sunburst Oil & Gas company No. 1, SE SW 34-36-2W. Drilling Holding and Royalty, SE NE 21 35-3W. Sunburst Ohio No. 1, NE NW 3 35-2W, Aloe Oil Syndicate No. 1, SE NW 6-34-2-W. Rainbow No. 1 NW SE 9-35-3W. Orchard No. 1, SE SE 9-35-3W. Coe No. 1, SW SW 4-36-2W. Gladys Belle, NE NE 19-37-4 east. A. E. Louis Corporation, NE SE 14-35-3W. Homestake No. 1, NE NW 3-35-2W. Three-In-One Oil Syndicate No. 1, SW SW 8-35-1W. Troy-Sweet Grass Oil company No. 1, NE NW 28-34-IW. Sunburst Oil & Gas company No. 2, NE SE 5-35-2W. California company No. 1, SE SE 10-35-3W. Shut down, 500. Gladys-Belle-Fulton No. 1, NE NE 1-S4-2W. Gladys-Belle-Three-In-One No. 2, NE SE 18-35-2W. Gordon Campbell-Kevin Syndicate No. 2, SW SW 10-35-3W. Ohio-Reibe No. 1, NW NE 3-35 2W. Widely Advertised Theory Put Out by Promotion Co. Shattered by Startling Statements of Hager :---• Suit For Oil Land Shelby, July 15.—Action has been brought in Toole county by J. C. Smith and Leigh Wade to enforce specific performance of control of purchase and sale of the S% SW J 4, S>VV.SE% of section 30, NW%NW% Srt NW%, N 1-2 SW% of section 31, township 36, north, range 2 west, con tabling 320 acres, The complaint alleges that the plaintiffs and the defendant, Irvine S. Sprecher, entered into a contract on June 17, 1922, for the purchase and sale of this property at $27.50 per acre. The purchase included 12% per cent royalty retained by the de fendant under a lease which he made to Gordon Campbell some time ago. The complaint also alleges that the plaintiffs made a deposit cf $500, the balance to be pa : d within 30 days and that the plaintiffs have complied with all of the terms of the agreement on their part to Be performed, but that the defendant has failed and refused to comply with his part of the agree ment. The plaintiffs further seek to re cover the sum of $8,000, which they claim as damages alleged to have peen sustained by them in the loss of profits due to the failure of the de fendant to complete the transaction between him and the plaintiffs. Standard Co. Buys Land East of Aloe The California company has pur chased from Robert J. Holland all 51 section 6, township 33, range 1 west, paying $12,800 for 640 acres. tv This is at the rate of $20 an acre [and sets a new price scale on acreage in the southern part of the field. This acreage is four miles east of the sta tion of Aloe and is eight miles south and east of Kevin. This purchase is taken to indicate growing faith of the California com pany in the south slope of the Gas Ridge anticline. The California com pany has taken "protection" acreage in all parts of the field. Recently the California company spotted a well in the SE% SW% of section 13-34-2 west, which would seem to give cred ence to the theory that the Troy Sweet Grass diamond drill test does not fully establish that there is no oil in that section, -- The heavy rain Saturday afternoon and night has furnished additional moisture for the growing crops and range and ranchers are, as a conse quence, in a happy frame of mind. T. S. Hogan,22-35- 2W. Ohio-O'Hanna No. 1, section 26-36 2 west. Ohio-Claire Stevenson No. 1, section 3-35-2 west. Ohio-Swayze No. 1, section 34-36-2 west. Ohio-Sanden No. 1, section 1-35-2 west. Ohio-Barr west. Ohio-Davey No. 1, section 34-36-2 west. Ohio-Davey No. 2, section 3 west. Rice No. 1, NW NW 8-35-2W. Homestake No. 2, 26-35-2W. Black Magic Oil company, SW SE 16-35-3-W. No. 1, section 2-35-2 15-2 Location O'Neil & Catlett, NE 15-35-3W. Rainbow No. 2, NW NW 15-35-3W. Sweet Grass Oil and Land No. 1, SW SW 6-35-1W. Producers Oil & Gas, SW SW 21 36-2W, Sunburst-Ohio No. 2 SW SE 34-36 2W. Potlatch No. 1, SE SW 27-34-lW. Big West No. 1,NW NW 6-34-1W. California Co., SE SE 13-34-2W. Potlatch No. 2, NW SW 28-34-lW. Apex No. 1 SW SE 3-35-3W. Mid-Northern, 9-35-2W. Sunburst O. &. L. Co., 10-34-2W. Dawson-Merkle No. 1, NW% NE14 9-35-2W. In flat contradiction of the widely advertised theory, as shown by con tour maps prepared by geologists for the Sunburst Oil & Gas Co. and circu lated by the thousands, comes the statement from iDorsey Hager, Cali fornia geologist and said to be an au thority on such matters and who is now identified with the same com pany, that "the Sunburst well is lo cated WELL DOWN THE FLANK OF A GIANT STP.L HURE." The statement is made in an article by Mr. Hiaei published pa * e s and is his fir?', public minted utterat.ee regarding the ioca; fhld. No given as to the exact location of the structure, and local oil men, many of whom have been working on a 'hunch' or upon the popular conception of the structure as advertised by the promo tion company, are now busy revising their ideas in the light of the Hager statement, and it may be possible that many of those will come to Gordon Campbell's conclusions regarding the field. Following is important excerpts from Mr. Hager's aiticle, portions re ferring to the history of the company with which he is now identified and commending its officers being omit ted: G'vat Falls "The recent discovery of oil in the Sunburst well in section 34, township 36 north, range 2 west, Toole county, Montana, has attracted a great deal of interest to that area. The Sunburst well is the second producer in the dis trict, the first well being the Gordon Campbell well, located four miles northwest from the town of Kevin and seven miles southwest from Sun burst well, in section 16, township 35 Canadians Organize Drilling Companies Lethbridge, July 13.—Funds are not lacking for the development on the Canadian oil fields, two companies having just announced to sink wells near Courts and on the old govern ment quarantine station, north and east of the Sunburst well. These com panies are the Coutts-Sweet Oils, Limited, and the Baalim Lethbridge Syndicate. The former is headed by A. J. Mc Lean, former minister of public .v>.*ks for Alberta, and a wealthy stockman, and associated with him are C. K. Mitchell, former provincial treasurer of Alberta; W. Livingstone, Calgwy oil magnate; A. L. Wood, financier of Taber, and other Calgary, Winnipeg and Lethbridge business men. They are now moving a rig from the Oko toks field to a location just north of the border and will spud in within the next two weeks. Raising $15,000 in a few hours, and now over the top in their initial ob jective of $25,000, the Baalim Leth bridge syndicate, a local pool headed by A. G. Baa'im, of the Baalim Motor company and the Western I)isco\ cr ies, Limited, are negotiating with drillers to sink a test well in section 12-1-15, also on the quarantine sta tion. This group of Lethbridge men will spud in without delay, as govern ment regulations make it imperative that development must begin on this acreage before August 1 or the leases will be subject to cancellation. In the Pawoki lake country on the Canadian side just north of the Sweet Grass Hills the Thompson Oil com pany of New York, is pounding away, having spudded in over ten days ago, Just north of this outfit is the Dream field Oil company's acreage and rig, which after a long cessation, may be gin operations soon. Better Service for Kevin The enormous increase in the tele graphic business at the local station and also at other points adjacent to the oil field has caused the Western Union Telegraph company to plan ad ditional facilities U. G. Life, district manager of the company, recently made an inspection of the lines from Shelby to Sweet Grass and promises improved service. Owing to the lack of telephone con nections at Sunburst and other in conveniences caused by round-about service, much business is given the telegraph company that would other wise go over the telephone. for these stations. north, range 3 west. Both wells were promoted by L. C. Stevenson of Great Falls, Montana. No. 1 is good for 200 to 250 barrels, 36 gravity oil, depth at 1,550 feet, the thickness of the sand 28 feet. The oil was found in a sand of the Kootenai The Sunburst well is located The Sunburst well. group. well down the flank of a giant stnic ture. The discovery well was located by Mr. Gordon Campbell in 1921, and was completed in March, 1922. These two wells open what seems to be one of the largest producing areas in the United States if not in the world, for a single pool. Gathering Area Is Vast "Geological conditions are unusual here. The Sweet Grass Arch is a. great structural feature, some 300 miles long and 150 miles wide. A cross-fold cuts this great arch in the neighborhood of Sunburst and Kevin and-fonns a reservoir to which the oil drains from all sides. This cross fold has a south dip of 30 miles, a west dip of 50 miles, an east dip of 20 miles and a north dip of 150 miles, which gives a tremendous drainage area that is not paralleled within the borders of the United States. The area which seems likely to develop as an oil field is roughly 12 miles square, and roughly comprises about four townships. The great size of the fold was what discouraged many geolo gists from recommending tests of this dome as it was their belief that there could not be enough oil to fill such a vast reservoir. Large wells are not looked for although they may come. Operating Cost Low "Operating conditions are cheap as holes can be completed for from nine to ten thousand dollars, in from two to three weeks time. Portable drilling machines are best fitted for work here. There are few troubles in drill ing, as the Colorado shale, which most of the drilling has encountered, stands up very well. It is interesting to note that these wells start in Colorado shale, in which some of the best fields of Wyoming are found. However, the Colorado shale has not produced oil in commercial quantities in Montana, ex cept in Elk Basin, on the line between Montana and Wyoming. Foresees Other Pools '"iho importance of this strike (Continued on Page 8) Because of Kevin President of Franz Cornoration Quot ed as Saying Kevin Field Expected To Develon Need for Refinery In Montana. That the Kevin-Sunburst oil field is expected to develop to such production that the big Franz corporation, pio in Cat Creek, will build a re state, is given in a neers finely in this statement to a Helena paper by James G. Stanley of Denver, president and general counsel of that company. Ac cording to the report given the Helena paper Mr. Stanley figures increased production of the Cat Creek and the Kevin field, the supply of with the for a refinery in crude quant''ties Mariana is assured for at least three The fact that the exploration years. of the Kevin-Sunburst field has been the means of bringing the big com panies to consider putting in a refin ery in this state is significant, as alt Standard production from the Cat Creek has gone to the Wyoming plants. Speaking of the local field, Stanley is reported to have said: have great hopes in the Kevin field and have already laid a basis for acquiring production from that field when developed, which we hope and expect will produce in such quantity as to justify our building a refining plant in Montana." Mr. 'We Another Rig In East According to information given The Courier there will be another rig on a site either in section 7, 8 or 9, 34-2W, probably in 8 on the Hurley ranch, Joe Baker having closed a deal with Skillen & Son and A. J. Eulberg, it hr said, whereby the former is to drill well in the near future.