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oiLi the Kevin Courier inews \ KEVIN, Toole County, Mont., Wednesday, July 26, 1922. $2.50 per Tear Volume 1, Number 13 Oil Showing at Louis Well Said to Assure Production Soon i HAGER PLACES APEX OF GIANT STRUCTURE EAST OF KEVIN NEAR TROY-SWEETGRASS TEST HOLE FOLLOWING THE COURIER'S COMMENT ON HAG ER'S STATEMENT THAT STEVENSON WELL WAS "WELL DOWN ON THE FLANK" WIDELY QUOTED GEOLOGIST GOES INTO PARTICULARS AND HAYS BIG DOME IS TO SOUTH OF THAT WELL. That the deductions of Dorsey Hager, the Sunburst Oil & Gas Co.'s new geologist, as to the location of the dome in the eastern part of the Kevin-Sunburst field are contrary to the advertised theory of the company's first geologists is made definite in a second statement issued by Mr. Hager and published in a Great Falls paper following the publica tion of his first statement and comment on same. "The center of this giant structure is near the Troy 'Svveet Grass well in séction 21, township 34, range 2 west," says Mr. Hager and further adds "that the Sunburst well is near the axis of a large north-south fold which is a part of the big structure to the south," placing Kevin adjacent to the main dome, if Mr. Hager's de-* ductions are correct. With the Camp bell discovery well to the northw'est of Kevin and the Louis well, now be lieved to be in oil, just north of the town and the Rocky Ridge dome ex tending across the immediate territory of this place, Kevin has every pros pect of being in the center of a field of tremendous possibilities. This does not preclude other towns within the Sweet Grass Arch from being on or near oil, as some geologists of repute are working and recommending other portions of the great Arch from the border at Sweet Grass south a great distance, and the showdngs of oil in the Gladys-Belle well in the Sweet Grass hills is further evidence that a vast territory W'ill be found to contain « oil. Continuing, in part, the Hager statement says: « Apex of Dome "The apex of this great dome is now well recognized by all the large 'dl companies, as well as our own than With the Aloe syndicate to the including the dis to the northwest and to the (Continued on Page 8) Campbell No. 3 Close to Kevin •i Material Being Hauled to Location of G. C, K. S. No. 3 Well in Section 26 Only One Mile North of Kevin. And closer and still closer to the limits of the Kevin town site are the oil derricks being erected. Announce ment was made at the Gordon Camp bell officè here Monday that the lo cation of the No. 3 well for the origi nal Camphell-Kevin syndicate had 4 been spotted on the northeast of the southwe quarter of section township 35, range 3 west, less mile dii'ectly north of the Kevin 26, one townsite, and that material for stand ard rig was being hauled to the loca tion and the pit dug. to the east, the Gladys-Belle 'i hree the Louis In-One to the northeast, and now the No. 3 north, the bunch cover y well Holding & Royalty company west, the center city oil camp L about n surrounded with we: The new site of the syndicate third well is on ground owned by A. Gocd dertz, Sr., who, with his son, is part owner of the Kevin townsite and hold er of much acreage now considered oil land, and the hole to be drilled will not only bring the actual field closer to this town but wil no doubt soon re ward one of the town's pioneers who has helped to make the discovery and development possible. or rigs. t Hogan Well Spudded The Senator T. S. Hogan well, 22 'spudded in' July 18, field 35-2 west, was according to George Perry, manager, but continuance of drilling had been held up the latter part of the week due to shortage of fuel. This location is about midway between the Ohio wells and the Gas Ridge sector and will be another interesting test and according to latest deductions a vexy likely one for oil. , » Women may be men's equals, but you'd insult a lot of superior women if you told them so. -- Ranchers Believe Troy Report True Residents of District in Which Troy Sweet Grass Deep Test Is Being Made Say Inside Information Is That Oil Strike Is Fact. That a considerable quantity of oil has been found in the deep test hole being made by tfye Troy-Sweet Grass Oil Syndicate with a diamond drill, northeast of the northwest of section 28-34-1 west, is the belief of ranchers living in that vicinity, according to Arthur Pederson who was transacting business in Kevin Saturday. He liver in that section and says the rumors and press reports being circulated last Friday are true if people in close touch with drilling operations can be relied upon. The report which reached Kevin Friday morning and sent to Great Falls papers is as follows and these reports of oil showings of this well have been so persistent that Kevin people are inclined to believe that the showings of oil are of a substantial nature: "Insistent rumors that the Troy Sweetgrass well, on Gas Ridge anti cline, was in production in the De vonian formation met regretful denial at the office of the Troy-Sweetgrass in Shelby. "This telegram was received by a Great Falls operator from a Cut Bank representative: " 'Troy-Sweetgrass brought in to day (July 20). Oil rose to 700 feet from the top of casing.' "The news spread rapidly and the wires to Shelby were literally burned up with inquiries. The Leader called the Troy-Sweetgrass office, learning that though there have been excellent showings of oil, there is no sand as yet and accordingly no production. ''Drilling is proceeding in alternate layers of shale and limestone and it is believed that the limestone will shortly disappear, after which a sand is expected. The hole is now down 2327 feet." Kevin Oil Man Is Donor Child Home The Montana Deaconess School for Children at Helena is one thousand dollars richer as the result of the generosity of Kevin's pioneer oil man and discoverer of the oil field, Gordon Campbell. The donation was the result of the visit of Rev. John Chirgwin, field superintendent of the school, who was at Kevin Thursday and Fri day. The institution was established 14 years ago by Rev. W. W. Van Ors del, commonly known as "Brother Van," with others. Since that time, over 2,000 children have found a home and received a good education at the school according to Rev. Chirgwin. The school is conducted under the auspices of the Deaconesses of these United States. At the present time a magnificent new building is being erected to ac commodate the ever-increasing num (Continued on Page 8) Troy-Sweetgrass Through Madison Shelby, July 21.—The Troy-Sweet gras.s well has drilled through the Madison limestone, found to be about 700 feet thick, and is now drilling in a brown shale which is heavily im pregnated with oil, according to men returning from the Gas Ridge anti cline. Production is expected in the Devonian, sands of which are at around 2,500 feet. No sand has yet been found below the limestone. A complete log of the field will be yield ed by the core of this drill. The well is located on the highest point, struc turally, it is said by some, in the Ke vin-Sunburst field. Drilling today was in a black shale, according to advices from the Troy Sweetgrass office. The drill passed through 50 feet of blue lime and final ly 150 feet of black lime, making 930 feet of what is considered the Madison lime. The black shale is getting coarser and is expected to show a sand soon. Throughout the last 200 feet of drilling there have been showings of oil seepages in crevices in the lime and oil is coming up through the col umn of water, showing on the sump. The Madison lime varies from 700 to 1,250 feet in thickness in Montana, and it is believed that the Troy-Sweet grass is now through the lime, into the Devonian, believed to be the source of oil. L R.R. Strike Begins to Be Felt in Oil Field The strike of part of the railway workers started July 1 is already be ing felt here in the way of belated, freight shipments, much drilling ma terial and tools which should have been in have not arrived. The blanket embargo on certain classes of shipments, announced by W. P. Kenney, vice president and di rector of traffic of the Great North ern last week is drastic, and prohibits The site is on the southwest of the "dead freight" southeast of section 3-36-3 west, on building mater- [ the Baum permit, about one mile north of the Campbell discovery well, the shipping from Great Falls of any thing but so-called shipments, such as ials, coal and lumber. This rule applies to all shipments and the company was named because within the state of Montana, but does there are some who contend that the which, or near which, the Apex is to drill is the apex of the Rocky Ridge structure. The No. 2 well of the original Gordon Campbell Kevin syndicate is only a short dis tance east and north of the Apex site. This particular district is scheduled for much drilling. not apply to interstate shipments. It j ground upon means that no Montana town will be able to ship foodstuffs by freight in any neighboring town. Towns without reserve food supply must either secure their provisions by express or by shipping overland by truck. Every man approves the strict en förcement of all laws that don't af fect him. ^ Same with wives as with auto mobiles—it's not the original cost, but the upkeep. Development Activities 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 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. 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. No. 1, section 2-35-2 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 28-34-1W. 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 1-34-2W. 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 3-3o- - .A . :■ 3-35-2 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 27-34-1W. Big West No. 1,NW NW 6-34-1W. California Co., SE SE 13-34-2W. Potlatch No. 2, NW SW 28-34-1W. Apex No. 1 SW SE 3-35-3W. Mid-Northern, 9-35-2W. Sunburst O. &. L. Co., 10-34-2W. Dawson-Merkle No. 1, NWü NE M 9-35-2W. 2W. Reported Canadian Gusher Now Denied Calgary,' July 20. -The Fabyan well ha., come in with a gusher. For a time yesterday, oil was shooting 110 feet V'. the air. The Imperial Oil com pany's employees succeeded in parti ally capping it late in the afternoon, but during the evening the well was still pouring out oil in large quanti ti i'hfi strike is considered the biggest one in the history of Alberta. Calgary, July 20.—The Herald to day ^ys: "The report that a gusher had teen brought in on the Imperial Oil company's property at Fabyan on Wednesday has been denied by offi cials pf the company. W. M. McQueen, vice-president of the Imperial Oil company, who is at present holidaying at Banff, told the Herald over the }png distance telephone that the ru mored strike of an oil gusher was without foundation in fact. "It is not true," he declared. "A condition has simply arisen, similar to that of a month ago, when heavy V lack tar and water up through the gas pressure forced a substance of casing." I I Activity at Border Coutts, July 15.—Oil activity on the Alberta side of the border has taken on a new' spurt this week with the ar ( Continued on Page 8) Apex Puls Star Rig On Site Early Drill A Keystone No. 27 rig was hauled from Kevin to the location_of the pro nged operations of the Apex Petrol eum company Saturday and as the preliminary work of erecting bunk houses, digging pit, etc., has been go ing on for some time under the di i'ections of Field Manager, John G. Schwab, spudding in of the well is expected the latter part of this week early next week. A reiwtrt from the Louis well Monday was that the oil showing was so strong that it was quite certain it would be brought in shortly. One report was that oil was standing in the casing fifty feet, but this could not be con firmed. Work of bridging back the Ohio-Reibe No. 1 is said to be in progress and the well Is to be shot, it is expected. Reports today convey the information that gas has ap peared in the Gladys-Belle Three-In-One well, where they are drilling in section 18, township 35, range 2 west. This showing of gas at 200 feet is the shallowest showing in the field to date, Louis well has excellent oil showing and are drilling on the cap rock. G. C. K. S. No. 2 Down 575 Monday Bill Rhea, Well Known Oil Operate»: of Oklahoma and Wyoming, Takes Charge of All Field Operations for , ' The first well of the Gordon Camp Campbell and Syndicates. bell-Kevin Syndicate No. 2, off-set of discovery well to the northeast, was down 575 feet Monday morning, ac cording to Mr. Campbell who was seen by a Courier reporter at that time. In connection w'ith the extensive drilling campaign undertaken by Mr. Campbell and his companies which is now' well under way, announcement is made that Bill Rhea of Denver has become associated with Mr. Campbell and will hereafter have charge of all field operations for him and the com panies with which he is connected. Mr. Rhea is said to be a driller and operator with a record covering many states and has successfully put down hundreds of wells in the Osage field of Oklahoma and many in Wyoming and other states, tendent of the Indian Territory Illum inating company, a subsidiary of the A. V. Foster interests with whom he was identified for some time in the He was superin Osage territory. Later he was with the Western Exploration company Wyoming, did contract drilling in that state, had charge of the Wind River Producing & Refining company's op erations, drilled a well in Arizona for that concern, had charge of drilling wel! for General Oil Fields Corpora tion, and still later sperintendent for the big Barnsdall-Foster company with headquarters in Billings. He comes here from Denver and men ac quainted with him say that the local field has secured another top-notch operator and the Campbell organiza tions are to be congratulated upon getting such an experienced and sue cessful all-around field man and driller. The derrick for No. 2 well, section 35-35-3 west is being rigged up and unless the railroad strike stops ship ments it will be ready to spud in shortly. Two boilers for this and No. 3 well are now on the road, already delayed, as well as much pipe, which was learned Monday was being held up at Chicago. Ready to Spud Gas Ridge Dome; The seventh well of the Sunburst Oil & Gas company in the Kevin Sunburst district will be spudded in within the next day or so, or upon the arrival of a 12-inch bit, on the Suhr permit on the Gas Ridge anticline. Drillers were rigging up Tuesday morning and were practically ready to start. The permit was secured by Carl Suhr and taken over by the Sun burst Oil & Gas company for deve'op ment. This is the farthest west of the Sunburst or Ohio-Sunburst wells. The Ohio-Sunburst-Sinden well, the most easterly well is now at 1,000 feet and will begin to take a place in the news. This well was found to be at exactly the same surface elevation of the Sunburst discovery well, and the log will be watched with much interest since it is nearly three miles east and one-half mile south of the Sunburst well.—Great Falls Leader. The crawfish is the only animal that progresses backward—and you're no crawfish. The next shallowest showing of gas has been developed in the Rainbow at to Manager 270 feet, according Thompson. The Homestake, offset of the Sun burst Producer is now' setting a 10 inch casing on oil sands and may drill today. Louis well is expected in hour , ly. as they have had oil showings for ' some time. They are now' drilling on very hard rock, possibly just above the oil. Manager H. Louis wishes to be conservative, and developments will be made public, and it is thought that this well wil be more favorable than the discovery well. The Homestake now have their cas ing on the cap rock, and the weif is expected in today or tomorrow. Oil Showing Confirmed Further confirmation of the show ing of oil in the Troy-Sweet Grass diamond drilled hole southeast of Ke vin was brought here Sunday by G. C. Hoyt and H. C. Stapleton of the Throe In One Oil syndicate of Shelby. Mr. Hoyt said they had just come from the well and that the core was saturated with oil. The hole being so small no production is expected, bat it is now certain that a regular sire hole would bring oil in commercial quantities. Black Coulee Is Scene of Oil Test j effort, C. E. Biggs has again interest | e( J Gordon Campbell in the oil possi i * n £ °' Ids intentions to give the terri ! tory a gond test, leases were taken by I so many people that the acreage could After two years Chester Reporter: bilities that lay southeast of Chester and south of Joplin and Inverness. In 1920 Mr. Campbell spent several weeks going over the formations in townships 27, 23, 29, 30, ,31 and 32 in ranges 6, 7 and 8 east, and at that time Mr. Campbell was well impressed with the looks of the structure. But on account of so many people know ' n °f .be blocked. ; w «*nt to Kevin where he brought in the first well in the Sweet Gras> | | idea that the structure could finally' I be worked out, and during the past | y ear negotiations have been in prog ress between the Black Coulee Farm ers Oil and Gas company, the Doby Ridge Oil and Gas company, and Mr. Biggs. These two companies hold leases on a large portion of this ter Mr, Campbell then Arch. Mr. Biggs has never given up the I ritory and along in Msy f this year, a» agreement was entered i ntû by these two companies and Mr. Campbell, tJxaf* 1 Would give Mr. Campbell six months' time to put his field force on. the structure and then to signify his in tentions as to whether or not his company would drill. The Black Coulee structure, accord- ing to geologists, is a likely looking- oil structure, but no doubt some weeks will elapse before a report will be made by the engineers ahy geologists. Sleeper Taken Away The G. N. sleeping car which has been kept at Kevin since oil discovery in March to accommodate the surplus transients unable to find room in the many hotels and sleeping quarters of the oil camp, was taken away Mon day. No reason was given for the dis continuance of the service but it is believed it was preliminary to a lim ited train service here and to elimi nate the care of the car because of shortage of shopmen due to the strike. Did you ever know a broker who was really broke?