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Published at Shelby, "The Oil City" and Gat eway to the Kevin Sunburst Oil Field ♦ r ONTANA COURIER NEWS 0 1L THE SHELBY, Toole County, Mont., Wednesday, September 20, 1922 $1.50 per Year Volume 1, Number 21 Meuli Will Drill On Fowler Fold Fowler, Sept. 21.—Michael F. Meuli of the Rosalia Bank, Rosalia, Wash ington, who owns 14 sections of land in Toole county on the Fowler structure, has been in the neighbor Oil hood in recent days, announce fient that he will have an ell rig on Ms place, within the next few weeks. Mr. Meuli's land is checkeiboarded over the entire structure, thus afford ing the greatest possible chance of production of any prospective operator in the field. A new epoch in develop ment is now dawning upon the Fow ler field. Closure On South A party of geologists whose names are withheld by request, spent some time on the Fowler field last week and reported a complete and fairly accurate survey of the structure. They definitely established a south closure, and this news will be received by ail Much trepidation oil men with joy. existed as the structure was reported open. To Break Leases Solicitors were active some of last week with a view to breaking some of the leases which were made out to J. B. Taylor, as trustee of the Fowler Oil company. they represent is one of the prominent in Kansas City and are in terested in acquiring acreage here. The attitude of the landholders here to be favorable to the further The law firm whom most seems ing of the scheme, they apparently are disgusted with the procrastinating methods of the rig on the Dry Forks. Thresh Some Good Crops Gilstead Brothers who make claim to the title of "best farmers rather shocked this week on threshing their summer fallow. It made fifteen bushels while a badly burnt piece of were land belonging to Eugene Marsh averaged ten. from Gilstead's crop is a field of wheat belonging to Waiter Fowler, that was spring plowed which will, ac cording to the best estimators, exceed the crop of Gilstead by three bushels D. Page and J. J. Nielsen Just across the road per acre. Jensen averaged about five bushels per acre. Ingwald Brobak had a hor ribly burnt field, went even less. Charles R. Meyers' entire crop of wheat averaged 12 bushels per acre. Most of the other fields are unreport ed as yet, the bulk of the completed threshing being badly burnt. Seriously Ill S. P. Morton, the elevator man at Ledger suffered a severa attack of partial paralysis Friday, and was re moved to Great Falls in a critical con dition. No later report was received, but a host of friends hope for an early and complete recovery. Yonke Boy Injured While rounding up the cows for his thrown parents, Ralph Yonke from his horse, and sustained painful was lascerations about the face, and a broken collar bone. He was taken at once to Conrad where he received prompt medical attention and at last reports was doing nicely. Big Charivari A real old western charivari of as suming proportions greeted Mr. and Mrs. Jay Warren on their return to the community. While there were no violations of the Volstead act, all present report a most enjoyable time. General Topics J. C. Price was in Ledger Friday. Mrs. R. L. McCracken and Miss Mildred Eckstein were callers in Ledger Friday. Harry C. Hilliard of the Pondera Valley Bank, was a caller in the east country Tuesday. Glen Kingsmore and Hugh Conrad returned from the coast Sunday. Two More Canadian Operators Lethbridge, Alta., Sept. 13.—Two new groups of operators have entered the southern Alberta fields. Ira Segur, who left Alberta for the states in 1917, after starting the Grand Trunk Development w T ell in 11-12, has returned from California. E. P. How ard of Texas and William Rowe Shreveport, La., compose one of the groups now negotiating for acreage sink a well on the border. The other group is a syndicate Lethbridge and Vancouver men, head ed by J. Corwin, British Columbia mining man. They have a rig in Ed monton which will be shipped imme diately to their location spotted just east of the quarantine station Coutts. ., Candidates For General Election Following are the persons nomi nated at the primary election for the several offices of the county on the Republican and Damocratic tickets and whose names will appear on the general ballot at the coming Novem Republican Democratic I State Senator T. L. Clark W. M. Black State Representative M. D. Ridlo Charles F. Brown County Commissioner (Six year term) T. A. Green J. C. Kiehlbauch (Four year term) Peter J. Nichols Edw. J. Byrne (Two year term) Henry F. Stoltenberg Geo. A. Norman County Clerk Glen M. Ccx J. H. McFarlane County Treasurer Everett A. Rice County Assessor Robt. Irwin Warren T. Evans County Attorney Walter W. Thome County Sheriff H. E. Benjamin J. S. Alsup County Surveyor Joseph T. Berthelote County Superintendent Jeanette Walls Joseph Moberly Public Administrator A. J. Moltz No candidate appeared on either ticket for county coroner and a result voters will probably elect to this of fice by writing in the name of their choice for this office. What Oil Does Commenting on what oil production does for a town, G. C. Stebbins, pres ident of the Gladys-Belle Oil company, the first company to put Kevin-Sun burst crude on the market, is reported as saying, f Gladys-Belle company being Tulsa, Oklahoma; "Two large hotels are now going up at Tulsa, both over 15 stories and the city has changed since oil was first discovered in Oklahoma from thirty-second in the state until now it is tied with Oklahoma City for first. Thousands of oil men live in fine homes in Tulsa." Browning Indians Give Lease Browning, Sept. 14.—The Blackfeet tribal council today granted an oil and gas tribal mining lease consisting of approximately 4,800 acres to Levi J. Burd of Browning, Montana. It is understood that John Mans ville, the millionaire asbestos manu facturer and Walter White of the White Automobile company are back ing Mr; Burd in this enterprise. The present plan is to commence drilling operations immediately upon the approval of the lease by the sec retary of the interior, with a rotary outfit, and to push the work vigor ously to the completion of the first test hole. The drilling site has not yet been made public, but will probably be in township 35 north, range 12 west, on the Milk river onticline. same structure upon which the Home stake and the O'Neil wells are now being drilled. This is the New Citizens The following persons were ad mitted to citizenship at the term of court of Toole county, held at Shelby, September 7, before Judge John J. Greene, the applicants all being for mer subjects of Great Britain: Jens Underdal, Galata; Rasmus Haugen, James L. Rocke, Edward Rocke, all of Gotlin E. Sunburst. Snow Cap Company The acreage upon which the recent ly organized Snow Cap-, Oil company is to drill in the Kevin-Sunburst oil field is located in sections 7, 8 and 9, 34-2 west, the lease being that se cured last spring by A. J. Eulherg, president of the company and an oil man from Lewistown. To Spud In Soon The Montana Sweetgrass Oil & Gas company is now busy rigging up on its location in NE 14 SE14 section 1 32-1 west. With arrangements going forward steadily, it is expected that the company will spud in within the next 10 days. This location is another of the many proposed to start in Shelby ter ritory, being but six miles east of the Ohio company's Berg well. ROUTE TO ALBERTA PLEDGED AT SESSION Fifty Delegates Meet at Great Falls to Perfect Plans of Connecting Alberta and Montana With Improved Highway Running Through Shelby. Following a preliminary organiza tion meeting held in July, fifty dele gates assembled at Gi'eat Falls last Thursday to perfect the organization of the Alberta-Montana Highway as sociation which proposes to establish a route to bo known as the Sunshine Trail running from Butte to Leth bridge. The route as proposed will go through the following towns: Lethbridge, Wilson, Sterling, New Dayton, Warner, Milk River, Courts, Sweetgrass, Sunburst, Shelby, Con rad, Brady, Dutton, Power, Vaughn, Great Falls, Cascade, Helena and Butte. In addition to these it was decided, according to a Great Palls report, that Kevin would be included . on a diverging road, Prosper R. Gorham, a merchant of Sunburst, and James A. Johnson, one of the Shelby delegates, arguing for such an arrangement. A motion by Scott Leavitt to in clude Kevin as a divergent point with road markers from the highway and from Sunburst was passed. In all discussions at the meeting the importance of the Toole county oil fields as bearing on the necessity and likewise the backing such a highway would receive because of the oil in dustry here, was emphasized. W. G. Ferguson of Helena spoke on the north and south road in the state, stressed the importance of Canadian travel and oil field travel. "It has been proven that oil is thicker than either water and whiskey and we must give credit for what the Ohio Near Shelby Spuds In Shortly The most southerly test of the Toole county oil field to be made in the northwest of the northwest of sec tion 6-32-1 west, less than six miles from She}by as the crow fliès will be spudded in within a week or ten days. All material for the derrick, which will be a standard, was hauled to the location Saturday evening and H. N. Denny, the well known rig builder, put a crew of workmen on the derrick the first of the week. His reputation for speed is oildom wide and it will be only a matter of a few days before actual drilling will start and judging by the speed of such work by the Ohio company in the northern part of the field Shelby will have an oil well at its very gateway within a few weeks time, if numerous geological deductions are correct, including the recent report of the United States Geological survey. 'Round Globe A'Foot Nell Walker of Boston arrived here Sunday on her hiking trip around the globe, coming to Shelby from Edmon ton. Miss Walker has hiked through practically every state in the union during the last three years. From here she will go on to Helena and points south. While in the city Miss Walker gave a brief talk at the Liberty theatre, and by arrangement with Manager Brewerton, a reel of picture was shown containing different scenes taken during her trip. Miss Walker told of various experiences escounter ed while her around the * I and how she started the trip three years ago for "her health. Oil Royalty Returns On One Acre Ground * * * # * * * Los Angeles, Sept. 16.— U. H. * * PLavan holds the record in the * * Huntington Beach field for hav- * * ing received the largest check to * * individual owners for the month * * of July. The amount of his check * * was $6,532.69, a one-sixth royalty * * on the production of the Plavan * * No. 1, aggregating 28,872 barrels * * for the month and testing 23 * * gravity. * Plavan owns a single acre * joins the northwest corner of the * * Holly sugar factory. * * * * * which * * * * oil industry has done in stimulating this highway," he said, • Jice President O. S. Warden pre seated a constitution and by-laws, which was adopted after considerable I discussion as to inclusion of points on i the route. L. E. Jones reported on j the trade tour to Lethbridge in July when the organization was formed, Mayor Ray Armour of Great Falls welcomed the delegates, stressing the importance of highway travel and speaking of the good roads near G'oat Falls and of that city's interest "Just as good roads in any district serve to bring the people of the com munity closer together and make them better neighbors and better friends, so will good roads connecting the bus iness centers on one side of the line with those on the other side make us better neighbors and further cement the friendships we have formed. "The construction of highways is one of the biggest problems which our governments face." in highways. President Baalim's address in part was as follows: "Road building is a great co-cpera tive enterprise. No one man, and no one community is sufficient unto it self in this matter, the individuals must pool their efforts and communities must join together in the work. This same co-operation must include states and provinces, and we are here now to go one step fur ther and make it include adjoining parts of two great countries. To build roads School To Have Paper, Glee Clubs (Cecil Dale, '23. Editor) Since the opening of school the high school enrollment has increased practically every day until we now have 20 per cent increase over last year, seating capacity has twice been enlarged, and if more enroll as is ex pected, the trustees will probably have to call for bids to double-deck the assembly room. The present en rolment by grades is as follows: Freshman 28, Sophomore 14, Juniors 13 and Seniors 13. The school this year in addition to the regular course of study, expects to support basket ball, track and de bating teams, a literary society, a student paper and if possible two glee clubs, and an orchestra. For the latter activities a competent instructor has been secured and work will commence at once. The student body organized for the semester with the following officers: President, Cecil Daley; vice president, Mae Mallette; yell leader, Irma Gun ter; secretary-treasurer, Ruby Wolfe. The classes organized as follows: Seniors—President, Mae Mallette; vice president, Cecil Daley; secretary treasurer, Ruby Wolfe; yell leader, Irma Gunter. Junior—President, Alma Rensmon; vice president, Glenn Sigler; secretary treasurer, Helen Kennedy. Sophomores — President, Edwin Dohl; vice president, Mabel Martin; secretary treasurer, Edmond Kennedy. Freshmen—President, Gerald Sum mers; vice president, Clifford Toole; secretary-treasurer, Florence Rens mon. The stndents of the Shelby high school expect to publish the first school paper about October 1st and monthly thereafter. It is planned make this, the first regular school paper, an eight -*ige, three or four column, and will be called Coyote," and the following named students have been chosen to edit and manage the publication; Editor in chief, Cecil Daley; assistant editor, Glenn Sigler; business manager, Irma Gunter. ■The Mr. Norvell when notified that he was to be class advisor for the seniors took the matter very seriously and could be seen at most any time of the day earnestly endeavoring to convince sundry seniors of the value of sleep, Campbell Seeking Financial Backing Gordon Campbell, credited with oil discovery in the local field, and who i has three outfits drilling, is seeking further financial backing, according to the Great Falls Leader which re cently carried this story: ning for Minneapolis, where he will confer with twin city interests rela tive to a drilling contract upon Syndi cate No. 1 acreage, which, if secured, will be significant of the entry of Minnesota capital in the Kevin field. Previous to Campbell's departure, | he confer ted Tuesday at Ke\ in with j George E. Foster, vice president of I I the Fidelity Finance corporation, in- | vestment bankers of New York, Chi- j cago and Fort Worth. Negotiations are partially under | way between Mr. Campbell and Mr. j Foster which may lead to the under writing by the Fidelity Finance com pany of the remaining unsold portions of the Gordon Campbell Kevin Syndi cate No. 2. Completion of this deal would indicate the realization by eastern financial concerns of the im portance of the northern Montana field. Should the deal be closed it is like ly that the Fidelity Finance company would open offices in Great Falls which would employ forces similar to those of other fiscal agencies in the city. Production Ohio Wells Production of three Sunburst-Ohio wells in the Kevin-Sunburst field to taled better than 4,000 barrels in a report recently compiled. The details of the report were: Ohio-Sunburst Davey No. 1, section 34-36-2 west,. 2,770 barrels; Ohio-Sun burst Davey No. 2, section 34-36-2 west, 1,031 barrels; Ohio-Sunburst Swazey No. 1, 566 barrels. The average daily production of the wells was not given in the report, but it is understood that the Davey No. 1 is holding well to 45 barrels a day and that the No. 2 is doing bettor than this. New Shoe Shoo Shelby has a new shoe repair shop. J. C. Anderson, who was at Kevin for a couple of months, has rented the building at the rear of the Silver Grill and moved his equipment from Kevin to Shelby. He is a skilled shoe maker and no doubt will get plenty to do in keeping shod the population of Shelby and Toole county. Marriage Licenses The following marriage licenses were issued the past week by M. P. Lyon, clerk of court: September 9 to Vincent H. Hungerford, 23, and Ethel G. Creese, September 9, J. Arthur Warren, 27 and Clara Wilkinson, 24, both of Con rad. September 11, Robert Arthur Tees, 26, of Sweet Grass and Juanita Pearl V/ aller, 30, of Great Falls. September 13, Orville Grippen, 30 and Vena Adams, 35, both of Pocatello, Idaho. 25, both of Sunburst. First Line Into Province Lethbridge Herald: Connecting with Canadian telephone lines, the new line to Sweet Grass will be the first direct telephone connection between the United States and the province of Alberta. It will also be the only line across the border in several hundred i miles to the east and west. It will | give direct telephone connection with Lethbridge and other cities of Alberta, Shaffer Under-reaming When a representative of the Cour ier was at the Shaffer well, 33-36-2 west, Saturday afternoon, there was 40 feet of under-reaming to be done before casing could te set on cap rock to drilling into the oil sands prior which had just been touched by the bit Thursday afternoon, with a show ing of oil which promised another good well. There was no sign of water. Reservation Drilling Resumed A few weeks ago, owing to unox the O'Neil and drilling north of Browning, were forced to suspend operations temporarily, says the Review. All difficulties since then have been surmounted and the drilling crews for both companies are once more on the job. Drilling at the Home stake well was resumed Wednesday pected obstacles, Homestake oil companies and the O'Neil force began work the next day. Wait Co. Buys Quarter Section A consideration of $4,000 is given. in the sale of a lease on a quarter section in the Kevin-Sunburst field by L. D. Wait to the Wait Oil com pany, according to the Toole county records. The land is described as the A lease taken by John M. Cooper from H. F. Altman is also recorded. It is described as SE14SW14 section 10, NW14NWH section 14, EDNWÎ4, NE 14 section 15, S1L-SW14, S 1-2 N 1-2 ;t. The con SE!4 section 22, NLiNWü, N W& section 27-34-3 w ^jdex'jvtion is not given, That the California company is still taking acreage in the field is shown in leases filed on lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, section 7, and lots 1 and 2, and EMs NW14 section 18-34-3 west. Austin Rees Warr has taken an agreement for development on acreage in the same district from John J. McBride. It is described as lots 1 and 2, EVs SE14 section 1-34-3 west, and SW14 SW14 section 20-35-2 west. Civil Court Actions The following civil actions were filed during the past week with Mal colm P. Lyon, clerk of court: Gabriel Kundert vs Henry Michails and Fred Michails, suit on note. Eva Karel, administratrix of the estate of Edward Karel, deceased vs Charles Luckenbill, transcript of judgment. J. W. Shanley vs H. E. Wittekind, suit for damages. C. G. Brooks vs J. H. Adams, suit on note. Douglas Parker and F. E. Williams vs W. R. Payton, suit on note. Farm Security Co. vs Martin Sig uard Sol berg, et al., foreclosure of real estate mortgage. script of judgment. Sunburst Oil and Gas Co. vs Gjert rud Overby and Olive Gena Overby, suit for specific performance. Mc Intyre and Murphy, and Norris, Hurd & Rhoades are attorneys for plaintiff. Sunburst Oil & Gas Co. vs P. R. Gorham, ct al., suit for specific per formance. Wyoming Gets Royalty Money Cheyenne, Sept. 16.—The treasury of Wyoming will soon be swelled by the payment of $1,506,609.04 in oil royalties from the federal govern ment. This sum represents oil royal ties due the state for the fiscal year ended June 30, last, and is $100,000 in excess of the estimates recently pub lished. The computed amount to be certified shortly to the treasury for payment, is only 3714 per cent of royalties paid Uncle Sam by leasers of government lands within the state, the remaining 62V4 per cent going to the revolving fund of the reclamation service. The funds derived from these royalties are distributed as follows: two per cent to the county in which the oil originates; 38 per cent to roads; 10 per cent to the state uni versity and 50 per cent to schools. The California-Abel That the California company's well, known as the Abel No. 1, 26-35-2 west, is steadily getting better and pump ing a larger proportion of oil and less water is generally credited. It is bs ing pumped into a tank and the water allowed to drain off. Thursday, when a representative of The Courier was at the well, a large reservoir was be ing excavated for the purpose of sav ing the water for drilling purposes. A recent test run is said to have re suited in the pumping of 375 barrels of fluid in one day, 55 barrels of which was oil, it is said. It is believed that both this well and the company producer on the Morton place, 13-34-2 west, will be connected with the Illi nois pipeline in a short time. Already two off-sets to the Morton well are under way, the derricks being com pleted last week. Cat Creek Has 100 The report is made that the one hundredth producing well has been brought in at Cat Creek. The first producer, the Franz discovery well, was completed in February, 1920. Pre dictions are made that the Kevin Sunburst field, owing to its large ex tent and absence of dry holes, will equal Cat Creek's record in half the time. It is said that over $3,000,000 of oil has already been marketed from the central Montana field.