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Montana oil and mining journal. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1931-1953, August 06, 1932, Image 3

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preacher «hoaxed at him:
"Don't yea want to go to
la a thin voice the little
one replied; "Not
a o a o
How High Is Up?
Hickey Whalen—Why do yon
use that blne pencil so much.
Bdltor Bi&isdeU—Well, to make
a long story short I use it to
make long stories short.
a a a a
1 only knew
Her eye« were Une
Her Up« were sweet,
Her little feet
Walked daintily,
I only knew
Her snppkf grace.
That Ut her tees . .
Ah, me!—Ah, me!!
1 didn't know
she oonnldn't sew.
Sh« couldn't bake.
She couldn't make
A bed aright.
1 didn't know
She nagged and wept.
Or that her room
FVom dawn to night—
a » a a
"My boy friend made two
long runs in the first quarter of
the game."
"Well, 1 wonld make htm buy
me a new pair of stockings."
ö » a o
'Who's the
doee-monthed Indhtdul to
He burnt
spoken for ten mlnntes?"
Vintage Wit: "He's Josf
wattin' till Pete eome* back
with the spittoon."
8 » 0 Ö
Pointed Query
First CoWboy—W)hat pussies
me is why God ever invented
Second Oowlboy—Yeah, that 1«
a sticker.
the corner?
o o o o
Two merchant« were hang
ing to a strap In a street car
the other evening. Both re
mained quiet tor many mtn
utm, gazing with worried
and beaten expression« Into
space. Finally one of then
gave vent to a long drawn
algfe. Hie other one look
ed around and with a
said: "You've telling me?"
O Of O O <
Mias Sophia Petunia Jones
tripped into a lawyer's office.
"Can't Ah sue dat no 'count
Smith to' somepin,
'He proro
mister?" «be asked.
I Bed to marry me, dat be did,
an' yistlddy be done 'loped with
another gal."
"Promised to marry you eh?"
m used the lawyer, "Well, have
yon anything in black and white
to show for it?'
"No, sub,'
"Jee black."
replied Sophia.
O O Ö o
He; "Why did yon quit
you Job?"
"The bom warn no
bowkgpd I fell ■throogh
hie lap. "
o o o o
Are you working?
Workman: Tea. I'm assistant
to the car tapper.
Manager: And what does the
car tapper do?
Workman; When a train of
cars is on that track he goes and
kite the wheel« with a hammer, j
Manager; What good does that:
Workman: I don't know, but
when he hits the wheel, I listen.
o o o o
tat» at m get credit for
are really <mly
Recognizing A. New Epoch
Has a new epoeh arrived in the
oil history of Montana t
of Wale* bote Here 0 y
The rotary has many advan
ago but it "ran out of hole" be
fore it reached the first probable
producing horizon. This was in
bold contrast to this wonderful
rotary rig which has drilled
several mile-deep wells in Turner
Valley field, bringing in tremen
dous producers.
_ pros
pectors drilled iu the heart of
the mountains and found oil.
Doubtless there will be somejm
telligent development of the oil
in the Cameron ; reek district in
the not dietsn future, for the
presence of the oil cannot be
questioned. Yei it is not the
proper plaee to .s-arch for com
mercial aseomn , ion ©f oil.
tages over Cable tools, owing to
modern improvements, formerly
it drilled crooked holes.
An epoeh is very apparent
when it is viewed across a long
span of years, but it is hard to
recognise an epoch in the present
tense, except perhaps when a
person visits the well drilling on
Milk River, as did the writer.
the pressure on the to--.?« U re
gulated to a pound. Formerly it
was impossible to get samples
and there was dang;, of mud
ding off producing 'id and gas
sands. Now it is possible to get
beter samples from a rotary hole
than from cable tool drill cut
tings. The rotary, furthermore,
can core ahead and give posi
tive information regarding the
thickness, prosity, saturation and
content of oil sands. There is no
guess-work wih a core.
The contrast of it all made
one member of the party state
the situation in this terse sen
Milk River is a structure on
the Blaekfoot Indian reservation
near Glacier park, on the Mon
tana-Alberta border. It is simi
lar in many ways to the famous
Turner Valley oil field, farther
north. The type of folding and
the formations are almost identi
The fact that there IS oil in
the - formations within reach of
the drill make- it all the
logical that prospectors should
look for large pools collected in
the well encloeei i oil traps which
geologists call anticlines, parai
leling the mountains.
It looks like a new deal.
i <
It IS a new deal for the Mon
tana oil industry. It is a well
on a new type of structure than
heretofore been tested, with
equipment developed in the past
10 years adequate to go to hor
izons PROVEN for oil during
these past 10 years, and likely to
come into production at the time
of the most promising market
situation in the 10-year history
of the Montana oil industry.
However, this wildcat well
marks an epoeh for two reasons.
No well has yet been drilled
to a probable producing hori
zon in this region.
Mountain Chief well was drilled
to the lower Colorado formation.
It was reported to have had a
showing of oil, although a long
way off the Kevin-Sunburst hor
izon. Two other wells started
on the structure were completed
to no probable producing hori
zon. Instead of oil being trapped
in the lower Colorado, as the
United States Geological Sur
vey first «Expected, it is now
definitely known that oil will
more likely be found either in
the Kootenai, in the Ellis or in
the Madison lime.
It costs more to rig up a rotary
outfit than cable tools, of course,
although portable rotary outfits
are being perfected. The advan
tage is in the fact that once a
rotary is rigged up, it will com
plete wells in less than half the
time required for eable tools.
Furthermore, once a rotary is rig
ged np, an operator is not easily
halted by superstitions, as he is
with a post-hole digger. He will
not quit as long as he has a good
hole, with no expensive casing
required. The rotary muds the
walls of the hole and greatly
tails the cost of easing, which
is a very large item in the ex
pense of cable tool holes,
necessity of running another
string of casing has caused the
demise of many a promising wild
cat before it reached a probable
producing horizon.
The old
1. It is the first deep tost
on a sharp-dip structure in
Northern Montana, and
2. It is the first rotary test
in the history of Northern
Montana oil development.
We believe that the rotary is
here to stay and with it deep
drilling will shortly become a
fact in Montana as it is a fact
in New Mexieo and other places
which would have remained
developed except for deep drill
It is easy to grasp the tremen
dous significance of these two
facts, First of all, Milk River
fold is adjacent to an area that
is world-famous because of the
tremendous oil seeps in the moun
tains in and adjacent to Glacier
Park. Thia is one of the most
petroliferous regions in the world.
Yet the closest eomereial oil
field is the Cut Bank field, which
is actually a part of the Kevin
Sunburst uplift, and 50 miles
The ratio of greater royalty
vaines on deep and shallow pro
duction ranges up to ten to
Milk River royalty in California,
were this structure located in
California, where deep drilling
is a fact, would likely cost
twenty times as much as it copts •
today in Montana where deep
drilling is only a theory. With
deep drilling, EVBBY royalty *
in Montana will increase in vaine.
Most fortunate is the man who
has shallow production to prove
the presence of oil in the struc
ture, purchased before the true
worth of deep-sand production
is known. Tue presence of oil
in an upper sand, no matter how
little, is pretty conclusive evi
dence of the presence of oil in the
NORMAL horizons,
the normal horizons arc fonnd
in deeper sands than those now
producing in Montana. As rea
lization of the value of the rotary
has eome to Montana-—belatedly
—so will come the fall apprecia
tion of the similarity of deep
sand conditions to other states
where the greatest pools have
been found in the older forma
At Cut Bank < il has been found
on the Bast edge of the Indian
reservation. ^This oil is coming
from a horizon lower than any
tested thus
structures i
in the sharp-dip
orthern Montana
The Kevin-Bunburst structure
is absolutely unlike the Milk
River-fold. Whereas Kevin-Sun
burst is a low, flat dome of the
mid-continent type. Milk River
is a sharply folded structure
where there is a high, narrow,
trongh-like fold which may con
tain oil and gas. A similar
sharp-fold is producing to the
north and a similar sharp-fold is
producing to the south of Milk
River but this is the first time
that a fold between the two has
been prospected.
A bunch of cable tool drillers
will probably be waiting for the
writer aronnd the corner with
some bricks when this goes into
print, but the fact remains that
Mr. Drake's system of drilling
must give way to modern methods
just as the phonograph has had
to give way to the modern radio.
With the arrival of rotaries in
Northern Montana will come
deep drilling, Montana will come
into its own as a great oil pro
ducing state. The* presence of
oil in the Devonian and lower
sands in Montana is an establish
ed FACT. But old-fashioned
methods have deterred operators
from drilling to these horizons*
Let some LEADER bring in deep
sand production and everyone
else will follow, bat for the pres
ent none is willing to LEAD.
North of the Montana bound
ary a short distance a well drill
ed on what is known as Spring
Coulee or Twin Butte* structure
had oil but in a horizon thus
far untested, in the sharp-dip
With oil lapping up
n rea.
against the Milk River structure
on the Northeast and on the
southwest, it does not seem pos
sible that this sharply folded
structure does not contain oil.
The problem is to get a hole down
to the known producing horizons.
Because of the fact that there
was oil in a flat dome in Kevin
Sunburst, operators have con
fined their efforts to the plains
areas. They have overlooked the
sharp folds for the reason that
they hoped to find another
Kevin-Bunburst and the further
reason that the sharp-dip struc
tures require deeper and more
difficult drilling, as a rule.
The solution of this problem
apparently rests in the ROTARY
DRILL. The votary is as new
to Montana today as is television.
Rotaries changed the oil history
of the Midcontinent and Texa->
and made possible the wonderful
deep fields of California But it
is a stranger in Montana. Ohio
Oil company is using rotaries
on the new Dry Creek field but
this, again, is an innovation in
which the Ohio has demonstrated
Por that reason, a new epoeh
is at hand, if it has not already
arrived. royalty* investor
who can grasp this situation can
look forward to the not distant
future when deep sand production
may make of a mediocre present
day royalty investment a tre
mendous fortune-maker. MM
Not until Ohio Oil Company
went into the sharp-dip area of
southern Montana did operators
begin to realize that they were
overlooking a tremendous op
portunity in the district adjacent
to the Rocky Mountains, espe
cially between the. great Kevin
Sunburst field and the vast field
of oil seeps in the Rocky Moun
Ten years ago the writer made
a pilgrimage to Milk River anti
cline to see the first well
started, the Mountain Chief well,
named after that venerable old
Blackfeet chieftain of that name.
Ten years ago the trip was an
all-day journey over cow-trail
roads. This week the entire
journey from Great Palls to the
Milk River well and return was
completed in a day, with a beau
tiful hard-surface highway all
the way to Browning. The rig
on the Mountain Chief well was
the best of its kind 10 years
The big rotary on Milk River
is making history for it is very
likely the forerunner of new
drilling methods in Northen Mon
tana. It is a fact that the rotary
will not displace cable tools
on 2,000-foot drilling but the ro
tary is going to do all of the pros
peering of the future.
Anyone interested in receiving
current publications regarding
new developments in Montana
oil, including Milk River, may
receive them by sending in the
attached coupon.
The writer only recently went
to view the seeps and the old
wells at Oil City in southern
Alberta, not far from the Prince
'oyalties Co.
Box 1225
Box 122», Great Falla, Mob ta as.
Without obligation please send me current publications, includ
ing thoae on Milk River.

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