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Montana oil and mining journal. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1931-1953, May 23, 1936, Image 1

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Anotfter flowing well wins
added to the laurels of the
west side of Kevln-Sun burst
field this week as acid convert
ed the newly completed Big
West-Dahlquist No. X,
the famed old Hack Magis
gusher, into a flowing Well.
Starting off at lO barrels
an hour. U looked for a time as
though It was dne for a sensa
tional career bnt It subsided
within 24 hears to around 2 H
barrels per hour and will prob
ably make lOO barrels or better
on the pomp.
It Is making 88 gravity oil
whereas the average for the
field Is SO degrees. This oil Is
comparable with Cut Bank
erode. Big West will use this
production in its modem re
finery at Kevin, three miles
The Dahlquist well makes the
third point of & triangle of flowing
wells, including the Black Magic
on the northwest and the Foley
Devine well on the McGowan permit
to the weat.
also flowed when completed.
Dahlqnist well Is a direct offset
to the McGowan permit, now held
by Dr. B. A. S. Aronow of Shelby,
who is almost assured of a flowing
well because of Its location within
the triangle.
The McGowan well
Extension To
Ellis Production,
Sunburst Pool
A second sensation was provided
in Kevin-Sunburst this week as a
wide north extension to the Ellle
Madison producer area was added
at the Welsh Broth ers-Æ)e Wald No.
1 well, SW NB% NE K 26-36-2W,
three quarters of a mile north of
the Cook ft Eddy well on the Has
kett farm. The DeWald did not
get oil In the Sunburst sand, as ex
pected, but on Thursday night dril
into oil In
As soon as the oil was discovered on
the tools the well was shut down to
make preparations for drilling in.
The only other well this far north
was the famous Boyce gusher, north
and west, which turned to water.
The DeWald is higher on structure
than the Boyce.
There was no estimate Friday of
production, bnt It Is considered
certain that with the use of acid a
commercial well Is assured, with
the possibility of wells of the type
of the Boyce, higher on the "nose"
to the east.
Another average Sunburst pro
ducer was completed in the Sun
burst discovery pool this week by
Coolidge A Ooolidge on Shaw No. 2
location, SB corner 26-86-8W. Oil
rose 450 feet from a sand at 150«
to 1646, with total depth of 1646.
It swabbed two barrels an hour.
Flank Due For
Work resumed this w eek on the
Relchoff-Baum well in 9W SW%
NE y, 3-35-3 W. a mile west of the
Haugen producers in Section 2.
The Baum well had a flow of 2,000,
«00 cubic feet of gas in a stray
sand at 1200 feet. It is checking
(Continued on Page Bight)
Cat Creek..
Cut Bank.
Pondera ..
Buckley Border
Dry Creek.
Lake Basin.
, Big Muddy.
Elk Basin.
Grass Creek.
Labarge .—
Lance Creek—
Lost Soldier.
Oregon Basin..
Rock River.
Salt Creek.
Badger Basin ...
Byron ....
Dallas Derby...
Dutton Creek....
Ferris __
Frannie _
Garland --
Hamilton Dome..
Hudson --
Midway --....
Osage ....
Pilot Bntte.
Poison Spider..»
Rez Lake..
Teapot -
Quealy Dome....
Warm Springs.
Hidden Dome.
. 1080
. 3600
_ 1040
. 3380
. 1850
. 2830
... 800
2 S 0
... 100
TOTAL.. »...
Total Colorado—.
ToUl Rockr Mi. 8 Uta*
Oil Line To Great Falls
Texaco Well At Cut Bank
Makes 227 Bbl. 16 Hours
Three out of four completions in Cut Bank field this
week failed to contribute heavily to an over-production situ
ation, but the fourth well is rated at 100 barrels or better,
having swabbed 227 barrels in 16 hours.
The best well of four completions was Texaco-Tribal
122 No. 2, NWK NW % 5-32-5W, in the Big Bend pool
of south Cut Bank oil field. It had Cut Bank sand from
2842 to 2858 and the Ellis at 2 860, continuing to 2874.
The other three producers were
Kately-Dramheller-Ward No. 8
„„ . . . .
SE SE% NB*4 10-3I-6W, had but
80 feet of fluid from the Cut Bank
sand from 2900 to 2904, getting
Ellis at 2907 and drilling to 2945.
It will be shot with nltro glycerin.
Montana Headligfat-Britton No, 8 ,
NEK SB% 11-S4-6W, swabbed 10
barrels in 24 hours, after getting
Cut Bank sand from 2815 to 2820.
Ellis was at 2831 and drilling con
tinued to 2860. A peculiar condi
tion in this well was the appear
ance of a stray red shale from
2820 to 2831.Fluid rose 400 feet
and it was shot with 40 quarts of
Drilling is resuming on Hobson
dome, in Judith Basin county, F.
E. Ifunt having returned to Montana
from his home In Iowa after the
winter shut-down. Mr. Hunt ex
pects to test five possible oil bear
ing horisons In 2,090 feet of drill
ing, It being his Intention to test
the Madiaon lime If the Cat Creek
sands do wot produce.
Mr. Hunt bas spent about four
years on Hobson dome. Surface
geology was done by Dean E. Wil
ckeatwr of Denver, petroleum geolo
gist; followed by John H. Wilson,
who located the deep test discovery
oil well at Baker, who works the
structure with geophysical instru
eight core boles to define the "high"
on which he Is now drilling. He had
a showing of oil at 300 feet In two
wells, one of which ia now being
deepened to the basal Cretaceous
oil horizons.
After that. Hunt drilled
W. M. Fulton gave np fighting
an impossible fiehing Job in Pon
dera oil field this week, the Price
Brothers farm. SŒ3 NB14 N®^4
18-27-4W, and skidded to nearby lo
catlon to start over. He lost 1750
feet of hole. He will epnd the new
hole on Sunday.
Hastings-Anderson No. 2 well,
NW SW14 NW>4 19r27-4W. ie
ready to drill into the sand.
Chambers-Brickoon No. 1 hae
been spotted in SE% SW*4 3-27-4W.
California Company Leasing
tip Wildcat Near Ragged Dome
Standard of California, operating in Montana as The
California company, is leasing up a wildcat near Ragged
Ddrne, in south central Montana, according to the Melstone
Messenger. Says the Messenger :
The citizens of Melstone are once
more dreaming of an oil city and
scads of money for every body on
the arrival this week of a represen
tative of the California Oil Co., a
subsidiary of the Standard Oil Co.
of California.
On Monday and Tuesday of this
week Mr. Dan Carroll, accompanied
by a geologist, arrived here and im
mediately went into action taking
leases on all properties adjacent to
Ragged Dome and the various other
oil prospects In this vicinity.
They pay for these leases 60c per
acre bonus, right oft the reel, and
the owner gets his check as soon as
the lease is drawn ap.
These gentlemen, aa becomi
in big burin*
nltro glycerin. It is now cleaning
Montana Power's Van Ormer No.
« sE% SB i/ 8 . 33 - 5 W, expected
to be a flowing well, swabbed 35
barrels the first day. It had sand
from 2866 to 2890 and Ellis at
2890 to 2892. Fluid (rose 500
feet in the hole.
Montana Power completed a 10,
000,000-foot gasser on its Warfield
unit, in NEK SW% 9-35-6W, get
ting sand from 2997, drilling two
feet into the Ellis, to 2799.
....Montana Power announced one
new location, also in the gas area,
on Langeber Unit No. 1, 8B^4 NW%
The first test of the top
of the Madison lime In sooth
Cat Bank field is being drilled
this week at the Instigation of >
Uncle 8 am.
A provision of tribal 1
of the Biackfeet Indians re
quires that writs shall be dril
led 100 feet Into the Madiaon
lime If oil In commercial
quantities is not found at les
ser depth.
Goodman Oil Co. drilled its Tri
bal Tract 187 well ln NWtf SW*
25-88-6W through six feet of dry
sand where Cut Bank horison oil
should have been found. It showed
about two bailers of oil. It Is the
first dry hole in the South Bend
pool. So drilling continues at 305<5,
temporarily halted by a fishing Job.
Cut Bank wells all stop at the
top of the Bills. Two hundred and
eighty feet below la the Kevln-Sun
burst producing horizon. Bxcept for
Uncle Sam's ruling, the lime might
have remained untested for many
years. The outcome will be watch
ed with Interest.
The Development Information col
umn shows 28 active wells In Cut
Bank this week,
Cobb M Pardec-Stnfft No. 1,
SB >4 NW^ 25-36-6W, the well
which developed a big flow of gae
in the Moulton sand, is nnderream
Ing at <2880.
Consolidated On A1-144 No. 1.
NW% 31-*3-6W, (frilling,
175,0 fopt
Onunley AI-118 No. 2. NW
NWÎ4 SB % 31-33-6W, Rig up.
l)«kota-M<m tana-Wink 1er No. 4,
(Continued on Page Poor)
reticent aa to when actual drilling
operations would start, claming they
did not handle that part of the busi
ness. They claim ibis company baa
a dozen outfits that could be put
to work on very short notice and
when the decision is made it is soon
put into action.
Leases were completed on the
Chris VanDoren place and also
Henry Howell,
company holding the George Bm
minger place, the heirs of Jim
They visited the
Man low also a Mr. Barney of Bel
videra, HL, and the Northern Pa
cific Railroad Oo. They home pro
vloasly taken l«aae* on
and east of here and
(OatlaoM ob
Construction of a 100-mile
6-inch pipeline from Cut
Bank to Great Falls, by way
of Shelby and Conrad, was
announced this week by
E Rice, president of Home
Oil A Refining company.
The announcement came
as a complete surprise to
the industry. Rice announc
ed that he had contracted
for the purchase of 3,600,000
barrels of oil from Cobb &
Pardee and Nadeau Broth
ers in Out Bank oil field.
Announcement was made through
the Wendt advertising agency In
the Sunday morning Tribune in
Great Palls with a first page write
up and a full page advertisement.
The line will coat, said the an
nouncement, $675,000. Purchase of
the oil means an expenditure, U
said, of over $5,000,000.
The route of the line will make
it possible to pick up oil from
Kevin-Sunburst field by build
ing a short feeder line north from
Shelby and it will connect onto the
Rice line out of Pondera field,
making oil available from three
Two booster stations will be bnilt
and « private telephone system will
parallel the line. The line will have
a maximum capacity of 6,000 bar
rels per day and Is destined to car
ry 3,000 barrels under normal op
In Cut Bank the line connects
onto a private gathering line be
ing built by Cobh ft Pardee and
Nadeau Brother«, at their 65,000
hasrel storage tank east of the
town of Cut Bank. The gathering
linn is owned by a separate unit
known as Producers Pipeline com
pany. It will serve 16 wells with
a present production of 1,000 bar
rel* per day. This production will
be doubled by a contemplated pro
gram of drilling.
The Home plant at Great Falls
recently completed installation of
one of the moet modern Dubbs
cracking plants in the world, produc
ing water-white high-octane gaao
line without lead, which is market
ed as "Silver" gasoline. The plant
has 200 , 00 ft barrels of storage at
present and this is to be increased
to 350,000 barrels.
Surveyors are now at work from
the north and have reached Con
rad. The line is to be welded, with
expansion Joints. No contracts have
been awarded for pipe, ditching or
anything other than the survey.
H. O. Batzer, superintendent of the
Home plant stated Friday that con
tracts will be awarded In about
30 days.
Montana oil men returning from
Wyoming report that the neighbor
state south of Montana is enjoying
the greatest wildcat campaign In its
ies looking for structures than ever
before. Geophysical methods are
being used extensively, for the first
time, to locate struct«
ties where surface ex
Exploration work during the past
year has been highly profitable,
with the development of Medicine
Bow field ranking a* perhaps the
most important event in Wyoming
oil history since discovery of Salt
An interesting mechanical prob
lem is the wild gasser of Paul
Stock in Garland dome, near the
south Montana border. This 60,
000 , 0 ftft-foot gasser will be con
trolled by directional drilling with
rotary tools. A well Is now drlll
ng a abort distance away. It being
the intention of the engineers to
drill a slant bole to tap the big
well and thus bring It under con
trol: something new In the way
of precision drilling In the North
Rocky Mountan region.
in locall
losures are
Mrs. Lillian B. Vander Pga. 89,
wife of the well known Ferdlg oil
operator, died ia Great Falla
Of Acid Will
Be Used On Sunday
To Make Well Flow
The discovery oil well on Baker-Glendive
anticline in extreme eastern Montana j* 3 drilled
into the lime formation last Sunday ' « i rotary
tools. While it is not yet completed, it * 5 >ears to
be good for from 400 to 500 barrels, its |" iximum
production being limited only by the || .ximum
pumping capacity of 2 1 / 2 -mch tubing. ! S;
The well did not flow, but becaus e oil is
L. B. ("Tip) O'Neil of Cut Bank
was chosen chairman of the Oil
Conservation Board of Montana at
the organization meeting held in
Great Falls Thursday. O'Neil 1* a
pioneer oil operator of Montana
and head of Santa Rita Oil company
of Cut Bank.
During the week. Governor Elmer
Holt re-appointed W. E, Rice to
the board, completing the member
ship of five. Other members are
Roy M. Tarrant of Cut Bank who
succeeded E. B. Ooolidge; O. M.
Webb of International Refining Co.,
Sunburst, and Howard Alger of
Poplar, who succeeded C. J.. Dous
man as representative of the state.
Alger is an adjuster and liqui
dating agent for the federal land
The terms of all five expire on
January 8 , 1938.
R. P. Jackson, Great Falls land
attorney, was re-appointed as secre
tary and the board voted to con
tinue to maintain headquarters in
the Ford Building in Great Falls.
No change in the policies of the
board is expected to follow.
HARDIN—A flow of water was
encountered in an unidentified
sand In the Daniels Petroleum well
on the May farm. C 8 BK SB^4 13
1S-33B, one mile east of Hardin,
this week. Oil colora are coming up
with the oil. The sand is In the
red beds of the Chugwater.
The crew had been making from
66 to 9ft feet of bole a day and a
depth of 3,350 feet bad been reached
with the bit 300 feet in the red
beds. This same stray sand Is found
at Soap Creek bnt It is dry there.
The red beds begsn caving badly
when water was encountered. A
bit lost in the hole last Sunday has
been recovered.
The Tenaleep sand is the present
objective of the Daniels well and
should be picked up with a few
feet of additional drilling.
Charles Whitcomb, Pioneer
Little Rockies Miner, Passes
Away At Beaver Creek Mine
Charles Whitcomb, one of Montana's foremost gold (miners, was
buried Wednesday in the Zortman cemetery, following rites -of
the Catholic church at the graveside,
WhitcotoO» was one of the most widely known mining man of
the Little Rockies region, where he was engaged in mining for
40 years. He was 70 years old at the time of his death, May 18.
Death occured at the Beaver Creek mine camp after a brief illness.
He had gone to the mine on Thursday of last week to start
Mr. Whitcomb was vice-president,gr==
managing director and principal
stockholder of the far famed Ruby
Gulch Mining company, located in
the Little Rocky Mountains, Phillips
county, which is said to be the
largest gold mining venture in this
state. He also was president of the
Little Rockies-Beaver Creek com
pany in the same district, and active
in developing the Atlantic A Pacific
group at Pony, Madison county.
A few years ago Mr. Whitcomb or
ganized the Little Ben Mining com
pany to take over and operate the
August mine near Lan dusky, in
Phillips county, that mining com
pany being sncessful from the start
and a continuous dividend payer.
in Wisconsin. Whitcomb
c«me to Montana about 4ft vears
ngo and prospected and developed
♦he Little Docky district, with the
D. Phillips, for whom the county
was named. They paid a million
dollars In dividends from the form
er operations of the Ruby Gulch
mine and some $600,000 in divi
dends from the old August mine.
During the war Whitcomb operated
manganese mines at Philllpsbnrg
For a time he worked the Baltimore
mine near Bonlder and the Polaris
mine in Beaverhead County. He
also produced phoeokate fron the
(Coatlanri ea Pie Fire)
aid of the late Ben
Oofltening fror, liii Jvormation,
probably the top Q ■ . Madison
lime, it is to be treated with a
.shot a£ 2,000 pallons of acid by
Dowell. Inc., tomorrow (Sunday).
This may make a flowing well.
The Baker well was drilled by
Montana Dakota Utilities com
pany, foremost natural gas pro
ducer of Eastern Montana which
controls the structure. Oil was
found from 6645 to 6698 feet—
the deepest oil well in Montana.
It had about 40 feet of heavily
saturated Ihne "sand". After
drilling in, the rotary crew ran
2 J /fc-inch tubing and pumped wat
er through the tubing to thin the
f-otary mud and clean the hole.
Then they started to swab in the
tubing. There were a few joints
of off-dimension tubing in the
String and there was consider
able trouble in swabbing but after
the water was swabbed out, oil
came up in the tubing to 5750.
It swabbed down to 3100 and the
fluid could not be lowered below
that point.
On Wednesday it swabbed 90
barrels in about six hours—from
11 a. m. to 5 p. m. On Thurs
day it swabbed 95 barrels be
tween 10 a. m. and 5 p. m.
These tests were delayed by
various handicaps. One swab
became unscrewed and dropped
to the bottom of the tubing and
lodged in the anchor. Another
swab was too large and a smaller
swab had to be secured.
The greatest assembly of big
company scouts and representa
tives in the history of the Mon
tana oil industry was present on
Monday. When the well failed
to flow, most of them left Baker.
Included in the big company re
presentation were the Gulf, the
Standard of Indiana, Standard of
Cal., Standard of New Jersey
thru its branches, Sinclair Con
solidated, Ohio Oil Co, the Ohio
having perhaps the largest repre
sentation, including Jack Mc
Fadyen, Bill Holland, Lee Yea
ley and several others. All
leading Montana and Wyoming
independents t^ere represented
(ConUnned on Paye Bight)
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