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DAILY AVERAGE PRODUCTION
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MONTANA.** I1 ttIWV, SEPTEMBER 10, 1M8
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RUNNING OIL
SPOKANE—Oil shipments from
the Cut Bank, Mont,, oil field have
begun to the B. V. Hole, Agent,
refinery at Hillyard and It Is an
nounced that the new refinery will
be In operation next Monday, Sept.
12 .
One shipment of 1,000 barrels
was shipped from Cut Bank Tues
day by Montana Headlight Oil
company, operating company of the
Dnumhaller interests of this city,
and a second shipment of 1,000
barrels will be made on Saturday.
Steady shipments will follow to
supply the plant with enough oil
for capacity operation of 500 bar
rels per day.
The plant was recently recon
structed on the site of an old top
ping plant. It will make third
structure gasoline, distillate, diesel
fuel and fuel oils. It is a semd
continuons process, utilising a 600
barrel shell etlll which will be kept
at a temperature of from 390 to
400 degrees as erode Is run into
the still. When the still is filled,
and all of the gasoline taken off,
it will become a batch operation.
Increased temperature® will take ;
off the distillate, then the diesel
fuel and finally the fuel oil will be
run off to stock tanks and the
process will be resumed.
The plant has no bubble towers
—only a short packed tower, It be
ing a simple skimmer, and barring
mechanical defects or leaks. It 4s
expected to go into capacity opera
tion immediately. It is understood
that all refined products have al
contracted for distribu
tion by established outlets,
afford an outlet for about 15,000
barrels of Cut Bank crude monthly.
It affords employment for between
16 and 20 men.
It wiH
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Owing the lack of market and
lack of storage It became necessary
to shut In the Fulton-Thompson No.
2 well In the high gravity oil pool
of West Kevin field this week,
ending a long period of continuous
flowing. Location is ln SW cor
ner SB34N*W)34 28-36-3W, north
west of Kevin.
This well, though little heralded,
is one of the beet in Kevin-Sunburst
field today. Completed a year ago,
it was not acidised until early last
spring. It began flowing Immed
iately after acidizatlon, with an
Initial of 150 barrels per day. It
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M0NI4NA-WY0MING
WEEK ENDED SEPT. 3
MONTANA—
610
Cut Bank.
Kevin-Sunburst
Pondera ...*.
Buckley Border
Dry Creek.
TOTAL.
WYOMING—
Big Muddy.
Garland .
Labarge .
Lance Creek.
Medicine Bow.
Oregon Basin.
Rock River
Salt Creek—
I. N.—
Dervey Dome
Badger Basin.
Blac Mountain...
Dallas Derby
Dutton Creek.
Elk Basin.
Prannie -
Hidden Dome —
Lost Soldier
Midway
Osage .
Pilot Bntte.
Poison Spider.....
Quealy D5me
South Casper...
Teapot__—
Warn Spring*
Wert* —
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Grass Creek, light- 16*9
Col* Crook.—.
TOTAL. ,..
Toto) Oatorad«-.
Total Rocky Mt. States.
_ 7660
. 3660
490
70
. 286
. 3690
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...„ 1180
. 2436
. 1000
—.12520
. 2996
. 6040
— 1870
.16500
650
130
100
130
350
60
190
370
110
1560
30
10
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760
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Alcorn true vapor phase plant of Idaho Refining company now in operation in Pocatel
lo, Idaho, which is steadily increasing runs of Cut Bank cnidc as result of unusual demand
for its products.
Montana producers who are supplying the Pocatello plant of Idaho Refining company return
ed this week from a conference with refinery officials at PocaleHo, bringing enthusiastic accounts
of the success of the Idaho enterprise which will afford a market for upward of a half million bar
rels of Cut Bank oil annually.
The operators who have contracted to supply the Pocatello plant at Castle & Pardee, Crumley
& Frary and Wilkinson & Potter. Their contract calls for a minimum of 800 barrels per day
but it is already apparent that the plant will use nearly douMe that amount' of crude. Although
the plant has not yet been accepted from the contractors, since it has been in largely experi
mental operation up to this tlme.O-—-f-—--*-"
It has been pushed up to
throughput 0 , .70. h~r.„ por
The Montana operator* report
that the plant is a true vapor phase
plant built by Aloorn Combustion
company of Philadelphia and not a
Wlnkler-Koch plant, as reported in
the Journal. There are only three
auch plants in the United States,
one in Bradford, Pa., and one in
Michigan. This plant is revolu
tionary in its efficiency, in that it
is expected to make a 70 per cent
recovery from Cut Bank crude,
turning out a T5 octane gasoline.
Inasmuch as the first structure
gasoline is 75 octane and the third
structure gasoline is 70 octane—
equal to the ordinary standard
grades—the sales of Idaho Refining
company have been far greater than
Crude Consumption In
July Above Production
Board Figures Reveal
The month of July saw Montana refiners drawing on
storage to care for full-capacity operations as they sought to
provide enough gasoline and tractor fuel to care for harvest
ing and transportation of crops in this and adjoining states,
and the monthly report of the Oil Conservation Board shows
that in the three north Montana fields total consumption of
crude oil production by some barrels per day.
In the entire state the market was 452,459 barrels against
a production of 408,801 barrels. This apparent deficit re
sults from lack of distribution of the market, rather than
inability of the fields to supply the»
oil, since some producers in Cut
Bank are entirely without a mar
ket; all producers with few excep
tions are curtailed 50 per cent in
Kevin-Sunburst,
likewise has some producer» with
no market at all while other* are
producing at capacity.
The dally 'average production of
the three north Montana oil fields
wa* 11,624 barrel* against an ac
tual' maiiket of 12,884 barrel* per
Pondera
and
day.
Average dally refinery runs dur
ing July in the three fields was
11,298 barrels per day and to this
was added the first notable amount
of oil shipped to Idaho, total ex
ports averaging 1,636 barrels per
day during the month.
Cut Bank had average dally run*
of 7,526 barrels against a mtarket
of 6,967 barrel* including 4,678
barrels per day ran hy Montons re
finers and 1,289 barrels of dally
exporta.
ÏOe rin -«unburst bad average daily
production erf 8,643 barrel* against
a market of 6,974 barrel# per day,
mads up of 6.7« 8 barrels ef refinery
runs and «46 barrels per day of
export»
R" ^C,h"KS1epoT^î'
700 ,000 gallons and over 900,000
gallons last month. The Septem
ber sales will be even greater, if
the plant is able to turn out the
This plant is making a 10 to 15
per cent greater recovery of gaso
line from Cut Bank crude and the
considerably
number
is
octane
higher than that reported by other
plants using Ont Bank crude.
Idaho Refining Co. is a subsi
diary of Wasatch Oil Refining Co.,
of Salt Lake also controlling Inland
Empire Refining Co. which is build
ing a plant In Spokane. Idaho Re
fining Co. recently acquired some
42 established outlet® which provide
a highly profitable market close to
Pocatello.
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SHE HELPIN'
mm test
Landowners, operators and roy
alty owners have Joined in the
movement to bring about a deep
test In Pondera oil field, according
to C. W. ( hansbers, Billings op
erator, who propose« a deep test
on his Erickson No. 1 weil in SW
SE34SW34 3-ÎT-4W, west of Con
rad. in Pondera county.
"Some who haven't each have
pledged wheat in lieu of cash", be
states, as Indicative of unanimous
cooperation of people In Pondera.
"It Is seldom that farmers will
shore the cost of drilling for oil
in a, field where their lande are
located, but they *11 show a wil
lingness to help in Pondera *'
Chamber« seeks to have the test
to the Devonian coraspletoly financed
before rosimtog drilling. Be and
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"Lucky Butch" Perron Is at It
again in Kevin field, drilling an
other well on his famous Hugl
lease where be brought in a 200
barrel well more than a year ago.
He is drilling In the center of NE 34
NW 34 11-36-3W, not far from his
No. I producer. Hank Vander
pas, veteran drilling contractor and
producer, is the contractor and Is
setting a fast pace. The well spad
ed Sunday. Aug. 28, and on Monday
morning. Sept. 5, had drilled 1076
feet of hole and set 8 34-inch casing,
after having fished out one lost
string of tools. By Thursday,
Sept. 8 they had 1400 feet of hole.
Drillers are «Id Porter, Odls Thomp
son and Carl Arneberg. Tool dres
sers are Loren Porter, Fleuri Per
ron and Milos Perron. Atf the
present rate they should complete
in around 15 days a well that or
dinarilly takes from 22 to 26 days.
This well is In the Rocky Ridge
pool where two wells have recently
brought surprise In that they pro
duced from both the Sunburst sand
and the top of the lime—an un
usual thing in this field. The lat
est completion of this sort is the
Parrent-Anderoon well in NW34
NW34 13-38-8W, which cased off
Sunburst sand production to aci
dise a showing in the lime. It is
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WILDCATS IN
MONTANA NAVE
mum
If there Is anything to astrology,
then the stars had § very bad in
fluence on Montana wildcats daring
the past week. Every wildcat In
northern Montana, excepting one,
reported trouble.
GENOU
At Genoa, Security Petrolenm
Johnson No. 1, NE 34 NB34 23-26N
3B. had a bole full of water, re
quiring the running of another
string of casing. This water comes
from the base of th* Kootenai, with
about 300 feet to go to the top of
the lime.
DUPUYER
At Dnpnyer anticline near the
Rocky Mountains,
emrncnt No. 1, NE «B3& 8W34 26
27-9W, Is *tUl grinding slowly sway
with rotary tools at 969 feet, still
in the fUnt-like Madison lime, mak
ing only * few feet a day at the ex
peaee of many rock bit*. The bot
tom of the lime is expected at *
round 1399 feet
(OmOaned on Pag# Few)
CoJMornio-Oov
SANTA RITA AGAIN
GETS GOOD WELL IN
SOUTH CUT BANK
Swabbing seven barrets per hour or at the rate of better than
150 barrels per daq, Hanta Kit« OU company's Khearon No. 4, well
HE HE 34 SW 34 5-32-5W', in the Rig Bend area of Oat Bank oil field,
was the outstanding completion of the week In Montan»,
This well, located on the east side of Cat Bank creek, la the
second excellent well completed by Hanta Rita In the district during
the present year,
reaching the Ellis.
This one bad 84 feet of Cat Bank saad without
The Sunburst sand, 2HOO to 2805, was dry. The
Cut Bank sand was from 2930
2964 where drilling stopped as a
«light show of water appeared.
Fluid rose 1600 feet and It will
doubtless be a 75-barrel well hi
settled production, which is an ex
cellent producer in this field, where
the rate of decline is low.
Cut Bank field saw the start of
operations on the first gas unit in
which a state lease was included.
This well is in the lower end of
the gas field and Is known as Glacier
Production-State Unit No. 1, In the
center of the north line of NE 34
SW 34 16-44-5W. Exact location Is
2640 feet north of the south Une
and 184 0 feet east of the west line.
Castle A Pardee-Tribal 17» No. I,
ND SW34«W)34 12-32-6W, is dril
ling at 2690.
Glacier ProdactlonrHather Unit
No. I. SE NW 34 SB 34 36-35-6W,
spudded on Sept. 6 and is drilling
at «50.
Nadeaa-Fartocr* Bank No. 5, SE
SE 34 NE 34 17-2 8-6 W is cleaning
out at 2830 seven feet off bottom.
Par Oil-Tribal tract 170 No. I,
CBL NB34 NE 34 7-32-5W. Is drilling
at 1450.
Potter-Allotted 125 No. 8 CEL
KB 34 NX) 34 12-32-6W, Is cleaning
out at 2020, having oil in the Cut
Bank
Tex*co-43ovemment No. 2 C NW 34
NE 34 17-32-5W, is drilling at 503
in Its second hole. The first hole
was lost at 195 feet, so skidded
over 10 feet. Ten-Inch casing
was set at 503.
Tesaeo-Bwnnet No. 1, C SE 34
SE34 8-34-5W, Is drilling at 545.
a «t S009-3020
BULLETIN NO. 45
By SHELBY LIONS CLUB COMMITTEE ON
BUY GASOLINE MADE FROM MONTANA CRUDE.
By L. R. HANNAH, Secretary
»•
*4
Arthur M. Erlckgon of 207 North 33rd street, Billings, was the
winner of the |100 cash prlae offered by the Lions Club committee of
Shelby In the state-wide crossword puzzle contest. Apparently a draughts
man, he had worked out the solution perfectly and put It on special
paper ornamented with Lions club emblem*.
Five other prizes of flO each were awarded as follows;
Miss Hilda M. Walden. Shelby®
( who wrote a poem with her solu
tion).
May E. Mathews, Ollmont.
R. C. Colson, Laurel.
Harriette Struter Roberts.
Fork.
Mrs. O. C. Johnson, Wolf Point.
The announcement of the winners
is to he made over radio stations In
Great Falls, Kallspell and Wolf
Point today.
A big rally is to be held on Mon
day night at Cut Bank at a joint
meeting with the Lion* club, at 6
p. m. This 1« the first meeting of
the fall season of the Cut Bank
club and this has been chosen as
the occasion to announce the sen
sational new plans for the fall cam
Big
paign to educate motorists to de
mand gasoline made frqm Montana
crude.
MR. AND MBS. YUNCK HURT
CUT BANK—Mr. and Mr*. Wil
liam P. Yunok of this city, while
motoring near the Cut Bank creek
bridge on the Babb rpad, were In
jured when their car skidded into
th® ditch, turning over. Tonck had
several ribs fractured and Mr*.
Yunck received minor injuries. They
were taken to Cut Bank for medi
cal treatment and are at their home.
W. If. FULTON,
Campbell Mémorial Committee,
gfaelby. Montana
Desirlne to see s suitable memorial erected to honor the
late Gordon Campbell discoverer of oil In Montana 1 hereby subscribe and
lory of the
pledge the »um of 8
. payable aa
follows ;
Enclosed herewith 6
(Name).
(Address).
BILLINGS OIL
FIRM OWNS
VAST LEASES
BILLING«—Wymont
company expects a completion dar
ing the coming week in its first well
in Montana, on Mosier dome where
a tract has heen taken over from
R. C. Tarrant, discoverer of this
shallow btgh-gravity oil field, near
Laurel. Tbit company is also dril
ling a test in Hidden dome struc
ture in northern Wyoming. This
Is also a high gravity oil field the
development of which has been con
ducted chiefly by Tale Refining Co.
of Billings. There is an instant
market for the crude in both Hid
den dome ahd Mosier structure.
Wymont company was organised
by Paul Boether and associates
of Lodi, Calif., and they expect to
enter Rocky Mountain development
on a large scale. Further drilling
Is to start yet this fall In Osage
Petroleum
field. Wyoming, and also in north
ern Montana where they have hold
ings In both Kevin-fiunbnrst and
Cat Bank oil fields. Their present,
plan is to drill in those fields
where an fmntodlate market is
available, following up the advan
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WELL COMPLETING
ON MOSSER DOME
A completion is expected today on
Mosser dome, near Laurel, where
Boetcher-Sayre No. 1, center SB 34
8W34 26-3S-24B, is drlllhw into
the sand at 955 feet, having a show
ing of oil at last reports. The well
is being drilled for California in
terests -by R. C. Tarrant who con
trols the structure. It is checking
15 feet higher than the Sayre No.
3 and Tarrant believes It may be
the best well in the field. If so, then
future development will be away
from the From berg fault. Earlier
wells drilled close to the fault
but it la now believed that there
is a fold parallel with the fault.
UPHOLDS SWITCHING CHARGES
State railroad commission refused
to eliminate switching charges at
Laurel for Independent Refining Co.
Two road* charge 17 cents a ton
switching charges but the hoard re
fused to suspend them.
BUTS WINNOTT RESTAURANT
Joe Nell formerly representa
tive of Mlnnesota-Platwlllow OH Co.
in Cat Creek field, has taken over
the Hansen cafe at Wlnnott.

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