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Montana Oil Journal
Owned and publiahed by the Moo tana Ofl
tournai, a Partnership. Addreee all
•"unication» to 518 First Avenue South.
Great Fall», Montana.
O. 1. DeSCHON, Publisher.
•w.UO Por Year In Advance—Canada and
Foreign Subscription#. 82,50 Per Year.
»I 25—6 Months Foreign *1.75—6 Months
Published Every Saturday.
Entered as Second Class Matter. April 23,
,Q ?1. at the Poeloffice at Great Falls, Mon
tana.—Under Act of March 3, 1879.
Discovery Well
At Pendroy Is
On Pump Test
(Contlmwd from Pane 1)
Drumheller discovery well wa* pro
duced as a gas well.
The Pendroy discovery well, which
unexpectedly picked up oil at the top
of the Madison lime, swabbed four bar
rel* an hour. An individual pumping
unit was put over the hole, on the der
rick floor, and it began making 50 bar
rels of fluid on the pump, about 25 bar
rels of oil and 25 barrels of fresh water.
The water appeared suddenly, after
pumping started. Inasmuch as either
salt water or sulphur water is expected
at the top of the lime, there is some
question as to the source of this flow.
It was analyzed and determined to be
cold, fresh spring water.
The oil is 32 gravity. Early samples,
taken while swabbing, were 27 gravity
but clean samples, taken since pumping
started, show 32 gravity. It appears to
be Pondera quality oil although no dis
tillation test has been made. There is
considerable gas with the oil and this
caused some trouble in pumping. A 45
foot gas anchor is now being used to
solve the gas problem.
Believing that the well requires the
attention of a production expert, Jar
vis Brothers & Marcel have dispatched
James Francis, who has charge of that
company's Illinois production, to Pend
roy. He is due to arrive today. He will
determine the source of the water and
whether the well should be re-acidized
and whether this hole or a new hole
shall he used for the Devonan test.
E. B. Jarvis, Sam Jarvis and Al Mar
eel returned to Centralia, Ill., Tuesday,
accompanied by George Snider, ehief
geologist. To Snider goes credit for the
geological work which resulted in the
drilling of the well in the present loca
tion. Snider was called in to re-check
earlier surface work by E. Byers Em
rick, -: discoverer, and of Hyland Re
search Co. of Denver, which firm did
the seismograph work whereby a Dev
onian* "high" was established south of
the Emrick fault. Whereas a former
well, drilled by W. M. Hanlon, crossed
the fault, the present well was so lo
cated by Snider that it did not hit
the fault, thus establishing the presence
of oil on the upthrow side. A pioneer
well drilled by Cosmos Petroleum Co.
in Section 3-27-5W, found enough oil
that had it been acidized might have
proven commercial, serving to give some
idea as to the extent of the pool east
ward along the high aide of the fault.
In the Midwest war production
region, 2,200 war plants reported a 69
per cent increase within six months in
the employment of women workers.
Aircraft modification centers,
American development, weatherize and
eqoip each new plane for a specific
theater of operations.
Handled by
The Sunburst
Badger Says—
A henpecked looking little man and
hi» wife arrived at a concert late.
"What are they playingt" he whis
pered to the man beside him.
"The Fifth Symphony," he was told.
"Well," he muttered, "thank goodness
I've missed four of them."
The school boy was wrestling with
examination questions. Finally he came
to: "State the amount of oil exported
from the United States in any one
With sudden inspiration, he wrote:
"In 1492—none."
Not Foiled - Just Interrupted
The oil discovery at Pendroy
was to us a little disappointing,
qc WP wprp anxious to see a well
as we were anxious to see a weu
completed to the Devonian. A
Devonian test is assured, under
the contract, but it Is merely de
layed by the finding of oil at the
Madison lime contact — produc
ing horizon of Pondera oil field
and of Kevin-Sunburst field.
In every other oil producing
state the finding of oil in an
upper horizon has meant a guide
pointing to lower horizons,
nave in mind Salt Creek
where shallow oU was found at
the beginning. There was a time
when the Shannon sand was be
lieved to be the "basement" of
oil production in Salt Creek. The
north end of that field was pri
marlly Shannon production. But
it was not until deeper drilling
came that Salt Creek became one
of the world's greatest oil fields.
The latest illustration is Elk
Basin field where shallow Fron
tier sands were the only produc
ing horizon for more than 25
vears Everyone knew that there
the Frontier but none took the
trouble to drill on down. Why v
should one company prove up
the new horizon for all the other
companies in the field?
That is the reasoning that has
whïre Thaf fs P " moS
fSdR 1 Ä l V™n P M Unnwf
fhif theSu oiMn
hlnUth îhï MadVnn
beneath the Madison limestone,
If there were no Devonian oil
1 he:re would be no Fort Norman
vioSStoJ* hoEn m in ÜLÏ
producing horizon in Eastern
b^the drilfoHs^owSJhfrtS
Etevonian have ten found m
Devonian* la a wÄni^ii
mrodueiifiz hnrl^ and a
n[^e t!f1a^k for nfi d ^
p1 ®" " f ° r oi J'. w
Oil had been found in the Ten
sleep sands in many places in
Wyoming. Why not Tensleep
production in Elk Basin? Elk
Basin is an ideal, sharp-dip field,
heavUy faulted. Why did pro
ducers not look for Tensleep pro
duction in Elk Basin years ago?
* nnt is fine to 3sk but non© of
F 16 ,, . companies who con
îuîni ♦ th *l to S autours would
tensleep, just as
none of the companies who con
Creelc ÿÿ* , drid a deep
c?hLt. 11 ccmamed for an out
— Minnelusa Oil Co.—to
put plain reasoning into words,
Minnelusa secured acreage on
the north and south ends of the
structure — mostly government
leases—and Minnelusa took a
long chance in drilling a Ten
sleep test.
The Minnelusa found oil on
the north end of the field as
well as the south end, proving
Landowners Royalties Company
In Our Twenty-first Year
I're decided to get a divorce. My
wife haaa't spoken to me is six month*.
Better think again. Wire* like that
are hard to find.
A little girl had been left in the
nursery by herself, and her brother ar
rived to find the door closed. The fol
lowing conversation took place:
"I want to turn in, Cissie."
"You tant turn in, Johnny."
"Why tant If"
"Ckuse I'm in my nightie gown and
nnrsie says little boys mustn't see little
girls in their nightie gowns."
After a reflective silence on Johnny's
side of the door the miniature Eve an
nounced triumphantly: "You tan turn
in now, Johnny, I tooked it off."
up a vast area that will produce
(engineers say) 150,000,000 bar
rels of oiL When we stop 10
think that t h e 0 id Elk Basin
field with its slender Frontier
sand production is now one of
the greatest pools in the Rocky
Mountain region as the result of
deeper drilling we realize that
great days are coming for Mon
owner who sat patiently for 25
years. That was hard to take
but there was nothing to do but
to sit and take it because Elk
Basin royalties were no less than
a drug on the market and could
n't be sold. Then comes the dis
covery of a horizon that yields
an average initial of ONE
HOUR in the completions to
date. Is that an ample reward
for patience?
We believe that reward is like
wise coming to those of us who
have been patient enough to
hang onto our Montana royalties
—in Kevin, in Pondera and ln
Bannatyne, as an example. The
fact Um thjjar,*: companies
have not drilled to the Devonian
Proves nothing Where a major
company controls an entire struc
ture, it is free to drill deeper
but so long as there are three
SSy UteSot cSÄa
tion-any more than Elk Basin
was condemned when such com
Panics as Standolind OH & Gas
p. nhl r faiipd to
w not ooint out
th2t lUhSte woSSd he a "has
y™.-» o} . stat _ t/viav PXCeDt f or
deeper drilUng^nd Devonian
Production. To say that the ma
jor companies do not know that
fa ct is ridiculous. The fact that
major companies carefully avoid
drilling below the top of the
Madison lime is based on the
same practice as led Elk Basin
operators to stop at the Frontier,
Naturally, they have to figure
ou t a reason Cornered when
they try to justify drilling of
shaUow "post holes" whUe
searching for oil, they say;
'There are no SANDS in the
D©vouiHD. M
The answer to this is: "Who
wants sands anyway? Most of
this country's oU comes from
That is the reason we feel
that even Nature conspired
against us in giving up oil at the
top of the Madison lime at Pend
r0 y. We are anxious to see a
Devonian test drilled by these
Illinois newcomers before some
one talks them out of a deep
We feel certain that a De
vonian test can not be delayed
much longer, however. There are
four scheduled Devonian tests
Imagine the Elk Basin royalty
PoUee radio e»ll; "C*r blocking slley,
at Newton aad Piymowtk A va U.
Sqoad car replied: "Some woman
stripped her rear end. Will have it re
Minnie the Moron, when asked the
rank of the navy man she was sunning
around with, said she didn't know for
certain bnt she suspected he was a
ehief petting officer.
:£snnxp rssuc «xwmtw
emu powuc A ccommm
oa— Karow- ta* mnw
of which we know. We are this
week buying a farm in fee
slm P le on the strength of one of
these projected Devonian tests
on a geophysical "high." Just as
geophysics played an important
part in the development of Illi
nois, we are firm believers in
the science of geophysics for the
development of Devonian pro
duction in Montana because the
Devonian structures do not con
form to the structures above the
_ .
Madison lime, especially along
l " e East face of the Rocky Moon
tains. Accordingly, we turn an
attentive ear to every bit ol in
formation we can get regarding
geophysical work, anywhere in
Montana. Because we do not en
gage in leasing and because we
have proven by twenty years
°* *CgQ»i that we do not misuse- - -
have been able to
formation of this
j^Jan^es weaid theopœatg^
buymg a pieœ of land in fee
®"" pl f' Yand
JJ** 12H% rovaltv We m
°* ne \" /<> royalty, we m
Ynd âuth* land to a resn^nsfble
«goto« reyoMlftte
^nener or «ocKman w
W ™ tax^ and vralt ^
"enUy for deve.opment Ina
the » divided among
om members. Our members pur
chased, in fee simple, a tract
within a quarter of a mile of a
second Devonian "high" where a
Devonian test is now projected.
We are buying a second farm
on ^J^- wherc two wells
are to be drilled on two sides
of us; one to the lime and one to
the Devonian.
vonlan discovery is made, the
"Hd wUl be off." Every other oU
field and structure, with the De«
vonian within reach of the drill.
will have a Devonian test. We
realize that the first, second and
perhaps the fifth Devonian test
will not find commercial produc
tion. But when ' the discovery
is made, we know that a lot of
us who have put our savings
to Montana ou royalties will
the oU industry.
other investors to join us. To the
person who does not understand
the details of royalties we will
send adequate maps and descrip
live matter which must be read
and digested before he is ready
to participate in a purchase,
A letter or post card will bring
fuU information. (Active mem
bership, entitling member to
bulletin and map service, costs
$1). .
information, we
I get much in
kind. In many
We feel that when the first De

joy that "rich over night" thrill
which comes to investors only in
Since our buying power de
pends upon relatively large num
bers of participants, we invite

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