Sirloin or T-Bone
Triplett Nine Defeats Bradfield
Loses To Tiffin, 9-3
Triplett softball team split honors
in two games played during the last
week, walloping Bradfield Center
here last Friday night, 18 to 4, and
dropping a 9 to 3 decision to Tiffin
Routh Packers, Tuesday night at
In the early stages of the Brad
field Center tilt, the Lima outfit put
up a real battle. Triplett led off
yrith two runs in the first inning,
but the visitors knotted the count
in the third at two-all.
In the fourth, Bradfield Center
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went out in front by two runs, only
to have Triplett come right back in
the same inning for a brace of tal
lies to again tie up the score.
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In the fifth stanza, however, there
were six Bluffton hits mixed with
three walks and an error to give the
home team nine runs
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and a sure
Gene Beach, on the
touched for runs by the
in the third and fourth
allowed only six hits in nine innings.
Tiffin Routh Packers lived up to
advance predictions of strength
Tuesday night, but except for a dis
ostrous fifth inning in which they
made four runs, the Triplett team
matched them on fairly even terms.
Triplett got only three hits in the
tilt, however, while the visitors were
making 13 off King. Triplett’s three
hits included a home run
and singles by Lewis and
Talleyrand, the French statesman,
said, “Everybody wants to live a
long time but nobody wants to get
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True Tales About Ohio
Bob McKee Struck Oil
(Concluded from page 1)
wasted in that way.
Oil Bubble Bursts
Oil soon declined in price,
only means of transportation was by
wagons over muddy, dirt roads to the
Muskingum river. That was expen
sive and there was little profit left
for the producers. When rapid de
velopment exhausted the shallow
wells and the Civil War began, the
oil boom along Duck creek ended and
the derricks were left to rot.
After the war control of the ex
hausted wells and the undeveloped
field around them was obtained by
easterners who resumed the oil busi
ness—not for production but for
speculation. Companies with capital
stock ranging from $100,000 to
$1,000,000 were formed and the stock
eagerly purchased by a gullible pub
lic. Fabulous prices, sometimes as
high as $1,000 an acre, were offered
for Duck creek valley lands.
The land was not worth $25 an
acre for agricultural purposes but
quickly rose from $40 to $1,000 an
acre for oil. Fortunes were made
over-night in the land speculation
but there never has been a barrel of
oil obtained from the land since that
After the bubble burst develop
ment of the Duck creek oil field
ceased except in the vicinity of
Macksburg, which was in both Noble
and Washington counties. There
shallow oil was found in productive
quantities in what was locally called
“the 500-foot sand.” Later oil also
was drilled in from the “third sand”
at 1,450 feet. That was in 1870—and
by 1882 and 1883 wild-catters from
the Pennsylvania oil fields began op
erations on Long Run, about three
miles from Macksburg, in Noble
They found oil in the third sand
but plugged the well, pulled the der
rick and reported the well a failure
—until they could lease or purchase
nearly all the land in the vicinity.
Then drilling began in earnest. There
was a general rush to the new field
from everywhere and the field was
rapidly developed and its limits de
The steam engine had come in and
pumping stations were established
to pump both water and oil. The
field was a forest of derricks and
the grounds a maze of pipes.
The oval field had an area of about
4,000 acres and the wells had a depth
of from 1,425 feet in the valley to
1,900 feet on the hill. The pay sand
varied in thickness from three to 20
feet and besides the oil there was
enough gas in the same rock to force
it to the surface.
Allen County Oil Field
In 1885, when Benjamin C. Faurot
found oil at 1,251 feet when boring
for gas for his paper mill at Lima,
Allen County, and thus opened up
the biggest oil field in the world, the
Macksburg field had declined to
about 1,800 barrels a day. Its 500
THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO
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T«e In Every A
Wed. Night HDU
Exciting dramas from
life! PAT O’BREIN as
the owner of a corner
drug store LYNN
BARI as a nurse.
Rev. Albert Schumacher and broth
er Sam plan to take an European trip
Noah P. Schumacher is doing quite
well as a frescoe artist. He recently
contracted a job in Vincennes, Ind.
Henry A. Diller received two $5
gold pieces, a reward as winner in
the Ottawa corn show.
Lawrence Frutchey, 8 year old son
of Brake Frutchey while playing ball
on the Rockport school ground was
hit in the mouth with a ball bat and
had several of his teeth knocked out
and his face bruised considerably.
John Garlinger will open a barber
shop over Staater’s store in the near
Arnold Bigler has purchased a
fruit farm near Hart, Michigan, And
will leave soon to take charge it.
Miss Marion Morrow will fee home
soon from Wooster college' for the
Mrs. J. S. Steiner is at North Bal
timore attending the mid-winter
meeting of the W. C. T. U.
Bert Clark is raising the floor in
the rear part of the First Mennonite
church building. The improvement
will enable persons seated in that
part of the building to better see and
hear the speaker at the rostrum.
Fred Hahne had his right eye in
jured while dressing tools when a
scale of steel hit him in the eye.
Physicians think his sight can be re-
News Our Grandfathers Read
From Issue Of March 23, 1911
NEWS OUR FATHERS READ
FROM ISSUE OF NOV. 1, 1917
wells at their best had produced only
3,500 barrels of oil daily and the
best well in the field had not pro
duced more than 300 barrels during
the first 24 hours after it was shot
and tubed. There were no gushers
In 1814, two years before McKee’s
strike, Silas Thorley had found mixed
oil and water when drilling for salt
water on Duck creek not far from
where McKee’s well subsequently was
located but had covered up the “use
less hole” and said little about it.
It was the McKee well which really
started the oil boom in Noble and
Washington counties and was recog
nized as the first oil well in Ohio.
It still was yielding oil in small
quantities in the early 1900’s.
Oil Boom Here
The first oil well drilled in the Al
len County field following Faurot’s
accidental strike, was in August,
1885, by a Lima citizens committee.
It produced about 60 barrels a day.
When Lima factories began using the
oil for fuel it brought only 40 cents
Development of the Lima field be
gan in earnest in 1886 when wells
were opened which made 200 barrels
a day. Other wells followed, some
bringing in 600 barrels daily. Next
year Lima had 1,500 more inhabit
ants and its 110 oil wells were pro
ducing nearly 5,000 barrels a day.
There were over 300 wells in the Al
len County field by 1887 with a com
bined investment of $3,900,000.
Before its decline after 1900 peak
production of the Allen County, or
Lima oil field was more than 20,000,
000 barrels a year.
STREET OR R.F.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bigler welcomed
a baby boy to their home.
G. P. Schnegg sold a Flanders tour
ing car to the telephone company and
also an E. M. F. touring car to Cliff
The Studler families shipped their
household goods to Ft. Wayne and
will leave soon for that city.
William Koh’ left for Michigan to
take charge of his 40 acre farm, 17
miles north of Toledo. His father-in
law, Fred Bigler, also has a 40 acre
farm in that locality.
A merry crowd gathered at the
home of Miss Iva Huber and Wilda
Vaughn on St. Patrick’s eve. Donald
Flick and Miss Edna Kimmel were
winners in a contest of skill. Lunch
eon was served by Mrs. Huber as
sisted by**Wrs. J. S. Steiner.
Calvin Garau and family will move
on the Fred Bigler farm. Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Gibbs of Rawson will
move into the Garati house on lower
John Fett, the hardware man, is
moving his stock of goods across
Main street into his own building.
He has been in his old location for
Two thirds of the men of the
Pleasant Hill community travelled
to Lima to hear Billy Sunday give
his famous “Booze” sermon.
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A capacity house filled the high
school auditorium to hear the tone
test given by Miss Ida Gardner,
famous contralto. The test was made
with the Edison phonograph staged
by Noah Basinger, local representa
Wade Eaton has accepted a posi
tion with the Buckeye Pipe Line com
pany at Lima. He will work in the
In honor of Miss Margaret Herr,
bride to be, Mrs. Arthur Worthing
ton entertained with a dinner at her
home. Attending were: Misses Mar
garet Herr, Lois
Wise and Cleora Rogers.
Wanda Battles, Constance
Rev. M. E. Todd has assumed his
duties as pastor of the Presbyterian
church, having recently accepted this
Eighteen members of the china
club were entertained at a masque
rade at the home of Mrs. Glen Ra
Rene Studler is a first lieutenant
in the aviation corps. He is stationed
Noah Niswander purchased the
Fenton property on Lawn avenue for
$1,121 at the administrators sale.
Brice Main made a record in
threshing when he finished 1800
bushels of oats and rye for Lester
Henry in 7^ hours.
Elmer Ludwig’s new electric re
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John Agin of New Stark purchased
the Fred Geiger property on Cherry
John U. Amstutz is operating his
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John A. Diller made a trip to Can
ada to buy some short horn cattle.
C. C. Welty sold his bakery and
residence to Lloyd Sager of Ottawa.
Ed Diller purchased a car load of
feeding cattle at Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. David Balmer have
purchased the A. D. Goble propeorty
on South Main street.
Socialist E. V. Hoimden, Republi
can M. M. Murray, and Democrat A.
C. Spangler are running for the of
fice of Mayor. Ed Reichenbach runs
unopposed for clerk.
By Elmo Scott Watson
We Mourn Lord Nelson
HE next time you see on the street
a sailor from the United States
on shore leave, take a second
look at his costume. Those three
white bands on the collar of his blue
jacket uniform are not just for decora
tive purposes. They were originally
adopted by the British navy to com
memorate the three decisive victories
of that great naval hero, Lord Nelson
—at Trafalgar, Copenhagen and Abou
kir. Having gained our heritage of the
sea from England, we have Inherited
and adopted some of her traditions.
Hence the honor to Lord Nelson.
Our American sailors also join with
their British cousins in perpetual
mourning for Nelson. For that black
neckerchief is a badge of mourning for
him. And for the same reason officers
adopted the black necktie as a part of
both the service and the evening dress
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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 1947
The J. G. Ford family reunion
will be held at Shelter House No. 3,
Riverside park, Findlay, Sunday,
Aug. 10. Anna Lee, Sec.
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