Gib Morgan (1842-1909)

Feb 21, 2007 | Posted in Essays, People

Gib Morgan

Gib Morgan

Known as the "Minstrel of the Oil Fields," Morgan was born in Clarion County. His family moved to Emlenton when he was six and in 1868, they moved again, this time to Tionesta.

At 20 Gib joined the Union forces as a private in the Civil War. Because of the poor organization at the war department. Gib's company was kept in the same location for months. To help keep up his comrades' spirits, he started telling tall tales.

As things became better organized, the company marched out and eventually fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg. He returned home to Emlenton in June, 1864.

After the war, Gib became a driller and tool dresser. He married Mary Ritchey, and they had three children. Gib continued to amuse his friends throughout all his life with his tall tales about the oil fields.

Boatright, ModyC., Gib Morgan: Minstrel of the Oil Fields. Texas Folklore Society, Texas, 1945

Reprinted Courtesy of the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry