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William F. Newton, John B. Wheaton and John S. Tracy (Tracey), Titusville, PA oil producers and lumbermen, commenced drilling a wildcat oil well on Captain A.H. Nelson’s Dotyville, Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, PA farm, 1872. Located five miles east of Titusville, the well was drilled with the intention of extending the Church Run oil field.
Emlenton, Venango County, PA, long associated with the petroleum and natural gas industries, also has had connections to logging and lumbering. Some of the town’s noted oil industry figures also owned lumber mills. Here are some of their histories:
The Crystal Oil Works are owned by J.W. Fawcett and E.V.D. Selden. The daily capacity of this refinery is nine hundred barrels, and a force of thirty - three employees is kept busy.
Siverly- one of Oil city’s most unique neighborhoods and the last to give up its independence, as a borough, when it finally merged with the city in 1910.
In 1919, the great Mid-Continent Field of Kansas and Oklahoma produced 193 million barrels of crude, more than half of all the crude produced in the United States. At the time, this gigantic field was producing nearly twice as much as California and more than twice as much as the combined production of the Appalachian, Gulf, Rocky Mountain, Illinois and Lima Fields.
The Eclipse Refinery, located near Franklin, was reported at one time to be the “largest refinery in the world.” While this claim is frequently contested it is known that the refinery turned out every petroleum product known at the time and that it was an important part of the Venango County economy for 65 years.