Old Oil Stocks – in progress “F”
People seeking obscure financial information probably will not find riches here – see Not a Millionaire from Old Oil Stock. The American Oil & Gas Historical Society, which depends on your donations, doesn’t have resources for extensive research.
But as AOGHS looks into forum queries as part of its energy education mission, investigations have revealed interesting stories like Mrs. Dysart’s Uranium Well and Buffalo Bill’s Shoshone Oil Company; others have found questionable dealings during booms and “black gold” fever epidemics like Arctic Explorer turns Oil Promoter.
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One company named Fairchild Petroleum was incorporated in 1921 capitalized at $120,000 in Paintsville, Kentucky, a few miles from the town of Oil Springs (also known as Medina) and home to the Big Sandy Oil & Refining Company. Although there was substantial interest in Johnson County’s petroleum prospects, there is little trace of Fairchild Petroleum activity in Kentucky.
More information may be available from the Kentucky secretary of state business services. This notwithstanding, in 1922 a Fairchild Petroleum Company drilled the No. 1 Boggs well in Brazoria County, Texas, and also drilled in Liberty County, near Nome. The No. 1 Boggs reportedly produced oil from a depth of 4,550 feet. The Texas Railroad Commission maintains records that may provide further insights.
Farmers Gas & Oil Inc.
An account of Farmers Gas & Oil was posted at The Citizen’s Voice in an August 28, 2015, article, “Speculators Were Sure Gas Was Here In The 1950s” by Elizabeth Skrapits, who reported the company formed in 1953 and was headquartered at 303 Market St. in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Skrapits found that during a 1955 shareholders meeting in the Hotel Sterling, “a progress report was delivered to stockholders by officers and future plans were made for drilling three new well sites in the vicinity of Numidia, Muhlenberg and Lake Silkworth.”
Farmers Gas & Oil leased land, sold stock, and began drilling. A crowd of more than 300 watched as the tower was erected and drilling operations began. Another company well reached 1,000 feet deep at Lake Silkworth in the fall of 1957.The article reports on more Farmers Gas & Oil efforts to exploit Pennsylvania’s natural gas reosurces, long before the Marcellus Shale development was made possible by technological advances like horizontal drilling. The company ultimately failed, leaving only litigation behind.
Farmers Oil & Gas Company
Many companies have used the name Farmers Oil and Gas Company. One located in Cushing, Oklahoma, was reported by the secretary of state to be “delinquent under the corporation tax law” as of June 30, 1911, which indicates a failed venture and lost investment. Bad luck, since Thomas “Dry Hole” Slick brought in the Wheeler No. 1 well about 12 miles east of Cushing in 1912.
Slick, who will be called Oklahoma’s King of the Wildcatters, opened the prolific Drumright-Cushing oilfield. At its peak, this oilfield produced 330,000 barrels of oil a day. Today, Cushing is where world benchmark prices are set for West Texas Intermediate oil. It is the delivery point designated by the New York Mercantile Exchange for crude oil futures traded each day.
Federal Consolidated Oil Company
In the summer of 1921 the Signal Hill Oil Boom launched a series of discoveries that would make California the source of one-quarter of the world’s entire oil output. Nearby, the Federal Consolidated Oil Company used a cable-tool rig to drill at the Huntington Beach oilfield, about two miles inland. By 1922 the well reached a depth exceeding 2,700 feet without finding oil.
On June 19, 1922, California’s corporate commissioner began investigating the “methods and practices of the company” after shareholders “alleged that the company’s agents misrepresented plans for the drilling of a well.”
In December 1923 stockholders held a general meeting to assess the situation, and thereafter, Federal Consolidated Oil Company disappears from financial records.
Fifty-Seven Oil Company
The Fifty-Seven Oil Company spudded its only well southwest of Coalinga, California, on New Year’s Eve, 1909. The well apparently was too far from the producing zone, as were 16 other wells drilled by other companies within a half-mile of Fifty-Seven’s dry hole. The company then disappears from California records.
Fort Stockton Oil Company
Fort Stockton Oil Company experienced a series of name changes, mergers, and acquisitions – which ultimately lead to today’s Chevron:
Fort Stockton Oil Company name changed to Western Crude Oil Inc., July 7, 1971
Western Crude Oil Inc., merged into Reserve Oil & Gas Co., April 17, 1973
Reserve Oil & Gas Co. merged into Getty Oil Co., January 1980
Part of Getty Oil Co. merged into Texaco, 1984
Chevron and Texaco merged into ChevronTexaco, 2001
ChevronTexaco name changed to Chevron in May 2005
The shareholders’ relations agent for Chevron may have information about shares of Fort Stockton Oil Company. The agent will need the exact share owner name as it appears on the certificate, certificate number, share amount and date of certificate. All of this is available on the certificate. Additionally, the agent will want an investor ID for the account.
Fountain Oil & Gas Company
The Leader newspaper of Guthrie, Oklahoma, noted formation of Fountain Oil & Gas Company in May 1909. Principal operations were said to be out of Chelsea with $25,000 capital stock authorized and $15,000 subscribed. President of Fountain Oil & Gas was Louis E. Hohman (Chelsea) and secretary was J.B. Milan (Nowata). Fountain Oil and Gas is absent from most records for the next five years. Chelsea is known for being home to a very early Oklahoma oil well. In July 1914, the Standard-Sentinel newspaper from Stilwell, Oklahoma reported, “The Fountain Oil and Gas Co., has over 2,500 acres leased in a solid body five miles west of Watts. The company has already completed a seventy five foot standard derrick.” Watts, Oklahoma is about 90-miles due east of Tulsa, on the Arkansas border. Its population was about 300 in 1914. Fountain Oil & Gas Company does not appear on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Oil and Gas (OCCOG) website, which offers searching tools to locate oil and gas wells, and also scans of documents like well logs, status, etc. Other sources may have information about oil exploration in Adair County, circa 1914.
Franklin Oil & Refining Company
In November 1919 a group of Iowa investors joined the Franklin Oil & Refining Company based on the company’s oil-producing properties in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, including the prolific Desdemona oilfield. A 1920 prospectus featured maps of the company’s properties and photographs, including its first well, the Franklin Well No. 1 in Erath County, Texas.
The neighboring Eastland County the Desdemona oilfield was a crowded bonanza for some and dry holes for others (also see Spear Oil Company). Although Franklin Oil & Refining reportedly planned to build a refinery in Des Moines, it never did.
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