Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday: San Francisco
Demands MORE Oil Rigs. Proud Of Local Oil Discoveries
Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday is living
proof that there really is nothing new under the sun. Strangest
of all, find a great news report from the oil drilling capital
of the west, San Francisco.
The World of the Now
In modern times, you'll not be surprised to learn that
beautiful San Francisco is against just about everything that
everyone else is for. Leading the way in the art of saying nyet,
very little that is worthwhile gets by the oppressed peoples of
this fine western village. All is nyet, and especially oil. Even
when a little teensy little oil well might save the city from
the certainty of going broke and having to toss everyone out on
their ear, they say nyet. Nyet to big oil or little oil....but
once upon a time, it was not this way...
The World of the Then
Historical material from the San Francisco Call which went
poopers in 1913. Rewritten, keeping the essential essence. April
11, 1901 Staff Writer
Company Is Being Formed to Sink the Well There
Meeting of Producers for Discussion of Matters Important to
Industry Will Be Held at Palace.
A company is about to be incorporated for the purpose of
determining whether there is oil to be struck by drilling on the
peninsula near San Francisco. The conditions attending the
enterprise are of general interest, and prominence is
accordingly given to the facts. In 1891-92 the San Francisco
Land and Improvement Company drilled a well 1817 feet deep at
panic season of 1893 all work was suspended, and since that
time no further effort has been made to do anything with the
hole. F. C. McPherson, who drilled for the company, has reported
to Mr. Martin, the manager of the Land and Improvement Company,
that at various depths oily strata were pierced and that he
wished to continue to drill deeper, but the directors of the
company did not consent. Mr. Martin said yesterday that he
expects to form a company to determine a very interesting
question. The capital stock will be only $25,000.
There will be no promoter's stock and no salaried officials.
He hopes to get business men to take part in the experiment, and
says that only enough snares will be sold to insure a thorough
test of the well. "I recognize the fact," said Mr. Martin, "that
the enterprise is a gamble, pure and simple, but the
possibilities are so great and the matter is of so much moment
to San Francisco, that I expect no trouble in finding
enterprising citizens enough who will risk their money in a
venture of this kind. As soon as we incorporate we will push the
work as fast as possible."
Oil Men Gather at Palace.
The oil men of the Kern River and McKittrick districts will
meet in the marble room of the Palace Hotel in this city
tomorrow evening to discuss the situation in its various
aspects. The companies that have been invited to send
representatives to the conference will probably all respond
because of the importance of the matters that may come up for
consideration. Henry Ach has conferred with representatives of
several companies since he sent out invitations to the meeting.
The general sentiment is in favor of united action among the
large oil producers of the districts mentioned.
The excitement over possible oil discoveries, according to
the San Bernardino Times-Index, is on the increase in the
desert. This paper says: At Barstow and Daggett beds are not to
be had at any price so great is the demand for them, and a
livery stable man is a person to be approached with bowed head.
Daggett is the latest place to catch the infection and already
the clumps of bunchgrass are outnumbered by location stakes. At
Kramer, where the oil was first struck, workmen are rushing to
get a regular oil rig for the purpose of sinking a deep well. It
is impossible to correctly estimate the claims already staked
out as all have not been recorded, but the area is large and
still increasing. At Victor also there are hundreds of
locations, and while there are no wells down yet some will be
begun very soon. Altogether the desert is the liveliest place in
Another journal says that surveyors are busy at all points on
the desert between Kramer, Daggett and Calico, on a tract many
miles wide, laying out claims for parties in Los Angeles, San
Bernardino and other towns in Southern California. Thousands of
acres have also been located on the Yuma desert, and in the
region about Walters, Salton and Indio. Parties are sinking a
well about eighteen miles south of Walters.
The Folsom Telegraph says that there is a rumor that the old
Swain ranch and other property in the Carson Creek district has
been bonded by parties who think there is oil in that district.
Number of Wells in California.
The Los Angeles Herald has been counting up oil wells in
California and figures out that there is only 21 per cent less
wells under the drill in this state than in Pennsylvania, West
Virginia, Ohio and Indiana combined. The Herald says;
The Oil City Derrick's monthly oil report shows for March 742
completed wells, of which 180 were dry, having a production of
10,343 barrels daily, in the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio
and Indiana fields.
Work under way March 31 was: Rigs, 509; wells drilling, 883;
total, 1392. It is a notable fact that the Herald's report of
same date showed new production in California of 3124 barrels,
or nearly a third that of the four States covered by the
Derrick's report. This is the productive capacity of ninety-four
completed wells, of which eighteen were dry.
Work in progress in California was shown by the Herald to be:
Rigs, 235; wells drilling:, 698; total, 933. This shows that of
wells drilling March 31 there were in California 79 per cent as
many as in the combined fields cf Pennsylvania, West Virginia,
Ohio and Indiana.
The prolific sands of several California fields have also
kept the average production of new wells very much higher than
that of Eastern fields. In the latter there were 562 productive
wells brought in in March, of an average production of 18.5
barrels a day, while in California there were seventy-six new
wells, of an average production of 41 barrels a day.
Here at Persuasive Essay Topics of of Today and Yesterday
we're cautiously pleased to bring you the great news about
marvels of oil exploration in that hot and manly western town
known as San Francisco.
Of interest, note that the Palace Hotel mentioned above is
still thriving in the Gay by the Bay. It is proud of its history
and remains a popular spot for men to gather and say really bad
things about big and little oil. Little did the owners, waiters,
and waterbugs of 1901, which is when our tale takes place, have
a clue that the hotel would come down around their ears in the
great earthquake of 1906. But, SF, being what it is, the hotel
was rebuilt, as it shall be again when the next resurfacement
takes place, even, if it must be built on futuristic flotation
devices, most probably plastic, derived from oil.
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