Clipped From The Iola Register
ehipflngthe oil. > ".^ng early in the summer of 1859 ft Bt ^Uiger appeared in Titusville and «ald' tha,t I need not bother to collect any more grease from that spring, as the New York men had sold it to a Connecticut firm,' which had sent him to l^tosvllle to see how i the product 'ooukTbe increased and shipped more econ^Ically. The man took to spooking spooking and poking around on the hills and alon^^lhe creek, and people who hadn 't thought he was crazy before changed their^ipinds when he began to de- •lar^.ihat the grease that spring shed eamp. from some underground.depoeit, and ^^t If that deposit could only be tAvyai^ in some way It would yield cbmjjtiDdlty that would drive all other lllwodulating oils out of the market. He ^id^iisted that a drill should be put down to It, and the oil pumped out in any.quantity, and he tried to hire some one who; would undertake the work of . djcUlink* No one would take any Interest in his crazy schiemc, and one <Iay I said to him, as a joke: " 'Send and Get Tinecum Bill Smith.' "Bill Smith was a salt-well driller at Tinecum, down the Alleghany valley, where salt water had been pumped for years, and salt wells were numerou;i. The stranger, whose name, by the way. iwas Drake—known later the world over as Ooh E. L. Drake, the discoverer of ipetrolenm-fsent for Bill, and BUI onmo. Before Drake had told him what bo had In view Bill I took the lay of tho 'land, and he said, with some disgust: *Hell! You aitf-'t got no salt here!' "'Salt!' said Drake. Of course I haven't got any salt! I've got oil, and a barrel of it is going to be worth more than ten tons of salt!'