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 - Black gold began to soil of northwestern and it...
Black gold began to soil of northwestern and it was soon importance the yellow FLETCHER merchant who loaned money so that he drilling. Fletcher the brick business occupied by the Dunn Supply Co. It was of his death and was buried there, but in 1901 his body was moved to Titusville where a splendid monument honors his memory. Why he failed personally to see the opportunity for personal gain all around him is one of the mysterious aspects of his career. He literally rose from nothing to fall to nothing despite his rendezvous rendezvous with destiny. It is one of the ironies "of history that a man who was something of a neer-do- well and a bogus "colonel" should have been the person to set in motion the forces which would create a basis for an industry which was uniquely American in origin and early development, which would spread throughout the world, and involve billions of dollars. It is hard to envision the later industrial economy of America and of the world without benefit of the products derived from the black gold "discovered" by Edwin Drake. It is interesting also to speculate upon the fact that the discovery of gold in California, which again was not really an original discovery, provided provided the precious metal necessary necessary to establish the monetary systems essential to furnishing the Continued on

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  1. The Titusville Herald,
  2. 24 Aug 1959, Mon,
  3. Page 203

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