Dee Family History 1 Dec 1949

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fab Gd Win Attempt to Find Petrol earn In Country Where Wells Have Never Been Dag Perhaps most people of Hawarden have forgotten about the John R. Dee family, who at one time lived on a farm southeast of Ha warden. Even members of the Dai- ton family, to whom they are re lated, have not kept in too close touch with them. However, the Dees have not been idle. Seeking greener fields, they found them, and now John am Roy; Dee are millionaires. Mis Bezie Dee, who at one time was postmistress of Akron, !s in the real estate business In Florida. Now the oil millionaires are go ing to drill for oil in Ireland where snakes and oil have been uncommon. Tribune Tells Story The Chicago Tribune atory, dated New York, eaya: Two Illinois sons of an Irish immigrant told of their plans to invest about $2,600,000 in a search for oil in Ireland where an oil well has never been drilled. There is a big touch of sentiment in their plans but they FOR RENT 12 H. P. Disston CHAIN SAW United Rent-Alls llth & Douglas, Ph. 5-5270 Sioux City, Iowa aren't impractical dreamers. The; are John G. and J. Roy Dee, part ners in the Illinois Mid-Continen company of Mount Carmel, 111 They are millionaires who mad their money in the oil business Between January, 1948, and June 1949, they brought in 49 produc ing wells in the Illinois basin Their successful driller near Or chardville, 111., has produced an o: boom in that area. "I believe there is oil in Irelan and I think I will find it," Ro Dee said in an interview a few hours after he returned to th United States from a visit to Ire land and Europe. "I studied geological reports in Eire and foun that the limestone formation is the same as that in the Illinois basin and got assurances from govern ment officials that I would be given a concession to drill." "Fine With Me" John Dee, 64, didn't make the trip to Ireland but he was in New York City to meet Roy, 49, when he, his wife, his son, Roy, jr., and his sister, Miss Bezie Dee of St. Petersburg, Fla., disembarked. What did John think of his brother's plans? "If Roy thinks there is oil in Ireland and wants to gamble on it, why that is fine with me," he said "Roy tan smell oil H« li« ill* nose for it. And besides, if we find oil it will be a great thing fol the economy of Ireland." Ror Dee said the Irish agreed to give him 10 years to sink his test wells. 'But I will have to do the job »vithin a year," he said. "It's my own impatience to get the job gong. We will make the geological 1t4f A.t.C.M. Goodbye, November November nights are past now . . . Indeed this was the last . . . And when the clock struck 12 ... November was in the past . . . November with its saintly start . . . That followed Halloween ... Its wind and rain and silent snow . , . Upon the evergreen . . . The melancholy moments in .. A world of work and play . . . And all the joys and blessings of ... A new Thanksgiving day . . . November was gone before . . , The sun was in the sky . . . And some of us sighed relief . . . And some only sighed . . . But when the clock struck 12 again . . . And echoed through the hall . . .It was just another month ... To take down from the wall. We Serve With Experience And Respectful Understanding FRAZIER FUNERAL HOME Phone 317 Hawarden, Iowa Member American Society of Ethical Morticians and geophysical tests first so w will know what rigs to nse. Then 111 take over an American ere' and go to work. I figure to dri at least 10 wells." To jnvest 5 Million Roy Dee said probably 5 millio dollars will be invested in th search because the Irish govern ment insists that 50 per cent o the money be put up by the Irish "They say the Irish should hav a 50 per cent participation in th venture and in the profits, and think that it is a fine deal for th country to insist on. The govern ment retains mineral rights to al land except that owned by British lords. I doubt I'll drill on an> British land." Asked what he would do if the geophysics says there isn't any oi in Ireland, Roy said he would go ahead anywfcy. The idea for a trip to Irelanc for the Dee clan of four brothers and five sisters came to a head in the Union League club in Chicago. The Ray Richardson No. 1 well in Wayne county bad been brought in on June 25 and everything looked rosy. Roy had been waning to see the Dublin horse show since he was a boy, so why not get the clan together and go en masse? There was a reunion of ill hands in one big week in Chl- ago, but everyone couldn't arrange o make the trip. "Mostly Horse Show" It would have been wonderful if 11 of us could have gone, but it was fine as it was," Roy said. "For me it was mostly that horse show wanted to see, but I admit I was [linking of oil over there, too. And visit to Boscobel, in Tipperary ounty, where my father li%-ed be- ore he came to America and ettled on a farm near Portage, is." John R. Dee, the father, came to he United States in 1851. From 'ortage he moved to Akron, la., rhen John was 6 weeks old. John ioneered in the oil business, start- ng as a "roughneck" in the Texas lelds in 1919. Roy joined him a ear later when he got out of high chool. They eventually went on heir own as wild-catters, and by 925 they figured they had the money they would ever need, so they moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. "We thought we were playing it safe," said John. "We invested in real estate and municipal 'bonds and eventually we woke up and found we were practically broke. So we came up to Illinois and went back to work in the oil game." Bring in Producer The brothers drilled some dry holes but they brought in a producer near Fairfield in 1939. "That got us on oar way," John recalled. "We did all right from then on. Then last year the Mag nolia Petroleum company, a Soco ny subsidiary, with leases near Or chardville offered us 200 acres o their lease if we would drill wher only dry wells had been brough in. Roy picked a place bounde by nine dry wells. The Richardson No. 1 was the result, now produc ing 1,500 barrels a day." SIOUX COUNTY COURT NEWS Marriage licenses were issued to the following persons: Arnold John Smit, 23, Boyden; Betty Joan Dykstra, 19, Orange City. Fred De Beer, 21, Alton; Lois Wielenga, 20, Orange City. Henry John Hoolsma, 29, Grand Rapids, Mich., Geneva Frances Van ngen, 22, Ireton. George Fedders, T9, Orange Ci- y; Dorothy June Van Dyke, 20, Orange City. Paul Eugene Edlngton, 21, Rock /alley; Jacqueline Jean Warntjes, 8, Rock Valley. Elmer Bolluyt, 21, Hawarden; race Holtrop, 21, Hawarden. Gerrit John Bos, 22, Boyden; Lorraine De Jongh, 20, Hull. Frank Verhey, 25, Hills, Minn.; lartha Albertha Van Ginkel, 19, Hull. Marriage licenses were issued to be following persons. John Elles Spykerman, 21, Holand, Mich.; Phyllis Joan Vogelaar, 7, Orange City. Bert Ramies, 27, Alton; Lucille Bernice Van Maanen, 20, Orange ~ity. Derk Rozeboom, 76, Rock Valey; Anna £ra«ken, 71, Sioux Cener. James Paul 'Filarski, 22, Alton; Thelma Theresa Roghair, 22, Alon. Vernon Elmer Riphagen, 26, laurice; Helen -Ruth Vander Broek, 19, Maurice. •Lola Lang of Hawarden filed a uit against Fred Brunsting of Hawarden. Plaintiff states that n January 14, 1948, at about 6:40 p. m. she was riding as a passenger in rear seat of car owned and perated by George Heldt and was traveling eastward approaching intersection of Highway No. 10 and Avenue "I" in Hawarden. Plaintiff alleges that after her car entered the intersection and had started to make a left turn, the defendant entered the intersection headed west at a high rate

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