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lost to the the cause the the Jonathan F. D. Y., and lumbering land on spring was oi on the was a lumber .same which by the Olc had be in the oil other to interest tha some To ascer took when in others was a who schoo analysis valuable well "It not a taken described II professor replied: I think has been you; for 1 considered so supremely ridiculous that it was with the gfeatest difficulty he could get assistance to prosecute the work. In July, 1859, he secured the services of an old salt borer William A, Smith, and his two without whose aid; probably the would have been abandoned. Long and vexatious delays f ollowed in prosecuting the work, the hole tilling with water and the earth ing in. In this extremity the ity of fDrake came useful, and he procured an iron tube sufficient to reach the rock, thus shutting off water and preventiug any further caving in. Had Drake thought of patetning this mode of casing wells he could have made a fortune ing the profits of the Eoberts Company. The pipe was driven 36 feet before the rock was reached. They kept on at work notwithstanding the fact that the money was exhausted, that is, the $2,400 raised the Seneca Oil Company, for by name was the company known, although Messrs. Eveleth Bissel were the principal stockholders. Still they kept at work, aided by Dr. Brewer, Mr.'Watson, Mr. Fleming and others. This aid was not in shape of charity but a loan, for Drake was a man of pluck and sensibilities, and would not accept chanty from any one. The three men quit working August 29th at sundown, the system of working night turns being the creation of a later day. The next morning the elder Smith was first at the well and to his astonishment and great joy discovered that the well was nearly full of He procured a piece of tin spouting, plugged one end of it, dropped it the hole, and soon filled a barrel oil. The pump was put in and well yielded at the rate of twenty barrels a day. It was by this achievement that the discovery of large bodies of oil was made and the practicability of reaching it by the drill established. This was the first oil well, and through it the name of Drake became imperishable. The of of a an an

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  1. The Olean Democrat,
  2. 17 Jul 1883, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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