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Mail Tribune 100, March 15, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

March 15, 1920


We’re off at last. That first well of the Trigonia company which everybody is hoping will bring unheard of prosperity to Medford and the entire valley, was started yesterday and the heavy drill is at its unceasing work of penetrating deeper and deeper into the earth and bringing nearer the time when all doubt of whether oil exists here in commercial quantities will be dissipated one way or the other.

Without any fuss or feathers drilling was begun Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the scheduled hour, an when work was discontinued for the day the drill had penetrated 17 feet into the earth. The cold stormy weather and a driving snow and rain storm in the afternoon not only prevented a great crowd of people from Medford, Ashland and other parts of the valley from witnessing the “spudding in” of the well, but also the christening and taking of moving pictures. The christening and moving picture taking was postponed until next Sunday afternoon.

As it was only a comparatively few people who had braved the storm were present when the drilling was begun at 3 o’clock, but more arrived every moment. Between the hours of 2 and 4 o’clock probably not less than 500 people who came in their automobiles had visited the well and watched the drilling ... They did not stay long because of the inclement weather.

Most of the visitors, many of whom were stockholders, looked at the derrick and drilling situated in the midst of the beautiful Fern valley with awe. Here it was at last — the much talked of well was being bored for oil after months of preparation, years of speculation and edification as to the rosy possibilities.

Drilling was resumed this morning and continued all day. The night drilling will not be begun until the well is down a couple of hundred feet ... .


A big get-together meeting of the Talent Farmers club is called for Friday evening, March 19, at 8 p.m. at the I. O. O. F hall in Talent. County Agent C. C. Cate will talk on matters pertaining to the county farm bureau. Professor F. C. Reimer will tell about agriculture in China, and Geo. A. Mansfield, president of the farm bureau, will make an address.

The ladies are particularly requested to attend as Miss Pool, county home demonstrator, will be present and will discuss matters on this subject. The directors of the Talent Irrigation district will make a detailed report on the status of the district. Refreshments will be served by the ladies of the Talent Community club.

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