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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 7, 1921

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

Jan. 7, 1921


“The prospects for the early bringing in of an oil gusher in the Klamath country is very good,” said Captain J. W. Siemens, at Ashland Thursday evening while en route to Portland to purchase casing. “I am afraid a gusher will come in before I can get back. We are not prepared for it.”

Captain Siemens was not excited about the matter, but spoke with calm assurance. He was interviewed by Chris Gottlieb and Sid I. Brown of this city, both interested in the Trigonia proposition.

“We are now down 1,595 feet, and have been running through oil sand and gas for 100 feet. The gas escapes all the time making a noise like a steam boiler blowing off. There is considerable excitement in Klamath over the developments, but our local paper has not found it out yet. All kinds of yarns are going around, and all I can tell you is what I know, myself.

“Samples that I have sent to San Francisco for analysis show that we are now down to a parifine base, and I am en route to Portland to get casing, as I could not get it by telegraph. We may strike oil in five feet or fifty feet, or 500 feet, but I am confident we will strike it. We have passed through oil sands, and brought up good colors.”

Captain Siemens showed a report from a San Francisco oil analyst, showing that the samples forwarded showing a specific gravity of 60 percent, with the notation that the heavy specific gravity was due to a large amount of foreign matter.

“One of the most hopeful signs,” continued Captain Siemens, “is that the big oil companies are showing a lot of interest in the development work I am doing.”

Captain Siemens will return from Portland Sunday evening, and may stop off in this city to see the Trigonia well.

The passing through of Captain Siemens created considerable excitement among local people interested in oil development.


Tramps or men out of work and funds who for a time arrived in Medford at the rate of a dozen a day on freight trains this winter have become very scarce, and only two men of this class have applied at the police station for lodging for a week or more past. The reason is that most of these men were en route south, and recently the special police of the Southern Pacific have been stopping all men traveling on freight trains at Roseburg. Those who had money to pay their fare were compelled to take passenger trains to the south, and those who had no money were forced to take freight trains back to Portland. One band of 15 men rounded up at Roseburg recently had over $50 between them.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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