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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 7, 1921

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

Oct. 7, 1921


Crude Oil in Large Quantities Brought Up By Bailer Yesterday Causes Excitement Throughout Valley — Indications Strong That Paying Well is Near.

The report in circulation in the city late last night and this forenoon that the Trigonia Company had struck oil in paying quantity is not true, and arose from the fact that there is a splendid showing to indicate that oil may be struck in commercial quantity. This has been known for some time, but yesterday afternoon the bailer during the process of drilling out the under reamings brought up and discharged thick crude oil in increased quantities. Several pint bottles of this oil were skimmed off and brought to Medford by several persons, where they have been attracting considerable interest. The work of cleaning out the hole of the 50 remaining feet of tailings at its bottom it was expected, would be completed this afternoon.

The work of actual drilling was stopped last July with the drill at a depth of 1,350 feet, with the drill in a black lime shale in a strong showing of oil. This showing was such that it was deemed wise to cease further drilling and set casing in to shut out the water, which has been going on since, and is about completed, so that drilling can soon be resumed.

The fact that of the 1,350 foot depth, there is a weight of ,1100 feet of water resting on the bottom of the hole and there is such a tremendous pressure underneath sufficient to force the oil through the bottom and the 50 feet of tailings make the outlook for striking oil the best in the history of the well.


The first high school interscholastic football game of the Rogue River valley was played at Grants Pass this afternoon, beginning at 3 o’clock, between the teams of Ashland and Grants Pass, the score of which will be anxiously awaited by the Medford high student body. The local team meets both of these teams later in the season. Ashland was defeated by Klamath Falls high last Saturday by the score of 17 to 7.


Saturday is the day of all the year to remember members of the family, as well as others, with a treat of candy. See the dealers who are advertising for this occasion.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com