think this is one of the first, if not the discovery well on my grandfather's
farm." - John Keith|
Escapes, I don't know if this is true or not, but have heard my aunts and my grandmother
talking on many occasions. One of the stories was that when the first oil well
was being drilled out in front of the family farmhouse they suddenly stopped drilling.
The man in charge went to town to inform the company that it was a dry well. Supposedly,
my grandfather [Joe Duke] told the crew remaining that if they would keep on drilling
and hit 'pay dirt' he would buy each of them a new pair of cowboy boots. They
started back to drilling and a few minutes later oil started shooting up over
the top of the derrick. A gusher!
That may be true, but it may also be
another Texas tall tale.
What I do know for sure is that my grandfather
Duke was at one time known as Texas' youngest millionaire. A few years later he
had no money left and was a pauper at the time of his death.
- John Keith,
April 24, 2007
|This picture was taken
where Joe Duke was living (on the same farm that oil was discovered in 1918) in
the late 1950s.|
grandparents] Joe Duke and Almeda... taken when they were married or shortly after."
- John Keith|
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