Columbus Marion Joiner

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Columbus Marion ("Dad") Joiner (March 12, 1860 – March 27, 1947) was a self-educated American oilman.[1] He went to formal school for a total of seven weeks, but had been tutored at home. He was taught to read using only the Bible, and learned to write by copying text out of the Book of Genesis.[2] In 1930 Joiner, along with A.D. "Doc" Lloyd, discovered the largest oil field in the world up to that time, the East Texas oil field, in Rusk County, Texas.

The town of Joinerville, Texas was named after him.

The East Texas Oil Field[edit]

A.D. ("Doc") Lloyd convinced Joiner to drill for oil in East Texas. Joiner mailed out a prospectus written by Lloyd to seek financing for his wildcatting. After collecting enough financial backing to begin, Joiner began drilling in Rusk County. Dad Joiner and his crew drilled for three years beginning in 1927 with rusted, third-hand equipment. At one point, a geologist from Texaco came by and joked, "I'll drink every barrel of oil you get out of that hole." Despite the opposition, Joiner was convinced of the possibility of oil deposits in Rusk County. Beginning in 1930 Joiner began to drill eight miles west of Henderson, Texas on the farm of Daisy Bradford. Using a flimsy pine rig and battered tools, his first two wells were unsuccessful. Eventually, at eight o'clock in the evening on October 3, 1930, the oil well Daisy Bradford Number 3 struck oil. It was a gusher, and it sent the area into frenzy.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Handbook of Texas Online: Durham, Joseph Idelbert
  2. ^ Yergin, Daniel. "The Prize, The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power", Simon & Schuster, 1991, p.244
  3. ^ Yergin, Daniel. "The Prize, The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power", Simon & Schuster, 1991, p.244

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