Lively, Dan 1968-05-23

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Dan Lively, a one-time well driller and early Crane resident, shares a great deal of specific data concerning early oil fields methods and conditions in a humorous and interesting manner.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dan Lively

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 23, 1968

Location: Crane, Texas

Interviewer: Paul Patterson

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born (1903), Oil field between Moran and Albany, Hours, Duties, Depth of wells, Burning oil as gasoline, Casing head gas, Nitro, Shooting incident, Bootlegging in Texon, Price, Lay-off at Texon, Crane, Texas (1928), Population (600-700), Company hospital, Injuries, Crushed skull, Deaths by drops and fall, Wood derricks, Height of derricks, Bull wheel shafts, Working age, Building of bull wheels, Humorous incidents, Prank of superintendent’s son, Shooting, Bad whiskey.

Tape 1, Side 2: Sandstorms, Cost of drinking water, First well in Crane, School in Crane (1937), Grades 1-12, School population, Cost of drilling, Breaking formation, Gas wastage, Drilling and production techniques, Stripper and marginal wells, Spacing of wells, Formations, Drilling as a trade, Terms for "drillers", Wages during Depression, Hiring after the Depression.

Range Dates: 1903-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1920s-1930s

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