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THE STAFF EDITOR
Elbert (Pat) PATTERSON
C.I. (Red) AMASON
W.T. (Bill) DOLEZAL
Mary Lou TEMPLETON
Contains May - June 1947, Volume 10 - No. 6
The Latch String Is Out for These Tulsa Sunrayites (Above this article is a row of pictures of each of these new employees)
First in the line-up of new Tulsa office employees is Paul BAYLESS, Refining. Paul is from neighboring Claremore town, where he was employed at a bank from July, 1939, until he left to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 1940. After two years at O.U., he went to San Diego, CA, in 1941, where he was dispatcher for several months at Consolidated Aircraft. He served two years in the 90th Cavalry Division from March, 1942, to February, 1944, and upon his discharge, returned to the University of Oklahoma, where he received the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in January of 1946. Odd moments may find him taking swings at small white spheres, which, spelled backwards, comes out f-l-o-g... Virginia TUCK has lived in the Oil Capital most of her life, and attended Central High. During the war years of 1942 to 1945 she was in the tabulating section of Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa, then worked for the War Assets Administration until coming to Sunray's Tabulating section a few weeks ago. She enjoys music-not too long-hair-and keeps her girlish figure by swimming and dancing.
Texas Patty SNEIGR came to Tulsa just this month and went right to work as a geological draftswoman for Sunray on May 12.She did her first drafting for a major oil company in Houston in 1944. She started 1945 with a new job-structural drafting for Armco Drainage and Metal Products, Inc., Houston, and stayed with them until coming to Tulsa and Sunray. While with Armco, she attended the University of Houston. A sports-lover, Patty spectates at all of them, and participates in bowling and swimming in her own right...
Bill HOFSTROM, secretary to E.L. HUTCHINSON of Lease Records. Bill, a native Tulsan, came to Sunray in April, shortly after finishing at Oklahoma School of Business, where he majored in accounting. Bill is a Navy veteran with 2-1/2 years' service from July, 1943, to December, 1945. He did most of his tour of duty as a radarman first class in the Pacific. Favorite winter sport is ice-skating. Summers find him at Mohawk park or at the ranch of a friend, where he's quite at home in the saddle...
Southern Oklahoma Division by Sam COMPTON, Division Editor
The Gilmore Camp has been undergoing a "face lifting" during the past few weeks. A lot of junk has been cleaned out, new paint on the buildings and a general cleaning up. Nature has also been doing her part in improving the general appearance. The grass and trees are all green and the martins are building in our new martin box. We are now quite ready for "official inspection".
Pumper J.B. DAVIS gets by the office occasionally. J.B. is one of the old timers with Sunray, and a Sunray booster. He hasn't dug out his summer straw yet but we expect to see him sporting it any day now
Mechanic William M. (Bill) GILMORE, who owns his own home a short distance down the road from the Gilmore camp, has been busy lately on his days off fixing up his yard and driveway. He says he plans on making a horse shoe drive and doing some landscaping. A few of us are doing all we can to help his wife keep him at it...
It seems that welder Merl GRAHAM wasn't much impressed by the new welding truck sent down from Oklahoma City. As a result the Oklahoma City driver immediately took it on to Ada and traded it off ...
We are wondering who caught everything quiet around the warehouse and left with all the gauge poles...
We are all proud of the new "oil house," a small building located beside the gasoline pump in the Gilmore Yard, in which we keep motor oil for the pickups, trucks, etc. We plan on laying an air line from the compressor which will then make it a miniature filling station...
Several improvements have been made on the Richey lease pumped by Jimmy GRAYSON. An old wooden rig front was torn down and a three-well hookup provided, which tends to make the work easier and a lot more satisfactory...
Carol Sue JACOBS, daughter of District Farm Boss Tom JACOBS, was recently sick with a cold and the "flu"; however, she is all right now and is back in school...
Pumper Tony MARTIN is very much like a kid with a new toy. The old wooden rig front on the Whitney No. 3, which is right in his yard, has been torn out and an individual pumping unit newly installed. After it was painted and the ground around it cleaned and leveled up, it really looks nice. Roustabout James H. MCDONALD has been off a few days with the flu but we expect him back on the job in a day or two, as he is reported much better...
Roustabout Jess MOORE, Jr., has been painting and fixing up his house in Allen and doing a good job, too. (I am giving his wife credit,though; for knowing how Jess likes to fish, I know it is a difficult job to keep him at it.)...
Arthur S. (Bus) MURPHEY has recently sold his home in Allen and has bought another one more to his liking. He reports a lot of work building fence, hot beds, etc...
Roustabout Glenn D. NORTON, is especially glad to see Spring arrive, as he has been having a lot of trouble with water pipes freezing in his house; however, he doesn't expect as much trouble next winter, since he has been fixing them so they can't freeze...
Roustabout Frank REEVES was off sick several days recently, but is now back on the job and feeling fine
Engineer Virgil L. (Freddie) SMITH, who is on the go practically all of the time, seldom sees his new boy in daylight. He is now worrying for fear the youngster will embarrass his mother when he gets old enough to talk by asking who that man is...
Head Roustabout Thomas H. (Junkie) TURNER has been pretty busy helping the junk haulers lately. It seems that somewhere in the rounds he has picked up an accent
Assistant Field Clerk Aaron E. WALKER has been having a new motor put in his car
Pumper Charlie WALKER is happily engaged in moving into the Daugherty lease house. It has been newly reshingled and repainted. It also has a large lawn and is located on a small knoll overlooking the highway
Jess SANDERS has returned from California and is back at work.
Roustabout Andrew L. "Andy" CASTLEMAN has recently been in the hospital with pneumonia, but after a few shots of penicillin, he is back on the job
Farm Boss John H. COOPER's son, Bobby Carl, has been in the hospital, but is at home now
District Farm Boss Perry E. MORRIS has been "under the weather" recently but is now much better
Roustabouts James Vernon SIMMONS and Weldon PATRICK who were transferred from Allen group to Earlsboro group, are all moved and reported that they like Seminole fine.
Pumpers George EATON and Elmer P. "Pat" BRIGGS are also in better spirits lately. The general appearance of their leases have been greatly improved. Everything has been newly painted and the old tank batteries on their Cully "A" and "B" leases have been cut down in size and painted, all of which makes the leases very attractive.
Division Superintendent C.C. SHREVE 's mother has been visiting him recently, partly we understand to celebrate Clem's daughter Marnell's seventh birthday. Marnell received from her father a Mickey Mouse watch of which she is very proud
We hear via the grapevine that Pumper Paul RACHEL has been trying to trade a real "slick" '37 Pontiac for an old beat-up '46 Pontiac,don't know how he made out on his deal.
We also understand that John HENDRIX 's boys have been doing a little fishing lately and keeping the old man busy finding new holes
and that Pumper John PETERS is watching the Bearden lake for catches to regulate his fishing.
A large lawn surrounds the lease house on the Swan lease occupied by Pumper Harvey WILSON. We imagine that Harvey, Jr., is pretty busy pushing a lawn mower.
When Roustabout David GALEY and Pumper John H. LAYNE went fishing the other day, they reportedly caught only one fish-and came back bragging
Gangpusher Bruce HOLLAND has been doing a little gardening. It seems he asked his sons to put out some potatoes, and they planted them six feet apart. Trying to raise them as big as watermelons, no doubt
John LAYNE made a quick trip to the hospital at McAlester to see his sister. He reports that she was getting along fine. Relief Pumper Roy
LONG recently made a trip to Barnsdall to visit relatives, and brought back a lot of fryers. Some of the boys accused him of swiping them from his mother-in-law
At last we have found an honest fisherman. Pumper Elmer LOVE took a fishing trip to Lake Texhoma the other day. He reports that it rained on him all day, and that he didn't catch a fish
Roustabout Troy SHAW visited relatives in Seminole on his last day off. Showing off the new baby, no doubt.
We welcome Vernon SIMMONS and Weldon PATRICK, who were transferred from Allen to Earlsboro District
Bobby COOPER, son of Farm Boss J.H. COOPER, has returned home from the hospital, where he was confined with pneumonia. Hurry up, Bob; the fish are biting, and I know about that new fishing tackle you received
Has anybody got $8,000? If you have, please see Ray ELLIS, pumper on the Ingram and Walker leases. He has a farm for sale.
Division Supt. C.C. SHREVE and Division Engineer Fred SMITH were recent visitors at the Ingram camp
Barbara Jean MORRIS, daughter of Dist. Farm Boss Chuck MORRIS, won the prize in the Hobo contest at Prairie View School April 1, Hobo Day
W.W. (Gramp) FAIRLY, pumper, on the Fixico and Grisso leases, says every man he votes for gets beat. Maybe you vote for the wrong man, Gramp.
Mrs. E.C. (Slim) EIDSON has returned home from California, where she visited with her children. She says the most beautiful place she has seen was where she lives. Slim is pumper on the Watkins and Sangster leases
Relief Pumper D.L. BALES goes in for gardening on a wide scale - a few rows of potatoes on the Fixico lease, a dozen tomatoes and four pepper plants on the Watkins, and three rows of corn on the Ingram lease.
Down The Alley
Dear Editor: So it's an article on the Sunray bowling team you're wanting,
is it? Shall I give you the straight dope or shall I leave out those gruesome
details of the splits and misses? But in spite of all you might have heard
to the contrary, we're not such a poor lot of bowlers-just follow through:
On March 15 and 16, we invaded the Blackwell bowling alley for the Ladies'
State Tournament. We expected the competition to be tough-it was!
On the second day, we finally got the feel of the game, and Murva RENFROW doubling with Anabel SODERSTROM pushed to third place in class "B" doubles event with one more week to roll. You know, Ed, we never have gotten the final results, but then you understand how many details are involved in this sort of thing. We will let you know the extent of their winnings in our next communique.
We did create lots of good will for Sunray in and around the vicinity of Ponca City and Blackwell, though. And there's lots more I could tell you about our trip-such as waiting one solid hour for those steaks, that 10 hours (?) of sleep. 'Twas fun!
If there are any of you who haven't heard about "Hot Shot" Murva RENFROW, then read on. Murva holds an average, at the present, of 143. Last week she established the top record for our team with a 216 game, beating her own previous 202, and a 535 three-game total. You'll have to admit, that's some bowling!
Other high scores rolled are: Kathryn STEELE 's single of 207 and three-game totals of 503 and 527; Merle KLIEWER 's three-game total of 514. But then, the whole team has done a swell job-just take a look at that scoreboard. We are second place in the eight-team Women's Centennial League with seven more weeks to go. Think we'll hold it?
Now, Ed, you know we will-go on and say it. That's more like it, and I hope that twisted arm of yours won't delay this issue of the Sunray News.
One more thing before I give you the "30" sign, and that's about our celebrity, Anabel SODERSTROM. She had the thrill of bowling an exhibition match with Joe MILLER. You know Joe-he is the holder ofs than umpteen bowling titles. She rolled up a sizzling 169 game to his 220 which we think is nothing short of wonderful considering that crowd of spectators present. That's all for this time and if you think I've been braggin'-well, what would you do if someone was holding a bowling ball over your head?
Yours truly, Gutter Gertie
P.S. Here's some confidential information, Ed-our latest treasurer's report.
But if you have any tax collectors on your mailing list, just forget to print
this item! We just got word that Anabel and Murva placed in the doubles event
at the state tournament at Blackwell and received a check for $7.58. "Hot
Shots", I'd say. To top that, our team placed second in the Centennial League
with winnings totaling $47.50. Let's see this supposedly rugged golf team
of ours try to better that one!
Well, I'd better quit before I get started on the golf team-any comments I might have probably wouldn't get by the censor anyway. Gertie
Jesse Odom BRENTLINGER
Death has terminated a long period of service with Sunray for J. O. "Chappie" BRENTLINGER, just a few days before he would have completed his 19th year with the company. Chappie, 71, was fatally injured on Sunday night, May 11, when struck by a Tulsa funeral home ambulance in Oklahoma City. He was walking in the rain near Sunray's Oklahoma City office when hit, and died in Wesley hospital. Funeral rites were held May 14 at Hahn funeral chapel.
BRENTLINGER, friendly and cheerful with business associates and personal acquaintances, and loyal to his company, was born in Holly Springs, Miss., June 29, 1875. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, taught school, and in October, 1899, married Mollie FIELDS. They made their home in Sherman, Texas, where he was inspector for a cottonseed oil company. In 1920, BRENTLINGER moved his family to Caddo, where he farmed. He joined Sunray May 30, 1928 and worked at Sasakwa and Allen, Okla., before the company transferred him to Oklahoma City as yardman 10 years ago. The family home is still in Caddo. Chappie was a member of the Baptist church and an enthusiastic flower gardener and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, six daughters, two brothers and three sisters. Burial was made at Caddo.
Chappie's many Sunray friends extend sincere sympathy to his survivors.
Pacific Production by L. HOLLENBECK
(Photo Caption) A picnic honoring Robert ARAUJO and Elsie, his English bride (see January-February Sunray News) was given in March in Waller park by fellow Sunrayites.
About 40 friends and relatives of the couple brought basket lunches. Softball
was the favored game after the picnic.
In these picnic pictures are, at left: Robert and Elsie, Bob's mother, aunt, sister and father (Louis ARAUJO, Sunray truck driver), Buck SHELTON, roustabout, Office Manager and Mrs. Andy PAYNE, and N.A. NUGENT, roustabout. The youngsters are Louis ARAUJO's granddaughter and NUGENT's son. In the photo at right are Gangpusher Bo GAMBLE, Mrs. Gib MORGAN and Louis ARAUJO.
Country Club Well No. 2
Since the last issue of the News, has been completed, good for 130 barrels net oil per day
Earl BROCK, truck driver, thinks its mighty funny that Rod ALLEE, farm boss, finds so many production problems on Country Club wells No. 1 and No. 2, especially on Wednesdays, ladies' day on the golf course at the Club.
We understand that Gib MORGAN has recently taken up the game after doing a little work on No. 2 well. Even the boss, trout-fishing
Blackie JACKSON and son Bill golf a bit-now.
Drill Supt. Speed KIRCHHOF, who began flying lessons in February, already has more than 40 hours and is working on his private license
Dale KEMP, driller, grows successfully those watermelon-size lemons, called Ponderosas
B.J. WEATHERLY, you remember, was in an auto accident last July, and he is still in a cast, but hopes to be back on the job in 60 days. To pass the time he has become really expert in leather working. He made Speed a handsome wallet, and is working on a letter-folder for President WRIGHT now.
Pacific Production by L. HOLLENBECK
Office Manager Andy PAYNE said the three cars of 8-5/8" casing just unloaded on the yard completed pipe purchases for the six months drilling program
In the office Jerry (really Ella) DALTON, she of the long eyelashes, reports E.P. BLANCO, rotary helper, joined Sunray since the last issue of the mag. California-born, he lives in Santa Maria and formerly worked for Bel-Air
Boyd BATES, brother of Tex BATES, mechanic, recently arrived from Wichita, Kans., and is roustabouting and bunking with Tex until he finds a house into which he can move his family, now in Los Angeles.
"West o' the' Pecos" by Don BELL
Ah'm doggoned iffen it ain't purt nigh vacashun time again. Yuh don't haff tuh look at a kallunder, calundur - well anyway, what month it is,'cause jist listen to 'em groans coming from out the yard and y'd know that 'em boys ain't tired er lazy; they's jist longin'. Joe (HARMES, 'at is) says he kin hear 'em fish singin' to him every night (says the "bass" is a little outa "tuna.")
Shorty DODD, across the Pecos, has been eatin' cat from the Rio Grande too durn much lately. 'Course the dirt bug has dun bit a lot of us, too. Some of the ladies I know here in Ward camp jist plants things so's Tuffy (Tuffy's a dog, y'know) will have somethin' to do, diggin' em up again. Why some of these flower beds have been planted and unplanted (by Tuffy) so many times the dirt's plum wore out.
Mr. BANKES, of Jal, New Mexico way, latest addition to our staff here, 'lows as how he'd like to'a planted that doggone heater on the Henry lease, eh, Frank? But they're gettin' along together now. I.R. figures he'll make a bad crop this year since the spring wind has planted him under that New Mexico sand and never gave him a chance to sow his own. Roustabout Steve N. just plants his feet under the table and hollers, "Bring it on." I think we oughter drown him.
(Photo Caption) Two prospective Sunray roustabouts, Billy Frank ANDREWS, son of Gangpusher Hoyt ANDREWS, and Barry BELL, son of District Field Clerk Don BELL, look as if they're pretty handy with those big wrenches.
Santa Maria Refinery by L. HOLLENBECK
Santa Maria bowling season ended April 15 and Sunray's team finished third. To celebrate, a festival of food and fun was hosted by Harry and Peg ARNOLD in their home. Another such party was given by the George FARNUMS and one by the D. G. JACKSONS. Harry A., high for Sunray, averaged 191.
Sunray execs, including President WRIGHT, Vice-President Floyd MARTIN, Vice-President Jimmie ELLIS, together with some stockholders and investment bankers, visited Santa Maria properties April 15. With Superintendents R.L. JOHNSON and D.G. JOHNSON, they inspected the recently completed dehydration-desalting plant at the refinery, and the wildcat, Los
Flores No. 1, drilling nine miles south of town.
"Where were you on the night of January 16?" Bob HARSIN doesn't care, but he knows where he hopes to be home the night of June 6 - in the home he purchased at 632 E. El Camino, Santa Maria, after being dispossessed of his rented home
Kenny and Dorothy FORD made a flying trip to Kansas City April 9 because of a serious accident to Dottie's father. He is showing some improvement.
Edward HINSON, fireman, went on the refinery payroll April 9. A Navy vet and married, he already has applied for the company group insurance. He hails from Montgomery, Ala.
Looks like Earl WEBSTER, pumper (brother to Cecil on drilling crew) is here for good now. He recently went to Missouri to sell that farm
Amador RUBIO and wife now have a little place of their own
Mrs. R.L. JOHNSON had a three-weeks visit with old friends in Oklahoma
Cliff ALLEE, chemist, was out of his office when we were around to see him
Mrs. Harry ARNOLD is now wearing bangs. She suffered painful, but light burns about the face and head when gas, which had collected in the oven of the stove, exploded
Flores No.1 Drilling, nine miles south of town
Romeo CALIGARI is back on the payroll as a fireman. He and the wife and little son, 3, live near Casmalia
H.B. GREENWAY, janitor, recently returned to work after a siege of pneumonia
You can envy George FARNUM his new cream colored Dodge. Glimpses: Hoby HAMLIN, checking the payroll for Jane SIMS, who by the way is known as Mrs. Sunray in these parts now
Bob HARSIN showing a St. Paul, Minn., tourist through the refinery - he wanted to see the crude bubbling up out of the ground, go through the refinery and come out gasoline - just like (end of the sentence) G.M. FORD, Kennie's father, joined the refinery in February as a mechanic. The Elder FORDs live at 419 E. Church in Santa Maria and have a daughter, senior at high
Flores No.1 Drilling, nine miles South of town
The Valley is in full flower, lettuce is now being shipped, with other vegetables to follow, but the area is very short of moisture and the
farmers are gloomy.
Two Sunrayites Receive Degrees From Tulsa U. Two Sunrayites in the Tulsa office are included in the graduating class of the University of
Tulsa this spring. Don M. BONES, assistant to J.B. MCDANIEL of the Lease Records section, has been studying law since his return from
service with the Armed Forces. He received a certificate of law from the university's law school.
Wanda ELLIS, employed in the office of Secretary W.D. FORSTER while studying at the University, received her bachelor's degree.
Wanda received the award of Sigma Alpha Sigma, national honorary secretarial fraternity, for "outstanding student in the field of
secretarial administration," and was named one of those to be included in the 1947 "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities."
She was also active in Sigma Alpha Iota, national musical sorority, and in solo and ensemble work in university music groups.
Flores No.1 Drilling, nine miles south of town
Why We Have It Although the U.S. has only 12% of the world's land area geographically favorable for the occurrence of petroleum, we have discovered about 75% of all the oil found in the world to date. This is simply because any person in our country can win the rewards of finding oil - consequently there are more people looking for it in America than in nations whose totalitarian governments allow few if any rewards to individuals. Each year now about 4000 exploration wells are drilled in new territories where geologists think there may be a chance to find oil, at costs up to $500,000. One is drilling in Oklahoma at a cost of $1,000,000. An average of one out of twelve turns out to be a producer.
(Photo Caption) Ronald HAMILTON, son of Harold HAMILTON, treater, on a fishing trip with his father, caught these steelheads at Santa Ynez river, Lompac, Cal. Steelheads are probably unfamiliar to most Sunrayites, since they're generally found only in the West, from California to Alaska.
Flores No.1 drilling nine miles south of town
(Photo Caption) Maj. and Mrs. James H. HANCOCK, shown here in a German taxi which was formerly Herman
GOERING's personal auto, made Refinery Field Clerk and Mrs. George FARNUM proud grandparents with the birth of Eric Lance in Linz, Austria, where the HANCOCKS were stationed. Jim, Kay (the FARNUM's daughter) and little Eric Lance hope to spend their next leave at points in France, Switzerland, and Italy.
(Photo Caption) Vice-President and General Attorney Paul E. TALIAFERRO and his secretary, Thelma WALKER, go over some legal documents.
(Photo Caption) Vice-President and Gen. Attorney Edward HOWELL
(Photo Caption) Attorneys Norbert PROCTOR and Forney HUTCHINSON, Jr. , look up a point of law in a corner of Sunray's extensive legal library
(Photo Caption) Mary Nell KELLOGG is secretary to PROCTOR and HUTCHINSON. She and Thelma WALKER type many weighty-looking documents
North and West Oklahoma Division by J.O. BRENTLINGER
Editor's Note: The name of J.O. BRENTLINGER has appeared in the by-line of this column since its first appearance in Volume 1, Number 8, in the Sunray News of February, 1938. In his nine and a half years, he seldom missed a deadline. For the past several months he has been assisted in its writing by other members of the Oklahoma City division office. This column, his last, was received several days before his death. So with this column we say, "So long, Chappie."
Oklahoma City District
In and Out of Avey Office: Supt. Charley "Fire Chief" SHEPHERD and Farm Boss A.J. "Puny" WISE of the Perry-Guthrie District; Tommy CLOTE, geologist; R.H. GWINNER, chief engineer; Fred PHELPS, geologist, H.H. STOOPS, and Monte DAVENPORT, materials; Edward HUTCHINSON, geologist, all of Tulsa; Frank MOORE, pumper, West Cement Field; C.C. VINSON, pumper, South Moore Field. J.F. "Duke" DINGEE and G. Dudley STROTHERS, Jr., won their first and second rounds in the Oklahoma City Four Ball Tournament. We are counting on them to put Sunray on the Oklahoma City map
Mrs. Alvin SUMMERS and son Corky, visited in Ada recently. Also Supt. and Mrs. SUMMERS had as their visitor from California, their son, Winston SUMMERS, former Sunray employee
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. "Kingfish" KIDWELL spent the week-end at Apache visiting their grandson "Tomahawk" and brought back five black Cocker Spaniel pups. The KIDWELLS are now looking for a "babysitter."
Mr. and Mrs. J.F. "Duke" DINGEE are the proud parents of a baby son, born on March 22. He has been named J. Frank, Jr.
Our sympathy goes to the Doyle BATES family. Doyle passed away March 31. He was a former Sunray pumper on the Avey and Harn leases
H.B. "Ted" SALYER, welder is in the hospital with an ear infection, caused from a spark from an acetylene torch. He is reported as doing very nicely. Ted's mother was just recently released from the hospital and is recovering nicely.
New talent was discovered at the Avey yard a few days ago as A.K. "Blub" WEAVER proved to be an excellent "snake charmer" for a big 5-foot snake. Result: Ted SALYER had the only pair of breathing boots in existence. J.O. "Chappie" BRENTLINGER did his best to drive the snake away with a 10-foot pole.
New Sunrayites at Avey Office
(Photo) Miss Martha FISCHER, stenographer and production clerk, worked for Kerr-McGee Oil Industries before coming to Sunray. She is a native of Oklahoma and a resident of Norman. Dancing and records are her favorite pastime. For recreation she prefers bowling, tennis, swimming, softball.
(Photo) Miss Thelah KEEN, stenographer and production clerk, comes to Sunray from Toland and Reeves, Oklahoma City. A native of western Oklahoma, she is a graduate of Hill's Business University. She does lots of reading, and likes to fish and swim
(Photo) G. Dudley STROTHER, Jr., a junior engineer, holds a B.S. degree in geological engineering from Oklahoma University, which he received in January, 1947. He spent three years in the Navy, and returned to the university after his discharge last July. He is married and has no children. Kansas Division
Herbert C. WOOD, roustabout in the Sellens District, has been transferred to Ellis as a pumper on our leases northwest of Ellis
Rose KING, stenographer in the Great Bend office has moved to Kansas City, where her husband has been transferred as assistant
manager of J.C. Penney's large store. We wish them the best of luck. Mrs. KING has been replaced by Martha SCOTT, about whom we will have more information in the next issue.
March was a big month for Mr. and Mrs. Claude GRISHAM. Their son T/5 James F. GRISHAM arrived home from Korea March 21 after 14 months across, and their daughter Grace Lenora was married on March 17, her birthday, to Eldon LUNDY, manager of Kesselers Laundry at Hays
Mrs. Henry BYLER, wife of Pumper Henry BYLER, Zenith group, underwent a major operation on April 16 in Hutchinson.
A.J. "Bill" WARREN, head roustabout in the Russell District, has moved to the Polcyn camp and has sold his house to Art DEPIESSE, roustabout in Russell District. With the housing shortage as serious as it is in western Kansas, this made a good deal for both of them
Howard WIKLE, division office manager, purchased a package of razor blades from a Great Bend drug store and was quite chagrinned to find, when he started to use them, that the package was labeled "Dummy - For Display Only!" Nothing personal we hope!
Howard J. EDWIN, roustabout in the McPherson district, would not make a good candidate for the cavalry; seems that recently Howard's horse stopped and Howard kept on going; result: He is now eating standing up! The Great Bend office was the meeting place of all the supervisory employees of the Kansas Division the afternoon of April 28. This gave the men an opportunity to become better acquainted and should go far towards creating closer relationship and a better understanding of everyone's problems. We intend to have more in the future
Our sympathy to Fred MCDANIEL, division engineer, whose father passed away February 26, in San Diego, Calif. Fred, of course, attended the funeral at San Diego
The usual spring activity of putting out gardens is in full swing, as evidenced in the Great Bend office by Howard WIKLE, who complained of sore muscles, and Mrs. SABOURIN, who was trying to figure out why Mr. SABOURIN has to spend an unusual amount of time in the field at garden-digging time
The telephone strike has been unusually disagreeable in the Kansas Division, due to the fact that keeping in contact with the various districts necessitates much additional driving.
MADISON DISTRICT by N.J. GOOCH
The Sunray men and their families from here have been making lots of business for doctors and nurses lately.
Pumper G.E. MCGHEE had a very severe case of mumps and spent several days in the hospital.
Pumper M.D. MILLER was in the hospital about two weeks following a major operation.
Joe CARR's mother, who is 93 years old, fell several weeks ago and broke her hip. She is still in the hospital. Joe's daughter, Melba, had her tonsils removed and spent one day in the hospital.
Kenneth McGHEE, son of Mr. and Mrs. George MCGHEE, who is stationed in Korea, has been promoted to Technical Sergeant 5th Grade. He writes that Korea is not like the good old U.S.A. but the food is good and there's plenty of it
Dwight SHAFFER has been transferred from Wichita to Fort Worth, Texas. Dwight is with the Vultee Consolidated and he is the son of Pumper and Mrs. W.M. SHAFFER
Velma GOOCH, daughter of N.J. GOOCH, has a new business. Photography has been her hobby for some time and last winter she decided to make it more than a hobby. We helped her fix her Photo Shoppe in the basement of our home, and now it is her business and my hobby
Our sympathy to Roustabout and Mrs. Max KOENIG - his mother passed away several weeks ago.
Bird-Dog Gets The Bird
It should be embarrassing for a bird-dog to be constantly trailed by a bird, but Dan, the dog, doesn't mind - much. Dan is the pointer owned by Sup. and Mrs. W.D. "Bill" POE of Hays, Kan. Stubby, the pet pigeon, was rescued from the top of an oil derrick when he was too young to fly, and was raised with the bird dog. Since he was brought up by the POES, he has come to believe that he is responsible for the whereabouts of Dan, and never lets the dog out of his sight. Stubby acquired his name when Bill POE shut the garage door on the pigeon's foot, which necessitated amputation of two of his toes. The Damon and Pythias relationship is mutual up to a point; Dan objects strenuously to the pigeon's uncovering the bones Dan buries.
Photo by STEVENSON from Buda Oilfielder Bill POE, Hays District superintendent, and Fred MCDANIEL, Kansas Division engineer, behind this snow-bank at Sunray's Wilson "A" No. 1, wondered whether it would be worthwhile trying to complete a well during a Kansasblizzard. It was - the well had a draw-down potential of 11,000 barrels. The daylight drilling crew reached location by ex-Army Jeep.
JOHN L. FLETCHER (photo) John L. FLETCHER, pumper in the Hays District, passed away April 23 at his home in Eureka, Kan., at the age of 60 years. He had been employed in the production of oil most of his life. FLETCHER started with Darby-Lynde in 1909, and was transferred to the Darby Petroleum Corporation in 1933. He worked for Darby Petroleum until that company was merged into Sunray in June, 1944. He had not been on active duty for a year preceding his death. FLETCHER is survived by his wife and two sons, to whom his fellow employees in Sunray extend heartfelt sympathy.
J.R. ELLIS Is Named Products Line Manager (photo)
J.R. "Dick" ELLIS was named manager of Sunray's new products pipeline division, effective May 1, it was announced by F.L. MARTIN, vice-president. ELLIS comes to Sunray from Great Lakes Pipe Line Company, which he joined in 1934 as a gang laborer following his attendance at Oklahoma A. and M. College. During the next three years he was promoted successively to gauger at Minneapolis and district clerk at Chicago, and the next year went to Iowa City as terminal superintendent. In November, 1945, he was made chief inspector on construction of Great Lakes' Barnsdall-Kansas City pipeline. In April, 1946, he became district engineer and built lines from Kansas City to Omaha, from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Alexandria, Minn. from Marshall, Minn., to Watertown, S.D., and from Albert Lea, Minn., to Mankato, Minn. In January, 1947, he came to Oklahoma as engineer for Great Lakes on Sunray's line from Allen to Drumright, and Great Lakes' line from Drumright to West Tulsa. When these lines were completed, he joined Sunray, where one of his duties will be to oversee operation of the Allen-Drumright products pipeline. Mr. and Mrs. ELLIS (Jeanne) have two daughters, Barbara, 6, and Carol, 3. The ELLISES hope to find a home in Tulsa soon, where ELLIS will probably continue his hobbies of golf, fishing and photography.
Oily Birds - News Of The Tulsa Office
Subject of many conversations lately is spring gardening and those vases of flowers in various Sunray offices attest the fact that Paul MINSHALL, Materials, is an accomplished floriculturist
Congratulations to Murva (Secretary's Office) and Doug RENFROW, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary on April 12.
Bzz-bzz! It was Docia SAUNDERS' first fishing trip, and she went prepared for chiggers and sunburn, she thought. Docia, President
WRIGHT's secretary, was one of several guests of Lawrence and Mable HUMPHREY (Tax Department) on a fishing trip to Grand Lake one May week-end, and reports a "Grand" time. Despite her preparation, Docia caught a rosy sunburn and four fish - information on chiggers unobtainable.
Accounting C.B. HARWOOD went to Kansas City with Mr. and Mrs. Tom SHARP, Materials, the week-end of April 26, the SHARPs to see their new grandson and HARWOOD to visit his mother. This was Tom's first trip in his newly-acquired LaSalle
A number of Tulsa groups have been asking for the singing talent of Rose MARTIN, who has recently sung for the Business and Professional Women's tea, the Traffic Club, and the Mr. and Mrs. CLASS of First Presbyterian Church
Jane THOMAS was assistant hostess at a party for the Mother's Club of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, of which her daughter, Betty Jane, is a member. Jane also went to Stillwater, where Betty Jane is in college, on May 2, to attend a dinner party.
Chief Accountant Price GRAY is assistant cubmaster of the Cub Scouts at Eliot school, and was kept very busy arranging for food and entertainment for their big picnic at Mohawk park May 24. He did his best to talk Derry DEARDORFF, Tabulating, into donating his miniature train for the occasion
Art HARRISON is studying accounting and commercial law at Oklahoma School of Business. You can find him at his desk studying two or three nights a week
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. BENNETT, San Diego, Calif., announce the birth of a daughter, Barbara Jeane, at San Diego. Grandparents of the infant are Sunray Treasurer and Mrs. L. W. BENNETT, and Mr. and Mrs. S.E. MASON, San Diego. Congratulations!
The Floyd LADDS and the Bud TEMPLETONS joined the Dan KENNEDYS in celebrating Rooster Day at Broken Arrow on May 17. Theywent particularly for the square dancing.
Land and Geologicalz Imogene STOVALL spent Easter Sunday at her home in Enid. Her five sisters were also there, making the visit a gala occasion since all of the girls can seldom be at home at the same time
Our sympathy is extended to Mrs. Frank BOWSER, wife of Sunray's chief geologist. Mrs. BOWSER's father, L.R. FITZGERALD, passed away very suddenly in Fort Worth
Bouquets to Ruth ATTAWAY, Lease Records, who was elected treasurer of the Tulsa Business and Professional Women's Club recently
Girls in the Lease Records section gave Marie FANCHER a surprise luncheon at the Junior League Tearoom April 15, her last day with Sunray before she assumed her duties as a full-time housewife.
Production Seems to be a bit of a wager between Engineers Jim ADKISSON and Bob BASHE, which concerns losing weight. Bob contends Jim has gained some pounds since he began basking in the Oklahoma sunshine, and with a wry grin and a twinkle, Jim insists he is ahead on the financial standing. A point is scored for each pound lost
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. TEIS, who announce the birth of a daughter April 11 at Okmulgee city hospital. Kenneth was formerly chief engineer for Sunray
When Alvin SUMMERS, division superintendent from Oklahoma City, visited Tulsa office recently, his handsome cowboy boots were causing a flurry of oh's and ah's in secretarial circles.
Darrel BAKER, formerly in Engineering, who is now in Kobe, Japan, says in a recent communique that he will play in an Army golf tournament soon. Not long ago he did 85 in an 18-hole game, and 43 in a 9-hole game. Golf balls seem to be a scarce item in Kobe; Darrel sent a request to Tulsa for two or three dozen - some real good ones and some for practice. Could be, he expects to lose a few.
Refining Vice-President F.L. MARTIN was re-elected a director of Western Petroleum Refiners Association at its 35th convention at San Antonio. Other Sunray folk attending the convention included Office Manager Hoyt CARRUTH and Sales Manager W.C. MCCALLION
Myrtle HARRIS was guest of Imogene STOVALL, Land, at a sorority party, and came away with the guest prize. You can find Joe BARRINGTON, traffic manager, and Guy HOWELL most anytime after office hours very busily solving their housing problems. They're busy helping each other build themselves homes in east Tulsa, and vow that the next houses they build, they won't try to haul a whole ton of sand for foundations in one evening. Illustrated feature on Joe and Guy coming up in a future issue of Sunray News.
Tax Department Tom MATLOCK made a most unexpected and not altogether comfortable trip to St. Louis during the big freeze. He was returning by plane from Texas, and upon arrival at Tulsa the plane couldn't land at the municipal airport. They proceeded to St. Louis, where Tom spent most of the time from 11 p.m. until the next morning, standing around waiting for the take-off on their return to Tulsa.
Luther CLEVELAND gave his daughter, Mary Lou, in marriage April 3 at 8 p.m. in Tulsa's University Methodist Church. The bridegroom is James Palmer FULTON, Tulsa. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. STEWART
Tax Counsel Sidney WITT's daughter, Betty, who attends Ward-Belmont, Nashville, Tenn., spent ten instead of the usual three hours flying home for a short visit. The plan became lost in a storm while flying over Arkansas.
Executive Corporation Secretary W.D. FORSTER and Vice-President Paul TALIAFERRO attended the meeting of Sunray stockholders in Wilmington, Del., April 22
Chairman of the Board Foster B. PARRIOTT has recovered from a painful eye condition, and Sunrayites arehappy to see him again
Louise HEYLMUN has a new permanent - getting ready for that big Sunray party, we presume. W.A. TALIAFERRO, Denton, Texas, fatherof Vice-President Paul E. TALIAFERRO, was a visitor in the Tulsa office May 19
Charles F. URSCHEL, San Antonio, Thomas W. BOWERS, New York, and Edward HOWELL, Oklahoma City, attended the Sunray directors' meeting in Tulsa April 28.
Collapsible Baby Bottles
When V-P Paul TALIAFERRO reads the Wall Street Journal nowadays, it sometimes goes like this: Paul unfolds and spreads the paper as usual, but instead of reading the Sunray stock quotations first, you hear him say, "Collapsible baby bottles to be on the market soon." And he reads it right down to the last word then turns to the financial page. Reason: the arrival of little Bruce Owen TALIAFERRO in the TALIAFERRO household March 3.
CAN YOU BREAK 100? Tulsa Petroleum Golf Association opened its thirteenth season May 17 with 24 teams included. Sunray has a team entered for the first time, and will play the Blue Flight. If there are any good golfers in Sunray who can break 100, get in touch with one of the members. The following employees are signed up at present: W. Frank BOWSER, Gerald BROWN, L.F. CLEVELAND, T.A. CLOTE, S. Price GRAY, Art HARRISON, Charles A. HOLMGREN, Floyd LADD, W.C. MCCALLION, Fred G. PHELPS, John E. SCOTT and Harry STOOPS.
First California Test For Sunray, Los Flores No. 1 Looks Promising by Lee HOLLENBECK -
Names mentioned are Dale (Red) KEMP, Claude THOMPSON, Joea WESLOSKI, Cecil WEBSTER, Silvester ZANETTI, Jim STEWART, Supt. Speeda KIRCHHOF
50 Golden Years - Photo by Harrell PEGG Caption -- Mr. and Mrs. W.M. PEGG
open some of the scores of gifts received at Golden Wedding celebration,
before cutting the cake Scores of relatives and friends gathered at the Allen,
Okla., home of Sunray Employee W.M. PEGG and Mrs. PEGG when they celebrated
50 years of life together. PEGG, water pumper at Allen refinery, joined Sunray
in April, 1932.
One of the PEGGS' four sons, Harrell, is also employed at the Allen refinery as field clerk. Featured speaker at the party was Judge Orel
BUSBY of Ada, nephew of Mr. PEGG. Perry BLUE, the PEGGS' pastor at Allen, read a renewal of the original vows which were held at Marcella, Ark., uniting William Martin PEGG, 18, and Miss Nettie Jane CASE, 16. Both Mr. and Mrs. PEGG are members of pioneer families at Allen. PEGG had moved to Allen as a youth in 1890, and returned to Arkansas for his bride. It has been a long time since the Santa Maria production department reported a lost-time accident, so long Rod ALLEE wonders if maybe he shouldn't report those two blisters on his palm, raised by hard work. Admittedly a rare accident in any company!
GULF COAST DIVISION by Harry E. CROOKS, Division Editor VICTORIA DISTRICT Placedo Group
We were informed that JackPARKER's brother was seriously injured in the Texas City explosion. Jack has our best wishes for his brother's early recovery
Mrs. C.J.SHARP is in a San Antonio hospital recovering from a recent operation Pierce GARRISON and Bill DRAIN have reported poor fishing in the bay because of high winds and unfavorable tides Bill DAVIS is the proud possessor of a new Chevrolet
H.C. (Steve) STEPHENS has about finished his spring lease cleaning Jeff HEFFLEY has been doing some heavy calculations in tank capacity.
McFaddin Group C.B. (Buck) WRIGHT, farm boss, reported that the berry crop at McFaddin promises to be the best in years.
Fritz DROST told us of a barbecue which is being planned for the group in
early May ...
Charlie KRET, switcher on the Mitchell Lease, went fishing again at Aransas Pass; results: 5 reds, 6 trout, 4 sheepheads and 21 drums. It is seldom that Charlie fails. The Sunray Camp houses with their new coat of paint, in addition to spring in the air, really add to the appearance of the McFaddin leases. C.B. WRIGHT, our farm boss, is busy, getting everything in tip-top shape, and is given credit for having a lease to be proud of
Switcher and Mrs. WISDOM are looking forward to the homecoming of their son, Louis, who is stationed with the Army in Alaska
Dewberry season will soon be in full swing. Ask James A. PARRY, our former farm boss, how big our berries grow here. He will be missed here very much this year, because after trout fishing, dewberry cobbler was next in line
To whom it may concern: The wondering wives of McFaddin are beginning to wonder how their husbands can get by with hunting coon out of season. They are taking chances again - until their dog learns directions, they'll go alone.
(Photo caption) Charlie KRET, Sunray switcher, right, and his neighbors, Garner JACKSON and son, caught these 5 redfish, 6 trout, 4 sheepheads and 21 drum at Aransas Pass, Texas
Charlie BAKER, the district superintendent, has had his share of hard luck. He has just recovered from the effects of a broken leg and on the day that a grand chicken barbecue was being prepared, Charlie was called to another district on an emergency mission and missed the barbecue completely. Charlie's loss proved to be two other Sunrayites' gain:
Ask Pat PATTERSON and Harry CROOKS what a Nordheim barbecue is like. When Mmes. BAKER, MORRIS, VOLLMERING, LANGDON, and KLAEVEMANN start preparing food, miracles really happen.
Howard FISH, Premont District superintendent, was called to Standish, Mich., April 11, on account of the serious illness of Howard's father. We are glad to report that Mr. FISH is well on the way to recovery
Premont boys and their wives gave a barbecue March 21 and Blackie BASHAM promised to provide fish for a fish fry. Blackie is quite famous as a fisherman in Jim Wells County, and true to form, the fish were ready Monday and the fry took place Tuesday, March 25. We recommend Blackie's fish frys
The engagement of Miss Genaveva BARRERRA to John LEACH was announced a few days ago.
Bruni Group It is with regret that this group announces the loss of its farm boss, Bill GRAY. Bill was transferred to Pierce Junction Group and left innumerable friends who gave a farewell party at the Bruni Country Club for him. Attendance was from four counties and music was provided by the Freer Buckaroos. Most distinguished dancer, George WAY.
Paul LAWSON of the Trevino leases has been transferred to D.C.R.C. leases as pumper
Pleas WALKER, farm boss at Escobas, reported a splendid rain, the first in two years. He also reported the recovery of Pumper Chester MONTGOMERY from a bad case of pneumonia
Back in the saddle again is O.B. MONTGOMERY, who had the mumps or should we say the mumps had him
James MCMURRAY, McDowell lease switcher, stated that the rattlesnakes are well in hand now, and it is fairly safe going to his tank battery in the daytime.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Foy PEERY are the proud parents of a beautiful baby
Farm Boss Bob CASKEY is running a fishing flivver that bodes no good to the Rio Grande catfish.
The Gulf Coast Division had the pleasure of a visit from M.E. (Pat) PATTERSON during the first part of April
We heard C.E. (Carl) WILSON, division superintendent, say, "You don't realize how convenient a telephone is until you have to operate without one; but doing without one does help lifting cost figures."
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