East Montgomery County Historical Society

Number One

Some workers shown here were local residents and some were the migratory well hands which moved with the available work. George W. Strake's successful oil well, drilled in 1931, ushered in the oil boom in the area. Workers came from far and wide when word spread about the prospects for a new field. Land speculators purchased the land, employing unethical practices, bordering on illegal. The original farmers in the area and their sons became rough-necks and rig-builders. For those residents lucky enough to have owned their property and wise enough to have retained the mineral rights during the oil boom, profits became a life changing event. Don Granger stated that his father lectured his children "never part with your land or your mineral rights."