Oil Field Engine News

The West Virginia Oil and Gas Museum

| February 2007

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    'Top: The Star drilling and service rig used in the Burning Springs oil field, circa 1924. '
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    Above: John Burns (left) and Lee Howell with a 20 HP South Penn engine-compressor at the museum.
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My recent travels have yielded an abundance of information that I look forward to being able to share with our readers. I hope to be able to cover some history of the life of Samuel Milton Jones, founder of the S.M. Jones company, which built the ACME and Rathburn gas engines, and also the ACME sucker rod and Jones and Hammond pump jacks, along with a line of other oil field-related tools and supplies.

I also hope to be able to offer some history into the "JC" Gas engines built by the Titusville Iron Co.

Lastly, I have been thinking of doing a compendium of information in either book or CD form of all the information that we have available for the Joseph Reid Gas Engine Co.

There is still much work to be done though compiling all the photocopies and other papers of information, which so many have been so kind to share with me. If by chance you feel you may have further information to share, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am finding that much of this information is up to us as collectors and oil field engine enthusiasts to preserve for the future and save from the ravages of time. Oftentimes the old papers sitting in the file drawer may be the only one of their kind left.

On that note, of preserving the oil field history, I recently had the opportunity to travel with a group to the West Virginia Oil & Gas Museum in Parkersburg, W.Va. Stored there is an impressive collection of oil field memorabilia with an interest to West Virginia's part in the development of the world's first oil fields. The museum has an impressive library that I regret is not closer to me because I could spend hours there researching it. Also to be seen there are old photographs of the West Virginia oil fields, several engines and parts and pieces, and an extensive collection of yellow dogs with names on them I had not seen before. There are many other artifacts too numerous to list that relate to oil field engines and equipment.

The following is from the West Virginia Oil & Gas Museum website: www.little-mountain.com/oilandgasmuseum:


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