Oil scout humor

07/17/2000
In a 1915 book, The Oil Scouts: Reminiscences of the Night Riders of the Hemlocks, author J.C. Tennent tells why the Oil Scouts group was founded and how it helped stabilize the oil industry in the 1870s and 1880s by keeping tabs on drilling and production. Click here to enlarge imageOne story had to do with P.C. Boyle, an oil scout known in the oil fraternity as a great practical joker. Everyone was always on the lookout for Boyle and especially watchful for ways to pay him back.A practical jokeOne day in spring 1884, oil was discovered near Marietta, Ohio. All the scouts were there except Boyle and a man named Tim Mullen. They were to come later. Boyle was wearing a fancy new suit, and...
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