|By Katheryn L Kerby|
How well do I remember Bull Wheels. My dad, Lora Stevens, worked those
wells on Sycamore for years. Dewey Kerby was the driller & my dad, a
May 17th, 1950, the well on Rush Run caught on fire after
they had just dressed a bit & had gone back to drilling when they struck
gas. It burned my dad severely.
I took him to the doctor every day for
about three months, getting the burns dressed. After that, he was not
able to climb a rig so he started doing other chores in the oil field.
He worked for Zeddick Connley, Ray & Bill Busch, Milton Shuck out of
N.Y. & maybe, others. After awhile, he had some heart problems. I
began going to work with him every day.
I would get my work done at home
& then at noon he would pick me up.
I would walk in the spokes of those
big engines to get them to turn over so we could start pumping oil.
Lucky the wheel didn't kick backwards or I might have ended up with a
broken leg. I'd blow the salt water out of the drips, gauge the oil on
top of the tanks, read meters & change the charts.
It was quite an
experience for me, but enjoyed being with my dad & being near him if he
had gotten sick.