B. F. Sheffer oil field letters, 1913-1916
2012.032

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Sheffer, B. F. , (Benjamin Franklin), 1855-1923.
Title
B. F. Sheffer oil field letters
ID
2012.032
Date [inclusive]
1913-1916
Extent
0.1 Linear feet
Language
English
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

B. F. Sheffer oil field letters. Coll No. 2012.032. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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Scope and Contents note

A group of letters regarding the Kern County, California oil fields. They describe periods of employment, unemployment, morale and conditions of the workers, as well as Bakersfield, California's unsavory side.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives 07/06/2012

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa, OK, 74104-3123
918-631-2496
Marc-carlson@utulsa.edu

Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased from Mrs. Hudson's Fine Books and Paper, May 2012.

Processing Information note

Collection arranged and described by Milissa Burkart, May 2012.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mrs. Hudson's fine books and paper.

Subject(s)

  • Petroleum industry and trade -- History.

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Collection Inventory

 2012.032.1.1 Letter 1913 October 13   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 10p with envelope.


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Dear Son...Just got back from the west side a few days ago and felt kind of dispirited and out of sorts....I was shocked on learning how near I had been lead into a trap by Mr. Lamberton in his request for a change in the gas article of agreement permission to drill more gas wells....

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 2012.032.1.2 Letter 1913 November 10   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 9p without envelope.


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My Dear Sir and Son....Timers out here are pretty close but now lots of idle men in the oilfields. The signs look bad for this winter around here at least....I was out to the works this morning but failed to get on. There were a good many men turned away....

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 2012.032.1.3 Letter 1913 November 23   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from "Mamma" to Marion, 2p with envelope.


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Dear Marion: This beautiful afternoon will endeavor to answer your letter...Charley is the only one that got any rabbits this last week he got 4. Peter got one pheasant....

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 2012.032.1.4 Letter 1913 December 12   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 11p with envelope.


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My Dear Son...This is no country for an Easterner who is in any way broken in health. There is a cold damp fog comes in here that gets you throu and throu and when you get a good supply it stays with you until the hot sun boils it out....

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 2012.032.1.5 Letter 1914 January 10   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 11p without envelope.


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My Dear Son...The oil business here is slow yet have no idea when it may be better. The Standard is going to do considerable new work this spring and summer in the fields of [Calu] which will help to stimulate all kinds of business and give employment to lots of men that are idle just now....

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 2012.032.1.6 Letter 1914 January 28   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from "Mother" to Marion Sheffer, 1p with envelope.


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Dear Marion this evening will write you a few lines in ans [sic] to your letter I think the best thing to do in that matter would be to let it drop until papa comes home we wont starve I will sell one of my cows if I cant get along any other way....

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 2012.032.1.7 Letter 1914 May 22   1.0 Folders Handwritten letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 8p with envelope.


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My Dear Son....have a good place to board here. Quite a lot of men employed here but the muckstickers and the roughneckers don't work on Sunday unless a rush is on...yes I saw the eclipse it was an ideal night for one here but I did not watch it when it was at its total...Bakersfield is a dirty rotten place....

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 2012.032.1.8 Letter 1914 May 20   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 8p with envelope.


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My Dear Marion...I am still at the same place but don't know how long it will last. The Co. has been laying off men right along every week a bunch went today and in a few days more will go...The ranch men here have the first crop of alfalfa off and to market and are stacking thier wheat hay....

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 2012.032.1.9 Letter 1914 August 20   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 4p with envelope.


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My Dear Son...am farily well myself but not working now. Thw war has its evil effect here as well as in the east. Stagnation high, food prices and idle men and lots of them and an over production of oil also....

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 2012.032.1.10 Letter 1914 November 19   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, 4p without envelope.


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My Dear Son...for myself am not feeling very well just now have had the gripp for a week ..Now in regard to that lease I think just like you all do for my part--I would not want Mr. [Lanberton] to think that we are trying to squeeze him in the matter of rental on the gas wells...

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 2012.032.1.12 Letter 1914 December 20   1.0 Folders Handwritten letter from [Mother] to Marion Sheffer, incomplete, 1p without envelope.


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Dear Marion, this afternoon will write you a few lines am very sorry that Mr. L is so stubborn now that Papa is willing to give him a chance....

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 2012.032.1.12 Letter 1915 January 16   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer (Father) to Marion Sheffer, 6p with envelope.


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Dear Son...Times are prety [sic] dull here...It seems that so many labors [sic] flock to Bakersfield every winter where work is scarce and they mooch on the streets and hide out in the jungles and sometimes stick some one up if they think he has something on him and sometimes they get pinched and sometimes they get away....

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 2012.032.1.13 Letter 1915 February 9   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer to marion Sheffer, 8p with envelope.


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My Dear Son...Well I am feeling about as well as could be expected. I cought [sic] considerable and my chest still hurts a little from so much coughing. I coughed all the way out last eve from town. We have had from 60 to 70 hrs. of constant wind out here and the air has been full of sand and dust day and night....

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 2012.032.1.14 Letter 1915 March 14   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer ("Father") to Marion Sheffer, 3p with envelope.


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Dear Son...The winter here has been prety [sic] mild...as for snow I can se it any time I look towards the mountains but never see any in the valey [sic]...The saloon men and some of the merchants are doing a mashing bussiness [sic] it seems but there is nothing stirring in the [Hem] river oil field yet and the Standard have not started in on their spring work yet....

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 2012.032.1.15 Letter 1915 May 4   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer ("Father") to Marion Sheffer, 3p with envelope.


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Dear Son...everything seems to be picking up so slowly that it is hard to find anything to work at. The Associate Oil Co. is starting up again but there are a half dozen men about for every job...well the cruel war still goes on in Europe as well as at or near home. I hope neither one will last long and that some way may be found to put a stop to these cruel wars and a reign universal peace may be ushered in all over the world....

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 2012.032.1.16 Letter 1915 September 15   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer ("Papa") to Marion Sheffer, 12p with envelope.


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Dear Son...There are quite a lot of idle men in and around Bakersfield that have no work and some that don't want work--thugs, toughs and gamblers that are always looking for easy picking. The whole country is full of them....Well Marion I have given your letter considerable thought in regard to making a reduction in rental on those gas wells and it seems to me that before we make any rash promises to Mr. L. we should inquire what is his object....

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 2012.032.1.17 Letter 1915 December 16   1.0 Folders Handwritten letter from B.F. Sheffer to Marion Sheffer, written on Associated Oil Company Pumper's Daily Report form, 1p with envelope.


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Dear Son...Thot [sic] I would write on an Oiler report sheet so you could see what it looks like...I am on the evening [tour] from 11.30 noon to 11.30 midnights. The Co. have boiler chippers who chip the scale out of the dead boilers. They do one every fourth day for me then I put it on land take one off have five boilers keep four on all the time...

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 2012.032.1.18 Letter 1916 March 20   1.0 Folders Handwritten and signed letter from B.F. Sheffer ("Father") to Marion Sheffer, 8p with envelope.


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My Dear Son...Well Marion I am glad you took the position you did in the strike trouble and Peter also as you state in your letter Unions are all right if properly conducted otherwise I think they are not...

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 2012.032.1.19 Biographical data   1.0 Folders


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Gravesite and brief genealogical information retrieved from websites and provided by the bookseller for Benjamin Franklin Sheffer, Francis Marion Sheffer, and George Mansfield Sheffer.

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