(Texas Oil – Eastern Texas) “F.G. Ellis Block” and “Jack Schultz

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(Texas Oil – Eastern Texas) “F.G. Ellis Block” and “Jack Schultz


  • ~Catalog 54~
  • (Texas Oil – Eastern Texas) “F.G. Ellis Block” and “Jack Schultz Block”

    The country was in ruin, and in the late 1920's and 30's the great depression was crushing the life out of areas like East Texas. What little business that still survived was on the ropes, and it was looking bleak. Then an old geologist by the name of Marion “Dad” Joiner began to think maybe drilling for oil might be possible. So “Dad” Joiner set up and began drilling in 1927, hit nothing and quit. He tried again in 1928, going deeper, hit nothing and abandoned it. Then in 1930 he took out a $5,000 loan, and decided to go deeper, and this time it worked. He hit oil, and in turn began a boom for East Texas and a turn around for the local economy.

    In the early 1930's the East Texas fields grew, and this set of maps are from promotional material for neighboring endeavors in the region. One for the “Jack Schultz Block” just next to “Dad Joiner Block” and the second map for the “F.G. Ellis Block”.

    Condition is good with some soiling and browning to the paper. each image 8.5 x 8.25, some printed color