Posted 6 years ago
I am posting this for fellow enthusiasts of Oklahoma Petroleum History.
This photo was taken of a gathering of ladies whose husbands worked for Carter Oil in Oklahoma. I do not know the occasion for the gathering. My Grandfather was an Engineer for the firm, and my witty and deeply gracious Grandmother appears in this photo. She is pictured at the outside of the bottom row - the smiling lady with the smooth, blunt-cut bobbed hair and long dark dress. Reverse of photo bears the following identification, written in her impeccable script: "Carter Ladies at Mrs. Wadi's, May 1925."
Although Houston, Texas is now regarded as the Oil Capital of the World, for much of the twentieth century the honor belonged to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Early in the twentieth century, great oil deposits were discovered in Oklahoma, among them those at Red Fork (1901) and Glenn Pool (1905). A number of small towns or camps sprang up around the sites. Carter Oil Company developed a community for its workers and administrators, and their families. It was a close-knit community.
Carter Oil Company was founded in 1893. It soon became a subsidiary of Standard Oil. Later, it would prove significant to the development of Exxon. In 1915, Carter moved its headquarters to Tulsa. Carter was an innovative and dynamic firm, and it played a formative role in the development of Oklahoma’s ‘oil patch’. In 1923, Tulsa oilmen organized the first International Petroleum Exposition and Congress (IPE).
An interesting website explores the history and remains of old ‘Carter Nine’ camp/community. The website states that Carter built the community to avoid the lawlessness rampant in some other oil boom towns. It provides a most interesting photographic tour of what remains of an old Oklahoma oil patch.
Follow two other interesting sites that discuss some of Oklahoma’s contributions to the Oil and Gas Industry.