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This Week in Petroleum History, June 4 – 10

 

June 4, 1872 – Robert Chesebrough invents Petroleum Jelly

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Robert Chesebrough consumed a spoonful of Vaseline every day and lived to be 96. Photo courtesy Drake Well Museum.

A young chemist living in New York City, Robert Chesebrough, patented “a new and useful product from petroleum,” which he named “Vaseline.” His patent proclaimed the virtues of this purified ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

This Week in Petroleum History, May 28-June 3

 

May 28, 1923 – “Oil Well of the Century” taps Permian Basin in West Texas

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In 1958, the University of Texas moved the Santa Rita No. 1 well’s walking beam and other equipment to the Austin campus, where it stands today.

It took 646 days of difficult cable-tool drilling before a well near Big Lake, Texas, proved there was ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

This Week in Petroleum History, May 21 – 27

 

May 23, 1937 – Oil Tycoon John D. Rockefeller Dies

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Rockefeller at age 87. Photo courtesy of Cleveland State University.

Almost 70 years after founding the Standard Oil Company in Cleveland, Ohio, (where he attended high school from 1853 to 1855), John D. Rockefeller died at age 97 in Florida – 40 years after retiring from his company.

Born on July 8, 1839, in ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society