Vol MMXIII, No 276
October 3, 1930
Dad Joiner strikes oil near Henderson
Yodeling Cowboy, Gene Autry dies
LOS ANGELES CA
Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry died on this date in 1998. Autry, born in Tioga, Texas, is best known for his Yodeling, long running television show (where he introduced the "Cowboy Code", and his hit country songs, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Rudolf, the Red-nosed Reindeer". In his later life, he was owner of the Anaheim Angels baseball club.
Folk Singer Woody Guthrie dies in New York
NEW YORK CITY
On this date in 1967, Woody Guthrie died in Creedmore State Hospital in Queens, New York. Born in Oklahoma, he was raised in Pampa Texas during the dust bowl, where he wrote "So Long, It's been Good to Know You." His song "This Land is Your Land" is an American Classic.
Born This Date
Stevie Ray Vaughan Born in Dallas
On this date in 1954, Stevie Ray Vaughan was born in Dallas. He attended Kimball High School in Dallas. His music career and early death led to a cult following in Austin and throughout America. He had a top 20 hit with "Pride and Joy" and was nominated for a Grammy for "Rude Mood". He died in a helicopter crash returning from a concert in Wisconsin on Aug 27, 1990.
East Texas Oil Field
On this date in 1930, oilman Columbus Marion Joiner struck oil when the Daisy Bradford No. 3 blew near Henderson in East Texas. Other wells just miles away also began to strike oil. Soon, eveyone realized that they were all sitting on the largest oil field in the world.
Within two years over 100 wells per day were brought into production, many lined up side by side. Kilgore had 1,100 wells within the city limits, an on one 1.2 acre section near downtown, produced more than 2.5 million barrels of oil. In all, the East Texas Oil Field has produced over 5.2 billion barrels of oil, and still counting.
Joiner, being the father of the East Texas Oil Field, was given the nickname "Dad" Joiner. Ten years later, beset with financial problems, Dad Joiner was forced to sell his oil wells and royalties to H L Hunt, who later became a billionare. Joiner died in Dallas with a very modest net worth. Much of the JR Ewing/Cliff Barnes feud in the television series "Dallas" was based on the Hunt/Joiner rivalry of the 1930s.
Houston's Jones Hall for the Performing Arts opens
On this date in 1966, the $7 million, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts opens in Houston. The performance hall is a gift to the city from an effort led by Jesse H and Mary Gibbs Jones.