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Thai Cumberland County, though small, has a great oil field is not generally known to the world. It is a fact, nevertheless, that within the borders of Union Township, the northeastern corner township of this county, there is an oil pool whose area is about four by four and one-half miles square and which territory has now 233 producing wells and more are being brought in every week and it would not be surprising should there be a total of 1,000 oil wells in this pool within the next year.

The apparent reason for this county's failure to be credited with oil seems lo be because the field is located not far from the eastern line of the county, only a few miles from Casey, which town is about one and one-half miles east of the Cumberland County line and a pipe line has been laid to Casey and the Union Township oil is pumped to near that place and thus Clark County and Casey are credited with the oil production. Casey, from its location near the Union and Westfield pools and upon the Vandalia Railroad, has reaped enormous benefits from the finds and has quite a boom, but the finding of oil in Union Township is that which made Casey the established center.

We do not envy our neighbor s good fortune, but only hope the next few months may place us in an oil field. Casey, before the oil boom, was a dead one, but she has a new life now. We do not seek to take any of the laurels from her brow, but are only insisting that the world know that Cumberland County has one of the greatest oil pools in the world. The Beaumont, Texas, oil field has only 225 acres while Union Township has over four square miles. Union Township farmers who are in the oil pool are getting rich quick, cashing their monthly checks for several hundred dollars and their prosperity is making people oil crazy.

In order that all may know the extent of the development of the field in this county, we secured from our Vevay Park  correspondent, who is very reliable person, statistics of the producing wells. The field is located just north of Vevay and the gentleman who sends the information has opportunities for knowing and his investigations are given below
(listed first are names and then number of wells):

Clark Cochonour - 19 Scott Emrich - 19 L. Dunn - 17 Taylor Emrich - 29
Hays - 6 Will Miller - 4 L Larue - 5 Otis Collins - 1.
Suffle - 2 Smoyer -4 Sam Black -1 Wyat Wood.- 2
Will Black - 2.
O. Owens - 3.
Wm. Chrysler - 9 Mr. Hayworth- 11
A. L Chrysler - 9 Mrs. Kite -3 Mrs. Sanford - 3 Charlie Queen - 9
H. Middleton - 12 Clark Lacey - 6 Amos Lacey - 2 Wm. Jacobs - 2
Goodman Bros. - 16 Frank Walker - 6 Chrysler Bros. - 5 Frank Lacey - 3
Amos Redman - 4 Hayworth Bros. - 18 Mrs. Underwood - 8 J. Gardner - 17
W M. Woodburo - 12 Mrs. Sidwell - 10 I. Strockbine - 2 Mrs. Miller - 1
Munsey -1 M. S. Stulz -21 Eli Hann - 1 H. Middleton - 9
Mrs. Rimmerman - 2 H. Howe - 3 S. Rooks - 3 Gosseit - 2
Mrs. Kilburn - 2 Long Point Chapel - 3 D. Chrysler - 4 Total number of wells - 233
As my time was limited, it was impossible to obtain anything accurate about the production. It is thought that a tank a week is a fair estimate.
Last month L Dunn received $1,500; Charley Queen, $435; Clark Lacey. $484; Eli Kaun. $85; he has only one well.
Taylor Emrich has the most productive farm. This list only includes wells that are completed.
There are a number more to come in this week.
From July 1906 newspaper clipping


Before I returned to Florida prior to our retirement in Arkansas. Mr. Cutright was very courteous in allowing me to "pick his brain" regarding Old Route 130 between Charleston and Greenup. Mr. Cutright traversed Old Route 130 many a time via horseback in order to visit his sister while they were attending Eastern Illinois State Teachers College (now Eastern Illinois University! The original Route 130, prior to being paved, went due south from Route 16 at Charleston, Illinois, and on due south past Wrightsville to a "T" road. Then, turn east to just north of present-day Route 130 where the old Route 130 curved, crossed the bridge, and came up over the hill to the Five-Mile House. You can still turn off today's Route 130 and travel a fraction of the old road. Watch though as it surely does have some "square" curves.
Note: Per the research of Ruth Tippett the Five-Mile House was at one time a stagecoach stop.
Old Route 130 again continued due south to the Hurricane
Church, then on due west to Diona and again due south from the center of Diona (Dogtown) past where Nancy and Tad Hutton currently reside.
Now, go back east to Bill Jones' place—1 reckon, about a quarter of a mile. Here you will pick up today's Route 130. Go south to the Union Center Road, then east to Jack Oak Church and again south for about one mile lo where Caleb Decker lived. From there go west to where Everett Decker lives now. (This is across today's 130 to the road that runs by Everett Decker.) Go due south to the Timothy Road, then east to Timothy, then south to the first road west, and then west past where Susie Callahan lives. Originally, Cliff Carr lived there plus—at one time—a sawmill was there. Continue on for about another one-quarter of a mile (total of about one-half mile) to Molasses Mill corner. (This is Sportsman's Club Road today.) Proceed south about one-quarter of a mile then section line jogs for about five rod toward the west and then south past the while house the west side of today's 130 until you are about half-way down the hill. This is where the Hard Scrabble Schoolhouse was.
The old bridge over Lost Creek is just west of the current bridge across Lost Creek.
Continue across the bottom land to where today you go up over the hill. The old road angled around the hill past where Bill Jobe lives now. (This is another part of the old road that you can still drive.) Continue due south to the Cutright Hatchery where the horse barn and trailer are now.
Start anglin' southwest to about where Marietta Street in Greenup is today. This is also near the present-day nursing home. Today's Route 130 was built between 1933 and 1936, using horses. Per Mr. Cutright, the hard work killed a lot of horses.
Submitted by Clenna Ruth Tippett Mullen after interviewing
A. B. Cutright on June 3, 1991

Greenup held an "Electric Light Jubilee" on November 16, 1899. It was hailed as a "howling success with a tin horn accompaniment!" Over 3,000 people gathered to witness the turning on of the lights.

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