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CYRUS: Deja vu all over again? and again, etc? Is this fifth boom?

Historian is doing some figuring. He figures that the current boost in activity in the Gradyville Oil Field, 2006, is the fifth in the history of the field.

New Oil Well Near Gradyville

Another oil well was brought in on the Baker lease by Woodson Diamond, geologist from Somerset, last Friday afternoon, which will produce 30 or more barrels of oil daily. It is very high grade oil and the lease joins the Ralph Kemp lease where a nice oil well was brought in some time ago.

There are at present four rigs drilling oil in the Gradyville section and another rig is to move in, making 5 drilling operations there.

This promises to be a very prolific oil field. The two oil wells are within a block of each other. They expect another oil strike soon on a well in Gradyville proper.

Quite a number of oil operators are coming in and several more drilling operations are planned in the immediate future.
The above appeared in the December 21, 1949 edition of the Adair County News.If my counter is working properly this morning, the current oil boom at Gradyville is the fifth one to occur. The earlier ones were in 1866; 1918-19; 1949-50; and 1970 or thereabouts.

I'm drawing a complete blank on when the "1970 or thereabouts" boom occurred!

Later, or earlier, or sometime,


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