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Finding Aid - Oil Discovery


10140 Pauline Olson
In this box, there are diaries written by Pauline Olson.  Pauline and her family farmed near Bottineau.  The diaries contain information about farming and threshing.  In the later volumes, Pauline writes about the discovery of oil and the placement of several drills near her land. 

Oil well near Tioga, ND. SHSND A3768

10534 Thomas W. and Frances V. Leach
In 1928, Thomas W. Leach first visited North Dakota.  At the time, he was chief geologist for Transcontinental Oil Company based out of Oklahoma.  Leach became convinced there was oil in North Dakota.  After that, he dedicated his whole life to oil in western North Dakota.  This collection contains maps, correspondence, surveys and other documents dealing with oil and other business interests of Leach. 

10691 Roy Johnson and Louis Pfaller
Folder 9 Box 65 of the Roy Johnson and Louis Pfaller Collection contains newspapers from right after the discovery of oil in North Dakota near Tioga.  The newspapers also include information about the opening of the oil refinery in Mandan, North Dakota.

11049 Hess Corporation Newspaper Clipping
In 1951, the Hess Corporation discovered oil near Tioga.  This collection contains articles from various newspapers in the state about the discovery of oil and the Hess Corporation during the 1950s.


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