Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Glennpool Oil Strike

Robert Jackson Glenn, son of Jackson Glenn and Elizabeth Branstetter, (1 Jan 1868 in Missouri- 10 Oct 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California) married Ida Estelle Berryhill (4 Jun 1880 in St Joseph, Andrew, Missouri- 18 Aug 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California). Ida Estelle Berryhill is the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Berryhill and Zena Ann Cooper. There seems to be some discrepancy about her birth date. She is listed as being 19 on the Dawes Enrollment card for 1890, her father is listed as Benjamin Franklin Berryhill and her Mother as Zena Berryhill. Her daughters Mabel and Grace are listed and Robert J Glenn is listed as a non citizen. Creek Nation, Broken Arrow, Mounds Post Office.  Robert Jackson Glenn and Ida Estelle Berryhill were married on 9 Aug 1894 in Payne County, Oklahoma. Witnesses were Joseph M. Branstetter & Mark Branstetter.

Dawes Enrollment Card

On November 22, 1905, wildcatters, Robert Galbreath and Frank Chesley (along with, by some accounts, Charles Colcord), drilling for oil on farmland owned by Robert Jackson and Ida E. Berryhill Glenn, created the first oil gusher in what would soon be known as the "Glenn Pool". The discovery set off a boom of growth for the area, bringing in hordes of people: lease buyers, producers, millionaires, laborers, tool suppliers, drunks, swindlers, and news people. Daily production soon exceeded 120,000 barrels (19,000 m3). The nearby city of Tulsa benefited from the production, and Glenpool calls itself the town that made Tulsa famous. From Wikipedia:  [4]  

The big strike at Glen Pool in 1905—at the time the world’s largest—caused oil prices to plummet world-wide and made the Oklahoma and Indian Territories the center of oil exploration and speculation.

By 1906, a settlement of Glenn, consisting of twelve families had grown up nearby. In that year, the Midland Valley Railroad extended a track from Jenks. By 1907, nearly 3,000 people had moved to the area, but only about 500 people actually lived in the town in 1910. Lots were platted and a post office opened on January 31, 1908. The new community was renamed Glenpool.  From Wikipedia:   [5]

Tulsa, 1907

The Morning Tulsa daily world. (Tulsa, Okla.), 26 Nov. 1922. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <

Glenn Family in Mounds, Oklahoma

 Robert Jackson Glenn and Ida Estelle Berryhill left Oklahoma sometime after 1910.  In 1920, they are living in Titusville, Florida.  1930, they are in Fremont, Santa Clara, California and from 1935 until after 1940, they are in Clovis, Fresno, California.

Ida Estelle Berryhill died on 18, Aug 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California.
Find a Grave Link

Robert Jackson Glenn died a few months later on 10 Oct 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California. Find a Grave link
They are both buried in Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, California

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