by Don Chaney

Don Chaney is the former mayor and a long-time resident of Crane.

Article #37
Taken from the Crane News, published October 22, 1998.


     According to Bill Allman a company called Church & Weekley had some leases near Crane.  Soon after the Santa Rita well came in over close to Big Lake they decided to move in.  They bogged down in the sand slightly east of Crane with their cable tool rig.  The boss got out his map and decided that they owned the lease where they were.  He opted to drill right there instead of trying to go on.  Sure enough, they were right in the big middle of what was then and now the "McElroy Pool".  They brought in a gusher.  Possibly this was the reason for the founding of the city of Crane.  I have reason to believe that had they come on to where the city is now located now they would probably have turned up with a dry hole.  Why do I think this?  Slim Curfew, Bennie Curfew's husband, blocked up the city of Crane for the purpose of drilling an oil well.  A bunch of us invested in this project.  We got a "smell of oil" at about 3000 ft.  At that time perforating, acidizing and fracturing were not known.  The well was declared a dry hole.  It was drilled in the back of Percy Allen's house on Mary St.  It was on the corner across from the football field - probably 8th and Mary.

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