The Mexia Weekly Herald. (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 48, Ed. 1 Friday, November 26, 1920 Page: 1 of 8
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The Mexia Weekly Herald.
VOL. XXII. NO. 48.
MEXIA, TEXAS, FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 1920.
$1.50 Per Year, in Advance.
WELL F OWING
Humphrey Well Flows 20
Barrels Per Minute
The Humphreys well blew in just before
noon and flowed for 18 minutes, spurting oil
over the top of the derrick.
Col. Humphreys estimates the flow at 20
barrels per minute, and as this last exhibition
shows three times the force of any previous
flow, there is no doubt of a wonderfully big
producing oil well.
The well has been flowing at 24-hour inter-
vals, lasting about six minutes, and today's
blow-out has caused a near-panic of frenzied
All elements of doubt are fast disappearing,
and Mexia people must now begin to realize
what the yhave had thrust upon them in the
way of good fortune.
Col. Humphreys' Friday good omen is bear-
ing fruit. It is a fitting climax for Thanksgiv-
ing Day in Mexia.
Wiley Home Destroy-
ed By Fire Monday
The home of R. T. Wiley situ-
ated in the north-eastern part
of town, was destroyed by fire
about 11 o'clock Monday morn-
ing, the blaze originating from
a coal oil stove.
Mr. Wiley had just bought
the residence and occupied the
property as his home. The
building was insured for $800,
but the contents were not insur-
ed. We did not learn the extent
of Mr. Wiley's loss.
Mrs. Wiley had gone across
the street to use a telephone,
leaving an oil stove burning.
When she returned the interior
of the building was aflame and
nothing could be saved in the
way of house furnishings.
Sam Buchanan and Jesse Min-
kert of Bryan were here Wed-
nesday inhaling the oily atmos-
Roads to Oil Well Are
In a Bad Condition
Mrs. George Tidwell and little
son went down to Groesbeck
Wednesday to visit relatives.
The road leading to the Rog-
ers well west of town is in al-
most an impassable condition,
due to the construction work be-
ing done on the highway in that
direction, and the effects of the
recent heavy rains.
The one road going towards
the reunion grounds, and soon
to be known as the Groesbeck
road, will carry an unheard of
traffic as soon as oil develop-
ments will justify widespread
interest and the boom brings
the usual number of visitors
The road Sunday was lined
with automobiles carrying home
people and visitors to the new
well to see first hand what the
prospects look like.
The citizenship expects short-
ly to start some movement to-
wards improving the road im-
mediately to care for the heavy
traffic which is bound to result
from the discovery of oil west
With a Passenger
Ira B. Humphreys, president
of the Humphreys Petroleum
Co. of Denver, Colo., arrived in
Mexia at 5:30 o'clock Wednes-
day afternoon, flying in a red
Curtiss Oriole airplane, and ac-
compained by his personal friend
and passenger, Richard Lefrink,
also of Denver.
Arrangements had been mads
previously by a number of bu-
siness men to mark a landing
ground east of town and Mr.
Humphreys and Mr. Lefrink
were met at the landing field by
President T. E. McGee of the
Commercial Club and a number
of others who accompanied
them back to town in automo-
Mr. Humphreys will remain
here several days and as presi-
dent of his company, will assist
in the organization of the Hum-
phreys-Mexia Company. This
organization will include the
Mexia Oil & Gas Company in a
merger with the Humphreys in-
terests, and will be capitalized
When asked whether this or-
ganization would be effected im-
mediately Col. A. E. Humphreys
replied that they were waiting
until Friday as all his good for-
tune had fallen on that day and
he wished a continuance of this
observance. It will be remem-
bered that oil was struck in the
Mexia well on last Friday, Nov.
10th, and several of the biggest
strikes Mr. Humphreys has ex-
perienced, have occuri'ed on Fri-
Mr. Lefrink will remain the
guest of Ira Humphreys while
in the city, and may be asked to
pilot the latter's airplane on a
business mission to other points
if occasion requires. Both these
gentlemen are aviators, and Mr.
Lefrink served in France during
the late war, where he engaged
the enemy in some daring ex-
ploits. Of this, however, we
could learn no particulars, hav-
ing learned long ago that the
soldier never talks of himself.
Mr. Humphreys piloted the
airplane to Mexia and states
that he had quite a pleasant and
uneventful voyage from Den-
MORE AND MORE PEOPLE GO TO
Schvilz GSl Bennett
Drugs, Medicines, and Chemicals, Toilet Articles, Rubber
Goods, Stationery, Blank Books, and Sundries-*-
DIAMONDS, Watches and Jewelry, Cigars, Tobaccos and
Their business is constantly growing. Quick, intelligent
and dependable service, togeflier with a large, fresh stock
kept up to date, draws trade to—
Schulz & Bennett
Large Leases Bought
on Thanksgiving Day
There was probably more leas-.
ing and activities in the Mexia
territory Thursday than any day j
previous, and quite a large am-!
ount of acreage has changed
hands. 35 acres of the D. A.
Kerzee tract just east of the
Rogers survey changed hands
for $1,000 per acre.
Joe Sherrer has leased some-
thing over a hundred acres of
his farm one and a half miles
northwest of Mexia for $17,500.
This tract is located adjoining
the survey on which the first
gas wel iwas drilled in 1913.
There were a number of other
leases bought, but these were
the larger ones coming to our
If you are preparing for the thousands of visitors, no
doubt you will be wanting to fix up your extra rooms, to ac-
commodate as many as you can.
Our entire line of Blanket, Counterpanes, Sheets, Tow-
els, Table Linens, and Curtain Draperies, are now going at
greatly reduced prices. It will be to your interest to make
your needed purchases now.
Officials of the Mexia Com-1
mercial Club were in touch with:
the Waco Y. M. B. L. by tele-!
phone Friday morning and we:
learn that quite a bit of interest
exists in that city over the pro-1
position to install a motor car |
service between Waco and Me-;
xia over the H. & T. C. via Bre-
mond. The assistance and co-
operation of the Mexia Commer-
cial Club has been pledged the j
people of Waco in obtaining this1
service and the people here are I
only waiting for an opportunity
to demonstrate their interest in
No time like the present---
—to have your brakes re-lined §
DO IT NOW!
-ALL A ro>
L. Caplinger—Oliver Gilmore—Fred Johansen
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Gen. John A. Hulen, receiver
of the T. & B. V. Railroad, was
in the city Thursday night in-
specting the properties of his
/\m «r i p i company and went on north Fri-
Oil Number Sundav day morning. Gen. Hulen is an
j old military friend of this writ-
News Issues Extra
The Mexia Evening News is-
sued an extra about 2 o'clock,
Sunday morning giving full de-1
tails of the new oil well and j
news pertaining thereto. Sev-
eral hundred copies of this edi-
tion were sold on the streets and
to outside parties during the
Many bought the copies for
forwarding to friends and rela-
Our readers are asked to mail
all issues of their Evening News
to points elsewhere to their
friends and relatives in order to
help advertise the town and the
oil situation here. A one-cent
stamp will carry the paper any-
where in the United States.
Mail them to your friends.
TO MY FRIENDS: I will
again be back in town to do
your plumbing work. Will ap-
preciate anything. W. M.
er, and served as a captain in
Col. Hare's 33rd regiment in the
Philippines, and later served as
adjutant general of Texas for
several years. When the World
War hit Uncle Sam, Gen. Hulen
was commissioned as a brida-
dier general and commanded the
brigade in the 36th division in
which our home company serv-
ed. He was an efficient officer in
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in. While in the city he paid
this office an appreciated visit.
Service plus Beauty
W. R. Jones of Marlin has en-
tered into a partnership with O.
L. Lusk in the formation of a
real estate firm to be known as
the Mexia Realty Company,!
with offices at the Cozy Cafe.
They plan to handle realty prop-
erty of every description and
also conduct an oil and gas land
exchange. They are now en-
gaged in listing some valuable
property in this territory.
When you buy tiros you want the
most mileage you can get for the mo-
ney, of course.
That's why we sell Goodyears!
They have won the preference of au-
tomobile manufacturers, racers and
the public by the unusual mileage
built into them.
Moreover there is great satisfaction
in the good appearance of Goodyear
All-Weather Treads. They improve
the looks of any car.
We now have a complete
Goodyear Clincher Casings
types—for Fords, Maxwells,
lets, etc. Also a full line
sizes—tubes and tire savers.
MEXIA BATTERY & TIRE CO.
The Battery Doctors
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The Mexia Weekly Herald. (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 48, Ed. 1 Friday, November 26, 1920, newspaper, November 26, 1920; Mexia, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth292390/m1/1/: accessed February 24, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gibbs Memorial Library.