Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 32 of 94
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J. C. Stroud of Henderson declined to answer on the grounds his truthful
answer would incriminate him whether W. V. Stroud is his brother; about Stroud
Brothers Oil Company; whether he owned the Betty Coleman Lease on which Well
No. 1-B was kicked July 25, 1959 by Oil Capital Drilling Company after which
production doubled; whether he knew L. D. Murphy; whether he paid L. D. Murphy
$2000 cash during the drilling of the Betty Coleman Well and whether he filed false
reports on that well.
W. V. Stroud of Joinerville declined to answer on the grounds his truthful
answer could incriminate him about his interest in Stroud Brothers Oil Company;
whether he knew L. D. Murphy; his ownership of the Henson Well; whether he
discussed with L. D. Murphy the kicking of that well; and whether he filed false
surveys with the RRC.
H. J. Bissell of Longview declined to answer on the grounds his truthful
answer would incriminate him about questions relating to Key Production Company,
whether it was owned by himself, F. C. Deutsch and W. A. Hewell; whether he
operated the Key Production Company-Adkins Well; to identify his signature on
the RRC form dated February 16, 1962; whether he signed a false inclination
affidavit on the Adkins No. 2-A Well; that the Adkins 2-A Well was kicked 56 ,
a distance of 3000 feet; whether he knew L. D. Murphy and that Murphy prepared
two false surveys on this well; whether he paid L. D. Murphy anything to make
W. A. Hewell of Longview declined to answer on the grounds his truthful
answer could incriminate him whether Key Production Company which he, Bissell
and Deutsch owned kicked the Adkins 2-A Well and whether false reports were
filed by L. D. Murphy.
Leon Gibson of Kilgore declined to answer on the grounds his truthful answer
could incriminate him whether he was the owner of the Gibson Drilling Company;
whether Gibson Drilling Company drilled slanted wells for Crusader Oil Company,
W. 0. Davis, J. D. Laird, H. L. Long, C. S. Starr, Arthur Vaughn and others;
and whether he filed false reports in connection with those wells.
E. J. Major of New London declined to answer on the grounds his truthful
answer could incriminate him whether he operated the Ashby Lease when Well No.
1 was kicked in March, 1960, after which production rose from 300 to 1500 barrels
per month; whether his partner was O. M. Garvin; whether Gibson Drilling
Company kicked the Major whether they
Operated the L. A. Till Lease and caused it to be kicked with a resultant increase
in production from 150 to 1200 barrels per month.
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Texas Legislature. House of Representatives. General Investigating Committee. Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas, book, 1963; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5869/m1/32/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .