Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 40 of 94
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A. Well, I have knocked them in two with a hammer by simply
spreading them open and jerking down on them, cutting
them with a pair of pliers, or twist them a few times and
they will break them. They have got a -Q.
Well now, how do you restore them to their previous
A. You don't sir. You just put on a new one.
When he announced that he operated 73 leases he was asked by Counsel:
Q. Well, that is a remarkable success story. Can you tell us
how you went about acquiring some 300 producing wells
A. Well, sir, I would be scared to turn a loose of that trade
secret. I really would. I don't think I am smart.
Mr. Hale then inquired:
I can understand you not wanting to let the trade secret out here
publicly; do you think you might give it to us in a private session?
Jack Bean of Kilgore is county commissioner of Gregg County and has been
for the last 18 years. He knew that a subpoena was outstanding for Judge Earl
Sharp for the August 27, 28 and 29 hearings in Dallas, but testified that on
August 30 at the meeting of the Gregg County commissioners, Earl Sharp was
present and presided at the meeting. Gregg County Sheriff Noble Crawford was
also present at that meeting.
He admitted owning an interest with Earl Sharp in the T. P. Coal and Oil
Lease which he bought in 1958 from Sharp for $2,000, paying that for a 1/32
interest. His income has averaged $2,000 a year from it ever sinceo He never
got an assignment of an interest in the lease but only a letter from Sharp. Each
month he got a check, not from the pipe-line company but from Sharp or Charles
Lutes. When he learned the well was plugged with concrete he never discussed
it with Judge Sharp. He said that after Judge Sharp left the state on September 8,
they (the Committee) gave him permission on the 10th to leave on the 8th, pursuant
to a request by Sharp's law partner Otto Ritter. The permission was given
September 10 at a meeting of the commissioners court at which he presided.
Representative Hollowell asked:
Q. But you have given him permission to leave the state
for the purpose of avoiding service by this Committee
yours elf 7
A. I possibly would have.
Q. You possibly would have?
A. If he asked me tb.
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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/m1/40/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .