This Week in History…February 28, 2012
February 20, 1959 – First LNG Tanker arrives in England
The world’s first liquefied natural gas tanker, the Methane Pioneer,
arrives at Canvey Island, England. It took three weeks for the tanker to arrive
from Lake Charles, LA.
Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, a Texas artist, debuted his saxophone sculpture which
was created from two 48-inch steel oilfield pipes, at Houston’s newly built
Billy Blues Bar & Grill on Richmond Avenue.
A former Standard Oil Company chemist, Herman Frasch, applied to patent his process for eliminating sulfur
from “skunk-bearing oils.” The refining process consists of copper-oxide used to
“sweeten” the Lima oil. This odorless result increased it’s value.
February 22, 1898 – Painter will create Petroleum Industry Murals
Alexandre Hogue, a Memphis native, became well known for painting murals during the Great Depression of the
Texas Petroleum industry. His art is currently displayed at the Old Post Office
Museum & Art Center in Graham, Texas.
February 22, 1923 – First Carbon Black Factory in Texas
J.W. Hassel & Associates from Stephens County where granted the first Texas permit for a carbon black factory.
Carbon black increases the durability of rubber usede in tires.
February 23, 1942 – Imperial Japanese Sub shells California Refinery
Commander Nishino Kozo of the Japanese Imperial Navy’s submarine I-17 begins firing armor-piercing shells at
7:15 p.m. at the Bankline Oil Company refinery in Ellwood City, California
causing minimal damge.
February 25, 1897 – “Golden Rule” Jones elected in Ohio
Samuel “Golden Rule” Jones, an oilfield equipment supplier, was elected mayor of Toledo, Ohio. He earned his
nickname by posting his golden rule: “Every Man who is Willing to work, Has a
Right to Live. Divide the Day and Give Him a Chance.” Jones introduced better
wages, paid vacations and five-percent bonuses.
February 25, 1926 – Wyatt Earp’s Petroleum Investment pays off
Wyatt Earp’s oil investment Kern County, California, just north of Bakersfield, pays off by producing 150 barrels
February 26, 1960 – First “Deep” Offshore Lease Sale
The Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior offers 1.17 million acres for lease
offshore Louisiana and 437,000 acres offshore Texas. They received $285 million
in bids, which is more than double the amount of any previous sale. These leases
open oil and natural gas exploration to what is then considered
American Oil & Gas Historical Society, aoghs.org
Posted on February 28, 2012 at 9:40 am
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