The Caddo Herald
December 26, 1913
Rich Oil Strike for Caddo Men
Word came to Caddo Friday night that the 1911 Oil Company had brought in an oil gusher on their lease near Ardmore that the oil was overflowing everything in the vicinity, that the casing was blow out and that is hard to estimate the flow, though it is thought to be from 1,000 to 1,500 barrels per day.
The company is composed of Caddo and Durant people: G. L. Williams and W. F. Dodd being the Caddo members and Lawrence Lee, J. B. Smith, Berry Norman, Mitch Roberts Dr. Rushing, Mrs. Fannie K. Schenck, W. A. Cole, and Mr. Highnote being the Durant members.
The Herald desires to congratulate these people on their rich strike and hope it is as rich as (their) fondest desires. Mr. Dodd has always been one of Caddo’s most progressive citizens, while Mr. Williams had conducted the hotel that has made Caddo famous.
January 9, 1914
W.F. Dodd had word from Ardmore Monday that the well of the 1911 Oil Co. of which he is a stockholder, was under control and that as soon as storage tanks could be placed it would be allowed to flow. The strike is very rich and the owners are jubilant at their find. The company will drill other wells at once, being sure now of securing flowing wells.
Durant Weekly News
May 10, 1916
Five Years in Oil Business
1911 Oil Company Organized Here Five Years Ago
With a Capital of $10,000 Now Holds Property Worth $100,000
Five years ago last Monday a bunch of men sat in the Corner Drug Store here talking about oil production and discussing among themselves the possibilities of easy money from this sort of speculation. The germ thus stated quickly grew and spread out and within a few weeks there was formed the 1911 Oil Company with a capital stock of $10,000, divided into 400 shares of $25 each.
Within a very short time the stock was all taken up by eleven people, being equally divided among Drs. J. B. Smith and G. M. Rushing, Messrs. W. R. Collins, M. L. Roberts, L. F. Lee, Berry Norman, R. E. Highnote, A. W. Cole, and Mrs. Schenk of Durant and Messrs. W. F. Dodd and G. L. Williams of Caddo.
The new company secured leases in the Sapulpa field and spent some of their capital stock in this way, but their investments there turned out worse than they had expected, and they were all but disheartened. About that time the Healdton oil field began to become famous and the officials of the company quickly got into the game and secured leases on all sides of a couple of locations for wells, thus insuring themselves good property no matter which way the field proved to lay. They hit it right and one well after another was sunk until now the 1911 Company boasts of twenty producing oil wells and the property is estimated by disinterested oil men to be worth at least $400,000 making stock in the company worth forty to one.
With slight exception the personnel is just as it stated five years ago. W. R. Collins has sold some of his holdings, still retaining a substantial interest.
The annual election held here on Monday resulted in the following selections: L. F. Lee, president; G. L. Williams, vice president; Dr. J. B. Smith, secretary-treasurer; directors: L. F. Lee, Ben H. Dwight, G. L. Williams, J. B. Smith.
The Daily Ardmoreite
December 19, 1920
From a full page of biographies and articles about the oil business:
…In 1916 he and his associates purchased the 1911 Oil Company and Mr. Drew also became the executive head of that company…sold in 1919.