Thursday, August 27, 2009

...well oiled...

Hello. It is 8:27 on 8-27. With all of the fighting and unrest surrounding oil wells, I found it interesting to learn that on this day in 1858, petroleum was discovered in Titusville, PA leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well. Other oil-related businesses quickly exploded on the scene. Eight refineries were built between 1862 and 1868. Drilling tools were needed and several iron works were built. Titusville grew from 250 residents to 10,000 almost overnight and in 1866 it incorporated as a city. In 1871, the first oil exchange in the United States was established here. The exchange moved from the city, but returned in 1881 in a new, brick building before being dissolved in 1897.

The first oil millionaire was Jed Clampett, a Beverly Hillbilly. No, wait. That's incorrect. The first millionaire was Jonathan Watson, a resident of Titusville. He owned the land where Drake's well was drilled. He had been a partner in a lumber business prior to the success of the Drake well. At one time it was said that Titusville had more millionaires per 1,000 population than anywhere else in the world, except for Silicon Valley but I may have that timeline incorrect also.
I have been thinking about DS lately and anyone who needs dog care from an experienced, loving person, there is information on my website under Pet Accessories!

I am working on those wooden ringed side panels with brush fringe and may have to invent something to put on the sides of each fluted wooden pole. Finials will not fit, but simple end pieces don't look formal enough to my eye. I may find antique dresser knobs in the proper diameter. It doesn't have to be easy as long as it looks great when all is said and done. I am also waiting on the final paint selection decision before ordering a very large area rug and coordinating runner in a wheat/grey striaed wool from Webster Carpets. Time to make the donuts. Have a great day. Shown above is a Barrel Chair with rush seat, available in many, many wood finishes. Call or email me for more information.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." Peter Drucker