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Re: Oil field workers in Smackover, Arkansas, ca 1930
Posted by: Jeanne Clements (ID *****5445) Date: April 17, 2004 at 19:24:57
In Reply to: Oil field workers in Smackover, Arkansas, ca 1930 by Lori Kingston of 417

Lori,
I retired last year from the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (formerly the Arkansas Oil and Brine Museum). We did over 600 oral histories of people who lived and worked in the south Arkansas oil fields. No one by that name was mentioned in any of those oral histories. The oil boom happened between 1921 and 1928. A few people remained after that but most moved on to the next big oil field which was in east Texas. Since the boom happened between the 1920 and 1930 census, those thousands of people who worked there do not show up on any census records. Your chances of finding him would be like finding a needle in a haystack. Many of the men lived in tents or cothouses in the field, had no permanenent addresses and moved from oil well to oil well. Good luck on your search.
Jeanne Clements


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