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Have you ever searched and searched for news on your ancestor, and you are sure that you have found everything??

The brother of my husband’s grandfather lived in northwest Ohio, outside of Toledo. Family story, backed up by the family Bible, showed that he had died while young – about 25 years of age. Questions were asked about him to family members that may know, and nothing was known about him. He was found on census records residing in Ottawa County, Ohio – just like everyone said he was.

Then, a tremendous find was made. My husband’s grandfather kept diaries of his time when he was drilling oil wells. And, he traveled through the western states.

Another look at the census record for uncle showed that he was also an oil driller. More searching was done, extending to other states. And, a newspaper article was found in the Warren Weekly News (Huntington, Indiana) for 26 December 1901. Here is a transcription of the article:

“Death of Ernest Bringe.
The startling and sad news was received at Warren yesterday morning that Ernest Bringe had died in a hospital at Grand Crossing, Colorado, of typhoid fever. Mr. Bringe and Frank Ray went to the Wyoming oil field last September, and were engaged there drilling oil wells. The message stated that Bringe’s remains would be shipped to his home near Toledo.
The deceased was well known in Warren having been employed in the oil field the past three or four years. He was a model of physical strength and young manhood, quiet, peaceable, and well liked by all who knew him.”
(hmatlock@airmail.net. “Ernest Bringe.” Ancestry.com, discussion list, 19 July 2005, http://www.ancestry.com : 2014.)

What a discovery! We had originally thought that Ernest had lived his entire life in Ottawa County, Ohio, and was an oil driller there. No one in the family knew that he had traveled, like his brother Albert, to the western states. And, his is death was recorded in a newspaper in Indiana. Who would have known!

This is it for now.

Maggie

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

Recently found are some diaries that belonged to Albert Henry Bringe. As discovered in the diaries, he worked in various states, and in Canada, in the early 1900’s, as a person who dug oil wells. The diaries are shedding some light as to his travels and the process of digging an oil well!

Here are some scans from a 1914 diary. Albert explains in detail what he is doing – does anyone know more about the process of which he is writing? The scans I am including are of Albert’s work in April 1914 – also some “Memorandum” pages from the same time.

 

1914 inside 6 1914 inside 22 1914 inside 5
Here is what I gleaned from the pages:

Sun 29   Working for Ead Graham
Mon 30 Drilling
Tues 31 Drilling Wet hole
Wed 1    April Drilling in Dry hole
Thur 2   Drilling in dry hole struck Gas at 814 ft
Fri 3      Drilling salt sand and water
Sat 4       ” “

Mon 6  Drilling Kioze? Got cup sand at 974 1/2 ft
Paid $42.00 7 days

Wed 8  Went to Coffieville Kans.
Thur 9 Went to Warn Okla.
Working for Ead Graham
Ead Grahm
Brake Box on Stem in 10 inch hole
Fri 10   Sand Stem to Shaf got new Box on. Stem.
Sat 11    Drilling Shale
Sun 12  Easter Day Drilling Shale
Mon 13 Gov’t Beg 30 ft of lime? At 800 and cut of bit.
Tues 14 Goot Big lime at 930 ft Lime
Wed 15 Got Lime at 980.
Drilling Hard Bits don’t stand
Thur 16  Bad Hole filling up hole
Fri 17        ” “
Sat 18       ” “
Sun 19  Filling up hole and drilling it out
Mon 20     ” “
Tues 21  Got hole strat went bad filled up and
drilled out
Wed 22 Got Hole strat on got to botom.
gone good.
Thur 23 Gone slow in lime
Fri 24     Put in Cassing
bale out hole
Sat 25    Drilling in dry hole. Got bad hole.
Paid $96

This is it for now. More in Bringe-25.

Maggie

It is so good when you are in the library, you find a book that may have information about your ancestors, and there is an index. Yeah! This book will be so much easier and less time-consuming to search!

Make sure that you check the index guidelines, though. The index may not contain every name that was mentioned in the book!

Recently, I was searching through past issues of a genealogy journal. The journal had an index for most of the years of publication. At the beginning of each yearly index, it was stated what was exactly covered in the index – not everything was covered for every year.

So, make sure to check the guidelines – you may still need to check thoroughly through the book without the use of an index.

This is it for now.

Maggie

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

Recently found are some diaries that belonged to Albert Henry Bringe. As discovered in the diaries, he worked in various states, and in Canada, in the early 1900’s, as a person who dug oil wells. The diaries are shedding some light as to his travels and the process of digging an oil well!

Here are a few more scans from the 1905 diary.

unknown date 2 inside 7

unknown date 2 inside 8

unknown date 2 inside 13

23 unknown date 2 inside 15

23 unknown date 2 inside 16

23 unknown date 2 inside 17

23 unknown date 2 inside 18

23 unknown date 2 inside 21

What is now known:
1.Mr. F. C. Bringe was living in Martin, Ohio (Ottawa County)

As usual, as more information is being found, more questions are raised as well!
1.Who was Mr. Dan Lewis in Enid, Oklahoma? Who was Geo. Serles?
2.Who was Dave Nextun in Toledo, Ohio? Did Albert work for him? Was Dave any relation to Mr. J. F. Nextun in Wichita, Kansas?
3.Who was C. C. Connery in Inola, I. T.?
4.What are the mixtures for which there are formulas given?
5.Did Albert work for a R. F. Bashaw in Mt. Carroll, Illinois?
6.What was the relationship between Albert Bringe and Mr. M. S. Danklefsen?
7.Who was Hattie Dornbusch in Port Clinton, Ohio?

This is it for now. More in Bringe-24.

Maggie

PS I am thinking that F. C. Bringe was Frederich C. Bringe, brother of Albert Bringe.

 

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

Recently found are some diaries that belonged to Albert Henry Bringe. As discovered in the diaries, he worked in various states, and in Canada, in the early 1900’s, as a person who dug oil wells. The diaries are shedding some light as to his travels and the process of digging an oil well!

Here are a few scans from the 1905 diary.

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What is now known:
1. J. F. Bringe was living in Toledo, Ohio – phone was No. 2002
2. J. F. Bringe lived at 719 Adams Street, Toledo, Ohio
3. Mattie Sturm was living in Caldwell, Kansas
4. Albert was in Martin, Ohio, 10 February 1905. On this date, he left Martin, probably for Cleveland,
Oklahoma. He left Cleveland on 4 April 1905. He left Martin, Ohio, again on 31 April 1905
5. In September and October 1905, Albert was working for Mr. Conne??
6. In October and November 1905, Albert was working for Dr. McKenze
7. Albert traveled from Cleveland to St. Louis, and then from St. Louis to Cleveland and to Oklahoma
8. At some time, Albert probably traveled from Kansas City, V. D. to St. Louis, Missouri

As usual, as more information is being found, more questions are raised as well!
1. Who was J. F. Bringe?
2. Who were the people who Albert worked for in September through November 1905? Where was this?
3. Did Albert work for a Mr. E. A. Moore in Bannister, Michigan?
4. Who and where was Mrs. Lou Cummings in Nashville, I. T.?
5. Who was Mr. Sanh C. Danklefoan in Latty, Ohio (Paulding County, R. F. D. No. 3)?
6. What does “Kansas City, V. D.” mean?

This is it for now. More in Bringe-23.

Maggie

PS I am thinking that I. T. means Indiana Territory. Any other ideas?

Also, the half-brother of Albert, John T. Bringe, lived at 726 Collinwood Ave., Toledo, Ohio, in 1900 and 1910. At this time, I am not aware of another J. Bringe that lived in Toledo, Ohio, in about 1905.

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

Recently found are some diaries that belonged to Albert Henry Bringe. As discovered in the diaries, he worked in various states, and in Canada, in the early 1900’s, as a person who dug oil wells. The diaries are shedding some light as to his travels and the process of digging an oil well!
Here are a few scans from the 1904 diary.

1904 inside 21904 inside 121904 inside 211904 inside 22

What is now known:
1. Albert H. Bringe lived in Williston, Ottawa Co., Ohio, for a least some of the time during the period of the diary
2. Albert was 6 feet tall and weighed 197 pounds – other particulars are found as well
3. On 17 July 1904, Albert was “dressing tools Well No. 2. on Bringe Farm, Bringe Bros.”
4. In February 1905, Albert had “Dressed Tools for W. Elliott”
5. Also in February 1905, Albert paid for “Bord Goe Truman” – paid for board with Joe Truman?
6. In June 1905, Albert worked for Garber Oil and Gas Co.

As usual, as more information is being found, more questions are raised as well!
1. Did the Bringe Brothers have their own oil company?
2. Who was W. Elliott?
3. Who was Goe[Joe] Truman, and in what location was Albert boarding?
4. What was the Garber Oil and Gas Company? Where was it located?

This is it for now. More in Bringe-22.

Maggie

PS According to a wikipedia.org article for Garber, Oklahoma, “Agriculture, oil, and cattle are Garber’s primary industries. Petroleum drilling began as early as 1904-5. The Garber Oil and Gas Company (partly owned by Burton A. Garber) installed Garber’s first gas well in 1905. The Garber Field was opened in 1916 when the Hoy well came in at two hundred barrels per day.”

Bringe – 20

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

Recently found are some diaries that belonged to Albert Henry Bringe. As discovered in the diaries, he worked in various states, and in Canada, in the early 1900’s, as a person who dug oil wells. The diaries are shedding some light as to his travels and the process of digging an oil well!

In the next few posts, I will share some of the entries found in the diaries. If there is someone who is reading these posts that knows more about the process of digging oil wells, my hope is that you will reply and shed some more light on the process. The process that I will be outlining is that obtained from reading the diary entries. There are times that the spelling is such that it is difficult to know what was actually meant. So, please feel free to explain further!

This is it for now. More in Bringe-21.

Maggie