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.

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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.


PS According to a 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.”