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November 29, 2001
Jerry Person Many of our early citizens were in some way or other connected with Huntington Beach's rich oil history. Some worked with their hands and others with their minds. These men and women worked for Chevron, Associated and others were independent oil operators. Their jobs ranged from being the president of the company to being an well roustabout. This week we will be looking at the life of a pioneering civic and oil leader, William Alison Greer.
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By JERRY PERSON | November 16, 2006
Most people have no idea that Huntington Beach was at one time the third-largest oil field in California, with a forest of wooden and steel oil derricks as far as the eye could see. With so many wells, it was not uncommon for a mishap to occur. Being a worker in our oil fields in those early days was an occupation not for the weak of heart. Many men have underestimated the destructive power that is unleashed when a drill strikes gas and oil in the bowels of the Earth. This week, we will go back to a time in Huntington Beach's oil history when accidents were a frequent danger to both the men who worked in our oil fields and to the residents living near those oil fields.
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By Chris Epting | March 9, 2010
“I miss the oil wells today. I haven’t been to Huntington Beach in over a month. I want to visit my parents, but there’s so little time left of summer and so much to do. So here’s a picture for me.” So reads the caption next to a classic shot of a Huntington Beach oil well at hboilwells.blogspot.com/ , a website created by artist Terri Hughes-Oelrich. You’ll find all sorts of odes to oil on the site, along with images of art Terri has created — art that was inspired by the oil wells that, once ubiquitous here in town, for many are a faded memory.
NEWS
May 8, 2003
A LOOK BACK Before we begin with this week's column I would like to advise you of the passing of long time resident, Merritt Nevins, 99. Merritt and his late wife Mona were a familiar sight at local civic events in the 1940s and 1950s including our city's country fairs, which I wrote about recently. Merritt was a friend and was the first AAA representative in Huntington Beach in the mid-1940s, he told me one time several years ago. In the 1970s and 1980s it was not uncommon to see Merritt each morning walking along Main Street with his friend Dr. Bernard Mason as they headed toward Mason's office on 3rd Street and Walnut Avenue.
NEWS
August 11, 2005
JERRY PERSON It was in 1920 that our oil boom began and in a very short time, men poured into town looking to get rich quick from the black gold. Along with these rough-looking oil workers came the con artists, hotel girls and crime. Our reputation as a quiet beach community began to slip as more and more people arrived. Prohibition violations were, to put it mildly, not strictly enforced by the police. On April 1, 1921, our town's board of trustees -- or city council -- appointed Jack Tinsley as our City Marshal for a second term.
NEWS
By: Michael Miller | September 13, 2005
John Nicoll, the former Newport-Mesa Unified School District superintendent whose 22-year career encompassed both triumph and controversy, died of heart failure Saturday at his home in Newport Beach. He was 83. The longest-serving Newport-Mesa superintendent, Nicoll entered a district in 1971 that had 1% minority enrollment and limited technology and led it as it grew more diverse and sophisticated. But his career ended on a troubling note in 1993, when he resigned amid an embezzlement scandal that shocked the community.
NEWS
February 6, 2003
A LOOK BACK When a disaster strikes, such as a flood, earthquake or broken oil or water lines, the men of public works are called upon to repair -- no matter if it happened on a warm summer day or a cold rainy night. This week, we are going way back to when this department of the city was simply known as the Street Department. In this early time, the foreman of this highly important job was Perry L. Huddle. We will see how this man received this important position with our city.
NEWS
July 25, 2002
A LOOK BACK Our longtime resident Orville Hanson stopped by to let me know that the Huntington Beach Bullet had passed away. If you were around here in the late 1930s you would instantly know who Orville was speaking about. That was only one of the many nicknames that was given to Huntington Beach High's Eddie Morris by his fellow classmates and the national media. Edward E. "Eddie" Morris was born in St. Louis, Missouri on Aug. 9, 1922.
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By Chris Epting | March 10, 2010
“I miss the oil wells today. I haven’t been to Huntington Beach in over a month. I want to visit my parents, but there’s so little time left of summer and so much to do. So here’s a picture for me.” So reads the caption next to a classic shot of a Huntington Beach oil well at hboilwells.blogspot.com , created by artist Terri Hughes-Oelrich. You’ll find all sorts of odes to oil on the site, along with images of art Hughes-Oelrich has created — art that was inspired by the oil wells that, once ubiquitous here in town, for many are a faded memory.
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By JERRY PERSON | November 16, 2006
Most people have no idea that Huntington Beach was at one time the third-largest oil field in California, with a forest of wooden and steel oil derricks as far as the eye could see. With so many wells, it was not uncommon for a mishap to occur. Being a worker in our oil fields in those early days was an occupation not for the weak of heart. Many men have underestimated the destructive power that is unleashed when a drill strikes gas and oil in the bowels of the Earth. This week, we will go back to a time in Huntington Beach's oil history when accidents were a frequent danger to both the men who worked in our oil fields and to the residents living near those oil fields.
NEWS
By: Michael Miller | September 13, 2005
John Nicoll, the former Newport-Mesa Unified School District superintendent whose 22-year career encompassed both triumph and controversy, died of heart failure Saturday at his home in Newport Beach. He was 83. The longest-serving Newport-Mesa superintendent, Nicoll entered a district in 1971 that had 1% minority enrollment and limited technology and led it as it grew more diverse and sophisticated. But his career ended on a troubling note in 1993, when he resigned amid an embezzlement scandal that shocked the community.
NEWS
August 11, 2005
JERRY PERSON It was in 1920 that our oil boom began and in a very short time, men poured into town looking to get rich quick from the black gold. Along with these rough-looking oil workers came the con artists, hotel girls and crime. Our reputation as a quiet beach community began to slip as more and more people arrived. Prohibition violations were, to put it mildly, not strictly enforced by the police. On April 1, 1921, our town's board of trustees -- or city council -- appointed Jack Tinsley as our City Marshal for a second term.
NEWS
May 8, 2003
A LOOK BACK Before we begin with this week's column I would like to advise you of the passing of long time resident, Merritt Nevins, 99. Merritt and his late wife Mona were a familiar sight at local civic events in the 1940s and 1950s including our city's country fairs, which I wrote about recently. Merritt was a friend and was the first AAA representative in Huntington Beach in the mid-1940s, he told me one time several years ago. In the 1970s and 1980s it was not uncommon to see Merritt each morning walking along Main Street with his friend Dr. Bernard Mason as they headed toward Mason's office on 3rd Street and Walnut Avenue.
NEWS
February 6, 2003
A LOOK BACK When a disaster strikes, such as a flood, earthquake or broken oil or water lines, the men of public works are called upon to repair -- no matter if it happened on a warm summer day or a cold rainy night. This week, we are going way back to when this department of the city was simply known as the Street Department. In this early time, the foreman of this highly important job was Perry L. Huddle. We will see how this man received this important position with our city.
NEWS
July 25, 2002
A LOOK BACK Our longtime resident Orville Hanson stopped by to let me know that the Huntington Beach Bullet had passed away. If you were around here in the late 1930s you would instantly know who Orville was speaking about. That was only one of the many nicknames that was given to Huntington Beach High's Eddie Morris by his fellow classmates and the national media. Edward E. "Eddie" Morris was born in St. Louis, Missouri on Aug. 9, 1922.
NEWS
November 29, 2001
Jerry Person Many of our early citizens were in some way or other connected with Huntington Beach's rich oil history. Some worked with their hands and others with their minds. These men and women worked for Chevron, Associated and others were independent oil operators. Their jobs ranged from being the president of the company to being an well roustabout. This week we will be looking at the life of a pioneering civic and oil leader, William Alison Greer.
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