Business & Finance: Fizzling Oil

Columbus Marion ("Dad") Joiner was in a Dallas court last week. His divorced wife was suing for a one-half interest in his $3,000,000 fortune. A 74-year-old wildcatter, "Dad" Joiner has been in courts for the better part of the last four years, not because of marital difficulties but because he was the man who brought in the first well in the second greatest oil pool in the world—the East Texas Field.* Dad Joiner has been at it since 1913. He yanked up his drilling rig 400 ft. short of oil under what later became...

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