The Move to East Texas
Australia - My First Oil Trip
I lost my first wife, Elizabeth Blanchard Webb, to breast cancer in April 2001. We were almost married 27 years. She was a very talented woman being especially noted for her singing and teaching children with learning challenges. We raised two children, a daughter Treva and a son Bode. Both of them now have their own families of which I am very proud.
In February 2004 I married Nona Jackson and moved to Quitman a small town in East Texas, north of Tyler about 40 miles. Living in Quitman proved to be quiet different than living in Cisco. First no one knew me as everyone knew me in….
My Home Town – Cisco, Texas
I arrived in Melbourne, Australia from Wellington, New Zealand in mid June 1969 after spending two weeks identifying what oil and gas exploration areas were available.
Melbourne is on the coast of the state of Victoria the most southern state of mainland Australia. Interesting noteworthy information about Australia is 1) its about the same size as continental United States, 2) in 1969 there were less than 13,000,000 people residing there, 3) the first commercial oil production was discovered in 1963…
Cisco, Texas was a typical central Texas town where the streets were packed every Saturday during the 1950’s and 60’s with the whole family shopping to take care of their needs for the next week or so. I remember our little town of less than 4,000 people had three jewelry stores and each one had a watch repairman. We had a movie theater, JC Penny’s store and a Sears service center for ordering catalog items as well as service for appliances. Of particular interest was our little town had more than 20 churches.
The main drag was Hwy 80 that ran right through town. There were 7 gas station along that small stretch of Highway and were usually fairly competitive in their pricing. I remember purchasing gasoline at 18 cents per gallon in 1968 during one of those gasoline wars.