Lamar's "Vaseline Well" was Natural Phenomenon
Nell McCoy at Vaseline Well

Article from Daily Oklahoman, January 25, 1935

   Lamar's "eighth wonder of the world" takes the appearance of an "old faithful" as it nears it's twelfth birthday.
   Twelve years ago, Saturday on January 26, 1923, the drillers bit bore into a strata of oil, the like of which never before, nor since, has been found.
   The W.C. Newman test in the NW NW of 21-8-12, struck pay dirt, but it did more than that.   

     A geyser of oil poured forth as Hughes County's freak "Vaseline" well, changing a peaceful countryside into a seething mess.
     Sleepily, the little village of Lamar, where "nothing ever happens," had watched the staking of what workmen spoke of the "location."  This did create undue excitement.  No one expected anything to happen in Lamar - except the usual fair crops, the culminating marriage of some childhood sweethearts, a baby, or some other every day incident. 
      Nor did the quiet, neighborly farm folk of Lamar talk more than casually as the derrick began to tower in the sky, cold, somber-like, as if an unwelcome sentinel in their midst.
     Came the day when machinery began to turn. Noise of hammers ceased only to give way to a loud crescendo of chugging and staccato blasts that interrupted the peaceful tranquility of the village which knew no disturbance.
     Farmers, tilling the soil nearby, would stop their plowing or hoeing and would wonder, "just how far down 'then dern critters' are going to drill," as weeks passed.  "Why we coulda' drilled a dozen water wells in this time." they reasoned among themselves as they discussed the infinite to them.
   Their surmising was to be short-lived. Their typical rural curiosity, doubt and wonder was soon to give way to hysteria.
     For, at almost "high noon" on that day, 12 years ago Saturday, one of the strangest phenomena in oildom was to occur.
     One a kind all by itself, the old faithful "Vaseline well" caused oil men to marvel then, as today, since it produces the same oil of Vaseline-like content.
     At 3,710 fee, the strange kind of oil was reached. It flowed over the derrick, spraying the country-side for a 200 foot area with the semi-solid mass.
     At first a dark green color, the oil turned to brilliant yellow when it cam in contact with outside air. It hung like gum from fences, trees or anything it touched.
     Analysis disclosed the oil to be an almost pure Vaseline. It mystified the well's crew and men of various phases of the oil industry who flocked to the industry's newest discovery.
     Because of its thickness, ordinary pipelines would not carry the oil. A special line, sandwiched between four steam pipes to heat the almost solid lubricant enabled it to flow to storage tanks.
     Production at first was 350 barrels a day. The oil, being of high paraffin content, sold at a premium.
     The Newman well, 12 years later, is pumping and paying, although it now produces only 15 barrels a day.
     Recent rise in the price of oil and a subsequent general comeback of the industry has again directed attention to the freak well.
     W.C. Newman of Okmulgee, who owned the "Vaseline well," last week tested the scene of the once feverish activity There is talk of prospective development of that area.
     Again, the Lamar community, where Newman once held leases on 10,000 acres of land, may hear the chugging of oil field machinery and may come to know better the jargon of the field, also the benefits.
     Veterans of the field scratch their heads and opine that it is a pretty good omen, the old faithful's continued production through all these years. With the adjacent territory uncondemned, the drill bit may yet add to the glory and grandeur of Lamar once knew when the town of a handful of people became known to the farthermost parts of the world.
     International publications have heralded the unusual in oil that the industry knows as the freak "Vaseline well." Recognized as the only one of it's kind, the well is a marvel even to glob-trotting oil men, both as to oil it produces and it's life.
     Men who have followed the drill bit to all climes in search of the elusive  "black gold" declare they have never seen, nor heard, of anything like Lamar's freak well.
     Charles F. Marlow, veteran pumper, who has been on duty at the well ever since it was placed on the pump several years ago, says he cannot estimate the life of the unusual well. There is a likelihood of cleaning it out with a shot which is expected to increase the flow.
     Marlow and his son, Ed, who assists him live 75 feet from the well.
     The only near serious accident that has ever occurred at this well was when a 200 barrel flow tank blew up. the flaming oil from this ignited a battery of tanks.
     Marlow was working near the derrick.  His wife, standing nearby, screamed, warning him when she saw the top of an exploding take hurled toward him. He escaped uninjured.
     The burning oil from the battery of tanks seared a wide area of ground. The cause for the explosion was never found