A Memory from the Late Bob Coy- Ken Bailey

A Bethlehem pump on a Gentry lease in Rangely, Sept 1971. Photo by Ken Bailey.

A Bethlehem pump on a Gentry lease in Rangely, Sept 1971. Photo by Ken Bailey.

A MEMORY FROM THE LATE BOB COY. "One of my fun excursions with my dad [as a kid] when he was a field serviceman and I got to ride with him, was to guess what kind of engine was on the next pumping unit we were coming to. Chevron used about every kind of engine made. Stanolind Oil Co. used one kind -- the Leroy -- but Chevron had Waukesha, White, Menneapolismoline, Budda, Ajack, and another likje the Ajack. They were called, "Popping Johnnies" from the sound they made. Texaco used Budda engines.

As for camps (and I know you know them), there was a Phillips camp, Sharpols, Texas, Stanolind, Laughland, Chevron Production Camp, Chevron Gas Plant Housing. And there were some just south of the Blue Mountain Highway, but I can't remember the name.

-- from a personal letter to Oil Geek, 2009.

Photo: a Bethlehem pump on a Gentry lease in Rangely, near the White River southwest of town. Ken Bailey photo, Sept. 1971l