The Haag Connection! -Ken Bailey
THE HAAG CONNECTION! Here is the cover of a true master-work -- the first volume of Robert Haag's exhaustive history of Rangely.
I remember Mr. Haag being a teacher at Rangely Grade School in my youth. I didn't have him then -- I went right into sixth grade middle school upon arrival in R-town) ... but my brother did; Haag directed him as "Sir Joseph Porter" in the Gilbert & Sullivan Jr. High School play, "H.M.S. Pinafore" in the spring of 1969.
Mr. Haag would go on to devote years of his life writing this book. The first volume (pictured here) covers the period from the Dinosaurs to just before the big oil boom took off in 1942. (They had pierced the Weber bonanza in 1933, but wisely let it sit a decade due to Rangely's remote location and depressed oil sales during the Depression years And while waiting for a railroad to come ... but that's another story).
The book is illustrated with photos gleaned from the Rangely Museum Photo Archives. Even one of old Oil Geek's childhood photos made the cut in Volume 1 (guess which one?) After the first printing, Volume I made such a huge book that it was divided into two volumes for future printings, Volumes 1 and 2 (both are currently out of print and unavailable, but there are plans to make both available again in the coming months).
Rangely is indebted to Robert Haag for his labor of love to tell the story ... the complete story ... and we look forward to future printings of this master work, currently out-of-print.
(Cue Paul Harvey voice here:) "AND NOW... VOLUME TWO!") The second volume of Robert Haag's master work history of Rangely, this tome covers the boom years from the mid-1940's WWII explosion of all-out drilling in Rangely through the end of the wild-and-wooley oilfield years (1950), with a bit perhaps extending through the unitization of the oilfield under Chevron, 1957.
Again, the tome is illustrated with classic old photos, many or all of them provided by the files of the Rangely Outdoor Museum Photo Archives .. none of Oil Geek's appear in this one, but some real beauts -- the "classic" oilfield years.
A dandy shot of a big Lufkin "192" Air Balance Pump in full cry adorns the cover, all scarred and basic manly black, not the sedate tan color pumps would later be painted at government mandate....
This volume also is, alas, currently out of print. There are rumors more will eventually become available... stay tuned.