This album presents a sampling of Pryor Oil drilling projects. The company's first significant drilling programs were in Leavenworth County, Kansas. These were followed by a brief deep well stint in Oklahoma, and a return to Kansas. The Donley lease in Anderson County, Kansas was a model of oil well planning and secondary recovery engineering often featured in industry publications. The expertise developed in Kansas was carried to Tennessee, with major finds in Overton County that energized the industry in that state.


Leavenworth County yielded several prolific oil and gas wells. These wells were drilled with mud-rotary rigs. Wells were 1,500' to 1,600' deep and completed in the McClouth sandstone (Pennsylvanian).

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Bergman Lease - 1985

Drilling Meeder #2

Meeder #2 in Production


Under direction of Jim Pryor, the Murphy #1 in Coal County, Oklahoma was completed in record time. It was drilled to 8,000' with hole deviation never exceeding 2º. Similar wells in the area usually took two months or more to drill and commonly had deviations exceeding 7º.


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Drilling Murphy #1
Coal County, OK

President Jim Pryor at Crane #1
Coal Co., OK



The Donley lease became one of the most productive oil fields in Eastern Kansas. These wells produce from the Squirrel sandstone (Pennsyslvanian). The field was found using modern geochemical and geophysical methods. A highly successful secondary and tertiary recovery project was designed and implemented, and has been recognized by the PTTC. Pryor Oil Co., Inc. successfully drilled and completed 57 Oil and injection wells on the Donley lease.

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Driller Charles Hutton, Sr. & company president Jim Pryor - Donley #1, 150 B.O.P.D.

President Jim Pryor and company accountant Leonard Hopkins - Donley #4, I.P. 130 BOPD

Donley Lease at Sunset

Donley Water Plant - Tertiary Oil Recovery Project

Charles Hutton, Sr. is father of Charles Hutton, Jr., Pryor Oil's production superintendent. Charles Hutton, Sr. was the exclusive drilling contractor for Pryor Oil Co., Inc. for several years.


Pryor Oil Co., Inc. drilled and completed numerous prolific oil and gas wells in Eastern Tennessee. The company was successful at finding oil that others overlooked. Pryor Oil used well designed and engineered completion methods to produce more barrels of oil in place than had previously been accomplished in the area by other operators.

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Endicott #1 comes in flowing amber 42º API Oil, I.P. 92 B.O.P.D.

Endicott Tank Battery

Chuck Hutton and Jim Pryor - Ready to Pump

Hoover #1 - Well and Tank Battery, 14 B.O.P.D.


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Campbell B - Setting up Seismic Line

Campbell B - Drilling In - 34 B.O.P.D.

Endicott #3 Venting Gas - 4" Choke @ 250 p.s.i.g.

Cooper #1 Flowing Oil - I.P. 87 B.O.P.D.


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Campbell-Bilbury #1 - 130 B.O.P.D.

Campbell-Bilbury #1 - Tank Battery

Sells #3 - 34 B.O.P.D, 43º API

Sells #231 - 72 B.O.P.D., 43º API Amber Oil