Jul. 25, 1855 Millerstown Perry County Pennsylvania, USA
Jul. 23, 1916 Tulsa Tulsa County Oklahoma, USA
With his wife Catherine and sons William and John J.
"The esteem in which Mr. Black was regarded by oil men of the United States is fittingly set forth in a letter to him written by R. E. Brooks, president of the Producers Oil Company, which arrived while the oil man was dying. The letter is as follows:
Dear Mr. Black-- It is with the deepest regret and sorrow we learn of your continued illness and present serious condition. It is not my purpose to express hopes for the improvement of that condition which may have no justification in fact, but I do wish to avail myself of this opportunity to go on record in expressing the high appreciation of the Producers Oil Company, and myself personally, and every one connected with this company, for the years of faithful, intelligent and efficient service you have rendered this company. While you have always been quiet, modest and unassuming in your demeanor, never seeking for personal advantage in any line yet your absolute fidelity to this company, your untiring efforts, both day and night, in the advancement of the interests of this company, and the wise and mature judgment you have always displayed in handling the business of the company has firmly established your position in the company's affairs as one of its most valued managers.
The high esteem in which you have always been held by your men and their unswerving devotion to you at all times is the highest testimonial that could be given as to the kind, considerate and just treatment you have always given your fellow man. I can say with all sincerity that I have never heard a human being, employee of the company, nor outsider, ever say one harmful word of John Black.
You have set a mark in the life you have led that will serve as an inspiration for your children and friends. An honorable, useful and successful life, without a blemish or stain, true to every duty and trust, is a noble and precious heritage for your family and friends that will be an unfailing source of comfort when you have finished your work here on earth.
I know from the quiet courage of your character that you will look the inevitable squarely in the face, make arrangement of your affairs in an orderly and careful manner and trust the future to the judgment of an all-seeing providence, which sees and knows the hearts of men, and when judgment is rendered for "deeds done in the body" I feel that John F. Black will receive the reward due to all of whom it can be said "Well done, thou good and faithful servant".
Every man in our organization joins me in expression of profound regret for your condition but we are proud of the courageous manner in which you meet it and beg to assure you of our most sincere regard and esteem.