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Bobby Kelley
Full Obit for William Grove Skelly
Tulsa oilman and philanthropist William Grove "Bill" Skelly was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on June 10, 1878. He was one of six children of Irish and English immigrants William and Mary Jane Sweatman Skelly. They both endowed him with a strong work ethic. While in grammar school, the younger Skelly earned money by hawking newspapers on the streets, and during the severe Pennsylvania winters he cleared snow from his neighbors' steps and sidewalks. He finished public school at age fourteen and attended Clark's Business School in Erie, completing the course in less than a year. He then worked with his father hauling oil-well supplies ninety miles on a dirt road in a horse-drawn wagon. This exposure to the "oil patch" and the people employed there forged his destiny. Skelly went to work for $2.50 a day as a tool dresser in the Venango Field in Pennsylvania. Later, Venango County supplied many experienced oilmen to Oklahoma.
Skelly absorbed as much oil-field knowledge as he could. He learned that he had to begin at the bottom and work his way up if he was to succeed. However, his dream was interrupted in 1898 by the Spanish-American War. He joined the Sixteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers and participated in the Battle of Coamo in Puerto Rico. Upon his return he moved to Gas City, Indiana, where he became manager of the Citizens Gas Company. There he learned that millions of cubic feet of natural gas were wasted everyday. He became interested in George Westinghouse's new system of controlling and conveying natural gas through pipelines. The wisdom that Skelly gained served him well in later years.
Oil booms in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois made Skelly decide that it was time for him to become an independent producer. He sought backing for money to buy leases and to drill for oil and later moved southwest. He first went to Texas but found a greener pasture in the El Dorado Field in Kansas, which had opened in 1916. There he became one of the Mid-Continent Region's largest operators. He organized his Midland Refining Company, and it was in production by 1917. Then in 1919 he incorporated the Skelly Oil Company and established his headquarters building in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then known as the Oil Capital of the World. By 1923 the Skelly Oil Company had become one of the strongest independent producers of crude oil and manufacturers of natural gasoline.
During the 1920s Skelly took interest in the Burbank Field in Osage County, Oklahoma. The field was owned by the Osage Nation, whose official auctioneer, Colonel Ellsworth Walters, held oil-lease auctions under the Million Dollar Elm in Pawhuska. It was not uncommon for a quarter-section lease to sell for more than $1 million. Skelly had good relations with the Osage. Proceeds from these sales plus oil and gas royalties from successfully completed wells were paid directly to the tribe for division among its members. He also introduced a system of preserving gas pressure in the Burbank Field so that wells would continue to flow by natural pressure.
Skelly's production of crude oil rose from 1,639,722 barrels in 1920 to 8,753,127 in 1929. In addition to the wells and refineries, he had his own system of pipelines to move the oil from the fields to the processing plants. At the same time he acquired a network of seventy-five jobbers and had sales representation in eleven states. By 1930 Skelly Oil Company owned and operated 471 bulk and service stations and had more than four thousand franchise dealers.
Over the years Skelly became the champion and leader of numerous civic, educational, and charitable causes in Tulsa. He spent many hours in Washington, D.C., and in Oklahoma City representing the petroleum industry. He served as president of the International Petroleum Exposition from 1925 until his death, and in 1928 he founded Tulsa's Spartan School of Aeronautics. In 1954 Skelly, a steadfast Republican, and U.S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr, an equally staunch Democrat, joined forces and aired Tulsa television station KVOO. In 1955 the Oklahoma Legislature passed a unanimous resolution in which Skelly was praised as Tulsa's greatest asset. William Grove Skelly, a true giant of the Oklahoma petroleum industry, died in Tulsa on April 11, 1957. He was survived by his wife, Gertrude Frank Skelly, and two daughters.
Added by Bobby Kelley on Jul 30, 2015 6:33 PM
Prissy53
RE: Georgia Schwarz
Greg, I make mistake each and every day. I am sorry if I came across as too mean. One can not express feelings on an e-mail or corrections. It was definitely not my intentions. Blessings...
Added by Prissy53 on Jul 08, 2015 5:16 PM
Nancy A. Shattuck
John Hamilton Mackenzie
Hello,

John was my great grand uncle and I have done extensive research regarding him.

I have a synopsis of his life or a longer narrative if you would care to take a look at it. I have information as well on all of his 16 children and two wives. His second wife is buried with him in Tulsa.

John had a long and interesting life in Minnesota until his migration to Tulsa in 1898. He brought his family there "the old way" by covered wagon.

Quite a character!

Sincerely,

Nancy A. Shattuck
nshattuc@mcn.org
Added by Nancy A. Shattuck on May 14, 2015 2:18 PM
Mary Cantrell-Chilton
Memorial #547892
Thank You for starting the Memorial. Tony was my Husbands Brother and it's nice to have this up so we all can Remember and pay tribute!
Sincerely,
Mary Cantrell-Chilton
Added by Mary Cantrell-Chilton on Apr 07, 2015 3:44 PM
Katie Burgess
9114373
He is my father's uncle.

His wife's maiden name was Beaulah Downey, her nickname was Boots. They bought property at a tax sale near Catoosa, Oklahoma.

He was married a 2nd time to a lady whose first name was Ellen but I never knew her maiden name. They had a daughter named Martha Jane Burgess but I have lost track of her.

Katie Burgess
Added by Katie Burgess on Feb 19, 2015 10:24 AM
Katie Burgess
Memorial# 9114360
This is my great grandfather. Is it possible for you to allow me to maintain this site?
Thanks. Katie Burgess
Added by Katie Burgess on Feb 18, 2015 3:27 PM
Marie and Bruce Newell
Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, OK
Hi Greg,
We respectfully request permission to use the entrance photo in our personal tree. Bruce has a cousin interred there and the photo will make a great addition to our tree.

Thanks for your consideration.
Marie and Bruce Newell
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Added by Marie and Bruce Newell on Jan 21, 2015 9:02 AM
Anthony Z
Thanks
Thank you for posting a picture of my dad's grave. I don't get back there often and it's nice to be able to see his grave marker online.
Added by Anthony Z on Jan 13, 2015 6:44 PM
Joyce Hodges
# 14843738 Will Weaver
Will Weaver is the spouse of Alice K. Weaver buried in this same cemetery. Could not locate your direct email.
Added by Joyce Hodges on Dec 31, 2014 8:05 PM
Gale Green Brister
RE: Richard Mcintyre
I would have no idea.....I only go to the cemetery and take photos of the stones and then post them.

Sorry I cannot help.

Gale
Added by Gale Green Brister on Dec 29, 2014 7:41 AM
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