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Thomas Baker “Tom” Slick Sr.

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Thomas Baker “Tom” Slick Sr.

Birth
Shippenville, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
16 Aug 1930 (aged 46)
Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial
Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 4 Lot 504
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Thomas Baker Slick was born on October 12, 1883, in Shippenville, Clarion county, Pennsylvania, to Johnson M. and Mary A. Baker Slick.

A legend in his time as "King of the Wildcatters" and a multi-millionaire by 1914, Tom Slick started his career in 1904 in Oklahoma Territory at Tryon as a leaser receiving 25 cents per share.
His first drilling venture failed but he was determined to become a millionaire in the Oklahoma oil industry. After hitting only dry holes, he succeeded in April 1912 on Frank Wheeler's farm east of Cushing. The well was called Wheeler Number One and thrust him into prominence. He formed Hi-Grade Oil Company with partners B.B Jones and Charles J. Wrightsman, and Charles B. Shaffer who he later ended personal and business dealings with.
As one of the largest and wealthiest oil producers in America, he was a plantation owner, developed town sites under the Slick Townsite Company and with his father-in-law, Joseph A. Frates, became a major player in transportation and started Oklahoma Southwestern Railway.

The Frates were a well-known railroad family and Tom married Joseph and Lula M. Buck Frates' oldest child, Bernenice, on 21 June 1915. They had three children; Thomas Bernard, Betty, and Earl Frates.

Thomas Bernard later changed his name to Thomas Baker Slick Jr. and became an adventurer and oilman in his own right.

Tom Sr. died 16 August 1930. He had worked with brother-in-law, Charles F. Urschel, a famous kidnap victim of George "Machine Gun" Kelly and Albert L. Bates. Charles wife Flored died in 1931 and then he married his sister-in-law, Berenice Frates Slick.

Tomas had two siblings; Jessie G. Slick and Flored M. Slick Urschel.


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He died in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore MD from cerebral hemorrhages following goiter surgery.


Thomas Baker Slick was born on October 12, 1883, in Shippenville, Clarion county, Pennsylvania, to Johnson M. and Mary A. Baker Slick.

A legend in his time as "King of the Wildcatters" and a multi-millionaire by 1914, Tom Slick started his career in 1904 in Oklahoma Territory at Tryon as a leaser receiving 25 cents per share.
His first drilling venture failed but he was determined to become a millionaire in the Oklahoma oil industry. After hitting only dry holes, he succeeded in April 1912 on Frank Wheeler's farm east of Cushing. The well was called Wheeler Number One and thrust him into prominence. He formed Hi-Grade Oil Company with partners B.B Jones and Charles J. Wrightsman, and Charles B. Shaffer who he later ended personal and business dealings with.
As one of the largest and wealthiest oil producers in America, he was a plantation owner, developed town sites under the Slick Townsite Company and with his father-in-law, Joseph A. Frates, became a major player in transportation and started Oklahoma Southwestern Railway.

The Frates were a well-known railroad family and Tom married Joseph and Lula M. Buck Frates' oldest child, Bernenice, on 21 June 1915. They had three children; Thomas Bernard, Betty, and Earl Frates.

Thomas Bernard later changed his name to Thomas Baker Slick Jr. and became an adventurer and oilman in his own right.

Tom Sr. died 16 August 1930. He had worked with brother-in-law, Charles F. Urschel, a famous kidnap victim of George "Machine Gun" Kelly and Albert L. Bates. Charles wife Flored died in 1931 and then he married his sister-in-law, Berenice Frates Slick.

Tomas had two siblings; Jessie G. Slick and Flored M. Slick Urschel.


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He died in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore MD from cerebral hemorrhages following goiter surgery.


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Bio information provided by Brian Elston.



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