"It's been 48 years since an oil well in Luling blew in like the James H. McCullick
Number 1. The Texas Railroad Commission just took the test off the new well
near Windy Point south of Luling on Tuesday ( 26 November 1984 ), and the results were almost unbelievable
to the commission staff. The well potential tested 765 barrels in 24 hours on a Railroad Commission
test on a 9/64ths choke. Or in layman's terms, that's one heck of an oil well, the likes of which haven't
been seen in the Luling area since the first ol big well came in on the Johnny Manford lease
in 1930. One happy man is Henry M. Voigt of 207 N. Walnut in Luling. Voigt
owns the James H. McCullick Number 1. "I'm told it's the best one I've ever had."
Voigt, a native of Taylorsville near McMahan in Caldwell County, has been in the oil business since 1946,
and he's been drilling wells all that time. "And a few dry
holes too," he adds. He has been looking for just such a well as the James
H. McCullick Number 1, located on a 32-acre lease south of the San Marcos River. Drilling on
the well began Sept. 24 by Boyd Drilling Co. of Luling, and Voigt set pipe on the well Sept.
26 after it went to a depth of 2,452 feet, or what Voigt described as "the top of the chalk". After
getting his tank in place, production began on Oct. 18, 1984, and the Railroad Commission started testing
it. The commission started out with a 13/16th choke restraining the flow and worked down to 9/16ths. "They
had never seen anything like it before," said Voigt. "They couldn't believe it." The 765 barrels of oil
the well flowed in a day compares with an average "good well" in the Luling area with a big frac job flow of about
135 barrels a day, he said. Voigt said he did not frac the James H. McCullick Number 1, just acidized it and cleaned
it up a bit. The new well ight even be the best one ever, Voigt said, because the big well on the
Jonny Manford Lease flowed 960 barrels ( 40 barrels an hour), but on an open choke. That was back
when oil was ten ( 10 ) cents a barrel, and the more barrels it flowed, the more dimes you earned, Voigt said.
Without the choke, the James H. McCullick Number 1 might outdo the old big Manford well of 1930, Voigt believes.
With all the drilling around Luling, how did such a producer happen? "The good Lord
was with me," says Voigt. He added the well is in a crevice. In addition
to drilling for himself, Voigt worked 22 years for Wiegand Brothers Drilling Co., and this is
the best well he's drilled, although he has seen some others to compare with it. Voigt has drilled in several
other leases around Luling as well as on his own land. Another happy fact for Voigt, who hunts coyotes as a hobby,
is: "I'm not a good promoter. I own it all." Volume 104, Number 39, Nov. 29, 1984,
The Luling Newsboy and Signal newspaper for 30 US cents.
Austin Chalk wells, Buda wells, and Edwards wells have been
around since Edgar B Davis discovered the Luling Oilfield circa 1920. Magnolia drilled lots
of those wells near Luling, and produced millions of barrels of oil, so the Lulingites say. The Luling Oilfield just
NorthWest of Luling, Texas ( not Luling, Louisiana ) is still producing oil from the Chalk, the Buda and
the Edwards limestone formations of Cretaceous age.
I think that Eagleford
shale gas is of the Cretacoues geological age. Any comments ?