The story that is told of Spiry # 1 (parts of which should be verifiable) is that this well was drilled by the original developer to the point that they considered it to be a non-producer.  They abandoned the venture and it was subsequently bought as a “dry hole” by John and Jim Roy.  In 1909, the Roy brothers drilled just a few feet farther and struck this gusher.  Upon being capped and placed in production, it made 710 barrels of oil per day.  The well is located only a couple of hundred yards from where the narrow-gauge railroad ran between Woodsfield and Lewisville.  The oil strike brought visitors from miles around to witness the event.

Photo provided by Dennis and Ruth Weber


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