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An Early Introduction to the Oil Business

Tarbell was born on November 5, 1857, in a log cabin in the tiny village of Hatch Hollow in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Franklin Sumner Tarbell and Elizabeth McCullough Tarbell, had both been trained as teachers, but around the year of her birth Franklin bought a farm in Iowa. Tarbell and her Franklin returned to Pennsylvania the same year that the nation's first oil well—the Drake well—was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania, only thirty miles from Hatch Hollow. During the first half of the nineteenth century, crude oil (liquid petroleum in its natural state), which could be used to make a flammable oil called kerosene for lighting lamps, was considered an impractical fuel source. The oil could only be obtained by a difficult process of skimming it off the tops of ponds or other bodies of still water...

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