JB's Journal: Oil Boom - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

JB's Journal: Oil Boom

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:00:17 GMT
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
In October 19-30, oil was discovered in rusk county in what became known as the east Texas oil field. Thousands of families descended on east Texas to find jobs.

"People just poured in the county from everywhere because we were in the midst of the Great Depression."

 

With the sudden influx of people, the housing shortage was critical.
 "The Gaston Museum allows you to step back in time by going into a tent
house that oil field families used to live in."
This tent house has the original furniture, wood floors and canvas roof.

 "These people had to do makeshift,they did the best they could, they
might have five children, but those five children all slept in the same
bed in one room sometimes."
By 1932, Joinerville had 70 businesses in operation. The town even had a
radio repair shop.

"It was really important Mr. Burgess kept his business up and running so
they were never without communication to the outside world."
Ten churches of all denominations were built.
Trophy cases are filled with memorabilia from the Gaston schools which by
1936 had over 1800 students making it the world's largest rural school
and one of the wealthiest. 
"The school went from a one room school house to having a major school
built."

The academic level that went out of this school, doctors, lawyers,
architects, it was amazing what the money did for this community."
Museum director Stephanie Osteen's family attended Gaston school and
worked in the oil fields. 
 
"The sense of family that you don't get, our history, my history, is
right here in this building."
A rich history she hopes to preserve.
 "How lucky we are that they drilled that became an industry to give all
of us the opportunities we have in this area."
For CBS 19, I'm J.B. Smith and that's my story.

 

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.