Within the next month, the Steve and Shirley Parker Co. plans to file 20 intents to drill on the Lucy Harjo Lease in Pontotoc County, which could bring the number of wells on the multi-zone, productive, 73-year-old lease to 110.
"We were supposed to stake 10 of the new ones last week, but the ground was too wet," said Jess Moore, supervisor on the lease for Compression Systems Inc. Moore said he believes the Harjo lease is one of the oldest state leases still producing oil.
"The No. 12 Lucy Harjo is still producing and it was drilled back in 1917 or 1920," the 10-year veteran of the lease said.
"We don't drill dry holes here, we've got four or five pay sands within 1,150 feet."
The Allen District, which covers the Harjo lease, is one of the state's orginal multiple-zone producing areas with the First, Second and Third Allen sand zones as well as Senora, Earlsboro and Booch production.
Moore explained the lease has been waterflooded since the 1950's, which makes production different than other state areas.
"You could start with 1 barrel per day, but after the water starts bringing it in, it could be up to 50 barrels of oil per day, " he said.
Orginally, Lucy Harjo first leased her Chickasha homestead to what is now the Sun Oil Co. in 1908, shortly after she received her 160 acre allottment from the federal government.
"This is one of the few Indian leases that is still in the family," Guy L. McElroy, Mrs. Harjo's grandson, said.
"Its divided between my mother (Lucy Harjo's daughter), a cousin and myself. We own both the surface and the mineral rights."
At one time, the lease made Lucy Harjo one of the wealthiest Indians in Oklahoma, McElroy recalled fingering the orginal deed granting the land.
"She signed everything by thumbprint," he said displaying his grandmother's print on the 1908 deed, "although she could speak pretty good English.
"She could handle herself pretty good though . . . she had to to hold onto her property."