What promises to be one of the most momentous events in the history of this section of the state is to be staged next Sunday morning when the ceremony of “spudding in” of the first oil well in northern California is to lake place.
Six miles north of town on the Wilcox lease, the Tuscan Oil Company has its derrick erected, the machinery in place, and by next Saturday night every detail ready for the “spudding in,” as the process of starting a new well is called.
Mr. Livingston, the driller, is on hand now with his helpers and ready to crack the shell of the new field.
The citizens of Tehama county are going to take official notice of the event. It is to be recognized in a ceremony that will start Saturday night with a free street dance in Red Bluff, and continue at the site of the well Sunday morning at 8:30.
For the ceremony of starting the drill a program of some length is being arranged. The well will be officially christened by some lady not yet decided on. Speakers will be present from Tehama county and other sections of the state, and a considerable delegation is expected from Sacramento, Redding, Chico and other points.
Further details will be given as they are worked out, but one thing is already assured, and that is that there will be a large crowd present, and the event will be one of more than ordinary interest.
— Aug. 29, 1920