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Standard Oil bites off more than it can chew as a new frontier opens in Northwestern Ohio.
The Great Krag Well Fire
Town lighting was still rare for rural settlements like Findlay. But here, gas was cheap and wildly abundant. Wood engraving in Harper's Weekly, Dec. 19, 1885, photo by Charles Graham. Credit: Library of Congress.
Edward J. Orton Sr.
You can read his report to the State House of Ohio here. Orton would also be known as the first President of The Ohio State University.
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