Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Lives of four men endangered Thursday noon when the crown and traveling blocks of the oil derrick on which they were working pulled loose and fell to the derrick floor at the Travis Petroleum Co.'s Lucas No. 3 well, Northeast Fourth street and Eastern avenue. The crew was pulling pipe when the crash came. The crew--pictured in the lower photo--included Harold Griffin, 22 years old, 2800 Northeast Tenth street; his brother, Glenn Griffin, 21 years old, same address; Emory Walters, 42 years old, 1105 Northeast Tenth street. All were working on a platform about 15 feet above the derrick floor. They heard the noise as the crown block and traveling block pulled loose from the top of the derrick and jumped clear, to the ground as the two huge pulley blocks, weighting several hundred pounds, crashed. The derrick floor was shattered, as shown in the upper picture."
Date: February 4, 1937
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Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society