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In Years Past

March 27, 2014

In 1914, Capt. Peter Grace, one of the pioneers of the oil industry, and for many years a resident of Jamestown, died this morning of pneumonia at Robinson, Ill. Grace was a Civil War veteran. He enlisted in the 83d Pennsylvania regiment at the outbreak of the war as a private. He returned at the close of the war with a commission as captain. As stated, Captain Grace was one of the pioneer oil men of the country. In 1860 he started drilling for oil at Tionesta, Pa. After the war was over he resumed his oil operations and with signal success. "At one time," stated Louis Heineman, one of his Jamestown friends, "Captain Grace was the heaviest individual oil producer in the United States."



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