“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wichita Falls in Wichita County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

John F. O'Donohue

John F. O'Donohue Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 22, 2016
1. John F. O'Donohue Marker

Mississippi native John F. O'Donohue (1885 - 1967) first came to Wichita Falls in 1909 as a scout for the J. M. Guffey Petroleum Company, which later became the Gulf Oil Corporation. While staying in the Jolene Hotel, the wildcatter O'Donohue staked out the company's first lease in Clay County in what became known as the Petrolia Oilfield near Henrietta. Without the assistance of a surveyor, he located the company's first major discovery well in the area.

After leaving the Guffey Company, O'Donohue opened an office in the Anderson-Bean building at this site, where other significant businesses, such as Wichita Truck, Wichita Falls Traction Co. and Floral Heights Realty had also operated. In 1916, he was appointed manager of the Wichita Falls Fuel and Development Company, a firm established by the city's Chamber of Commerce. He continued his success in the oil business, organizing the United Petroleum Producers Company in 1919. The next year, he joined the Cline Oil Company, and in 1927 he organized the Petroleum Producers Company, serving for many years as the group's president. In 1941, Shell Oil bought all of the stock
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O'Donohue married Carrie Kell, daughter of oilman and miller Frank Kell, with whom O'Donohue was associated. Active in the local community, O'Donohue served as chair on the board of Midwestern University (now Midwestern State University). He also served as a director of many industry institutions: Independent Petroleum Associates of America, North Texas Oil and Gas Association, and Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association of Texas, as well as Wichita Falls' First National Bank. In 1941, the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association honored O'Donohue with a Distinguished Service Award. He died in 1967 and was buried in the city's Crestview Memorial Park. Today, he is remembered for helping establish Wichita Falls in the petroleum industry.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15512.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationExplorationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
Location. 33° 54.768′ N, 98° 29.421′ W. Marker is in Wichita Falls, Texas, in Wichita County. Marker is on Eighth Street east of Indiana Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 615 Eighth Street, Wichita Falls TX 76301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Former location of offices of the Anderson-Bean building. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 22, 2016
2. Former location of offices of the Anderson-Bean building.
are within walking distance of this marker. The Zale Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Gorsline's Fashion Livery Stable (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. A. Kemp Wholesale Grocery Building (about 500 feet away); Site of St. James Hotel (about 600 feet away); George Alonzo Soule (about 700 feet away); The Wichita Falls Bank Robbery of 1896 (about 800 feet away); Henry C. Luecke (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charlye Ola Farris (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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