From the Dec. 22 1921 Campbell County Record:
Cattle thieves have been operating for many months in the vicinity of the state line north of Gillette, and east as far as the Dakota line, at more or less frequent intervals. Some of the stock shortages have been slight, while numerous ones have been on a rather large scale, and the persistence of the rustlers in their operations leads to the growing belief that there is a pretty well organized gang of thieves connected with the transactions. John C. Leland of the Leland Bros. Ranch, was in Gillette last week in company with several other stock men of the vicinity of the state line in the northeast part of Campbell County. The Leland boys lost 45 head of cattle a short time ago, ranging in age from one to three years, and valued at around $1,600. Uelrich and Kaufman are others who have lost stock during the recent months. Ranchmen over in Powder River County, Mont., in the vicinity of Broadus and Moorhead, have formed an organization the purpose of which is to co-operate in riding the range and picking up stray cattle, and they have held several meetings to discuss the affairs which have been more or less unsatisfactory. According to the Broadus paper, it has been difficult to tell who were friends and who were enemies, even at the meetings of the association, and little has been accomplished so far. R.H. Allen, of Casper, representing the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, is reported to be on the ground looking into the matter.
From the Dec. 18, 1935 News Record:
Residents of Gillette watched with interest yesterday the moving in of the first part of an oil rig that will be set up in the near vicinity of the city. Ever since Oct. 16, when it was first learned that oil would be sought in Campbell County, residents have been waiting for the arrival of the rigs. The rig which arrived was a Nation, which will be used in getting water for the operations. According to G.J. Sherin, owner of the rig, 36 tons of machinery are now on location and 18 tons more will be here within the next 10 days. Drilling operations will take place 16 miles southwest of town. As soon as houses are built and rigs set up, which is expected to be by Jan. 1, actual drilling operations will begin. Five men will be employed on the project and more may be added later. Members of the local concern backing the operations have 90,000 acres under lease and expect to strike oil in the Sundance sands between 6,000 and 6,800 feet. First a water well will be drilled to provide the needed 250 barrels of water per day for boiler operations. To get this quantity, it is estimated that the well will have to be sunk to a great depth. Instead of tapping the center of the suspected dome, where the gas would accumulate, the edge will be frilled first. In this way, it is said, the gas supply will aid in raising the oil to the surface.