Matthew M. Day: Frank Isett: and the Myth of the Wealthy Oilman

In Frank Isett and the Myth of the Wealthy Oilman, Day, traces drilling efforts by an oilman named Frank Isett.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he helped drill for oil and gas in west-central Texas near Abilene. Much of the narrative takes place in and around the towns of Eastland, Cross Plains, and Brownwood. Portions of the book deal with Isett’s relations with the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Sinclair Oil and Gas Company, and Oklahoma’s Stekoll Pipe and Supply Company.

Too often, oilmen are thought of as leading lives of wealth, ease, and prominence. This book is an attempt to try to dispel that notion.

Day also examines how independent oilmen adjusted to improvements in technology and challenges in competing with wealthier oil producers. The time frame during which the narrative takes places mostly spans from 1948 to 1955, with minor portions occurring in 1929 and in 1941.


  1. Matthew Day says

    Just a quick update six months after being interviewed about Frank Isett (thank you, Mr. Pratt): Both Frank Isett and A Last Hurrah in Texas are now available in paperback and in eBook form (both through About a month ago, I added another book, Fueling Victory at Home, which is available for the time being in paperback only.

    We will do a soft re-release of the digital versions of all three books; tentatively, this is scheduled for sometime in mid- to late January 2020. This will serve as counter-entertainment in case bad football, the impeachment fiasco, or both become a chore to watch.

    Thanks for your support!

    Matthew M. Day, independent scholar/historian, Lubbock, TX

    Link to Fueling Victory at Home:

    • Matthew Day says

      As promised, I’m pleased to announce the partial rerelease of all three books in digital (eBook) form. this one, A Last Hurrah in Texas?, and Fueling Victory at Home are also available in paperback.

      Thanks for your support, as always!

      Matthew M. Day, independent scholar/historian, Lubbock, TX

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