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The Shot
Introduction and Rick Tallini
Uncle Gus
Augustus Pease
The Professional
Robert's First Shot
Composition of Roberts' Torpedo
The Suits and The War
The Accomplishment
Otto Cupler
Concluding Remarks and Erastus T. Robert


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Bates, Samuel P., 1899, Our Country and Its People, A Historical and Memorial Record of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, W.A. Ferguson & Company, 972 pp.

Bone, J.H.A., 1865, Petroleum and Petroleum Wells, J.B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 153 pp.

Botsford, Harry, 1920, The Oil-Well Shooters, The Outlook, an illustrated weekly journal of current life, November 17, pp.509-511.

Crum, A.R., 1911, Romance of American Petroleum and Gas, Volume I, Romance of American Petroleum and Gas Co., New York, 363 pp.

Giddens, Paul H., 1947, Pennsylvania Petroleum 1750-1872, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Drake Well Memorial Park, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Titusville, 420 pp.

McLaurin, John J., ed., 1896, Sketches in Crude Oil, J. Horace McFarland Company, Harrisburg, Pa., published by the author. 406 pp.

Roberts, Erastus T., 1942, unpublished memorandum and attachments on the Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Co. and the use of torpedoes for increasing the production of oil wells. Pees collection.

Smith, Robert E., 1995, Shooting the Oil Industry to Success, "Shots" of another kind, Oilfield Barker, Fall issue, Volume III, Issue 3, pp. 3 and 4.

Tallini, Richard F., 2000, The Tallini Tales of Destruction, www.logwell.com

Vance, H., in American Petroleum Institute publication, 1961, History of Petroleum Engineering, 1241 pp.

_______, 1866, The Roberts Petroleum Torpedo, Scientific American, Vol. XV, No.4, New York, July 21, 1866.

_______, Conversations with shooters at various times were important sources. Also my father was interested in the history of well shooting and took me to some sites in the 1940's where accidental explosions had earlier occurred.


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