1911 - 1980 (69 years)
||Victor Leroy "Jack" FROST |
||15 Mar 1911
||Edna, Jackson County, TX
||20 Jan 1924
||Central Christian Church, Enid, Garfield County, OK
|Social Security No.
||Victor Leroy "Jack" FROST |
||3 Jul 1980
||Findlay, Hancock County, OH
|Cause: Myocardial infarction |
||Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers, Hamilton County, IN
- (1) Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, Unknown Date, probably in 1951:
Who's Who in Petroleum
By Paul S. Hedrick
Oil Editor, Tulsa World
New Honors Given to Busy Geologist
When the Tulsa Geological society at its recent annual meting here named Victor L. Frost, geologist here for the Ohio Oil Co. as its 1951-52 president it paid a deserved honor to a busy rockhound.
Frost is a native of Edna in Southwest Texas, but spent his boyhood in the Bison neighborhood of Garfield county, and growing up at Enid he enroled [sic] at University of Oklahoma, obtaining his bachelor degree in geology back in 1931 and master's degree in 1934.
Leaving college he was employed by Mid-Continent Petroleum Corp. until 1941, when he resigned to join the Mid-Continent area staff of the Ohio.
Frost has been an active member of TGS since 1934, being secretary-treasurer in 1947-48. He is also an active member of American Assn. of Petroleum Geologists.
Mr. And Mrs. Frost and their two sons, Michael, 13, and Victor L. Jr., reside at 3613 South Yorktown Place.
(2) Sidney Telegraph, Sidney, NE, unknown date, probably in 1956:
Ohio Oil Forms Company to Explore for Crude in Africa
The Ohio Oil Co. has announced the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, the Oasis Oil Company of Libya, which will be operator of some 35 million acres of oil and gas exploration concessions in Libya, North Africa.
Ohio Oil, Continental Oil Co. and Amerada Petroleum Corp., each hold a one-third undivided interest in these Libyan concessions which in total area approximate the size of the state of Illinois.
The subsidiary will be in charge of geological and geophysical exploration and drilling on the concessions granted in 1955 by the Libyan government. The land lies along the Mediterranean Sea and inland and is remembered as a World War II battlefield between the British Eighth Army and the German Afrika Crops [sic].
Directors of Oasis of Libya are: P.L. Henderson, who is also president; F.J. Funk and H.C. King, vice presidents; H.H. West, secretary; and H.W. Stewart. C.A. Jackson is treasurer.
Resident manager at Oasis Oil's headquarters in Tripoli will be Albert F. Lager. He was former resident manager for the Conorada Petroleum Corp., which conducted preliminary surface geological surveys and laid the ground work for negotiating concessions with the Libyan government.
V.L. Frost, formerly of Ohio Oil's Casper, Production Division, is named manager of exploration and R.M. Bone, formerly of Casper, geophysicist.
Frost was geologist for Ohio's Sidney district for a number of year [sic], prior to being promoted to the Casper divison [sic] office last year.
C.M. Deckard is controller. Deckard, formerly in the Accounting Department at Ohio Oil's General Office, Findlay, will be located in Tripoli. T.C. Buchanan, formerly supervisor of Ohio Oil's Indiana Transportation District, Indianapolis, will be manager of Supply and Transportation. These officials will headquarter in Tripoli.
Oasis will take over the former Conorada operating office in Tripoli and will later add some 14 geological and geophysical personnel.
(3) Sidney Telegraph, Sidney, NE, unknown date, probably in 1956:
Jack Frost to Direct African Oil Exploring
A former Sidney oil man has been appointed exploration manager of a 35,000,000 acre lease holding in Libya North Africa.
Jack Frost, who was district geologist for Ohio Oil Co. in Sidney until promoted to assistant division geologist at Casper, will leave next week on the first leg to his new assignment. His headquarters will be in Tripoli.
The vast area over which Frost will have geological and geophysical control is held by Oasis Oil Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Ohio Oil Co.
Ohio will operate the holdings in behalf of itself and two operating partners, Amerada Petroleum Corp. and Continental Oil Co.
Most of the acreage is located in desert land where the highest known temperature readings have been 136 degrees in the shade. There is no oil production on the lease, although a small producing well recently was completed along the eastern border of the Libyan desert.
It was in this general territory that Rommell and Montgomery staged the crucial desert battles for control of Northern Africa during the early years of World War II.
Accompanying Frost to Libya will be R.M. Bone of Casper, Ohio's division geophysical chief. They will stop at the company's home office in Findlay, Ohio for about a week, then take off for Tripoli.
Mrs. Frost and a son, Vic, will remain in Casper until school is out. Another son, Mike, is a freshman student at Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
(4) Tulsa Daily World, Tulsa, OK, Saturday, May 12, 1956:
Oasis Oil Co. Formed to Operate Concession Of 35 Million Acres in Libya, North Africa
The Ohio Oil Co. has formed the Oasis Oil Co. of Libya as a wholly-owned subsidiary which will be operator of some 35 million acres of oil and gas exploration concessions in Libya, North Africa. Ohio, Continental Oil Co. and Amerada Petroleum Corp. each hold one-third undivided interest in the concessions which in total area approximate the size of Illinois.
The concessions were granted late in 1955 by the Libyan government and lie along the Mediterranean sea and inland. The concessions comprised the battlefield between, the British 8th Army and the German Afrika Corps.
Officers of the new company who also are directors are: P.L. Henderson, president; F.J. Funk and H.C. King, vice-presidents; H.H. West, secretary and C.A. Jackson, treasurer. H.W. Stewart is a director but not an officer.
Resident manager at Oasis Oil's headquarters in Tripoli will be Albert F. Lager. Other chief operating executives who will be stationed in Tripoli are V.L. Frost, manager of exploration and formerly of Ohio Oil's Casper, Wyo., production division; R.M. Bone, formerly of Casper, geophysicist; C.M. Deckard, controller and T.C. Buchanan, manager of supply and transportation.
Lager formerly was resident manager of the Conorado [sic] Petroleum Corp. which conducted preliminary surface geological surveys and laid the ground work for negotiating the concessions.
Oasis will take over-the former Conorado [sic] operating office in Tripoli and later will add some 14 geological and geophysical personnel.
Lager is a native of Summit, N.J. and was graduated from Columbia university in 1926 with the advanced Engineer of Mines degree.
He managed the Siosi Oil Corp. , Terre Haute, Ind. from 1927 to 1942. He served as a lieutenant colonel in World War II in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific.
From 1948 to 1953, Lager served in Colombia, S out h America and Cairo, Egypt, as a petroleum attache with the state department and later was assistant director of foreign production with the Petroleum Administration for Defense in Washington; D.C. He joined Conorado [sic] petroleum as resident manager in Tripoli in 1954.
(5) Sidney Telegraph, Sidney, NE, unknown date, probably in 1958:
Africa Oil Could Ease Crisis . . .
Petroleum Geologist Thinks Task of Welding Arab Tribes into Republic to be Formidable
The task of welding the many Arab countries and tribes into a United Arab Republic appears to be a nearly impossible one to Jack Frost, petroleum geologist, who has been living among Arabs for the past two years while directing exploratory work for The Oasis Oil Co., in Libya, North Africa.
Mr. and Mrs. Frost and son Vic visited friends in Sidney this week. They left today for Oklahoma to visit relatives, and later on will return to Libya for another two years.
Mr. Frost said it is the belief of most observers in Libya that even Egyptian Dictator Nasser himself realizes is [sic] would be impossible to unite all the Arabs under one banner.
At the same time, he said, the Arabs will rally and demonstrate "at the drop of the hat" when they think one of their fellow Arab nations or tribes is being victimized by outsiders "even though at the next moment they might be at each other's throats."
Libya is almost a thousand miles from Lebanon, where United States. Marines have landed, Mr. Frost pointed out, but he is certain there are agitators already stirring up the mobs for demonstrations in the capital city of Tripoli, Libya.
This is second-nature with the Arabs, he said. Give them a few figures to shout and agitate and it is only a matter of minutes until they have drummed up a first class demonstration. "Probably not one per cent of them know why they are demonstratin [sic]," he said. "but they have inflammable natures ad are prone to make public displays of their feelings."
Mr. Frost said the situation between Arabs, the west and Russia is a continuous source of worry to foreigners living in any Arab country because it is impossible to determine how serious these uprising [sic] and revolts might become.
The United States and Russia wage a continuous race for Arab favor; he pointed out, but in different manners.
This country sends flour and other staples with no strings attached, and it staffs its embassies with one person who may speak fluent Arabic and one or two others who may have a passing knowledge of the language.
Russia offers to build hospitals, send medical equipment, planes, Atomic canons [sic] , etc. but with the offer goes the stipulation that Russian personnel be accepted to operate the hospitals and help man te planes and army. Too, every Russian embassy is completely staffed with Arabic speaking Russians.
Nasser knows there is peril in dealing with Russia, Mr. Frost believes, but the Egyptian dictator is smart enough to accept everything the Russians will give "with no strings" but he usually turns down the aid which requires Russian personnel. As a result, there are hundreds of Russian jet planes and Atomic canons [sic] gathering moss on the Cairo airport because there aren't more than a half dozen Egyptians who know how to fly them.
Although the British appear to be fully in accord with United States intervention in Lebanon, there is open resentment among the British people because the United States helped force Great Britain out of the Middle East when British troops sought to set down Nasser and minimize his influence in the Arab countries.
The British people feel that we are now doing exactly what they did in Egypt, Mr. Frost declared. They also feel that if we had backed the British in Egypt, today's crisis would not have arisen.
Oil Being Found
Although The Oasis Oil Co. and others exploring in North Africa have found some interesting oil reserves, it will be years before a sufficient supply could be developed to even partially supplant the supply from the oil-rich Middle East, Mr. Frost pointed out: It is doubtful, too, if reserves will be found anywhere in the world to compare with those developed by American and British capital in the Middle East. Nevertheless, the oil being found in North Africa "is on the right side of the Suez Canal" so far as the western nations are concerned, and could contribute to the security of the west in case the Middle East supply should be jeopardized.
Mr. Frost was a Sidney district geologist for Ohio Oil Co. in Sidney. Later he was assigned to the division office in Casper, then was named to the Oasis company as chief geologist on the Libyan franchise, which consists of around 65,000,000 acres. Ohio and other major American oil companies comprise Oasis, with Ohio as the operating partner.
(6) Enid News & Eagle, Enid, OK, July 6, 1958:
Former Oklahoman Joins Search for Oil in Libya
By Carolyn Liming
Among those pioneering the oil industry in Tripoli, Libya, is a former Enid resident, V.L. "Jack" Frost. An exploration manager of the Oasis Oil company, he finds the work interesting and exciting - just knowing that he is a part of the first group of geologists to explore the Libyan countryside.
The first and most dangerous obstacle confronting the company upon its arrival two years ago was to remove land mines that still dotted the country. "We had a team of experts who, with their minesweepers, cleared the way for us," Frost explained. "Then our crews began flights to the desert camps?ready to begin exploring."
With no maps available, Frost found it challenging to be able to make some of the first ones for the territory. "Of course, they're just surface maps - since we don't yet know what lies beneath the ground," he added.
Each detail of the explorations also had to be written and, although it meant extra work, Frost feels that this too is part of the fun of pioneering. "It's a good feeling - knowing you're the first to arrive on the scene," he smiled.
He pointed out that Libya is a very young nation?gaining its independence December 24, 1951. Although it is over twice the size of Texas, there is only one highway through the country - making it necessary to transport their oil crews by air. He described the terrain as looking like west Texas, with the climate comparable to southern California.
Frost grew up near Bison and graduated from Enid high school in 1926. He attended Phillips university and the University of Oklahoma, receiving his master's degree in geology from the latter school. Preceding his assignment to Libya, he was associated with oil companies in Tulsa, Nebraska and Casper, Wyo.
Enjoying life in Tripoli with him are his wife, Lou, and 13-year-old son, Vic. Another son, Mike, attends the Colorado School of Mines.
"We especially like the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Tripoli,"Mrs. Frost commented when asked her views on life in a foreign land. To illustrate, she explained that their neighbors across the street are Arabic?while British and American families live on either side.
Having a knowledge of French and Italian is almost a necessity in order to carry on daily shopping transactions. In regard to groceries, Mrs. Frost said they received most of their canned foods from America and meats from other countries.
The family looked forward to the prospect of living in another country but never realized they would really become so absorbed in the "pioneer spirit" of developing the oil industry there. Their present plans are to stay in Libya - hoping to see it develop into a leading oil center.
(7) Ghibli, Tripoli, Libya, unknown date, probably in 1959:
The man who found it: The man who opined that the Syrtic Desert was a likely place for oil - and who stayed on to see his hunch prove correct - is leaving Tripoli.
Soft-speaking shrewd Mr. V.L. Frost, for several years exploration manager of Oasis Oil in Libya, leaves in a few weeks to take over the appointment of staff geologist in the Foreign Division of The Ohio Oil Company, Oasis parent concern.
This means he goes to Findlay, Ohio, among the high-up executives, as is only right for the man who first put Libya on the world's oil map. Replacing him is Mr. B.B. Colley, due into Tripoli at the start of October.
But before he goes back to USA Mr Frost will see yet another Syrtica well drilled, for yesterday the last trucks of a rig taken over by Oasis left the Amoseas site at Resan in Fezzan. The rig is now on its way to Concession 32 to help in exploring Libya's first oilfield.
(8) Ghibli, Tripoli, Libya, unknown date, probably in 1959:
Home, from home: Led by the Oasis Oil chief in Libya Mr. R.E. McMillen, a three strong Oasis party (other two were executives W.T. Kennedy and V.L. Frost) returned last Thursday from a quick business trip to the USA, flying by Pan Am jet to Paris.
They went to Findlay, Ohio, a home-from-home for all Oasis oilmen as the headquarters of Ohio Oil, parent company of Oasis. There to attend the bi-annual conferences, it is a fair guess that the three Tripoli Oasismen were one of the big centres of interest.
With Libya's best record of oil strikes to holes drilled, and the first Company to declare that they had found commercially exploitable oil Oasis has a special place in Libya's oil search.
And in it there is an extra-special niche for Mr V.L. Frost, the Company's exploration manager, who was astute enough to site the wells which have now given the Syrtic Desert an oilfield status.
Also from Findlay, but on a reverse-direction journey is Oasis financial controller F.S. Slick. Usually at Findlay Mr Slick here on a one-week working stint.
(9) Sunday Ghibli, Tripoli, Libya, October 25, 1959, p. 10:
He raised the average: Vacating the Oasis Oil exploration manager's chair at the end of the month, as a first step to leaving Libya in mid-November, is Mr V.L. Frost, the man who raised the average of strikes to dry holes.
Before V.L. Frost started siting Oasis Oil's Libyan wildcats, the industry's wiseacres were adamant that there must be ten dusters to every discovery. So what does VLF do? None other than strike oil in the first two wells he drills!
Now statistical charts are being revised for Libya. Already Mr Frost has had three producers and one gas well in his Syrtica concession - and his other wells too, could yet be successes. ONE DUSTER TO TEN OIL WELLS seems nearer the mark if V.L. Frost is working.
In April 1956 when he arrived in Libya (a date that makes VLF, at 48-years-old, the doyen of Libya's exploration chiefs) not one wildcat had been spudded in. Soon the Libyan American inaugural on the Gebel Akhdar was to spark Libya's oil hunt. A spate of wildcats in west Fezzan followed.
But instead of being stampeded out of his own judgement Mr. Frost held to the view that the Syrtica was a likely spot for good results. How right he was, Libya's oil-history books will one day record. His own view, oilwise, of the Syrtic Desert "useful but, not spectacular" is as modest as the man himself.
Successful explorers are not so thick on the ground, however, that they can be allowed to escape from Libya permanently, and V.L. Frost will be returning now and again to his old stamping grounds. From Findlay, Ohio, in the Ohio Oil Company's foreign division, he will keep a friendly eye on the geological scene here.
But that will not be until 1st January, for there is a vacation to be settled first. So Mr. and Mrs. Frost and their schoolboy son are flying the Atlantic by Pan American from Spain?the first leg of a five weeks well-earned holiday, most of which will be spent in Oklahoma.
VLF's successor as chief Oasis explorer has already arrived in Libya and is busy taking over the reins. He is Mr B.B. Colley, experienced oilman from the Ohio parent company. Now here as temporary bachelor, B.B. Colley flies to the USA at the end of the week. He will be accompanied on his return by Mrs. Colley.
(10) The Blade, Toledo, OH, July 5, 1980, p. 11:
Marathon Oil Executive Directed Search for Oil
FINDLAY, O. - Victor L. Frost, 69, who headed international explorations operations for the Marathon Oil Co., until his retirement in 1973, died Thursday in Blanchard Valley Hospital here.
Mr. Frost was with Marathon 38 years, and traveled the world directing the firm's search for oil from 1960 until 1973.
He joined the oil company as a geologist in 1941, and was promoted to assistant division geologist.
1n 1956, he was transferred to Tripoli, Libya, to serve as manager of exploration for the Oasis Oil Co., Marathon's Libyan subsidiary.
He returned to Findlay in 1960, as senior staff geologist for the firm, and later was promoted to manager of exploration within the international products division.
Mr. Frost earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He was a native of Edna, Tex.
Surviving are his wife, Lucile, and sons, Victor L., II, and J. Michael.
Private graveside services will be Monday in Indianapolis. The body will be in the Kirkpatrick Mortuary after 3 p.m. today.
The family requests that any tributes be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.
(11) The Courier, Findlay, OH, July 5, 1980, p. A-5:
VICTOR L. (JACK) FROST
Private graveside services for Victor L. (Jack) Frost, 69, 112 Beechmont Drive, will be held Monday afternoon at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis, Ind.
Visitation will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.
Mr. Frost died at 10:08 a.m. Thursday at Blanchard Valley Hospital.
He was born March 15, 1911, in Edna, Texas, to James and Clara (Hale) Frost. In 1934, he married Lucile Starns, and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Victor L. II and J. Michael, both of Indianapolis; and two grandchildren,
Mr. Frost was manager of exploration in the international production organization of Marathon Oil Co. when he retired on April 1, 1973. He first joined the company on Dec. 18, 1941, as a geologist at the company's office at Tulsa, Okla. During his tenure with the company, he served as an advanced geologist, senior geologist acid assistant division geologist. In 1956, he was transferred to Tripoli, Libya, to act as manager of exploration for Oasis Oil Co., Libya.
After he was transferred to Findlay in 1960 to become senior staff geologist, Frost advanced to the position of an exploration manager.
(12) The Journal of John Oliver Goffe, Volume II, November 15, 1990, pp. 155-159:
Victor LeRoy (Jack) Frost - I had first worked for Jack in the Sidney, Nebraska, District in 1953 and was excited to be working for him again. I cannot say enough good things about Jack Frost. He was an excellent petroleum geologist with the ability to look at the big picture and evaluate potential petroleum provinces without getting bogged down in detail. He was truly an "oil finder." When events and conditions seemed impossible, he always was able to come up with a bit of dry humor that would soothe frayed nerves. He served as Exploration Manager for 4 years and got Oasis off on the right foot.
Jack's wife, Lou, and youngest son, Vic, made up their household. Early in their tour, Martha Lager hurt Lou's feelings greatly and she never really got over the damage. The Frosts were our very best friends.
So many interesting and amusing things happened to the Frosts that I hardly know where to start. Perhaps it should begin in a bar at Idlewilde Airport in New York City. Jack, along with Bob Bone, soon to be named Chief Geophysicist for Oasis, and Phil Konkel, Chief Geophysicist for The Ohio, were on their way to the Middle East on business in 1955. Jack was having his usual bourbon and water while Phil was having a martini, which was served in a small pitcher. Jack's drink was a bit strong, so he poured Phil's martini into his bourbon and water thinking it was water. After one sip, he told Phil that this was the sorriest bourbon he had ever tired to drink. When Phil figured out what had happened he immediately went into hysterics. The three of them finally decided they were country hicks.
The Frosts lived in a large villa in Garden City with a six foot wall completely around the property. There were two steel doors leading into the driveway and garage. Both of them were hard to open and close because the hangers were loose and both doors dragged on the cement. Jack was finally able to convince the owner that they should be repaired. Two days after they were taken to a shop we had information that there was going to be a big political demonstration for three days and sanctioned by the government. I cannot remember the reason for the demonstration, but it must have been during the Suez Crisis in 1956. The word was out that it would be anti-British, French, and American and would likely turn into a first class riot. The next day I noticed that the doors were back up and they stayed there until the Frosts left Tripoli even if they were hard to open and close.
The Frost's [sic] kitchen was very large and used city gas which was quite unusual because the supply was limited. The gas was manufactured from coal that was shipped into Tripoli from Italy. Each consumer had to have an inlet pipe about ten feet long on a kitchen wall that was titled toward the stove. The object was to be able to easily remove this pipe and clean the soot from the system. It was not possible to extract all the coal soot during the manufacturing process. The Frosts were unaware of the need to clean this pipe periodically and went ahead and had the kitchen painted. A few days later they had to call the gas company to report that they had no gas at all. The workmen explained that the inclined pipe was filled with soot and would have to be emptied. After they completed the job, Jack asked us to stop by to see their handiwork. I couldn't believe what I saw, there was soot all over the newly painted wall where the inclined pipe was located and hand prints on two other walls. It looked like the workmen had had a contest to see who could make the most handprints. A formal protest was filed with the Tripoli Gas Company, but nothing ever came of it. Rather than having to have the kitchen painted every couple of months the Frosts installed butane gas. Such were the problems of a Tripoli resident.
Jack and Lou always liked to sleep late on Sundays since he had to get up and go to work on the other six days. About 7:00 AM one Sunday morning the outside gate bell rang. Jack got there just as quickly as he could and opened the gate. An Arab with a sack over his shoulder brushed by Jack and went into the garden and climbed the first palm tree. Jack could not talk to the man or find out just what he was doing in the top of the palm trees. He finally was able to get the villa owner on the telephone after numerous tries and found out that the Arab was fertilizing the date palms. Flies handle this chore in most cases, but in order to make certain the job is done properly many palm tree owners have it done this way. What else could happen? Just wait and see.
The desert was one of those places Jack avoided any time he could, but this was not always possible when we had visitors from the States. On one such trip with our visitors I was in the lead Land Rover going from one geologic field camp to another. Jack was in the second vehicle with the visitors. After only a short time, I looked back and his vehicle was gone. It was Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to stop and wait for him to come up out of the nearest wadi and then proceed. Jack had a good case of Tripoli Trots and had to make no less than six stops before we reached the next field camp. He carried a roll of toilet paper with him everywhere he went for the remainder of the trip. No one really laughed at him because we all had the same problem from time to time, including some of our visitors.
Jack's true wit was at its best during a demonstration in the downtown area. His houseboy, Achmed, tended to be quite emotional when there were demonstrations, he believed most rumors and helped spread them. On one occasion Achmed came to work one morning all in a dither about an American woman who had run over five Arabs in a Volkswagen. Jack immediately told Achmed that it would be impossible for that to happen since she would have high centered on the second one. That left Achmed totally confused.
Italian restaurant menus left a lot to be desired as far as Jack was concerned. He was a very picky eater?steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy, and ice cream was his favorite meal. After a few months in Tripoli he learned to like Italian prepared spaghetti, that is, with a spicy tomato sauce rather than the American style with ground beef. We dined many times at the Uaddan Hotel with the Frosts and Jack would always order a full course dinner, but would pick around and eat very little. Giuseppe Bombara, the head waiter, noticed this and tried in every way to find something that Jack liked. One evening when we were ordering the pasta course, Jack made the mistake of telling Giuseppe he really enjoyed the Uaddan's spaghetti. When Jack received his serving it was on a plate as large as a turkey roaster and enough to feed a regiment of the Italian Army. Jack ate all he could, but it was only a fraction of the serving, Giuseppe was devastated. He thought he had found something Jack really liked.
The Frosts purchased a German-built Ford called a Tonas [sic; should be Taunus] . It had four doors and was designed to carry four persons. One evening, the four of us along with Bob Hiles and Warren Heisterkamp decided on the spur of the moment to have dinner at the Underwater Explorer's Club on the beach. It was quite cozy in his car, but at least we all got inside. There was a poorly constructed road through the sand dunes between the coastal macadam and the Club on the beach. As we drove through this rather remote area the car suddenly stopped and the lights went out. Naturally Jack did not have a flashlight and the evening was dark as Negroes unloading coal at midnight. Bob felt sure that the trouble was with the ground cable on the battery. The obvious course of action was to locate the battery. It was not under the bonnet (British for hood) and it was not in the trunk. There was nothing under the front seat except a small switch that disengaged the rear seat, low and behold, there was the battery. The timing was exactly right since we were running out of matches. Bob was right, the ground cable had not been tightened at the factory and had bounced completely off the terminal when we leaped across the sand dunes. We got to the Club and had a nice dinner, thanks to Bob.
We had fair radio contact with our geologic field crews so that we could help out when there was a problem, which was frequently. There was a period of about a ,month when all we had were emergency calls from our geologists in the desert. One morning Jack Frost came down to my office and made the fatal statement, "it's 9:00 and we haven't had a crisis." The words were no more than out of his mouth than I had a telephone call from the Benghazi office to tell me that a helicopter with Del Wiegand, Party Chief, and the pilot had failed to return to camp the previous evening. Pres Dejarnett, Assistant Geologist, had seen a parachute flare southeast of the camp at the designated hour of 9:00 P.M. Fortunately the crew was safe after an engine failure just after the copter had taken off. This was typical of our operations, much more will be discussed later.
The Frosts seemed to be the center of all emergencies. One Sunday afternoon Russ Holmberg, a field Geologist, was feeling rather puny so he and his wife Bev came over to Frost's [sic] to see what he should do. He promptly passed out on Frost's [sic] lawn, and Jack had to rush him to the hospital at Wheelus Air Force Base. He spent the night in the hospital and returned home the next day. I couldn't understand why his wife, who was a registered nurse, could not have taken Russ directly to the hospital herself when he started to feel bad. Several of the geologists and their families depended on either Jack or myself for minor emergencies that they could have handled themselves at home in the States. I was surprised at how many felt insecure enough that they had to have help with many minor problems. This is something that cannot always be detected when interviewing personnel for an overseas job. At any rate, Jack never complained and was always available when help was needed. I was a bit less tolerant than Jack, but did my share of trying to make people in my department happy.
Oasis made an excellent selection when Jack Frost was chosen Exploration Manager and the remainder of this chapter will show why. Typical of jacks interest in geology was when he flew back to Findlay several times for meetings. When flying over the Republic of Ireland at a relatively low altitude while the plane was still climbing to cruising altitude, Jack noted numerous large surface anticlines. They were easy to identify because of the good outcrops on the surface. He reported this to the Foreign Division which proceeded to obtain a concession of the entire island. Eventually, 9 wildcat well were drilled on these surface anticlines and, unfortunately, all were dry holes. As a result of this activity and a more complete geologic picture of the entire region, The Ohio obtained a large concession off the southern coast of Ireland on the continental shelf where the water was less than 300 feet deep. Several wildcat wells were drilled, all were dry holes except the gas discovery at Kinsale Head Field. It turned into an excellent reserve after all the development drilling had been completed. There was an excellent market in Ireland that paid for all the dry wildcats and made The Ohio a substantial profit. It still goes back to Jack Frost's flights across Ireland. Much more will be said about this unusual man and geologist.
(13) A household headed by Victor FROST is listed in the 1940 census of Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK. The official enumeration date of this household is April 1, 1940; the actual enumeration date of this household is April 11, 1940.
Victor's household is listed at 1106 East 36th Street.
Victor is listed in the 1940 census as a geologist who was then 29 years of age; therefore, according to the 1940 census, he was born in about 1911. According to the 1940 census, he was born in TX. According to the 1940 census, his residence as of April 1, 1935 was at the same place as it was as of April 1, 1940.
Listed with Victor is his wife, Lucille, who was then 25 years of age; therefore, according to the 1940 census, she was born in about 1915. According to the 1940 census, she was born in OK. According to the 1940 census, her residence as of April 1, 1935 was at the same place as it was as of April 1, 1940.
Also listed with Victor is his son, Michael, who was then 2 years of age; therefore, according to the 1940 census, he was born in about 1938. According to the 1940 census, he was born in OK.
(14) A household headed by Victor L. FROST is listed in the 1950 census of Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK.
Victor is listed in the 1950 census as a geologist who was then 39 years of age; therefore, according to the 1950 census, he was born in about 1911. According to the 1950 census, he was born in TX.
Listed with Victor is his wife, Lucille J., who was then 36 years of age; therefore, according to the 1950 census, she was born in about 1914. According to the 1950 census, she was born in OK.
Also listed with Victor is his son, John M., who was the 12 years of age; therefore, according to the 1950 census, he was born in about 1938. According to the 1950 census, he was born in OK.
Also listed with Victor is his son, Victor L. Jr., who was then 5 years of age; therefore, according to the 1950 census, he was born in about 1945. According to the 1950 census, he was born in OK.
(15) Social Security Death Index:
Name: Victor Frost
Last Residence: 45840 Findlay, Hancock, Ohio, United States of America
Born: 15 Mar 1911
Died: Jul 1980
State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (Before 1951)
Victor L Frost
Family links: Spouse: Jennie L Frost (1914 - 1980)
Burial: Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
Plot: Garden of Devotion
Created by: TASM
Record added: Mar 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67501410
[Note by compiler: This cemetery has a post-office address of 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN 46250, but it is physically located immediately north of Marion County in Hamilton County, IN.]
||Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
||28 Nov 2023 |
||James Blaine FROST, b. 24 Feb 1882, Cincinnati, Appanoose County, IA d. 22 Oct 1943, Enid, Garfield County, OK (Age 61 years) |
||Clara Idell HALE, b. 23 Jul 1884, Henry County, IA d. 27 Oct 1962, Enid, Garfield County, OK (Age 78 years) |
||27 Sep 1903
||Garfield County, OK 
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Jennie Lucile STARNS, b. 4 Apr 1914, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK d. 21 Nov 1980, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN (Age 66 years) |
||18 Aug 1934
||Waukomis, Garfield County, OK
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||28 Nov 2023 |
- Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Oklahoma CountyMarriages, 1891-1959: Name: James B Frost Titles & Terms: Mr Event: Marriage Event Date: 27 Sep 1903 Event Place: Garfield, Oklahoma Age: 21 Race: Birth Date: Estimated Birth Year: 1882 Marriage License or Bond Date: Place of Marriage License or Bond: Garfield, Oklahoma Father: Father's Titles & Terms: Mother: Mother's Titles & Terms: Spouse: Clara Hale Spouse's Titles & Terms: Miss Spouse's Age: 19 Spouse's Race: Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Estimated Birth Year: 1884 Spouse's Father: Spouse's Father's Titles & Terms: Spouse's Mother: Spouse's Mother's Titles & Terms: Reference Number: Film Number: 1398696 Digital Folder Number: 4532283 Image Number: 00637.