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Jock Ewing in Dallas

"He was tough, but he was fair. All he ever needed was a handshake to make a deal. I guess he was kind of a symbol of what the oil business was all about."
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—Punk Anderson, 1982

Jock Ewing from Dallas

He was the man who single-handedly made Ewing Oil the largest independent oil company in Dallas. He was the six-foot-three, blue-eyed powerhouse who fell madly in love with Eleanor Southworth. He was the aggressive wildcatter who saved Southfork Ranch from doom, only to be seduced by ranching itself. He was the man who sired four enormously talented young men to carry on the Ewing name. He was Jock Ewing, a legend in Texas and a passionate believer in the superiority of the Lone Star State.

Jock was born just before World War I, one of two sons in a family of very modest means, their only distinction being that a distant relative James L. Ewing, had given his life bravely at the Alamo. From the time could walk, he was off to the burgeoning oil fields, learning all that he could. It was an exhilarating time. Since the oil strike at Spindletop, Texas, in 1901, the fortunes to be made in oil had been moving away from the Rockefellers in Pennsylvania to the Lone Star State, where any smart, able man had a shot at instant wealth. The only trouble, Jock found, was many of these men were also desperate cutthroats, men who would calmly in the back to steal your claim. A certain combination of toughness was required to survive, and Jock Ewing had it.

Jock was an extremely bright young man and he concentrated on , developing expertise in the methods of extracting oil from the once it was located. Then nothing could stop him; no geological barring outfox him. A particular specialty of his in those days was the practice of breaking through limestone deposits by shooting the well nitroglycerin He was paid well for his work, and on one of his jobs he made a friendship with Willard "Digger" Barnes, who could literally smell exactly where to drill. A plan took shape in Jock's mind. In a days, the two men had pooled their resources and struck out on their as wildcatters.

At this same time, in 1927, Jock married a frail young girl named Lewis. There was trouble in the marriage from the start, stemming from Amanda's rather nervous nature. As Digger smelled out oil, as the two enacted busting their guts to get equipment and start drilling, Amanda was alone for long periods in the makeshift town around the fields. It was a jetty "community," and Jock would carry enormous guilt for many years for having put poor Amanda into the middle of it.

For every new millionaire, there were hundreds of broken and angry men milling about, up to no good. Drunkenness and shoot-outs were rampant, fist-to-face violence was a normal part of each waking hour. The temporary Ewing home was under attack nearly every night by men in search of food, of money. Amanda became terrified of leaving the house and barricaded herself in when Jock wasn't there. She did not complain, instead, she grew thinner, paler, more drawn, and distant. Worried, Jock urged her to return to her family until he could find a proper home, but she persisted, saying that her place was with him.

Finally, a another gunfight outside in the street, poor Amanda had a complete mental breakdown, from which, the doctors said, she would never recover.
Jock placed Amanda in the care of a hospital in Dallas and himself lived right out on the fields. He became a man obsessed. The fields were all he had, and he had to strike oil, he had to have money to send Amanda to a private hospital in Colorado where, in the doctors' opinion, lay the only remote chance of her recovery.
He pushed Digger perhaps harder than he should have. Yes Digger could locate oil, but—darn it—he got drunk the minute he did, never pulling himself together long enough to put in a decent day's work on the rig.

Jock was impatient and stern with him, not understanding his friend's compulsion, and more than once he ended up trying to knock some sense into Digger's drunken lump. Jock brought in his brother, Jason, hoping he would help stabilize the venture.

Ewing #1 came in. That day, hat in hand, looking up to the Lord and thanking him, Jock experienced a happiness he had never known before. He Immediately moved Amanda to the Colorado hospital and channeled the rest of the income from Ewing #1 into new sites.

But trouble was still in hand with Digger—and with Jason as well! Jock was at first furious and then disgusted when his partners kept losing their shares of the money in drunken poker games. As wells 2, 3, 4, and 5 came in, Jock soon found himself with new partners, each with a paper that showed he had won Digger's and Jason's interests in the well. Each time, Jock would search all over town and then finally find Digger and Jason holed up somewhere, nursing a bottle.

When Jock could get them sobered up, they would stagger back to work.
This time, on #6, Jock was determined that his partners would keep their shares. He took the leases on the new site in his name only, so Jason and Digger couldn't lose their shares if they tried.


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