February 13, 1947 was one of those moments when everything changed. Imperial Oil had spent millions on 133 drilled holes and came up empty. They were ready to abandon the project when their geologist, Ted Link urged one more try and this time suggested they dig a little deeper . Toolpush, Vern, â€œDry Holeâ€ Hunter named for the number of holes heâ€™d supervised that produced no oil, was brought in. On Linkâ€™s advice Vern dug a little deeper. In no time they realized they were onto a trueÂ â€˜wildcatâ€™ well.
The date picked to â€˜bring in the wellâ€™ formally was Feb. 13, 1947 at 1:00 pm. The day arrived. Working feverishly past a breakdown with 500 guests shivering in the cold and 3 hours late the ground began to rumble, the relief valves were 0pened and the oil began to flow. â€˜Flaringâ€™ the well with a burning sack thrown into the fuel sent flames 15 metres into the air creating a â€˜smoke ringâ€™ that signified a good omen for the future.
The Boom began.