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Moncrief Oil / Montex Drilling

Moncrief Oil / Montex Drilling Co.

Moncrief Building • 950 Commerce St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
phone: (817) 336-7232 • fax: (817) 336-3164

William Alvin "MONTY" Moncrief (1895-1986 )

W.A. "MONTY" Moncrief was one of the industries' greatest wildcatters. He was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas on August 25, 1895 to Lafayette Barto and Jennie Smith Moncrief. His mother died three years later. Afterward his father married Mynta Wood who was the only mother Alvin really knew and whom he said shaped his life with love.

Monty's father had come to Texas from Georgia during the Reconstruction days after the civil war. Aspiring to more land and a more bountiful way of life, in 1900 he moved his family to Checotah, Oklahoma, a frontier Indian town often inhabited by Creek Indians, who came to town on horseback for the Saturday night events and often left town under gunfire.

Checotah was the town where Moncrief matured and attended high school, taking typing and shorthand and excelling to the point that he became a court reporter in Eufala, Oklahoma. Determined to get an education, he saved $150 which was enough money to enroll at the University of Oklahoma at Norman. To continue covering expenses, he worked in the registrar's office. He became "Monty" Moncrief when he was initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity.

World War I interrupted his college education and like many others, Moncrief volunteered for service. He joined the U.S. Cavalry and was sent to officer training camp in Little Rock, Arkansas. But instead of horses, he was trained in machine guns.

It was there that he met, and six months later married, Mary Elizabeth Bright on May 28, 1918. Moncrief was soon transferred to Fort Dix, N.J. and then to France, but he saw no combat as the Armistice was signed before his battalion was to go to the front line.

After the war, he and Elizabeth returned to Oklahoma where he found a job with Marland Oil Company in their accounting department. Later, he was transferred to their land department and when Marland opened offices in Fort Worth in the late 1920's, he was promoted to Vice President for the new division. Soon, the administration of Marland changed, and like many employees Monty resigned and struck out on his own as an independent in 1929.

During the depression, Moncrief became a wealthy man. He teamed up with John E. Ferrell, and together they took leases on minerals where they ultimately drilled the F. K. Lathrop #1 which turned out to be the northernmost extension of the East Texas Field.

Moncrief's good fortunes continued for his entire lifetime, with discoveries spanning the entire nation. Determined to give back, he and his wife Elizabeth named the Moncrief Radiation Center in Fort Worth, as well as the Moncrief Annex of the All Saints hospital. Buildings were erected in their honor at Texas Christian University, All Saints School, and Fort Worth Country Day School. Hospitals in the areas of discoveries, such as Jay, Florida and Bunkie, Louisiana, benefitted as well, and the list goes on and on.

But the Moncrief's lives had their share of sad moments, as do all families. Their son Richard (Dick) Barto Moncrief died young in 1970, and they lost three grandchildren to tragedy. Dick's daughter Elizabeth Scott (Scotty) died in an automobile accident, and two of Tex's children; John Herbert (Herbie) was killed in a motorcycle accident while home on leave from the Marine Corps and daughter, Monty Francine, died from leukemia at age seven. These events pushed Monty and Elizabeth to give even more to charities and facilities which have given so many others the chance to live. The William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation will carry on forever.

Monty gave of himself professionally, as well as being an active member of all of the major oil and gas associations. He was a member of the All-American Wildcatters, fished on the Gunnison River, played golf in Palm Springs and hunted dove and Quail on the Texas ranch.

Monty Moncrief died May 21, 1986 just as he would have wanted... at the Moncrief Building with his son Tex by his side. Elizabeth died August 17, 1992 at the age of 94 at their Fort Worth home.

W. A. "TEX" Moncrief, Jr.

Determined that both of his sons receive the finest educations available, Monty sent both Dick and Tex to Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, where Tex graduated cum laude. He then went on to graduate from the University of Texas in 1942, with a degree in petroleum engineering.

Tex immediately went to work for Consolidated Vultee, which had a huge bomber (B-24) plant in Fort Worth, but soon landed a job with Stanolind Oil and moved to Greggton, Texas, where he worked as an engineer in the East Texas Field.

When the U.S. entered WWII, Tex, just like his father went to serve. He received a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was trained at Harvard as a communications officer. Serving in the Pacific, Tex's flotilla had received orders to invade Japan when the Japanese surrendered. Tex returned to Fort Worth and joined his father in the oil business.

The Moncriefs were blessed with being a part of many more great discoveries, which included Conroe and Hastings on the Texas gulf coast, the Moncrief Smackover Gas unit in east Texas, the Moncrief Field in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, and the Kelly Snyder Field and Cedar Lake Unit of west Texas. More discoveries came in New Mexico and Oklahoma, then Wyoming in the very early-seventies, when Hartzog Draw, Powell, Pine Tree and North Buck Draw in the Powder River Basin were discovered. The most significant discoveries, though, were the Long Butte and Madden Deep units in the Wind River Basin, as well as Tepee Flats and Cave Gulch.

Tex and his father worked well together, and Tex carried on the family traditions. As President of the Moncrief Foundation, the family continued giving to The University of Texas, where Tex served on the Board of Regents, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Culver Military Academy and the Campbell Memorial hospital in Weatherford, Texas where the Moncrief Ranch is located. Tex also made sure that his sons got the best educations as well.

C. B. "CHARLIE" Moncrief

Charlie graduated from Culver in 1967, and attended both the University of Texas and Texas Christian University, where he earned his degree in geology. Charlie served in the United States Marine Corps then went directly to work for the family. He worked in production for one year, and then as a landman. He then went to work for Field Rocky Mountain Drilling Company in Wyoming from 1974 to 1980. FRMDC was a joint venture between the Moncrief family and Field Drilling Company of south Texas. Charlie moved back to Fort Worth in 1980 to rejoin his father and granddad in the home office, where he remains today. Charlie and Tex Moncrief oversee all Moncrief oil and gas operations, investments and the family ranching operations. Charlie is a director of the Moncrief Foundation.

R. W. "DICK" Moncrief

Dick was the first of the third-generation to join the family business. He graduated from Culver in 1960, and from the University of Texas in 1964, with a degree in petroleum engineering. Dick worked for the family briefly then went to work for Goldman Sachs in New York City. He came back to work with the family for a brief stint, then on his own, created Moncrief Oil International (http://www.moncriefoilinternational.com), to explore for oil and gas overseas. This venture proved to be very lucrative for Dick Moncrief. The MOIL corporate office is located in Fort Worth, but Dick still maintains an office in the Moncrief Building with the family, and is a director of the Moncrief Foundation.

Tom O. Moncrief

Tom graduated from Texas Christian University. He is an active investor in the family's oil and gas operations, as well as part owner in the Weatherford, Texas ranch and it's associated cattle operations. Tom offices with the family in the Moncrief Building.

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