D. V. EAKIN, whose business as a general oil drilling contractor is one which requires a large amount of exact
experience, has been identified with the oil business since 1871, and has been a resident of New Castle since 1899,
where he is a leading citizen. He was born in 1853, in Venango County, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Eakin remained in his native locality until he was eighteen years of age and then left home for the oil fields,
finding his first work in the old scrub grass region on the Allegheny River, in 1871: He engaged in operating and
producing in the Bullion field in Venango County, in 1879, and from 1882 to 1892 was in the Bradford field, later
was in. the Thorn. Creek field for a time, then went back to the Bullion field for a number of years, working as
a producer, and was also engaged in drilling in the Allegheny County fields. From 1892 until 1895 he was in the
rich oil districts of Northwestern Ohio, going from there back to the Venango County fields, and in 1899 he came
to New Castle. For the seven succeeding years he drilled wells for the New Castle Gas Company, during the last
two years being in the holant fields. Since then he has operated in Butler County and drove the first well that
opened up the Muddy Creek fields. Mr. Eakin has a reputation in his line of work that keeps him very busy and there
are few men through this section who are better posted or can be more thoroughly relied upon in oil matters than
In 1876 Mr. Eakin was married to Miss Henrietta Cross, who is a daughter of Judge Robert Cross, of Venango County.
Mr. and Mrs. Eakin have a family that includes seven sons and three daughters as follows: Blanche, Victor, who
is associated with his father; Josephine, deceased; R. Ernest, who has charge Of the accounting department of the
Kansas Natural Gas Company, located at Independence, Kan.; Wilfred, who is assistant cashier of the Pittsburg &
Lake Erie Railroad Company, at New Castle; William, who is employed in the First National Bank at New Castle; Helen,
Norman, who is employed in the electrical department of the Carnegie Steel Company, and Samuel, Virginia and Edward.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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