Well Drillers - Hubler

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HUBLER AND CAMPBELL DRILLING EQUIPMENT: Well Drilling equipment for the beginning of 21st Century,
Contributed by ray on 7/24/16 - Image Year: 2012

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In 1897 Seymore Hubler, began drilling wells under the company name of H. S. Hubler & Son. The son was Forest Hubler. Eventually Forest took over the company and changed the name to F. J. Hubler & Sons.

When the original business was started, the company drilled with a rig that was powered by a horse that walked in a circle. Eventually this was replaced with a steam powered drill which was later replaced by a gasoline powered rig.

Forest's sons were James and William. After the death of their father they continued drilling wells as separate enterprises. Jim operated out of Port Royal and Bill out of Spruce Hill.

Upon the retirement of Jim about 1980, his sons James Jr. and William took over the drilling business and changed the name to Hubler Bros. Wells and Pumps. James Jr. was in charge of the drilling operation and William in charge of the pump portion of the business.

In 2002 the drilling portion of the Port Royal business was sold to Ryan McWilliams who operated as McWilliams Well Drilling.

Eventually the Spruce Hill portion of the business was acquired by Bill's grandson James Campbell and was operated as Hubler and Campbell Well Drilling Co.

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Contributed by ray on 7/24/16 - Image Year: 1948
F. J. HUBLER & SONS CREW Pictured during the late 1940s are (l-r) Jim, Carl, Forest and Bill Hubler with a newly acquired rig.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 7/24/16 - Image Year: 1908
DRILLING BLAST HOLES NEAR DOWNINGTOWN: The drill rig is drilling blast holes for The South Penn Railroad which was never completed due to the opening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Photo from Juniata Sentinel)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/7/13 - Image Year: 1940
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Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/14/13 - Image Year: 1953
ADVERTISEMENT from 1953 TVHS Yearbook.



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