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Guidebook for MILON J. TRUMBLE
Non-Fiction Historical Facts Behind 'The Magic Eye'
The Trumble Timeline places within international history the milestones of Milon J. Trumble and other inventors. Seeing what motivated these explorers unlocks energy history. World events impacted early experiments as industrial agreements and accords were drawn between nations.
Trumble left his mark on certain advancements begun centuries before his life. His work was globally distributed with his patents engaged long after he died. Evidence of his engagements remain in fuel, metals and chemical engineering today.
The Trumble Timeline spans 3000 B.C. through 1949. This guidebook draws from many credible historic sources merged with Trumble’s documents. Cross-checking timeframes and dates was necessary to achieve accuracy as explored by different historians. Seeing how energy turned in new directions opens a view to global energy today. Information below introduces how MJ Trumble's career helps to illuminate the ground floor beginnings of modern energy.
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Motivating Forces for MJ Trumble and His Fellow Builders
Milon J. Trumble is shown on the right below with an unknown associate in 1902. After moving to California in 1901, Trumble began his career. He and his partners planned certain progress and also realized new discoveries, only to find they had to change direction as situations changed in their nation and different countries. Their roller coaster ride in the energy business began.
As American industry took shape across the continental landscape in the 19-teens, citizens and government wanted rich development but without the waste they saw happening. Waste was considered immoral. Documents from that era proclaim this loudly.
The inventor and his partners aimed to develop fuel. They made efficient use of water in the arid West. They utilized steam with precise systems designed to maximize every precious therm of heat. They processed high-value ores, minerals and petroleum.
These developers answered requests to conserve resources as defined by Congress and Chambers of Commerce. Many in government observed the activities of pioneers such as Trumble working in land and energy ventures. Partners working with Trumble extended their efforts to countries overseas. Their lives were influenced by key triggers noted throughout The Trumble Timeline:
Priming the Pump for Energy History
A student hearing of Milon J. Trumble commented, “I don’t get it, why don’t we just use steam?”
The student’s question landed in the wheelhouse for exploring global energy history. This page features a scroll-down highlighting topics to discover. Consider MJ Trumble as a tour guide. Steam has remained an important energy resource since its heyday during the 1770-1917 Age of Steam.
Dedicated historians today maintain knowledge and equipment explaining how machines, tools, fuels and methods were used building towns and industries. American elders teach about energy’s earliest days with websites, books, movies, games and museums.
As oil companies and utility groups evolve to energy companies today, people are expressing interest learning past and future uses of carbon and non-carbon energy. Scientists today measure molecules in their quest to refine energy. This began at the start of MJ Trumble's career. His early systems rendered value to every drop of water and therm of heat used in refining processes.
Energy History is Meaningful to Every Country
Earth history reveals different kinds of energy developed from many sources for centuries. The finer the chemistry, the better fuel became. Engineers in Japan refined fuel from pine tree oil during World War II after their access to petroleum was cut. Examples abound in world history showing how people powered their lives at different times. The Trumble Timeline plots this progress with important turning points affecting energy choices that were made.
Among artifacts from early energy development in the U.S. West is pumping equipment shown above in the middle. This oil derrick is on display at Olinda Museum in Brea, California where MJ Trumble began his career. ‘Partners in Power’ above on the right was a 1927 advertising campaign by the oil company Atlantic Richfield.
Imagination to build and invent was inspired at world’s fairs through four centuries celebrating human progress. World’s fairs boosted interest in energy and industry as cities grew. Countries hosted grand exhibits sharing a bonanza of inventions and cultures.
Many visitors to these international extravaganzas departed with fresh determination to invent. The Westinghouse engine below was on display in Chicago in 1893. Passion to solve problems and create systems inspired MJ Trumble as a boy in the late 1800's. He became fascinated figuring out ways to improve every tool, powering method and system that caught his attention.
In the early 1900’s, inventions were called beasts, contrivances, gadgets, contraptions, gizmos and other names as news reporters rushed to explain new technology they barely understood. People were eager to keep up with progress and learned features of different machines. Into the 1960's and beyond, reporters and parents explained technology with humorous words such as 'thingy-majiggy' and 'whatcha-ma-call-it.' Some of these humorous terms remain in affectionate use today in America. Words and images used at the dawn of technology were invented by different cultures to grapple with many newfangled inventions becoming available.
Energy concepts building American and global industry are depicted in vintage historical graphics. U.S advertising from the late 1920’s illustrated products and means offered by businesses to serve those who wished to advance from rudimentary tools to modern methods. Advertising also broadcast human ideals, such as taking responsibility for products built. Advertising shows how industry became cultural heritage. Cultural ethnography includes people's industrial heritage. Most people wanted new technology and absorbed it at different times in different world regions. Advertising during Trumble's life was explored in research for The Magic Eye Geofiction novel.
As forms of energy were developed to power people’s lives, different groups with their methods of power competed to gain popularity for their inventions. In addition to bold advertising, fine pictures, postcard, illustrations, stamps, posters and other printed material reveal energy history in America and the world. When radio and TV were invented, a new world of advertising for energy and its delivery to people was born. Pictures of past activities developing energy record how people once lived and invested in farms and industries using different methods of power.
Throughout American energy history, land and mineral leases were used to borrow earth for a specific time while building industry. Land leased today to build wind and solar farms may be used for different energy in the future that is not yet invented now. Energy generation in particular is becoming more miniaturized. This will release more acres for different land uses in the future.
Second growth forests grew to replace earlier trees cleared for original industrial sites in Pennsylvania. Renewed forests have grown along Oil Creek in Venango County shown above where land was once covered with oil derricks and acres of equipment. This location was home to America’s earliest oil production. Above are the grounds of the Drake Well Museum in Titusville. Visit their website and learn more, or visit an oil museum on your travels. Many museums exist in the U.S. and other countries as people work to preserve this history. Today’s energy developed at compact sites preserves many times the acres of land once used for early petroleum.
Coolspring Power Museum shown above displays vintage engines and pumps. Museums like this are one option among hundreds of choices to repurpose land and increase energy understanding.
MJ Trumble’s Biography reveals how land was first used to create energy in America and other countries. Inventions during Trumble’s time were crafted so people and industries could thrive.
Environmental management became more precise as earth sciences advanced. Although vast production increased certain environmental contamination, efficiencies in engineering were developed to redefine new industrial processes to make them cleaner. Careful balance between industrial production and environments took labor and imagination to advance over decades. Scientific progress to improve energy and industries continues around the world today.
Family Stories in Energy Development
Family stories which are part of global energy history are emerging from many different countries. Historians assemble family accounts through oral histories, saved artifacts, public records and more. Through periods of industrial development, families from different cultures worked together amid war, peace, natural disasters, epic failures and notable successes. Their stories help anchor global understanding of how people grew using earth’s resources.
American industrial pioneers who developed oil and steel in the Eastern U.S. attracted domestic and international investors. MJ Trumble’s Biography details how inventors such as he grew their links to innovators in the Eastern U.S. and other countries.
Three decades of energy history are represented in Trumble’s endeavors between 1901 and 1931. He is seen above with his family relaxing seaside at Long Beach, California in 1911. He engaged in a variety of work with U.S. builders and leaders, and also foreign governments, families and companies who worked far from his headquarters in California.
Family stories in energy history include those of early drillers. Two Russian oil drillers are illustrated in a drawing of the late 1800's on the left. A Trumble oil refinery stood in Baku, Russia in 1918. Above on the right is America's first known oil driller. Uncle Billy Smith pulled up black gold from 60' depth in 1859. He was a toolmaker from Pennsylvania. With Uncle Billy is legendary Captain Drake in this Titusville country scene that represents a milestone in energy history. This image was created by nationally known artist Fred Cole. Cole's illustration was printed on posters for special holiday promotions and distributed to clients and families of Dowell, Inc. in the 1950's.
Families who pursued ventures with Trumble were miners, merchants, scientists, villagers, missionaries and more. Their lives touched his, and he touched the lives of many families. This inventor would remain unknown today if not for his family sharing his story. His family would not have seen the Baku Trumble refinery without a photo saved by an unknown Russian family.
Experiments Led the Way
The bank check shown above is an artifact from MJ Trumble. Among several ventures he launched, newspaper reports stated this company captured world attention by 1919. His patents verify his work with coal and shale that became part of U.S. chemical engineering.
Trumble’s experiments led the way to patents he officially registered. His patents formed the foundations of products and companies. Companies he formed financed further experiments.
Practical inventors such as MJ Trumble earned their importance to mentors and families who worked on experiments with them. The photo saved by Trumble from the early 1900's shows his brother-in-law. The compact system they constructed appears to cycle and separate materials. Trumble's patents show his work focused on petroleum and asphalt at this time. A structure at right appears similar to an apparatus in modern biomimicking. Fluids and minerals might have cascaded down as they cooled outdoors from the high heat applied inside the tanks.
Harvesting Energy History
A number of today’s industrial patents show the name of MJ Trumble as an earlier inventor upon whose ideas new improvements were designed into the 21st century. Tracing the path of patents shows first steps that led to later inventions. Trumble's patents were among the first one million patents registered in the United States. Improvements are as recent as 2007. He licensed his first registered patents when he was in his mid-twenties and became a millionaire by age 30 in 1909. His oil refining patent below was granted and registered in Czechoslovakia in 1926.
Patents show names, dates, owners and ideas of inventors from diverse fields. Experiments typically occured years before patents were granted. Patents show certain energy methods and early industries that became part of different cultures and countries.
Harvesting energy history and tracing roots of industrial innovation is found in patents plus other sources, such as company brochures, newspapers and family ephemera. By comparing different sources naming industry participants, various factual fragments fit together to form history.
Governments Made Energy Choices
Attendees at the 1921 Naval Conference in Washington, D.C. are pictured below. This gathering marked an early historic moment when the U.S. made decisions that would affect energy for decades to come. MJ Trumble met with government officials and corporate leaders years earlier to set his course. He heard about technology being explored and elected interests he might advance.Every country developing their Navy was by 1921 keenly interested in energy decisions. U.S. leaders and foreign investors chose to develop petroleum for fuel. Rubber development and tire manufacturing are also part of naval development and early energy history.
The history of fuel, metals, infrastructure, industry, defense, autos, trucks, boats, trains and planes is linked together in every country. Every country made decisions regarding individuals and companies with whom they worked. The Trumble Timeline shows where the U.S. led certain decisions, as well as instances where the U.S. followed the lead of others.
Today’s energy companies use knowledge gained from the struggles and successes of pioneers who tested and developed many methods to harness and refine power. How power was brought to farms, towns, cities and people worldwide is another part of this epic history. Through all the tumult that unfolded wherever energy could be delivered, clear progress was made.
The 1927 family pictured above was typical of oil pioneers working the American West. Their modest touring sedan was a prize to them. This family was friends with the Trumble family. The gentleman was a supervisor at a California oil field. His job was to keep equipment running and producing. His responsibilities involved complicated work his family and MJ Trumble assisted over his long career. Among many tools important to the lives of such pioneers, two are shown below.
Early Energy Specifics
1. FASHIONABLE MOBILE PIPELINES
Rail cars transporting fuel were used for years before pipes could span treacherous territory. A 1911 fuel-loading depot in California is shown below on the right. This system used pumps and gravity to fill rail cars. As regional oil and gas pipelines were constructed, any means that could be assembled and financed was pulled in wherever needed to transport fuel, including mule and horse teams pulling rows of tanks on wheels. An 1800's fuel depot in Baku, Russia is below on the left. Ideas flowed building energy transport during MJ Trumble's career.
2. BEASTLY STEAM BOILERS
Trumble patented three different boilers among many of these devices conceived by inventors. Steam boilers generated energy needed to run equipment such as drills and pumps. Boilers could be powered by crude oil, natural gas, coal or water. Heavy boilers could be pulled by mule teams or put on rail lines and transported to rugged, remote sites. They were later hauled by trucks. This early model stands at Olinda Oil Musem in Brea, California.
“Super-heated steam was essential and integrated in Trumble’s inventions.”
– MJ Trumble Biography
Global energy history shows how natural resources, tools and methods from former early experiments came into use at different times. Energy remains a field with much imagination.
This novel was written to introduce the story of the first American to register a patent in every country. The year was 1916 with 95 countries in all. Several of these nations were the first to issue a patent to anyone.
The real inventor's documents were stowed in bins in a residential garage. The story was cloaked in family secrecy for 7 decades.
Oil historians in Europe noted this man's peculiar brilliance for devising the processes he did, but his story had never been told.
THE MAGIC EYE was written while research for detailed information about the actual inventor was in progress. Information from his family was a starting point. Facts had to be drawn from many sources before the real history could be written.
The period in which this novel's action takes place is a time we associate with the first heyday of movies.
Characters were developed with personalities distinct to the 1920's. It was a brash age when people tried many things and spoke their minds in a witty manner.
Daily journals from the inventor's family showed their actions and reactions. It was clear how they fit with other people in those times, but also evident was how much their Papa's work set them apart.
Few families lived a life as connected to the kind of international mystery that this family lived. By the dawn of World War II, many secrets of this explosive era had vanished. This man's wife and daughter decided to save their story. That is how this novel came to life.
THE MAGIC EYE portrays good and evil where colorful characters are locked in intense conflict. From news articles about the inventor and numerous other documents, we learn of his involvement with early petroelum, shale, world governments and secret societies. Fraternal organizations is the name used today in lieu of secret societies. The inventor was active in the golden age of fraternalism.
This novel showcases 1920's intrigue where inventors, entrepreneurs and governments raced to develop new ideas.
Once an oil company paid the inventor a million dollars for two patents, his path to adventure was sealed.