Anyone have any information on O.T. "Happy" Yowell?He's mentioned in the Woody Guthrie Song, "Boomtown Bill", second verse:
"I held down jobs of roustybout, roughneck and driller too; Coke knocker, guager [SIC], fireman, and I backed that casing crew; Fought fires with Happy Yowell, I'm sure you know him well; I've worked that cross and cracking still, and my name is Boomtown Bill. I'm U.S.A. and C.I.O., and my name is Boomtown Bill."
(Lyrics as reprinted in Pete Seeger (ed.), Woody Guthrie Folk Songs, London, 1973, pp. 18-19)(c)1963 Ludlow Music Inc., New York, NY)
I got his name (O.T. Yowell) for the book "Signal Hill", by Ken Davis. It's about oil drilling in Signal Hill, California in 1921. He was considered one of the best oilmen of the time. Would like to know his ancestry.