The Kirkpatrick family began oil exploration in the 1920’s when John Kirkpatrick’s father-in-law, M.B. Blake, drilled their first well. John then founded Kirkpatrick Oil in 1950. Kirkpatrick Oil has been active in the Hennessey area for 60 years. At 6:30 pm, on October 1, 2007, a fire started and soon destroyed the I.0.0.F (Odd Fellows Lodge) building and the American Legion building. The vacant Dinkler Drug Store building was taken down after the fire. All were vintage 1910 and in the middle of Downtown Hennessey. In 2000 the town of Hennessey established a vision of the future and where it should be in 2010. The driving force behind the Hennessey 2010 initiative was to make improvements to downtown and the central community. Kirkpatrick Oil joined the initiative with a facility that is the centerpiece of the Main Street beautification plan.
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