Vintage Oil Company Stock – Retrohound is now Rich!


This belonged to my Great Aunt and Uncle, John F. Young (or J. F. Young as it is on the stock certificate). 50 shares of capital stock in Bates County Oil & Gas Company. It says incorporated in the state of Delaware, but I was assuming it was Missouri. Missouri is much closer to Kansas, also see below.

What better time to have stock in oil and gas? Dated 28 June, 1919.

How would I find out if it’s worth anything? My Grandfather says he had it checked out when he was handling the estate and was told it wasn’t, so I’m not hopeful. I can only find two items on the net about the company. Both are in Google Books. Both are Biennial report of the Commissioner of Finance to the …, one from South Dakota in 1904, and one from Missouri in 1922.


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