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Appendix 4

Michigan Oil And Gas Association Senior Staff

Over time, seven individuals have served as the senior staff person of the Michigan Oil And Gas Association.


1934-1937: Harry G. Hunt

Harry Hunt was left the Saginaw News to become the first full-time Association secretary. He quit the Association to affiliate with the Lupher Drilling Company, a drilling contractor. Hunt left Michigan for the Illinois basin in 1939.

1938-1941: A. J. "Whitey" Weideman

Whitey Weideman was a former contractor and producer in Ohio and Michigan who had served in the Michigan Legislature for two terms. He served as the association executive secretary from 1938 until ill health forced his resignation March 12, 1941. During his tenure efforts of many in the industry were rewarded with the passage of Act 61 of 1939, Michigan's original "Oil and Gas Law."

1941-1945 W. B. "Wallie" Pardoe and Harold "Butch" McClure


Wallie Pardoe was an independent who operated out of Alma and, later, Grand Rapids. He was a charter member of the Association and was named "recording" secretary of the Association in 1938.

Butch McClure had been the Association President in 1939-1940 and succeeded Weideman in May, 1941, continuing as the industry's "man in Lansing" through the World War II years Also President of the National Stripper Association, McClure brought favorable press coverage for the. To illustrate the absurdity of low oil prices, McClure employed all sorts of props including a milk bottle and a pail of barn paint.

In December 1945, a move was made to make Arthur H. Ledbeter the paid executive secretary, mostly by members who wanted to see the Association offices moved from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant, where they had been some years before. Wally Pardoe did not want to move to Mt. Pleasant. He left the Association after the votes were counted to move the office to Mt. Pleasant.


-1949: Arthur H. Ledbetter

Ledbetter was an accountant who got into the oil business as office manager for McClanahan Oil Company in the 1930s. During his tenure MOGA's office was in Mt. Pleassant.

1949-1970: William Palmer

Palmer had been a State Senator from 1933 through 1937 and was serving as the secretary for the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan. Under Palmer , the offices and position of executive secretary for both the Oil and Gas Association of Michigan and APIM were combined and located in Lansing. The Mt. Pleasant office of MOGA was closed. During Palmer's tenure the Association took on membership insurance service. Palmer retired December 31, 1970. With his leaving the two Associations went their separate ways, both opening their own office and hiring their own executive secretary.

1971- Present: Frank L. Mortl

Mortl was recruited by MOGA President G. R. "Rollie" Denison after Mortl, a Central Michigan University Business Administration Masters degree program student and General Motors management trainee, contacted Denison to participate in a CMU business forum. Mortl joined MOGA as Executive Secretary (a position that evolved first into Executive Vice President and then President as the elected chief Association office title became Chairman of the Board.) Under his administration, MOGA acquired the Michigan Oil & Gas News, consolidated and centralized the MOGA insurance program and was instrumental in establishment of the then nation-unique Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which uses oil and gas royalties and lease bonus money paid to the state to acquire and improve Michigan's environment and improve outdoor recreation throughout the state.

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