Flat Stanley Letter 4

Note to my blog readers….

Flat Stanley is still visiting. I don’t know how much longer he can stand to be with us, but we have been enjoying his visit.

I have been spending time creating…. more on that in another post.

January 4, 2008 6pm Eastern

Hello Princess,

You asked why Steve and Gayle have cows. I will answer that question for you next time, okay? This weekend I have to learn about dairy farms and the kinds of cows people raise to eat.

Today I had to learn about one of the biggest industries in Western Pennsylvania…petroleum. Did you know that one of the first oil wells drilled in the Unites States was in Titusville, PA? You can read about it here. Gayle and Steve have been to the museum there, as well as to Drake Well. Someday, they want to go on the train there.

Drake Well is very close to another town named Oil City. Lots of people in the area work for petroleum companies like Pennzoil and Quaker State in Oil City. Oil City is very hilly. The Allegheny River goes right through the town. Sometimes part of the town floods if the ice dams the river in the spring thaw. You can read more about that, or see pictures here.

The oil and gas companies have been drilling more natural gas wells in this area, especially in the last three years. A few months ago a new gas well was drilled a half mile away at the dairy farm. Here are some pictures of that:




Yesterday I learned that one of Gayle’s favorite sounds to hear is the peepers in the spring. I had no idea what peepers were. Do you know? She had a hard time trying to sound like one, so found this site that let me listen to the real thing. I like to hear them too! Here is a picture of one that you could color.

Hope you are learning something this week in your school work.

Your pal, Stanley


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jan
    Jan 04, 2008 @ 18:45:05

    The train looks like fun!! We count the cars on the trains as they pass the crossing gates here. Not any passenger trains though. The ice is cool!!!! I couldn’t get to the peeper… my name is not Tiger! Thank you Gayle & Steve!! – The Princess

    *note from mom… I’m not sure she’s made the connection between what she plays with in the fields and what is on her plate 😉 Unless it’s the okra… that she gets 😀 Thank you very very much Gayle & Steve!!!


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  3. Gayle
    Jan 04, 2008 @ 20:00:39

    Sorry about the links to the frogs. I made a mistake on them and forgot to check it. They are fixed now.


  4. Jan
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 10:03:47

    Whoa! That was loud! I thought frogs went rib-bit. We have tree frogs in our yard, but they do not make that sound. Favorite dog really wants to know what is making that sound!!! Mom printed out the coloring page for me. Thank you for fixing the links!! – The Princess


  5. Spavlov
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 20:54:19

    I have had so much fun meetig flat Stanley ……
    Tell him I hope to ride that train in Oil City one of these days …………Sounds like more fun than a tour of the salt mines …..Sally


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