A hundred years later, that city celebrated their century mark showcasing their pride of being a game changing world-wide influence as the center of the industrialized world. That same year a young man grew a mustache.
Mayor Bill Moon spent his time at the mic boasting about the city's rich history and sprinkling some of the quirky little known facts about the area. Apparently thousands of pounds of duck were raised and packaged here for folks all over the country, the emperor of Brazil swung by for a visit once and the famed Liberty Bell stopped here on tour, twice,
But perhaps the least known fact of the day wasn't shared by Moon, but rather by state representative R. Lee James who reminisced about Oil City's 100th year celebration that he attended as a youngster. It turned out, that year he decided something that would become a trademark look for him.
He told the crowd of several hundred that in 1971 he grew his mustache. And he has had it ever since. "It wasn't always gray," he said with a laugh.
He has contemplated shaving it off recently, but his wife, Maureen, isn't quite sure about this move. "I've never seen him without it," she said.
Saturday's event was full of great little stories like this. State senator Scott Hutchinson also recalled being a young boy scout who participated in the 100th year celebration.
He told a tale of big flashlights and learning a lesson that bigger isn't always better. Apparently the giant flash lights he and his brother carried during the rehearsal were too much for some folks who asked that the "Hutchinson boys" be given smaller flash lights.
Scott said they obliged.
This was something that flashed through our mind on Saturday. Of the young people here, who will be back in 50 years for the bicentennial, who among them will be a dignitary. One could be president by then. and here they are at this event and perhaps signing their name to a keepsake banner.
Even the items uncovered from a time capsule had a certain quirk to them. In 1971 they didn't quite understand the power of nature and time. Water had gotten into the vault and severely damaged the contents. But what remains were on display in their altered state.
She spoke of President Ulysses S. Grant visiting shortly after the city incorporated and told of the incredible rise of the city due to its oil and gas deposits. And how what we see now as little Oil City was once known all around the world.
Breen also added to the quirky fun facts speaking how the city played an important environmental role for ocean dwelling giants. Petroleum found in the oil region played an important role in minimizing the necessity of hunting the oil rich fats in whales to fuel combustibles. "You're welcome world, you're welcome whales," Breene told the crowd.
Mike Dulaley was more optimistic about his longevity telling the crowd he hoped to be here for the city's bicentennial. Though a conversation with him after the event revealed his love of warm weather, which isn't common in this area (at least six months of the year.) Maybe global warming will keep him here?
At the event a banner was displayed for people to sign. This banner will be placed in a time capsule this fall with hopes it will be opened on the city's bicentennial.
"We will put items in a vacuums seal," Mayor Moon told the crowd, He was adamant that the efforts of this time and place will be preserved and won't suffer a similar fate to the items left in 1971.
Saturday's' celebrations culminated with a reception at the Venango Museum with live piano music and the many oil region celebratory exhibits.
Sunday's celebration was what small town community is all about. It was neighbors meeting neighbors and saying "thanks for still being here." A town doesn't celebrate itself. The people do.
Happy birthday to the little city that truly changed the world.