The True companies had their beginning in 1948 when H.A. 'Dave' True, Jr. moved from Cody to Casper as manager and part owner of the one-rig Reserve Drilling Company. The company, after nearly going under in the brutal 1949 blizzards, grew to a five rotary drilling rig operation by 1951. In that year True, together with Douglas S. Brown, bought out the other interest owners of Reserve Drilling and formed a partnership known as True and Brown Drilling Contractors. In 1953, the two formed another partnership, True and Brown Oil Producers. The following year, True purchased Brown's interests and, in partnership with his wife Jean, changed the names to True Drilling Company and True Oil Company. Since 1954 several other firms have been organized by the True family, many connected with the petroleum industry and all based in Casper. They include Black Hills Trucking Inc., Belle Fourche Pipeline, Cambria Europe, Inc., Eighty-Eight Oil LLC, Equitable Oil Purchasing Company, Midland Financial Corp. (Hilltop National Bank), Toolpushers Supply Company, True Environmental Remediating LLC., True Geothermal Energy, and True Ranches LLC. The True associated companies employ over 1,000 people in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The TRUE Diamond
The question arose as to the origin of the "True" diamond; who made it and how did it come about? We posed the question to Mr. True and this is his story:
H.A. "Dave" True, Jr.
It is clear to me that my father, Henry A. (Harry) True, designed the basic True diamond around the turn of the century (1900) either while he was in college at the University of Wisconsin or shortly after his graduation from that institution as a civil engineer. Since he was born in 1883 and was a fairly studious type, I believe, but cannot be certain, he graduated in 1905. His engineering background is, of course, demonstrated by the block design and the use of shaded letters. His original design included the first vertical line of the "R" being extended and the last vertical line of the "U" being extended. This, of course, caused its outline to move even further from a standard shaped diamond.
Uncle Allen True and the Wyoming Bucking Horse & Rider
Allen Tupper True was an American frontier artist, with many prominent murals, illustrations and easel paintings. His work can be found in several State Capitol Buildings throughout the midwest. In 1935 the Secretary of State (Wyoming - Lester Hunt) commissioned Allen True to render the design for the Bucking Horse & Rider. The Bucking Horse & Rider insignia has been used since at least 1918 - during World War I, by members of the Wyoming National Guard on their uniforms, military vehicles and other equipment. The Bucking Horse & Rider first appeared on the Wyoming state license plate in 1936, embossed with the rendering done by Allen True. The insignia is also used to represent the University of Wyoming, and many Wyoming based businesses. For more information on Allen's life and artwork, please see Allen Tupper True: An American Artist
A few words from our Founder
I have always considered integrity and ethics to be the most important part of a business decision. Our goal has always been to make every deal on such terms and in such a manner that next week, next year or five years from now we can go back and deal with those same people again.H.A. "Dave" True, Jr.