13th Bi-Annual Meeting

By: Dale Viers Delta, Ohio

      On June 26-27 2015 we will be meeting in Dublin Ohio at the Dublin Embassy Suites it is the location for the Show and is located at 5100 Upper Metro Place in Dublin OH 43017, near the intersection of SR 161 and I-270.

      This meeting is critical to the function and life of our group. Your contribution (donation of items) to the auction helps use continue without having to raise our dues.

      The current officers have held their office position for several years, it is time to step up and take your place. You will be receiving voting material for nomination of Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. "AGAIN" We need your "SUPPORT"!!!

I will be hosting the event, so if you have any suggestions or ideas that "YOU" want to help with please let me know at 419-349-8765.

Thank you,

Dale E. Viers Secretary/Treasurer


12th Bi-Annual Meeting

By: Dale Viers Delta, Ohio

      On June 21-22 2013 we will be meeting in Dublin Ohio at the Dublin Embassy Suites it is the location for the Show and is located at 5100 Upper Metro Place in Dublin OH 43017, near the intersection of SR 161 and I-270.

      This meeting is critical to the function and life of our group. Your contribution (donation of items) to the auction helps use continue without having to raise our dues.

      The current officers have held their office position for several years, it is time to step up and take your place. You will be receiving voting material for nomination of Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. "AGAIN" We need your "SUPPORT"!!!

I will be hosting the event, so if you have any suggestions or ideas that "YOU" want to help with please let me know at 419-349-8765.

Thank you,

Dale E. Viers Secretary/Treasurer


11th Bi-Annual Meeting

BY: Dale E. Viers, Delta, Ohio

On June 24th 2011, our 11th Bi-annual meeting will take place in Dublin Ohio (Columbus). We need you to take a part and support your Gulf Oil Historical Society. This meeting is critical to the function and life of our group. Your contribution (donation of items) to the auction helps use continue without having to raise our dues.

The current officers have held their office position for several years, it is time to step up and take your place. You will be receiving voting material for nomination of Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. We need your "SUPPORT"!!!

      The dues for 2012 will "NOT" increase at this time.

This year's meeting is being hosted by Jerry Scholl, you can reach him at 614-848-4928 or you can call me at 419-349-8765 with any questions or suggestions.

Now is the time to give some thoughts as to where we will meet for 2013 and who would like to host it.

Thank you

Dale E. Viers SEC/TRES GOHS


10th Annual Meeting

BY: Dale Viers Toledo, Ohio

On June 19th 2009, 14 members and family meet for the annual meeting of the GOHS in Dublin Ohio. This meeting also celebrated the 10th year the GOHS has been providing a single purpose, that being the history and preservation of the Gulf Oil Companies.

The GOHS auction went very well, bringing in $645.00 for our upcoming expenses thru the year. It was voted that the annual meeting now will be held every two years. Which of course, makes it a bi-annual meeting and makes the term of office for the officers two years also.

The current officers were re-elected for another term.

The dues for 2010 will be increased to $30.00 per year, $55.00 for two years. Spouse’s membership will be $15.00.

Now is the time to give some thoughts to where we will meet for 2011 and who will host it.

Thank you

Dale E. Viers
SEC/TRES GOHS


Cancellation of Meeting!

BY: Larry Degenhart VP GOHS

Due to the lack of interest and the high cost of fuel we are canceling the upcoming meeting in Oklahoma City on October 16-17 & 18 2008. The next meeting for 2009 is currently planed to take place in Columbus Ohio at the 23rd annual Petroliana Collectors Show on June 19th & 20th 2009. This will be our tenth year so hopefully the economy and interest will improve for attendance. I would like to thank Don & Bette Roby for their effort on organizing the meeting and to the few members who did want to attend the meeting in Oklahoma this year.


9th Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City October 16th, 17th & 18th, 2008

BY: Dale Viers Toledo, Ohio

The date for the meeting is official, so start your plans for attending the meeting; we are putting together sites to visit and hotel accommodations. It is being hosted by Bette & Don Roby. If you have any questions or suggestions for the meeting please contact Don or me. We are hoping for a “BIG” turnout.


Summer 2007 updates and comments

... BY: Dale Viers Toledo, Ohio

Summer Update and Comments from the GOHS Sec/Treas.

As most of you know we did not have an official meeting for the GOHS this year 2007. However a few members did get together at the 21st Annual International Petroliana Collectors Show held in Columbus Ohio in June. There was an impromptu meeting held and those who were present were Larry Degenhart Vice/Pres., Dale Viers Sec/ Treas., GOHS Director Maurice Suggs and his wife Virginia Suggs. Also present at the show was Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kastner and Mr. & Mrs. Pat Lutz.


The Suggs, Larry and I did go to dinner at the Max & Erma’s near the motel and we had a good time. An official meeting was not held this year because we did not have a volunteer to host and arrange the location and meeting details. As most of you know from the resent GOHS Update letter that was sent out in September we are currently making arrangements to go to Oklahoma City in 2008. This will take place in the fall time frame, with the date TBD. It is being hosted by GOHS Director Don Roby and his wife Bette Roby.


We are currently looking into the meeting for 2009. That will be the 10th anniversary for the GOHS and it was said we wouldn’t last this long. We are looking at holding that meeting in Columbus Ohio in June, and I would be happy to host it. The location for the meeting in 2010 will have to be determined and someone will have to come forward to host and make the arrangements.


I plan on continuing my effort and work with the GOHS as long as I am allowed to by the members. If someone wants to step in I would be more than happy to turn things over and help in any way that I can, but until then you have my full attention.


Respectfully yours,


Dale E. Viers
GOHS Sec./Treas.


8th Annual Meeting, Bellville Texas Sept 2006

... BY: Dale Viers Toledo, Ohio

The 8th Annual Meeting was very successful, with good times had by all in attendance (15). Some quick highlights, Larry Degenhart is the new 2007 VP, and the 2007 meeting and the person to host it has been sent to the GOHS members to vote on a location and a volunteer for hosting. Our Hosts for this meeting Chuck Crane and Paul Beveridge did a great job and we had perfect weather too. It would have been nice to have had a better show of members at the meeting. Check for meeting photos in the Galleries section under Events.



8th ANNUAL MEETING, Houston / Bellville TX, Sept 28 - 30, 2006

... BY: Paul Beveridge, Houston TX

There will be lots to do this year folks, with a huge antique show, swap meet, antique car museum, and much more. Watch your Gulfpride for details, and remember, we NEED AUCTION ITEMS, so dig in those dup boxes and send us some stuff. Contact Paul, Art, Dale or Bob for details. It's ok to bring your items to the meeting but please let Paul know what your bringing so he can get a list to Grady for the newsletter. The sooner the better!!! Look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting, especially the local Houston area crowd!! You can contact Dale at 419-841-1032 or dalegulf[blocked:blocked]@buckeye-express.com or Paul at 281-550-7601 or pabb[blocked:blocked]@prodigy.net.



7th Annual Meeting a huge success

... BY: Bob Beck, GOHS, Pittsburgh

The 7th Annual Meeting was a huge success, with good times had by all. Some quick highlights, Art Gray is the new 2006 VP, and the 2006 meeting will be in the Houston area, to be hosted by Paul Beveridge and Art Gray. Diane Dawson was presented with the Achievment Award on Gary's behalf. Not a dry eye in the room for sure, but everyone handled it well. Certainly more details and photos to follow!!



Auction items are needed for the 7th Annual Meeting!

... BY: Dale Viers, VP, GOHS

URGENT NOTICE Our auction each year at the annual meeting helps cover our expenses throughout the year. Dues alone from the members help to cover a small part of the club's operating costs. All time is donated by the officers, directors, editor, etc., but the amount needed to publish and mail the GULFPRIDE and updates ( paper, envelopes, stamps, computer supplies, etc. ), keep our web site operating, and other costs associated with running this society are always increasing.

Last year ( 2004 ), our auction brought in $1400.oo. Simply stated, we need your help! Donations for this year's auction can be sent to Dale Viers. Who lives in Ohio and will transport the items to Columbus, Ohio for our annual meeting. Time is of the essence, as we need to photograph the goods and get the pictures to our editor for publication. That will allow mail bids for those who are unable to attend our meeting. Look through your collection and find any item(s) that can be auctioned off to help support the continuance of the GOHS.

**Note: If you are coming to the meeting and plan on bringing your items, please send a photo of same to our editor for publication. Your help and support is sincerely appreciated !!

The auction at our annual meeting this year is being run by (NEED VOLUNTEERS), THANKS guys for helping out on this important endeavor !! See you in Columbus!!

Dale



6TH ANNUAL MEETING

... BY: Bob Beck, GOHS, Pittsburgh

Well, we're 6 and 0!! Our sixth annual meeting was a great success. While mother nature had the heat gun blazing, a few sprinkles kept the temperatures in check. That added up to a great show turnout, with lots of Gulf goodies to be had, and some great GOHS fellowship. Discussion was had about the current projects, the marker in Jacksonville, and the recent opening of the Gulfhawk displays in Washington. Next year's meeting is likely to be a repeat performance of this year, but details are not complete at this time.

Bob


Auction items are needed for the 6th Annual Meeting!

... BY: Gary Dawson, VP, GOHS

URGENT NOTICE Our auction each year at the annual meeting helps cover our expenses throughout the year. Dues alone from the members help to cover a small part of the club's operating costs. All time is donated by the officers, directors, editor, etc., but the amount needed to publish and mail the GULFPRIDE and updates ( paper, envelopes, stamps, computer supplies, etc. ), keep our web site operating, and other costs associated with running this society are always increasing.

Last year ( 2003 ), our auction brought in $1307.75. Simply stated, we need your help! Donations for this year's auction can be sent to either Dale Viers or Gary Dawson. Both members live in Ohio and will transport the items to Columbus, Ohio for our annual meeting. Time is of the essence, as we need to photograph the goods and get the pictures to our editor for publication. That will allow mail bids for those who are unable to attend our meeting. Look through your collection and find any item(s) that can be auctioned off to help support the continuance of the GOHS.

**Note: If you are coming to the meeting and plan on bringing your items, please send a photo of same to our editor for publication. Your help and support is sincerely appreciated !!

The auction at our annual meeting this year is being run by Art Gray and Paul Beveridge, THANKS guys for helping out on this important endeavor !! See you in Columbus!!

Gary

Family Members Welcome!

... BY: Diane Dawson, wife of Gary Dawson, GOHS

At the 5th Annual Meeting, in Oil City, PA., on July 12, 2003 the membership present agreed to a motion which affects Wives, Children, and significant others, of GOHS members. The motion was to offer them full membership in GOHS at half price, $12.50 / yr. Full membership includes voting rights, committee positions, elected positions, and of course the right to work hard on any job that needs done. Each member of your family can join at full status provided you reside at the same address, and will share the same mailings.

I, along with the other wives, children, and grand kids present at this years meeting, would encourage you to join the GOHS.


5th ANNUAL MEETING

... BY: Bob Beck, GOHS

Well, we made five years, and they said it wouldn't last! The 5th annual meeting was held on Saturday, July 12th, in historic Oil City PA. Each year they hold a small petro show there, and we scheduled the meeting for the same weekend. Unfortunately, the show promoter made some poor business decisions, and was in great financial difficulty just prior to the show, causing much negative publicity, and a significantly reduced vendor turnout. That's the bad news. The good news, is that it had little or no affect on the meeting! On Friday, everyone who bought Gulf goodies set up tables in the hotel and had a great swap, lots of nice items traded. On Saturday, the meeting got started early, and went well. There were a few new projects discussed, and some new officers elected. Yea, I know, you want details. Well, be patient, I didn't write anything down, and am far past the memory days! As soon as I get a copy of the minutes from Dale, I will update this. Bottom line, is it went very well, and everyone had a great time. Discussion was had over next years meeting, and several sites were suggested, including a return to Columbus, which at this point, is the front runner. Once again, bear with me, we will post photos, attendance, election results, etc. in a few days. Bob


GULF AND GOHS MAKE NATIONAL NEWS SHOW

... Bob Beck, GOHS

On Sunday, Dec. 1st, 2002, CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, ran a short spot on the World's First Drive-In Filling Station, in their "Sunday Morning Almanac" section. It only lasted about 3 minutes, but was very nicely done. It featured photo's of the first station at Baum Blvd. and St. Clair St;, as well as the site now, the historical marker, the "gallon indicator" from Buzz Houston's truck, and listed several facts and figures from that station. That sunday was the 89th anniversary of the stations opening. They gave the GOHS credit at the close of the show, in the print credits, but it rolled by so fast that you barely get a glance. All in all, it was a good deal for the GOHS. I will bring a video copy to the meeting in Oil City, so if you missed it, you can catch a re-run there.


4th Annual Meeting, Fayetteville Texas

... Grady Jones, GOHS

Well, the 4th Annual Meeting of the Gulfoil Historical Society is history, and what a great time we all had. Art Gray, Chuck Crane & others did a great job to see that we all had a great time & many thanks were passed out to all. Those arriving by plane started showing up in Houston on Thursday, and all went out for a meal together. Heard they all had a great time, and great food! Well, everything started moving west of Houston the next morning, to the little central Texas town of Brenham. (Us Texans know this as the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, the best in the west!) After checking into the motel, it was off to see what Gulf goodies could be found in Round Top and Warrington. I heard that not much was found, but everyone had a great time. Saturday morning it was off to Fayetteville to do a little swapping and selling between members, and just some plain old visiting. The meeting area was set up at A Blast From The Past the antique store that the Cranes have made out of a 1927 Gulf Service station. (See the Gallery Page) About noon, some of the members of the Houston car club started showing up with some oldies, and spent the rest of the day swapping stories about old cars and oil related items. We had a good old Texas bar-b-que, which was fantastic, and got the meeting underway, with about 27 members and 4 guests. Before you knew it, the meeting was over, and everyone was headed home. Our weekend was over, old friendships were renewed, and new ones were made. We will now all wait until our 5th Annual Meeting, July 2003, in Oil City PA, to have another great weekend with our Gulf buddies! Hope to see you there!


HISTORIC LANDMARK PLAQUE DEDICATED

... Bob Beck, GOHS

8-1-02 After a long wait, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark Plaque was dedicated for the Gulf Research Laboratory building in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. (See the Gallery Page) This beautiful structure was completed in 1930, and looks as great today as it did then. The original fence pillars are still in place around the rear of the building, made of matching gray stone. The building was to be the home of the Gulf Research operations, and carry it well into the future. But the fact was, that the research operations were growing so fast, that by the time the facility was completed, it was all ready outgrown. Acquisition and construction of the facility in Harmarville was started even before this building was complete. It housed the research operations, as best it could, through 1937, when they were relocated to the state of the art facility in Harmarville. The building then served Gulf well, as the home for many departments, including some of the sales and marketing operations. Today, it is owned by Magee-Womens Hospital, and is operated as The Pittsburgh Childrens Center. Special thanks to the folks there for recognizing the heritage of this building and assisting in the landmark program.

More information on the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and Magee-Womens Hospital, can be found on their web sites.


IOWA GAS 2001

... Bob Beck, Sect., GOHS

Each year, the folks at Iowa Gas (long recognized as the Grand Daddy of all petro shows) select a company to feature at the show. For 2001, it was Gulf. Grady Jones, GOHS Charter Member from Midland, Texas was in charge of the display. He and his wife Alice, did a FANTASTIC job, with assistance from Buzz Houston and Charlotte Pate. Items from the early 1910's up to 1984 were displayed beautifully. Many comments were heard, indicating that Grady's display was the best in Iowa Gas history! Be sure to visit the GALLERY page, and view the photo's of the event.


SPINDLETOP CELEBRATION HUGE SUCCESS

... Bob Beck, Sect., GOHS

January 10th, 2001, marked the 100th anniversary of the famous Lucas Gusher at Beaumont Texas, that really got the foundation for GULF OIL established. The folks at Lamar University put on a fantastic program, and the GOHS was privileged to be a part of it. Special thanks go to our local members there, Dwaine Benson, L.C. Sheffield, and Paul Lewis for working with the folks at the Spindletop museum to coordinate our display. We had a 20'x30' tent crammed full of Gulf Goodies!! Buzz brought his tanker, a great early hand crank pump, along with many other pieces. Paul Lewis drug his monster GULF neon letters along, and the orange glow helped keep everybody warm all day long!! There were several tables of small items for everyone to enjoy, including a great Red Top 25lb grease can.

Ex-President George Bush was the feature speaker, and he gave a fantastic presentation, as he always does. He was followed by an excellent re-enactment of the gusher, complete with over 6000 gallons of water, at one point shooting twice the height of the derrick into the sky!

The museum grounds were loaded with period antiques and folks dressed in the attire of that day. Our Gulf display was the ONLY representation of all the oil companies that got their start at Spindletop, and I think that speaks volumes for our organization. While TEXACO did provide funding for a school program to help area students grasp the importance of the event, and MOBIL provided some advertising dollars, the GOHS was the only organization to actually show up and have a presence at the celebration.

Again, thanks to all of the members who participated, Dwaine Benson, L.C. Sheffield, Paul and Donna Lewis, Art and Joan Gray, Grady and Alice Jones, Buzz Houston and Charlotte Pate, Larry Hutchens and Bob Beck. We were a bit disappointed that more of the local members did not show an interest, but with the hundreds of visitors that viewed our display, they were hardly missed.

Dwaine manned the recruiting post, and passed out quite a few applications. Hopefully we will gain some quality, active members as a result of the efforts.

Be sure to visit the GALLERY page, and view the photo's of the event. Also, check out this good article in the Beaumont Enterprise.


WORLD'S FIRST DRIVE-IN SERVICE STATION MARKER IS IN!!

... Bob Beck, Sect., GOHS

Well, its finally over!! The marker is in! What a day! Buzz told us his truck looked good, but he never said it looked THAT good!! (Visit Buzz Houstons Gallery page for truck photos!) Having survived the trip from Kansas, he unloaded his gem and parked it next to the new marker. Yea, it was a day for the marker, but its like a steak, with out a baked potato, it just aint the same!! The truck made the day!! KDKA TV, the local CBS affiliate came and did a real nice spot about the whole deal, which aired on the 5PM news that day. The Pittsburgh PG newspaper did a great article, which, along with a photo of the original station, was picked up by the wire service. Who knows how many cities around the world ran the story!! When I first went to the site several years ago, I dreamed of buying it. When I realized that could not happen, I wanted some type of durable remembrance to the station. This marker will do for now, but I think this was far to important a site, to let stand remembered by a simple marker. Well play it by ear. Lots of other things in the wind, but the site of the WORLDS FIRST SERVICE STATION will never be forgotten in our hearts, and we will work hard to see that it is not forgotten by the motoring public either.


Check out the Marker Day Photo Gallery!

MARKER DAY FESTIVITIES

... Bob Beck, Sect., GOHS

The out of towners stayed at a motel near the research center in Harmarville, and were picked up around 9AM by the Official tour bus. Actually it was a 15 passenger van that got a little cozy!! All survived the brief trip to the marker site, and enjoyed a brief and simple ceremony at the marker. Now would someone care to explain, why does a plastic garbage bag rip when you put just about anything in it, BUT, will NOT rip when a 340 lb. guy tries to tear it off a marker??!! Had one whale of a time getting it off, finally with the assistance of Art Grays cane, we managed to unveil the marker. Oh yea, the TV camera caught it all!! After the laughter died down, and everybody had completed their picture taking and inspection of the marker and Buzz Houstons tanker, it was off on the rest of the days activities.

We arrived at the front door of the Gulf Tower, and were greeted by a homecoming of sorts. Seems there are a few ex-Gulf guys still working there, and when they heard we were coming, they were there to greet us! They were old buddies of Lee Herbermann and Jim Hellmann. It didnt take long for the stories to start to surface. So much for life long secrets!! Anyway, we were treated to a very rare visit to the Promenade, which is under private lease. Visitors are few and far between. The view was fantastic now, as it was years ago. The next stop was the I.G. Davis Board Room, which, for some reason, remains untouched. It was great to sit in the same chairs as the great Gulf leaders of the past. The old Gulf theater room, or auditorium, is also as it was, with rows of Gulforange seats. The tour ended in the basement, with a pass through the marble rooms, where they stock tons of marble pieces for repair and remodeling as needed. Gary had to drag Diane out of there, shes cute, five foot two, and shes trying to get a 400lb marble slab in her purse!!! I spotted an old logo sample bottle, the old cork top style, sitting on a shelf. Gulf Precision Instrument Oil. Remember that, well talk about it in the next Gulfpride. No, I didnt steal it. Yes, I wanted too!!! Everyone then piled into the sardine can, and off we went. Next stop was the Research Center in Harmarville. Bill Renshaw had it arranged for us to take a driving tour around the complex. Was little to see, other than the outside of buildings which once housed the most advanced petroleum research facility in the world. The dynos are still there, except there are front wheel drive cars on them, parked backwards of course. Ill bet those old engineers are looking down from heaven and laughing at those kids , heck, they dont even know which way to put the cars on the rollers!! The old incinerator stack has about the only Gulf marking left, nice white ceramic brick GULF, pointing to the sky! There are lots of those blue and white porcelain No Smoking signs hanging around, but none with the little Gulf Refining Co at the bottom!! We then retired to the motel, and sent the gang on their way. Buzz and I returned to the site and retrieved the tanker. I never did tell Buzz we left it parked in the roughest part of Pittsburgh!! Thats right, the Worlds First Service Station is in a tough part of town. It was once a very exclusive area, and thats why Gulf built there. Thats were the money, and the cars were!! A good time was had by all, or, if not, they didnt complain out loud!! We had about 15 members, plus a half a dozen guests. Nice turn out, nice day.


Second Annual Meeting of the GOHS,

.... was a COMPLETE success!!

The weather was great, the turnout was great, everything was just perfect. No, really!! The show at Dixie Gas was fantastic, with lots of Gulf goodies to pick from. Chip Flohe took care of the group with a nice building, emblazoned with a GULF porcelain sign. Everyone in attendance did real well there, both selling and buying. The meeting itself was very productive, and fun! Nearly 3/4ths of the folks there went home with a nice door prize, and everyone got a whole pile of Gulf goodies as gifts for attending. Bottom line, we are off to a great start, and there are no signs of our growth letting up anytime soon!!

Check out pics from the meeting in the Gallery!


Official GOHS apparel

.... items are now available to members, including golf shirts and ball caps. Also available are reprints of all GOHS publications, and nice ceramic coffee mugs commemorating the First Station Marker. Contact the Treasurer or Editor for details.


Advertising space

.... is available for future issues of "The GULFPRIDE", the quarterly newsletter of the GOHS. Full color display ads, and text ads are available for very reasonable rates. Contact the Editor for details.


Membership Drive

.... is in high gear! Earn credit towards your dues by enlisting new members. We have far surpassed our first year goal of 50 members, so we have set our second year bar quite a bit higher. Think hard, do you know anyone interested in GULF? Spread the word, we can only succeed if we continue to grow! Be sure to tell anyone you refer that they need to mention your name for you to get credit, or you can send their information direct to the Secretary and the GOHS will contact them direct for you.



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