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Gulf Oil was a major global oil company from the 1900s to 1980s.The eighth-largest American manufacturing company in 1941 and the ninth-largest in 1979, Gulf Oil
was one of the so-called Seven Sisters oil companies.The company was founded
in 1901 by William Larimer Mellon, SR. with headquarters in Framingham, PA. It 
ceased to exist as an independent company in 1985, when it merged with Standard
Oil of California.


William Larimer Mellon, Sr.
(June 1, 1868 – October 9, 1949) 

That Good Gulf Gasoline

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The name "Lynch School" dates back to 1900 when a one room school (above)
was built on land at S.E.162nd Avenue and Division Street. The acre of ground,
located in Multnomah County, Oregon had been donated by Patrick and Catherine
Lynch on March 13, 1900. The small School started with fifteen to twenty students
and increased in number until in 1914 there were about fifty students. There was
no running water or electricity in the building until at least 1924 or 1925. The site is
now the location of a Burgerville Restaurant on the N.E. corner along with other businesses.

An added note, the Lynch farm original property consisted of 160.3 acres granted
to Patrick and Catherine Lynch on August 1, 1874, under the Homestead Act
passed by Congress in 1862. The original deed granted the land to the Lynch
family and was signed by Ulysses S. Grant, then President of the United States.

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History and pictures from a reprint of the booklet produced by
the Civic Leadership Class of 1964.


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Amedeo Obici   (July 15, 1877 – May 22, 1947)


In 1906, Italian immigrant Amedeo Obici, along with his
friend and business partner, Mario Peruzzi, founded
Planters Peanut Company in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He
started his career as a bellhop and fruit stand vender
in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Obici later moved to Wilkes-
Barre, opened his own fruit stand, and invested in a
peanut roaster. He turned peddler within a few years,
using a horse and wagon, and calling himself "The
Peanut Specialist". Today, the snack food company
is a division of
Kraft Foods.

A 1917 drawing of the company’s brand icon by artist
Cecil Stoner
based upon a contest entry by 14 year old
Antonio Gentile.




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America’s iconic Crosley brand began in 1907 with the formation an
automobile company in Connersville, Indiana. The company failed
and the Crosley name was later applied to radios in the 1920’s along
with many world-class appliances manufactured today.

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The Crosley “Harko” radio.

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Powel Crosley Jr.
(September 18, 1886 – March 28, 1961)

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Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships on this
day in 1492. The voyage led him to what is now known as the
Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.

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Illustration depicting Christopher Columbus’s fleet
departing from Spain.

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On the day in 1914, Germany declared war on France. The next
day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.

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It was on this day in 1948.

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Whittaker Chambers holds a newspaper with the Hiss verdict.

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded on this
day in 1949. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball

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Leo Ferris (second from left) and representatives of the NBL and
BAA shake hands.

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Tony Bennett (Anthony Dominick Benedetto) is 91 years old today.

Singer Tony Bennett is known for his renditions of show tunes, jazz, and popular
songs like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "Rags to Riches." He dropped
out of school to work as a copy boy in order to help support his family. Bennett
was a painting and music student at New York’s School of Industrial Art.

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