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Many Americans Americans are are getting getting ready ready for for summer summer Many vacation, and and some some will will travel travel by by automobile. automobile. vacation, This Tidbits Tidbits offers offers you you some some “fuel “fuel for for thought.” thought.” This • When the first Model T cars hit the market, a a • When the first Model T cars hit the market, gas gauge on the dashboard was considered gas gauge on the dashboard was considered an “extra.” Back then, there was no such an “extra.” Back then, gasoline there was such thing as a gas station; wasno sold at thing as a gas station; gasoline sold at pharmacies. Automobile ownerswas filled their pharmacies. Automobile owners filled their own containers with gas, and then used a own containers withtheir gas,car’s and tank. then used a funnel to pour it into to pour it intobuilding their car’s tank. • funnel The first American built strictly for • The first American building built the purpose of selling gasoline wasstrictly erectedfor in 1905 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was boreerected the creathe purpose of selling gasoline in tive name Automotive Gasoline 1905 in St.ofLouis, Missouri. It boreCompany, the creaand name was of a Automotive subsidiary Gasoline of Shell Company, Oil. The tive second gasastation in the U.S. opened in Seatand was subsidiary of Shell Oil. The tle two gas years later.inItthe was fitted withinpumps second station U.S. opened Seatand hoses that allowed drivers to pour the tle two years later. It was fitted with pumps fuel directly into their vehicle’s tank. and hoses that allowed drivers to pour the • fuel Priordirectly to 1890, gasoline was treated as a waste into their vehicle’s tank. byproduct of the oil refining process. It was • Prior to 1890, gasoline as a waste commonly used to fuelwas the treated equipment at the byproduct of the to oil the refining process. It was refinery. Thanks popularity of the aucommonly used to outsold fuel the kerosene equipment at oththe tomobile, gasoline and refinery. Thanks to time the popularity auer fuels for the first in the U.S.of in the 1910. tomobile, gasoline outsold kerosene and othturn the page for more! er fuels for the first time in the U.S. in 1910. turn the page for more!

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LOOK FOR THE NEW When we became publishers of Tidbits of Jasper & Newton Counties on April 1 we set our sights on making Tidbits an even better paper for you to enjoy. We have stumbled a few times; like making Robin Hood too small a couple of times. But we’ve done our best to listen to your comments. Therefore, beginning July 1 Tidbits will have a whole new look. The fun and entertaining content will be the same but there will be more of it and it will be easier to read. It will be more colorful and there’ll be more for you to do. AND Robin Hood will come along for the ride and maybe not be quite as difficult to find. But, don’t expect any “gimmes”. So, next week look for Tidbits in your usual location and keep enjoying. OH, and by the way, Tidbits of Jasper & Newton Counties is now on that thing they call the World Wide Web at www.tidbitsofjasper.com. Check it out! And thanks for making these first three months publishing Tidbits ������ ���� � a lot of fun for us. ���� � ���� ��

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• What is the formula that oil companies use to determine how much to charge for gasoline? Rumors abound concerning Petey the Petrol Price Hamster and how he’s let loose on a computer keyboard to choose random numbers. Trust us – such a rodent doesn’t really exist. In truth, many factors are taken into consideration, from supply and demand to oil stock prices to the time of year. • Why are gasoline prices posted in nine-tenths of a cent? It’s now a matter of tradition, but it started back in the 1930s, when a penny had much more value. “Gas wars” between stations on adjacent street corners became so � ���that � ���� ��� �� � ��� �� cutthroat even a price reduction of a ������� Tom & Leslie Brown fraction of a cent attracted customers. Today, Tidbits of Jasper & Newton Counties ������� those fractions of a penny don’t mean much �� ���� ����� ��� ���� ������ ������� ���� ��������� ���� � ��� ����� ���� ������� �� at all,������ but customers still feel as if they’re ��������� ��������� ����� ���� ���� � ���� �� ��� ���� �� � ����� ������ �� ������ ��������������������� � �� ���� ��is ��� �� � ��� �� saving money if the per-gallon price listed ������� ��� �� ��� ������� ��� �� � 9 as $2.99 / instead of a full $3.00. 10 ������� ������� �������� ���� ��� � �� ���� ����� ��� ���� ������ ������� ���� ��������� ���� �� ��� ����� ����� ��� ����� ���� ������� �� • Is ��������� there��������� a significant ����������� ����� ����difference between regHAS LANDED ....... ��� ���� �������� ���� �� ��� ������������ ���� �� � ����� ������ �� �� ������ ��������������������� ular and premium gas? Yes! When you buy a ��� �� ��� ������� ��� �� � ����� ���� ����� ��� ����� ���� ������ ���� 430 S. Pearl ������� �������� ���� ��� � ���� ������� ��� ������� new car, check the owner’s manual. Most au������� ���� �� ��� ����������� ����� ����������� ��� ���� �������� ���� �� ��� ����� �� ��� ����� ��� tomobiles are designed to use regular gaso��������� �� ����� ���� ����� ��� ����� ���� ������ ���� �� ��� ���� ������ line, but certain high-performance models ���� ������� ��� ������� ������� ������ ��� ��� ��� ����� �� ������� ����� �� ��� ����� ��� require premium. Premium gas has a higher �� ��� ���� ������ ����� ���� ��� ���� ���� octane level, which means it is formulated to ��� ��� ��� ����� �� ������� ������ ���� ��� ����� ����� ���� ��� ���� ���� burn slower than regular, making it less like������ ���� ��� ����� 626-7100 ly to ignite without benefit of spark. The result is no knocks or pings when you push that Cedar Meadows pedal to the metal (carefully, of course). ���� ���� ���� ���� first time U.S. gasoline “at-the-pump” Event Center & • The �� ���� ��������� � ����� ���� prices seemingly doubled overnight was dur�� �� ����� �������� Wedding Chapel ���������� �� �������� ���� ����� ing the 1973 Oil Embargo. In retaliation for �� �� ����� �������� ����� �� ���� ����� ���� ����� ������ �� ���������� �� �������� ���� ����� the ���������� West’s support of Israel��������� during the Yom ����� �� ���� ����� •���� Fully Decorated �� ���� �� ���� ��� ���������� ����������� ������ �� Kippur embargo on �������� �� �������� � � War, � � �OPEC � � placed an ��������� • 2500������ sq’ Building �� ������� �� ����� � ��� ����� ������ crude oil shipments to the U.S. The����� price �� ���� ���� �� ���� �� ��� �� ���� ��������� � ����� ���� �������� ����� per �� ����� ���� ���� ������ ����������� ����� •� All Amenities incl. �������� �� �������� ���and ������� �� ���oil ���� �� ���������quickly ��������� ��� � � � � � � ������ ��������� barrel rose 130 percent, since �������� �� ��� ���� ��� ��� �� ������� �� ����� � ��� ����� ������ ������ • Reasonable Rates ������ ���� ��������� supplies limited, at gas sta-����� ��������were ����� ����� �� �����long lines ���� ���� ������ ����������� ����� ������� ���������� � ������� ��� ��� ������� �� ��� ���� �� ��������� ��������� ��� ������ ��������� ����� consumers �� ���� �������� ����� tions became commonplace ��for Joplin (417)439-9022 �������� �� ��� ���� ��� ��� ��� ���� ��� ��� �������� ���� ����� worried that they’d be left without. �� ����� ������� ��� ������ ���� ��������� ����� �� ���� ��������� � ����� ����

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To prevent engine knock, researchers have come up with many different types of additives and alternate fuels. As early as 1916, a researcher for General Motors sent a memo to his boss which stated that ethyl alcohol (made from plants) was “the fuel of the future.” The oil lobby was powerful, however, and both automakers and oil companies were quite aware of their dependence on one another. So instead of trying to replace gasoline, chemical engineers focused on developing an additive that would boost its octane rating. That additive was lead. Some additives aren’t what they seem to be. In 1971, Shell launched a series of radio and television commercials trumpeting an additive called Platformate. One ad depicted two ���������������� cars racing on a desert road straightaway. The one without Platformate sputtered to a stop long before the Shell car did. However, what Shell failed to mention was that Platformate was a standard additive that most oil companies were already in the process of adopting. They were simply the first to advertise it, ensuring that any company who also claimed to offer Platformate would look like a Johnny-come-lately. Which brand of gasoline came first, Amoco or Standard? Standard is the senior, founded in 1889 by John D. Rockefeller. In fact, when Louis Blaustein started the American Oil Company (Amoco) in 1910, he depended on Standard to provide much of his fuel supply. But Amoco worked quickly to secure its own drilling and refining facilities, and quickly outshined its elder. The two companies operated independently, but Amoco took more and more control over the Standard brand. Finally, in 1985, the Standard name was retired and all remaining franchises were re-christened with the Amoco logo.

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• Do you remember driving over a hose at a full-service gas station and hearing a bell “ding-ding” inside the station? That device is called a Milton Bell, made by Milton Manufacturing. The San Antonio company has offered its famous “driveway alarm” since Includes Dill Pickle 1943. Milton still manufactures and markets Choice of Chips or Potato Salad the devices. Even though few gas stations use ���������� ���� ����� $6.49 $5.99 them these days, other businesses with drive$7.49 up or drive-through service still do. �� ���� ��������� � ����� ���� • The very first self-service gas station opened Los ��Angeles in 1947. As an independent ��in������� ����� � ��� retailer, the �� owner �������� ����� ����� �����was able to sell gasoline ���� ���� ������ for five cents less per gallon by eliminating ���“pump �������jockeys.” �� ��� ���� ��He even advertised using ��������� ��������� ��� �������� �� ��� signs ���� ���that ��� asked drivers: “Why pay highway ���������������� ������ ���� ��������� ����� more?” The self-service gas station didn’t re���������������� 10% Off In-House Stained Glass ally���������� catch �on, however, ������� ������� ��� until the oil crisis in the ��early 1970s. ����� Service stations were eager ���� �� ����� ���� �������� to lower prices, and eliminating employees ���did ����so. ���Still, ��� �������� by the end of 1974, only six per���� ����� ��cent �����of������� ��� U.S. gas stations were self-serve. ������ ������������� �� same time, air pollution caused • Around the �����by������ �� �� ��� had become a major concern automobiles in America. ���������� ������� In 1975, the federal government made catalytic converters mandatory on all new U.S. autos. Of course, these converters required unleaded fuel, which was slightly more expensive. But as more consumers purchased newer vehicles, the demand for unleaded gasoline increased. Leaded gasoline ����� ������� � � � � � � ������� was eventually phased ����� ����� � � � � � � � � ������� out in the 1990s. • The flying ���� ���� � � � � � �red � � � � horse ������� that used to symbolize Mobil gas stations is one of the most prized ������ among ������ ������ finds old� ������� sign collectors. The stylized ���� Pegasus ����� ����� �logo � � � � � � first � �������appeared in 1931 when ������ Standard New York merged with the ����� �������Oil � � � of � � ������� ��������� Vacuum Oil Company. A winged equine be��������� came ����� ������ � � � � � � � ������� the symbol for the new brand: Mobil.

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