Canadian Oil History Highlights
|1858 First commercially
successful oil well in North America
brought into production at Oil Springs ,
Ontario by James M. Williams
(Hey--Thats my name !!!---)
1866 Petrolia replaces Oil Springs as major oil producer.
1894 Boom in Petrolia ends.
1901 Incorporation of Canadian Oil Refining Co., Petrolia. H .A. Jamieson, President.
1901 Petrolia refinery begins operation.
1904 Canadian Oil Company Co. Ltd., incorporated. Wm. Irwin, President. T.H. Hamilton, General Manager.
1906 Oil tanker "W.S. Calvert" purchased later renamed "The En-Ar-Co".
1908 Canadian Oil Companies, Limited incorporated on December 4 under aegis of National Refining Co., Cleveland, Ohio.
1909 Calgary Division opened.Vancouver office closed ,,Nelson B.C. divisional office opened shortly after
1910 The first motor truck is purchased to assist horse drawn deliveries.
1914 Company has branches in 12 centres across Canada.
1917 Boy and Slate signs copyrighted.
1918 Branches in 30 centres coast to coast.
1920 J.I. Lamprecht passes away.
1927 Canadian Oil common stock slit six for one.
1934 'Refinery Sealed' quarts and gallons appear
1935 Petrolia Refinery modernized. Frank Fretter passes away. Frank Littlefield becomes President.
1938 Canadian Oil Companies, Limited, becomes truly Canadian again through purchase of control by Nesbitt, Thomson and Co. Ltd., of Montreal.
1939 John Irwin becomes president.
1942 Aviation products introduced.
1945 Large Postwar expansion approved.
1946 Record sales year.
1949 John Irwin passses; is succeeded by
1951 Montreal L. & G. Plant in operation.
1952 Sarnia Refinery officially opened.
1953 Montreal L. & G. Plant destroyed in fire.
1954 New L. & G. Plant opened.
1955 Canadian Oil announces purchase of Anglo-Canadian Oil Co., and $3 million expansion program
1957 Innisfail, Alta., field discovered.
1957 $8 million refinery expansion program announced.
1958 Canadain Oil Companies 50th birthday.
1958 Canadian Oil. purchases the site of the first oil well in North America as a memorial and museum called Oil Museum Of Canada at Oil Springs Ontario. (519-834-2840)
1962 Shell Oil of Canada purchases Canadian Oil Companies Ltd.
| En-Ar-Co / White Rose |