National Refining Time Line
General offices, National Building, 1404 E. 9th,
Refineries at Coffeyville, Kansas; Marietta
and Findlay, Ohio.
President Frank B. Fretter
Had 120 distributing branches
Purchases the Coryell Oil Company of Lincoln, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska lawyer sues National over epigram.
On June 25, 1927, Edward R. Burke, President of the Omaha Bar Association brought suit for
$475,000 against the National Refining Company. Mr. Burke alleged that he, as an
individual, suffered nearly $500,000 damages for defamation of character because of a
epigram put on all the company's boy and slate signs Monday and Tuesday of this week. The
sign read: "Tell the truth to your lawyer and he will lie for you."