The National Refining Company
Time Line

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1882 Founder-President J. I. Lamprecht; General offices, Cleveland, Ohio
1883 Still The National Oil Company
1884 Became a corporation in the state of Ohio as The National Refining Company
1885 Started using the following trademarks #19321, #19322 and #61307
1886
1887 Moved Offices to Wade Building, Cleveland
1888 Started using the following trademarks #19323 and #61080
1889 Frank Bertram Fretter (1864-1935), started at NRC
1890 Frank B. Fretter started the "National News and Oil Trade Journal"
1891
1892
1893
1894 Copy of oldest newspaper advertisement I have.
1895 Started using the Black Beauty trademark for it's axle grease.
1896 Purchased the Peerless Refinery in Findlay, Ohio.
1897 Click to see oldest National News journal. Click to see letterhead used this year.
1898
1899
1900
1901 Purchased the Findlay, Ohio refinery of the Canfield Oil Company.
1902 Moved general offices to the Rose Building at 2060 East 9th, Cleveland
1903 Moved Cleveland refinery to Upton near Bessemmer
1904
1905 Started construction of a refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas
1906 Started operations at refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas
1907
1908 Purchased The Canadian Oil Company and Frank B. Fretter became Vice-President
1909
1910 Use of epigrams started
1911 Click to see National News journal for this year.
1912 Click to see letterhead used this year. Click to see National News journal for this year.
1913 Click to see letterhead used this year.
1914 Started using the trademarks #103247, #103859 and #164506
1915
1916 Click to see letterhead used this year.
1917
1918 Click to see letterhead used this year. Click to see another.
1919 Typical prices and products list, National News and much more.
1920 President and Founder, J. I. Lamprecht died. Click to see letterhead used this year.
1921 Cleveland refinery closed. Started using the Boy and Slate trademark. Click to see letterhead used this year.
1922 Click to see letterhead used this year.
1923
1924 World's Greatest Silent Salesman.
1925 Click to see letterhead used this year.
1926
1927 Omaha lawyer seeks $475,00 in defamation of character suit over epigram.
1928
1929 Begin to market White Rose Ethyl gasoline.
1930
1931
1932 Celebrates 50th anniversary
1933
1934
1935 Frank B. Fretter, president of National Refining dies.
1936 Click to see letterhead used this year.
1937
1938 Sells Canadian Oil Company.
1939 Marketing modernization program started. Paul Ryan becomes president.
1940
1941
1942 Kenneth R. Proctor becomes new president.
1943 Various assets of the company are sold.
1944 Coffeyville, Kansas refinery is sold.
1945 Sale of the company to Wallace Gilroy and associates
1946 Francis E. Miller is elected president.
1947
1948 Executive offices moved to Chicago.
1949 A reprint of a nice article from the National Petroleum News.
1950 Sale of the company to Ashland Oil and Refining Company.


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