BIG OIL REFINERY FOR COFFEYVILLE
The National Refining Company of Cleveland, Ohio with capital stock of $5,000,000 have
completed arrangements for a refinery to be built on 75 acres in northeast Coffeyville,
Montgomery county, Kansas. This tract of land was the gift from the Citizens Commercial
Club. J.I. Lamprecht and W.J. Willis, directors in the National Refining Company, were in
Coffeyville to oversee the project. Next to Standard Oil, National is the biggest oil
company in the country, .
With their superintendent, W.F. Bissleman and the M. K. & T railroad engineer, they
laid out the route for the belt line and KATY rail switches. With the completion of the
railroad tracks they will begin construction of the refinery by the first part of August
The oil from the Coffeyville and north territory will be piped to Coffeyville.
Capacity will be 2500 barrels per day. This will be the largest
independent refinery in Kansas. $250,000 are being invested
and this will be the western headquarters for the company and
75 men will be on the payroll from the start.
Horace B. Setzer was superintendent and continued in that capacity until his death in
1939. J. B. Gillam then became the superintendent. The National Refining Co. currently has
30 branch stations, five of which are in Kansas. This new refinery will greatly increase
the companies share here in the west.
One of the reasons for building this refinery in Kansas is to enjoy the protection
afforded independent oil producers and refiners by laws passed by the 1905 legislature.
There will be 58 tanks all together on the site and their capacity will range from 1000
to 35,000 barrels each. Nineteen train car loads of lumber will be required for tank
Concerns in 1906 were with Standard Oils monopoly of the oil business.
Mr. Lamprecht of The National Refining Company, being the largest
independent oil refiner, said that he will not play Standards
games and will continue to buy crude oil at the market price,
same as Standard and sell the refined products also at the market
price. They feel that they are prospering and are being treated
as fair competitors by the Standard Oil company.
This refinery was later sold to CO-OP and is currently owned
by Coffeyville Resources, LLC.
Left, Horace B. Settler, Superintendent of Coffeyville refinery.