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S.T. & H. Oil Co. Operates 17 Service Stations in Thumb


Organized in 1925 with only one station in Bad Axe, the S.T.&H. Oil Co. has developed in 12 years to the largest independent gasoline and oil retail dealer in the thumb with 17 service stations and 13 bulk plants in the counties of Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.

The company was incorporated June 11, 1925. Archie McGillivray, now the vice president and general manager, and the late Henry T. Bartley, were the promoters and organizers of the company.


Stationed Opened in 1925


The first station was opened in October 1925, at Port Crescent and Huron Avenues. The company still operates the station there but the building was completely modernized and remodeled in 1932.

The company operates service stations in Bad Axe, Harbor Beach, Port Hope, Kinde, Ubly, Sebewaing, Unionville, Akron, Fairgrove, Pigeon, Sandusky, Carsonville, Deckerville, Gagetown, Cass City, Caro and Filion.

Bulk plants are operated in Bad Axe, Harbor Beach, Port Hope, Kinde, Ubly, Sandusky, Cass City, Caro, Gagetown, Akron, Fairgrove, Pigeon and Unionville.

Mr. McGillivray has been associated continuously with the company since its organization.

Clare Ross, the president, became associated with the company April 15, 1927 after John Ross, his partner, and he sold their service station in Unionville to the S. T. & H. Oil Co.

Mr. Krueger joined the company Aug. 1, 1926 and has remained with the concern ever since.

The three officials are lifelong residents of Bad Axe or vicinity.

The directors include the three officers, John Todd, Joseph N. Rankin, Bad Axe, and Robert Rooney, Port Hope.


1937 Business Record


Total receipts for the company for 1937 were $407,016.52. Dividends totaling $16,371.86 were paid. A $15,000 expansion program was completed. Taxes paid by the company in 1937 totaled $97,739.43 including $1,951.61 for social security.

Last fall, the company received nation wide recognition through pictures and a story in the Dixie Marketer, trade publication sent to 16, 000 Dixie dealers in the United States.

The S.T.&H Oil Co. each week carries and advertisement in The Tribune to inform the public of the service the company offers and to tell the merits of its gasoline, oils, grease and other products.




Accompaning the article and in the body of it are three pictures: Clare Ross, President, Archie McGillivray, Vice President General Manager and Alfred Krueger, Secretary Treasures.


Huron County Tribune, April 22, 1938, section 2, page 1, column 1

Transcribed by Scott Mills, May 30, 2003 from the microfilm room of the Bad Axe Public Library, Bad Axe, Huron Co., Mi.