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28 dfolesbufgftegister-Maii, galesburg, III. Thursday, June 7, 1973 Gas Problem Is No Problem Here —at Least for Now By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) Oil the one hand you have Galesburg service station managers telling you not to worry because there will be enough gasoline this summer. On the other hand — obviously worried about the crude oil shortage in Illinois — you have this same group of men admitting they don't know what's going on. CONFUSED? Join the club. In a spot check of Galesburg's 60 gas stations, owners and managers expressed confidence they'll have enough gasoline for this summer's peak driving season — but at the same time, they're not sure how much is enough. "If we sell more than 25,000 gallons a month, then I'm going to be in a helluva lot of trouble," one manager said. "Conceivably, we could sell that much gas in two weeks if we were really busy. Since I'm on a monthly quota system, I'd have to wait another two weeks for a load of gas." WHICH MEANS you'd be left high and dry, so to speak, for at least a half of a month. "That's right. We could avoid a gas shortage by closing earlier in the evening. And, if worse comes to worse, we could close, one or two days a week," he said. Galesburg stations supplied by five of the major oil companies — Shell, Standard, Texaco, Arco and Conoco — don't appear to be headed for as much trouble as the independent stations in town. However, this is not to be misconstrued that some of the major oil companies aren't having their share of problems. Gulf Oil Co., for example, has been taking such a financial beating in the Midwest that the firm decided to sell its more than 2,600 stations. Another leading company, Zephyr, is also believed to foe having trouble staying above water in this area. TWO STATIONS in Galesburg, Beck Oil Co., corner of South and Kellogg streets, and McCue Oil Co., 2501 Grand Ave., are both supplied by J. D. Streett and Co. of Havana, a wholesale outlet for Zephyr. While the managers! of both stations foresee no problems getting gas this summer, a spokesman, for J. D. Streett & Co. wasn't nearly as optimistic. After caMiing the firm's area representative — who would only offer "no comment" concerning the current gasoline shortage an the state — 'the Register-Mail contacted J. D. Streett's home office in St. Louis. A spokesman for the com- . pany was asked if the Galesburg stations will hiave enough Ray Rose gas for the busy summer season. "I have nothing to say at this time," he replied. AFTER REPEATED attempts to discover whether his firm will have problems supplying gas this summer, the man became inate and answered gruffly, "There's a problem now." He than hung up the phone. Don Kuelper, manager of the Beck station in town, said he is on a quota system, which is based on last year's sales with a fixed percent of increase figured in. "If in the first 10 days of the month we are selling more gas than usual, we'll have to close earlier in the everting," he said. IN SURVEYING the current gasoline crisis,- Kuelper predicted: "Gas prices will definitely go up. My' wholesale prices have gone up already, so it's only a matter of time before the increase is passed on to the consumer." Two stations supplied by major oil companies—England's Shell Service, Main and Chambers, and W i n k 1 e r's Standard Service, Henderson and Fremont — aren't having any. problems getting all of the gasoline they need, according to their owners. "Whenever I need gas I just place an order and they bring it," Lonnie England, manager of the Shell station, said. "While my wholesale prices haven't gone up yet, I believe retail prices will go up before there is a gasoline shortage in this area. I think by increasing the price of gas you're going to discourage needless driving," he added. DICK WINKLER, who has operated a Standard station' for 18 years, doesn't foresee any problems this summer. "I've talked to my company representative," Winkler said, "and they promised me I could get all .the gas I need. They bring my gas in (from Pekin three times a week; they do a good job of keeping my tanks full." Winkler, whose station has three 8,(»0Hgiallon tanks, says he sells between 50-60,000 gal* ions of gasoline a month. Winkler feels miamy of the independent stations are causing part of the gas problem. "I've talked with many of the Standard Oil people, and they feel there ane too many cut-rate places. They're going to shut a lot of them down by cutting off their gas supplies. All of the stations in town supplied by a major oil company are selling regular at 40.9, yet the independents are selling the big company's surplus gas at 36.9. Some places are not only selling gas, bub they're giving away potatoes and sugar, too. It's got to stop," Winkler said. RAY ROSE, who operates a Conoco station at the corner of Prairie and Water streets, feels — if nothing else — he'll be able to take care of his regular customers this summer. "In .talking to my company representative," Rose said, "I will be permitted to get my normal supply of 29,000 gallons a month. There is a possibility I could'get additional gas so I can take care of all my regular customers." If worse comes to worse, Rose said, he'll supply all steady customers before anyone' else. "There is also the possibility I'll have to set up a Business Briefs New Manager of Store Kenneth A. Warner,, 45, formerly of Springfield, is the new manager of Franc's Furniture Store, 1865 N. Henderson St. Previously an assistant manager at Biederman's in Springfield, which is part of the American National Stores chain, Warner has worked for Sears Roebuck- and Co. and Marshall Fields. A native of the Chicago area, Warner and his wife, Joan, will reside at Lake Rice. Carpet Show Opens Up ABINGDON-Classic Carpet, 115 N. Main St., opened for business here June 1.. Owned by Herb Brown, Colchester, and Richard Hocker, Macomb, the firm carries carpeting, wallpaper and hard surface flooring. Brown, who plans to move to Abingdon soon, said the business features six full lines of carpet put out by major companies. Retirement Party Given A retirement party was given recently at the Huddle Inn for Herbert B. Engman, who retired after 31 years at Gale Products. Engman started at Gale Products on May 22, 1942. He later transferred to the die cast building as a toolmaker. Engman and his wife, Geraldine, live at 755 Locust St. They have four children and four grandchildren. Cleo Smith was in charge of the retirement dinner. Friends presented Engman with a cash gift. $242 Million Paid Out Prudential Insurance Co. reported recently that more than $242 million was paid to its Illinois policyholders and beneficiaries during 1972. The record disbursement—compared with $232 million in 1971—includes all kinds of claims, dividends, annuities and other insurance benefits. More than 75 per cent of the total—or $182 million- went to living policyowners. The balance went to beneficiaries. New Owner of Garage ELLISVILLE—Richard Chatterton is the new owner of the Ellisville Garage, which had been under the management of Ray Parr for nearly 20 years. A native of Ellisville, Chatterton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cratterton. He is married and has one daughter. Man Completes Course Tim Connor, 2719 Springer Road, local representative for Mutual of Omaha and United of Omaha, was recently awarded a certificate of proficiency for completion of a course in life insurance underwriting. The school, which incorporates the most advanced methods of educational training, utilizes complete audiovisual facilities. It was held at the companies' home office in Omaha. Connor is with the Roland L. Thomas Agency. Two new restaurants in Galesburg opened for business this week. Slteak n Shake, 1060 N. Henderson St., opened its doors if or business Monday morning, while Siambo's — located ait the cornier of Matin Street and Blaine Avenue — served breakfast Wednesday at 6 a.m. More tern 700 people ai'Jtend- Restaurants Open ed grand opening ceremonies Tuesday night at Sambo's with champagne and a light buf- felt toeing served. GaStesbung Mayor, Robert Oabeen, second from left, took ipart in tlhe rdbbon-cultifcinig. The managers of both new restaurants reported large crowds on opening day. Alan Dixon system of gallonage control if the supply begins to run short this summer," he added. ROSE, who believes he has a decided advantage over independent stations, says gas prices will go up "but nothing drastic." He also thinks gas wars are a thing of the past. Another station — not-quite independent and not quite major — is the Western Store, 1417 N. Henderson. The Western chain is owned and managed by Continental Oil Co. (Conoco). Western offers a gas island with "mini - service." The McDonald's Has Profitable First Quarter of Year McDonald's Corp., the rest lurant chain, reported record sales, revenues and t arnings for the first quarter that ended March 31, 1973. FRED L. TURNER, president, said that earnings were ^10,444,000, an increase of 56 I er cent over last year. Sales nr all company-owned and I cnsed restaurants totaled $311,720,000, while gross revenues reached $121,268,000. The Galesburg McDonald's, 1072 N. Henderson St., which is owned by Mueller Enterprises, also reported an increase in sales and revenues for the first quarter. "WE EXPECT the trend of the first quarter to continue throughout the year," Robert Mueller, manager of the restaurant, said. "With the addition of our breakfast and new quarter-pound sandwich, sales have really soared," he added. price of regular at these pumps is 36.9. However, no service is offered other than pumping gas into the car. Price for gas at the other Islands Is 38.9 — this price includes checking the oil and cleaning windshields. RON MUELLER, manager of the Western Store, says his price was 38.9 but dropped to meet competitors. Mueller was quizzed about the current gasoline shortage in the state. "We seem to be pretty well supplied," he said. "If the shortage becomes worse, I feel the independents will feel the pinch first." What about the gas wars — are they really over? "It's really hard to say," Mueller replied. "No one on our level really knows what's going to happen. The price of gas will probably go up, but I don't know how much." IF CONDITIONS worsen this summer and the supply of gasoline is regulated or rationed, Alan J. Dixon, state treasurer, was asked what the affect would be on the state. Last year more, than $376 million in gasoline tax was paid by motorists. So far this year, $294,600,000 has been channeled into the state coffer. ' • "The only way state reve nue Would drop," Dixon explained, "would,be if gas prices don't go up aftd gas usage goes down. Under existing conditions, I caft't foresee either happening right now." If revenue brought in by the gas tax begins to decline, then the state-Avhlch make's 7.5 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold—might have to raise taxes in other areas, Dixon warned. "However, if the loss wasn't too great, the state would probably just alb- sorb it," the state treasurer added. He went on to note that as of March 31, there was a surplus of $2 million in the state's motor fuel tax fund. WrfH THE RISE in the number of autos on the road and a drop in the overage number of miles per gallon each car gets, demand for gasoline has been pushed way above existing supplies. As a result, the public can expect fewer gas wars and more price hikes. All in all, .this adds up to more bad news for motorists. Says a Los Angeles salesman who drives a big car: "I'm running full speed into the poor house^-at nine miles a gallon." Business And Industry New Fashion Center Opens Carriage House, 248 E. Simmons St., an Ethan Allen dealer, unveiled its new home fashion- center this week. The home fashion center, which adds major new elements to the store's home furnishings line, will make it possible for shoppers to coordinate walls, floors, windows and upholstery for an entire house. IN DESCRIBING the expanded service the new decorating center will bring to shoppers, Norm Bledsoe, owner of Carriage House, compared the fashion elements of a home with fashion in clothing. "Putting the full array of soft goods together in a single decorating center will make it possible for a woman to dress her home as easily, conveniently, and with the same kind of fashion excitement she brings to her wardrobe," he said. THE HOME FASHION center includes full walls of Ethan Allen's broadiloom carpeting samples, drapery and upholstery fabrics and pillows. "Instead of carrying tiny swatches of .these colors or patterns to another store," Bledsoe notes, "a shopper has only to carry these large samples across the room for instant visual coordination with racks of floor coverings, bedspreads and wallpaper books, housed in special worktables. ^^Construction Activity Steps Up Up, Permits Down in May Because of increased lumber costs, fewer building permits for construction were issued at a greater cost this May than in May 1972, according to Irv Spencer, city building inspector. A total of 30 permits valued at $361,510 were issued last month as compared to 48 permits valued at $263,435 issued in May 1972. "LUMBER took a terrible jump after the first of the year. Plywood costs almost doubled," spencer said. The decrease in the number of permits issued this year as compared to last year may be attributed to the excessive rainfall, he added. The breakdown for May shows that four permits were issued for residences, five for house additions, 14 for garages and carports and seven for rn'seellansous purpDses. FOR MAY 1972 nine permits were issued for residences, nine for house additions, 21 for garages and carports and nine for miscellaneous purposes. In May one residence and six garages were demolished. Five signs were erected, two at Steak and Shake, 1063 N. Henderson St.; one at C and I Drive Inn, 1160 W. Mwi'i St.; one at Lai:e Palrn Rsa 'i- e:\ 189 N. Menders n St. and one at Imperial Service, 1449 Monmouth Blvd. The total residential permits issued to date is 20 for 37 housing units. Alan Johnson, president and owner of Johnson Building Systems Inc., 2262 Grand Ave., said today that he expects his firm to finish construction of three buildings this month. The local contracting company, which puts up Butler buildings in the Galesburg area, is in the process of completing a 33,000 square foot addition to the existing facilities at Dick Blick Co., Johnson said. THE FIRM is also finishing Shover Steps Down From Post at Gale Kurt R. Riessler, formerly of Brecksville, Ohio, has been named Industrial Relations Uirector at Gale Products, a division of Outboard Marine Corp. Harold Bourdon, manager of Gale Products, said Ries sler is filling the vacancy left by Richard A. Shover, who retired this week after 30 years at the Galesburg plant. Riessler, a Kenyoh College graduate, was employed by Warner & Swasey Co. before moving here. He is married and has three children. A native of London Mills, Shover was active in farming c 'nd mining before joining Gale Products in April, 1943. He served as president of the factory union from 1946-51. Shover was named Director landscaping work at Gross Galesburg Co. and expects to complete a new building this month on North Henderson Street for Olson's Radiator and Small Engine Service. The building, located north of Weaver-Yemm Chevrolet, is approximately 12,000 square feet. Johnson Building Systems is also putting on an addition to Westbay Equipment Company's facilities and has started work on the new Louis Lakis Ford building, which is being constructed on the northwest corner of Linwood Road and U.S. 34. No completion date for the Ford building has been set. CONSTRUCTION of a multi-building complex for Galesburg's Pontiac-Cadillac dealership may begin in the next few months, Gerry Fesler, new owner of the agency, said today. Plans for the buildings are feeing completed, and Fesler hopes to begin construction soon. The dealership will be located at the northeast corner of Linwood Road and U.S. 34. Fesler, who took over ownership of Inman Pontiac- Cadillac May 1, hopes to be in the new buildings by November. Gerry Pontiac-Cadillac is the fourth dealership in recent months to disclose plans for construction along U.S. 34. Louis Lakis Ford, Fesler Oldsmobile and D & D Import have acquired sites for new buildings. Work on the first phase of a $1.5 million shopping plaza- apartment complex near North and Broad streets is in full swing. The complex is being developed on the site formerly occupied by the Hinchliff & Pearson Funeral Home and Kroger Grocery Store. The project calls for construction of 10 shopping units and 32-36 apartments. A. II. Leibovitz, developer (Continued on Page 29) ill, Kurt Riessler of Personnel at Gale Sept. 24, Through the years, Shover has been active in numerous civic organizations and activities, in addition, he was an organizer of the Citizens Committee for Professional Council-manager Government. Sho- M Richard Shover ver also served as campaign chairman for Mayor Robert ('a been. More than 200 persons attended a retirement dinner for Shover Saturday night at the Moose Lodge. Friends presented him with several gifts and a money tree. Galesburg Firm Joins Group Russell W. Fox, 1901 N. Broad St., a local general contractor, has been accepted for membership in the national Metal Building Dealers Assn.", R. W. Scott, president of the trade group, said today. Owner of the Russell W. Fox Construction Co., he will serve as his firm's official representative and vote in association matters. The Galesburg company joins more than 650 metal building industry firms in the association, which stresses professionalism among metal building dealers and promoting prefabricated metal construction in general. The association sponsors educational meetings and seminars and conducts the metal building industry's only national trade show. Appointed Cottage Director Larry Kron of Missouri Valley, Dawa, has been appointed director of nursing service at Galiesiburg Oatbage Hospital, Marshal G. Maggaird, executive vice president Of the hospital, said today. Kron, a registered nurse, has bean diiirector of nursing at Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley. He earned ihs diploma in nurainig in 1961 ail Lutheran Hospital, Sioux City, and a bachelors degree in 1964 from Dania College, Hlair, Neb. For two years lie taught in the Outage Hnwoilail School of Nursing while doing graduate work at Bradley qnd Western Illinois 'Universities. 'Kron and his wife Carol, who is laiiiso a registered nurse, have one daughter. lie wit begin his dufes here Monday.