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40 years ago: Local service stations rationing gasoline

May 9, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May, 9, 1973:

  • Rumors of a national gasoline shortage were further fueled this morning when a Standard Oil station northeast of Lawrence briefly had imposed a limit on gas purchases. Another station on the Kansas Turnpike, the Phillips 66 station at Matfield Green, also had imposed a 10-gallon limit to cars and 30 gallons to trucks and said that the rationing was continuing today. Gary Wonnell, the local manager of the Standard station said that his limitation, ordered by the Standard Oil company, had been an attempt to keep from running out of gas this month with sales up about seven percent but his monthly allocation from Standard the same as the previous year. The limitation at his station had ended and "we're now filling everybody," Wonnell said, "but we don't know if it will be continued again or not."
  • The first three of 10 disaster warning sirens were installed this week by Capital Electric Construction Co. of Kansas, Inc., of Leavenworth. Sirens had been placed at 23rd and Kasold, 27th and Florida, and 19th and Indiana. The remaining sirens were scheduled to be installed by early next week.

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