Filling Station, 1940s

From drilling to retail, the oil business has always fueled Oklahoma’s dreams. For most of its history, Conoco Oil was known an Oklahoma company built by E.W. Marland of Ponca City (1874-1941), a high-energy entrepreneur who also served single terms as U.S. Representative and Oklahoma Governor.  Conoco actually was founded in Utah but its headquarters moved to Ponca City, Okla., when Marland purchased Continental Oil in 1929, as The Great Depression rocked the world.  Today the iconic Conoco symbol remains a globally recognized brand that has shared Oklahoma’s enthusiasm for business and energy from its founding in 1875 until it merged with Phillips 66 in 2002. Phillips 66 was founded in Oklahoma by another famous Oklahoman, Frank Phillips of Bartlesville, in 1917. The local Tuttle men in this photo are believed to be Sam Brand, George Hogan, Ed Brand and Thomas Hardin.  Hogan is the late uncle of Tuttle historian Judy Hogan, who shared this image for the Tuttle Then and Now Gallery. She is a member of the Tuttle Historical Society.

The Tuttle Then and Now gallery displayed at the First National Bank & Trust Co. in Tuttle was designed to commemorate the people and places that make Tuttle unique. FNBT has been an independent community bank serving central and southwest Oklahoma since 1892.