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Gordie Sokol
Oil Industry Suppliers was originally just that. Mr Tuckwell, the founder used to canvass the drilling outfits in western Manitoba (Virden) area and south-east Sask selling supplies to them. Gordie was his "chauffer".I worked in their shop in St. Boniface for a while at a later date and was where I learned to back up trailers.The company grew into a full fledged tanker operation and was eventually bought out by Maccam Transport from Moose Jaw, Sask, which amalgamated with Trimble from Alta to become Tri-mac.
Gordie Sokol at the ripe old age of seventeen in 1950 beside the 750 (700?)Merc he drove pulling a 3000 gal.single-axle 30 ft. tank. This was OIS's first rig. With no semi experience whatsoever, Tuckwell sent him hauling gas from Fargo ND to Crossroads Oil on Pembina Highway. A shot from the rear. Note the sign on the bumper.
Crossroads Oil
After Gord Sokol sold his produce rig to George Smith and Gord's brother John for no money down in late '59 or early '60, he and Ed Danylchuk bought the Anglo Oil bulk station on Oak Point Road where the present Petro-Can Card Lock owned by Bob Mustard stands today. They bought four single axle bulk trucks from a fellow named Blott, who was selling out his Shell operation. Here's a close up of the four trucks; a'52IHC, a '54 IHC, a '54 Dodge, and a '55 Chev. Gordie later withdrew from Crossroads and took over 2 BA OIl service stations, one on Polsen and Main, and the other on Alfred and Main.


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