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Sandhill Oil celebrates 50 years

Beth Gibbons
Crawford, Neb.

Fifty years ago Allan and Garnett Jameson purchased the Sandhill Oil Filling Station located on the east edge of Thedford, Neb. The friendly business has kept pace with the times and been profitable for Allan, Garnett and their family.

A fuel tank fire was a terrible blow when Allan and his son Richard were seriously burned. Both have since recovered. Richard continues involvement in the business as part owner.

About 10 years ago Allan said, “I was sitting in the old office when the rain was dripping down on the cash register. Richard asked if I had thought of a new building.” 

“Yes!” was the reply. They agreed right then, amid the pans catching dripping rain, to build a new business office. It has been successful and continues to expand. They not only deliver gas to the Sandhills country people but they do water systems for their friends and they sell lawn mowers.

To celebrate 50 years in the business the Jamesons planned a festival of fun, food, entertainment and gatherings for their customers. There was a morning of 18 hole golf scramble, tanking trips on the Middle Loup River, kids carnival games and poetry by Ken Cook of Eli, Neb., Marty Blocker of Cody, Neb., Bonnie Krogman of Wood, S.D., and Bruce and Lyn Messersmith of Alliance, Neb., in the new pavilion on the fairgrounds. Evening entertainment was provided with music by Innocent Mischief. An evening meal of Prime Rib with all the trimmings was also provided. Entertainment by Glen Templeton of Nashville, Neb., was later in the evening followed with lots of brilliant fireworks and dancing to Innocent Mischief. There was time for the many guests to visit with old and new friends amid the food and fun.

Allan was surprised with a gift of a copy of an old calendar and a gas receipt marked “47 years ago.” The receipt showed a gas purchase costing 20.9 cents a gallon!  Another guest presented Allan with a board holding a mounted pistol and sign that said, “We don’t call 911.”  Both brought a smile of surprise and appreciation to the recipient.

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Thanks to the Jameson’s for bringing the community together from miles around with appreciation of their 50 years involvement in Sandhill Oil.