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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (July 11, 1920)
THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN. PORTLAND. JULY 11, 1920
RATIONING OF FUEL
Report Made After Invests
gation of Shortage.
RAILROAD AID WANTED
People in District Arfcctcd Arc
A?.keI " to Stop Practice of
- Hoarding Gasoline.
PEATTLE. Wash., July 10. Investi
gation of the gasoline shortage in
Washtitgtnn and Oregon has been
completed by the Seattle chamber of
commerce and definite recommenda-
factors of this situation should con
tribute toward bringing about that
"The oil companies should impose
the same system of rationing through
out their territories. They offer proof
that the entire available supply of
gasoline Is being distributed In pro
portion to past demands, but it is
difficult for the public to feel that
the situation, is fully met when Lou
Angeles Is doing: business without re
strictions and San Francisco bay re
strictions are much more liberal than
those of Puget sound and Oregon.
Railroads Urged to Help.
"The rollroads could contribute ma
terially by putting- forth extraordi
nary efforts to provide special tanker
service to move Wyoming gaBollne
into the territory that now draws
heavily from the Pacific ports..
."Many consumers are aggravating
this situation by seeking to acquire
reserved stocks of gasoline. This is
the natural human manifestation of
every shortage and probably will not
fully pass for five or six weeks, but
a much more equitable distribution
would be possible if several thousand
motor-car owners were not trying to
build up reserves and were contribut
ing to the public good by confining
their use of cars to absolutely neces
"Circulation of reports in California
that tourists" should not come to
Washington and Oregon because of
gas shortage should be stopped." says
ROADS ABOUT 50-50
Much of Going Is Rough, but
It's All Passable.
MOTORISTS TAKE CHANCE
Xo Beds Left at Tillamook, Cliovi
All Gone at Seaside, and No -Gas
The gasoline shortage was seriously
felt in- the smaller towns throughout
the state over the holiday. It was par
ticularly acute at Astoria and Seaside
and hundreds of motorists who drove
JUST BEFORE THE START AT THE TACOMA AUTOMOBILE RACES.
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This picture nan taken Jut before Barney Oldfield, veteran of the track and now president of the Oldfield Tire
' company, pared the field of 12 raclns; ear In a preliminary lap with, a Marmon touring? car. several of the racers
' uard Oldfield tlrea. Including Tommy Milton, who won the 22S-nille race without making one atop, driving; at an
average apeed of On miles per hour. This was really a remarkable feat, for some of the racers had to make as
-' many aw five atona to ehanare tires. Milton won the U aioatown (Pa. I race of 2JW) miles a few weeka ago at the
name Hpreil and alao without a atop. The picture ahows a section of the fine new grandstand at Tacoma. Forty
thounand persona saw the races.
tlons that the oil companies be urged
to place the entire Pacific coast on
an equal rationing basis,- that the
railroads use every means possible to
facilitate movement of gasoline from
Wyoming Tefineries to eastern Wash
ington and Oregon and that the peo
ple of the districts affected by the
shortage stop the practice of gasoline
hoarding are made in the report. The
findings of the committee were made
after there had been an exchange of
telegrams, and correspondence be
tween oil companies. United States
shipping board, tourist bureaus and
individuals. The report says:
"The shortage of gasoline Is gen
eral because of increased demand for
the various motor uses.
"The. shortage on the Pacific coast
Is especially acute because the open
winter permitted the use of.passenger
cars and the oil companies had no
opportunity to accumulate a surplus.
Exports Kot Blnmed. -
"Exports of gasoline nave contrib
uted to. this shortage in a very minor
degree. . All. exports have been dis
continued except on old contracts,
which could not be repudiated.
"The shortage Is peculiarly acute in
the Puget sound territory because
this district is demanding about 40
per cent' more than last year -and be
cause the tanker and tank car situa
tion is interfering to a certain extent
"The entire Pacific coast is on a ra
tion basis except Los Angeles and
southern California. In t?an Francis
co and northern California a five
gallon restriction is enforced on pas
senger cars, but is not rigidly applied
to trucks or the automobiles of doc
tors and cars used for business pur
poses. "In some interior points of California
and generally throughout Washing
ton and Oregon the shortage is acute.
"Progress is made toward relieving
this situation. Quantities of gasoline
have been contracted for in Wyoming.
Adequate tank car service has been
put Into operation to supply eastern
Washington points, and thereby sub
stantially relieve the pressure in Se
attle. . '
-"The loca"l situation should grow
steadily better, but probably will not
be fully relieved until some time in
August or perhaps early September.
"It seems to the chamber that all
the committee." as an immediate im
provement in the gasoline situation is
in sight, and if the public adopts a
sane, conservation attitude, there will
be. gas for ordinary tourist travel.
"In Seattle there has been an im
provement in the past week and, in-'
stead of a three and five-gallon ra
tion, 'half tanks' are allowed. One oil
company announced 'a 20 per cent in
crease in its already liberal ration to
passenger cars. It is expected that
within the next month Washington
and Oregon will be liberally supplied
with gasoline and sufficient to meet
all demands of the tourist trade."
RELIABILITY RUN' SHOWS .BIG
Strenuous Climb Made' on Short
Supply That Gave Hard
Test of Power. s
In the Stockton-Yosemite. economy
and reliability run which was staged
early in June, the Franklin took first
place on gasoline, economy with an
average of 17.49 miles per gallon.
Although tne distance 'covered was
but 124.8 miles, the drive was strenu
ous enough, as the machines had to
climb to an elevation of 7300 feet in
order to reach Yosermite, which is
itself 4000 feet above sea level. Only
17 miles of that distance is paved
There are miles of rough foothill
dirt roads, and then mountain roads
with all their ups and downs and very
sharp and seemingly innumerable
turns, and there are long grades re
quiring second gear, for miles oii a
stretch, and short, sharp ditches, forc
ing a drop back to low gear. And this
year there -were great snow banks and
mudholes. and at an elevation of al
most a mile and a half above Stock
ton's sea level.
Pennsylvania led the nation in lil9
In the total mileage of contracts for
to the seaside experienced the great
est difficulty in getting sufficient to
return home on.
Automobile dealers and garage men
at Astoria imported a tank car from
an independent California company,
but when that was gone the town was
practically empty of gasoline. The
dealers assert that both the Union
and Standard Oil companies promised
them plenty of gas, but failed to de
liver. At all hours of the day there
was a big lineup of cars at every ga
rage and tank in Astoria and Seaside.
Occupants of the machines, becoming
resigned to the situation, spent most
of the day sitting in the cars reading
magazines and newspapers.
Late Monday afternoon one of the
companies sent a truck up town with
about 1000 .' gallons. The dealers ra
tioned it among the cars and by even
ing all the- visitors had obtained
enough to make a start for home.
Clatskanie and St. Helens were able
to help a little for a while, but were
finally drained dry and the late driv
ers had to resort to kerosene to bring
them home. The dealers at Astoria
assert the oil companies are with
holding all information about the
supply. When a steamer arrives the
town is given a little and when that
is exhausted it is just a matter of
waiting the pleasure of the compa
nies for a further supply.
Trip Made in Cole Eight.
A drive made by many motorists
over the holidays was to Tillamook,
by way of Newberg. McMinnvllle.
Sheridan and Grand Ronde. D. L.
Dougherty, sales manager of the
Northwest Auto company, made the
loop trip there and return via Seaside
and Astoria in a Cole Aero-eight
sportster and reports the roads in
fairly good shape. To Tillamook, Mr.
Dougherty says, is about 50-50 in good
and rough roads. The speedometer
registered 112 miles, of which 57
miles, to Willamina, is good going.
Twenty-rour of this is pavement to
N'ewberg and the rest gravel' or mac
adam, with some dirt. From Willa
mina to Tillamook is hilly, over the
mountains, and very rough in places.
necessitating slow driving unless all
thought of comfort is forsaken. It is
not a difficult drive, however, and
there are many excellent camping'
sites along the several mountain
streams. Camp fires Saturday night
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The fact that one of the first successful cord tires was a
General Tire undoubtedly has had something to do with
the present position that The General holds in the tire
world but the main reason is that every General Tire
Cord or Fabric Truck or Passenger Type for small cars or
. large has gone a longer way to make friends than its price
. The General Tire is ready to go a long way to make friends
Built in Akron, Ohio, by
The General Tire and Rubber Company
goes a long way to make friends.
American Tire and Rubber Co.
BROADWAY AND OAK
ON THE GENERAL CORNER
Two Phones: If One Is Busy Use the Other
were about as thick as the telephone
poles on the road.
Considerable road work is under
way along this road and in another
month there will be a big improve
ment. The touring season is just get
ting under way to Tillamook. Unless
motorists plan to camp out it is ad
visable to make hotel reservations
well in advance. Every bed and cot
in Tillamook was occupied Saturday
night, the overflow either trying to
sleep In the lobby chairs of the hotels
or driving on to nearby towns. A fine
early morning drive is that from Til
lamook through Miami, Garibaldi and
Bar View to Rockaway beach. The
road is good ajl the way around Til
The 56-mile drive from Tillamook
to Seaside is another 50-50 affair.
Thirty miles of it, in Tillamook coun
ty, is good gravel road, but the 2(i
miles through Clatsop county is most
ly crushed rock and plank.
No Food Left at Seaside.
It is a very pretty drive through
timber, well shaded and with no
serious grades. A big stretch of road
work is under way in Clatsop county
and a (ew weeks more will see a big
improvement on this route also. Un
less eating places at Seaside learned
a lesson from their experience In try-
ing to feed the crowds that spent the
week-end there, it will be advisable
to make arrangements for eating
somewhere else than in Seaside. Ar
riving there about 7:30 Saturday
morning, Mr. Dougherty found the
hotels and restaurants sold out and
closed up and hundreds of persons
walking the streets looking for some
thing to eat.
Astoria, too, was overcrowded and
several automobile parties had to
sleep in their machines Sunday night.
The whole trip around the loop was
more or less of a burlesque on accom
modations. No place to sleep at Til
lamook, nothing to eat at Seaside and
STUTZ BEARCAT IN FRONT OF NATIONAL PARK HOTEL AT LONGMIRE SPRINGS, WASH.,
RAINIER NATIONAL PARK.
is made and backed by
The General Motors Corporation
CAPITALIZED AT OVER Sl.000.000.000
Think what this means to the owner of the Scripps-Booth! It means
that this car is made by the largest motorcar manufacturers in existence
and sold at the lowest price and that this company, its capital, policies
and service are behind this car.
In addition, the General Motors Acceptance Corporation
handles the time paper of our cars. It performs this serv
ice without profit financially.
The Scripps-Booth has no agency in Portland. It is a
Factory Branch. Consider this big advantage when you
The Scripps-Booth Co., of Cal.
C i. nrpnaii or mc Atitoreat Motor sle company. Mutx clir.irihutr here, and Bill Stein, city naleaman for the
tioodrlch Rubber company, made the run to Mount Rainier national park for the July Fourth holiday. Sir. McPhail
.-. took the longer route via Pacific highway to Tenlno, thence to Rainier. Vclm and Roy. and found it in n,l.
condition. Thin route, la heat for amateur driver to take, though it la about 30 miles longer than the cut-off
route' la Onalaak
522 Alder at Sixteenth
Telephone Broadway 3169
no place to sleep at Astoria, and no
gasoline to get home on.
The highway from Astoria to Clats
kanie is still pretty rough, with much
new construction. From Clatskanie to
Deer Island is all paved, but from the
latter point to Si-appoopc the road is
the worst of any on the whole loop
Gasoline prices varied at different
points. At Tillamook it was 35
cents. 50 cents at Seaside, which
looked like profiteering, and 40 cents
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Since the first Federal was built in 1910,
the Federal factory has grown from 3000
square feet of floor space to a gigantic plant
of over 250,000 square feet.
Good trucks must be built in an efficient
factory to know how Federals are built is
to know why they stay sold.
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