There was big excitement on Main Street last week when new gasoline and diesel pumps were installed at Rutland Oil Company’s self-service station here in Rutland. The old “Gasboy” pumps were 13 years old and the meter readouts were mechanical. The new “OBW” pumps are much faster and have digital readouts. The credit card system was being installed on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15 & 16. Greg’s grandfather, Iver Donaldson, was the Standard Oil Co. agent and bulk dealer in Rutland from 1907 to 1932, and he then helped out his friend and neighbor, Paul Kuester, owner of the Rutland Garage, deliver “White Eagle” gasoline and oil products until his death in 1942. Iver’s 250 gallon bulk delivery wagon was powered by a team of draft horses, and fuel was conveyed from the tank wagon to the customers storage tank using a 5 gallon can and a funnel. Greg’s Dad, Aldon Donaldson, acquired ownership of the bulk oil business in Rutland, then handling Socony Mobil products, in 1946 and operated the business until 1984, when Greg acquired the business from his father. 2014 is Greg’s 30th year in the bulk fuel business in Sargent County.
On Sunday, July 13, a crowd gathered at Lou Sanderson Field for a sendoff party for Peder, Connie, Emma & Ally Gulleson. Cameron Gulleson served up burgers from the grill to round out a huge pot luck spread. The bases were loaded after supper with an entertaining mix of kids and adults for a rousing game of softball. Ben Durbin, former pastor of Nordland Lutheran Church, & his wife, Ruth, made their way back to Rutland for the event. The Gulleson’s will be heading to Bismarck in August where Peder has accepted a position as the Director of Music and Worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Read More