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Looking Back


Service Oil Company was founded in 1922 by Julius Aronson and his son Lewis. Raphael Aronson, the current CEO, is the son of Lewis, and has served in that position since 1961.

Originally located at the intersection of Cameron and Paxton Streets, Service Oil moved to its current location at 3798 Paxton Street in 1952 where it operated a bulk plant with a storage capacity of over 1.5 million gallons of heating oil.

When it was founded Service Oil operated one gasoline service station and delivered kerosene to homes for use in space heaters. Currently we deliver a wide variety of fuels including heating oil and kerosene, diesel fuel and propane. In addition, Service Oil installs and services all types of heating and air conditioning equipment.

As you can see, much has changed since our company’s humble beginnings. Here are some other things that were going on in 1922, the year our family business opened its doors.

  • Warren G. Harding gave the first radio-broadcast speech by a U.S. president
  • The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated
  • Alcohol was illegal in the U.S.
  • The first successful insulin treatment for diabetes was given in Toronto
  • James Joyce’s Ulysses was first published in its entirety
  • The first issue of Reader’s Digest was published
  • Pope Pius XI became the 259th pope
  • The film Nosferatu was released
  • English archaeologist Howard Carter breached King Tut’s tomb