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I recently came across this chronology, which I find very interesting because it illustrates the progress of the oil industry along with world events and the rise of the internal-combustion engine and the automobile.

Gasoline-fueled internal combustion oil field engines did not start appearing until the 1890s, when John Carruthers and Dr. Edwin J. Fithian founded the Carruthers-Fithian Clutch Co. (later named The Bessemer Gas Engine Co.), which manufactured "half-breed" engines and the clutches needed for the conversion from steam.

This chronology is adapted from The Chronological History of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries by J. Stanley Clark, published by Clark Book Co., Houston, Texas, in 1963.

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