State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to recognize milestone events in
 4    the history of businesses in the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, It has come to our attention that  Huot  Oil  is
 6    celebrating  the 90th anniversary of service to the motorists
 7    of Kankakee and Iroquois counties; and

 8        WHEREAS, A large part of the success of Huot Oil  can  be
 9    directly  attributed  to  the  man  who started it all, Elzie
10    Huot, a hard-working young man who in 1911 landed  a  job  in
11    the  petroleum  industry with the Indian Refining Company; he
12    amazed local buyers by re-inventing the rundown business into
13    a striving business; and

14        WHEREAS, Just months after getting his business  off  the
15    ground,  Elzie  Huot  was  not satisfied selling kerosene and
16    therefore set his sights on the growing gasoline  market;  he
17    captured  business  from the already-established Standard Oil
18    Company by delivering gas wholesale to stations from Bonfield
19    to Clifton  and  from  Momence  to  Watsweka;  he  built  his
20    business  that  initially  sold  five to 10 gallons every two
21    weeks into a thriving business that sold six hundred  gallons
22    of gas a week; and

23        WHEREAS,   Once  Elzie  Huot  established  himself  as  a
24    kerosene and gasoline  distributor,  he  set  his  sights  on
25    building  his  own  bulk plant; in 1921, he approached Joseph
26    Baron and Baron-Huot Oil  was  established;  the  partnership
27    disbanded  in  1926 after Mr. Huot started a new venture into
28    owning service stations, however,  the  Baron-Huot  corporate
29    name remained as a salute to the company's origin; and

30        WHEREAS,  Elzie  Huot supplied his first service stations
31    with his own private brand of gasoline, "Silver  Fox";  after
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 1    he  branded  with  DX  Sunray  Oil  and  became the company's
 2    exclusive northern Illinois dealer, his business venture grew
 3    to nearly 80 sites  in  Kankakee,  Iroquois,  Will,  Kendall,
 4    Kane, DuPage, and DeKalb Counties; he later struck a deal and
 5    took  full title to all the stations in Kankakee and Iroquois
 6    counties and spent his free time grooming  his  sons,  Marvin
 7    and Wayne, to follow in his footsteps; and

 8        WHEREAS,  With  the  advent  of  the  automobile  and  an
 9    increasingly  mobile  society,  Elzie  Huot and his sons were
10    only able to sell gasoline, tires, and batteries; during  the
11    oil  embargo  in the 1970s, gas was a hot commodity and often
12    sold out in under an hour; because of the  gas  shortage  the
13    business  took  a  whole different turn as the Huot's started
14    building "convenience  stores"  equipped  with  bread,  milk,
15    cigarettes,  candy,  pop,  and  ice  to make up for declining
16    profits; and

17        WHEREAS, Elzie Huot lived long enough to see his sons and
18    grandsons become involved in the business he  began,  passing
19    away  in  1984  at  the  age  of  94; today three of the five
20    principals of Baron-Huot Oil are women; Marlene Huot  is  the
21    secretary/treasurer   and  her  daughters,  Dawn  Vaubel  and
22    Meredith Huot-Coy,  are  the  vice  president  and  assistant
23    treasurer,  respectively; Derek Coy is Director of Operations
24    and Merchandise Manager for all Huot Oil locations; the  Huot
25    family  hopes  to  continue  the  family  business  for  many
26    generations to come; and

27        WHEREAS, Currently there are 18 Huot Oil locations, eight
28    of them are owned directly by the Huot's; and

29        WHEREAS,   Huot  Oil  has  prospered  into  a  successful
30    business venture from its initial single horse-drawn delivery
31    truck back  in  1921;  it  currently  supplies  Kankakee  and
32    Iroquois   County  motorists  with  20  millions  gallons  of
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 1    gasoline each year; therefore, be it

 4    we  congratulate  Huot  Oil  on  the  celebration of its 90th
 5    anniversary of business to  the  motorists  of  Kankakee  and
 6    Iroquois counties; and be it further

 7        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 8    presented to the Huot family as an expression of our esteem.

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