John D. Rockefeller: Anointed with Oil

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CHAPTER 2

THE OIL BUSINESS
HEAD AND EARS

Rockefeller's bosses said nothing about pay at first. He did not complain. He was happy just to learn about business. Hewitt and Tuttle helped to link an increasingly national economy. They handled shipments by wagon, train, or boat of everything from grain to marble. Rockefeller inspected deliveries, corrected bills, paid them, and recorded the payments in the firm's books. [This was so delightful to me, all the method and system of the office,] he would write. He served the system faithfully. He refused a boatman's demands to pad an invoice. He pressed a debtor quietly but steadily for an hour. The man finally gave in, saying, [I never saw such a pestering collector!]

After some three months, about New Year's Day, Hewitt finally gave Rockefeller $50 and a salary of $25 a month (about $454 a month in modern dollar values, far below minimum wage). [I felt like a criminal,] Rockefeller would recall. He strove to deserve the money. He came at 6:30 a.m. He ate a lunch from home at his desk. He often returned after supper. He once tried to slow down. [I have this day covenanted with myself not to be seen after 10 o'clock p.m.] At work, he wrote in a dime notebook

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Chapter 1 - The First Foothold 9
  • Chapter 2 - The Oil Business Head and Ears 23
  • Chapter 3 - Missionaries of Light 41
  • Chapter 4 - What Should Be Done? 57
  • Chapter 5 - I Can't Endure to See That Money Idle 73
  • Chapter 6 - Shall We Go On, Gentlemen? 87
  • Chapter 7 - Our Splendid, Happy Family Must Scatter 99
  • Chronology 116
  • Further Reading and Resources 118
  • Museums and Historic Sites 120
  • Index 122
  • Acknowledgments 126
  • Picture Credits 127
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