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Kingfisher TG&Y, early key of national chain, will close

Oklahoman Published: December 13, 1982

The local TG&Y that opened for business here in 1927 as the R.A. Young Co. and later helped spawn a nationwide chain with stores in 29 states will be closing its doors for good Christmas eve.

The store was founded by Raymond Young, who managed it for eight years while he opened branches in Crescent, Hennessey, Geary, Watonga, Cherokee, Guthrie, Weatherford and Sand Springs. It was 1946 when he went into partnership with R.E. Tomlinson, of Frederick, and Les Gosselin, of Cordell, and the TG&Y empire was born.

Young, now in semi-retirement, has lived in Oklahoma City since 1935 but has continued to make civic contributions to Kingfisher.

Conoco tax hits billion PONCA CITY Conoco Inc. mailed a check to the federal government last week that represented the billionth dollar the Ponca City-based company has paid in windfall profits taxes.

Conoco officials, who along with other oil companies have been critical of the tax, noted the amount equaled the cost of drilling an estimated 1,000 wells. Oil companies have paid more than $30 billion in windfall profits taxes since the levy was first imposed in 1980.

Wagoner woes grow WAGONER When Sheriff Clyde Watkins complained to the Wagoner County Commission last week that he needed money to fill his patrol cars with gas, he didn't know just how bad things could get.

At its next regular meeting the commission decided without gas the sheriff didn't needed any cars. They voted to gradually phase out the department's seven vehicles. The sheriff and his deputies will instead be allowed to file claims for mileage accumulated on their own vehicles for official purposes.

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