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Cliff Johnson

Involvement in the Oil Industry

In 1947, Cliff went to work with Commonwealth Drilling as a truck driver. He then went on to become foreman and was responsible for the trucks and the leases. When Husky took over Commonwealth, Cliff stayed on as foreman until 1956. Husky had two drivers on every truck

After leaving Husky, he bought a winch truck and helped move rigs.


He recalls that the Husky refinery was just being built when he came back from the war.

He recalls that before Commonwealth had good trucks, they had an old army truck with no heater. The truck drove with six wheels and he still remembers the comments people would make as you drove by.Oil Tanks on Wooden Platform

When he started hauling oil the metal tanks were on wooden stands. He recalls that the wooden stands used to get out of shape.