In recognition of the 100th anniversary of ExxonMobil in Baytown, The Sun hosted a contest to “write your favorite memory of anything to do with Humble, Exxon or ExxonMobil.” Winners received one share of ExxonMobil stock in their name. Here are some of those essays.
‘I love ExxonMobil ...’
I am 91 and a happy/healthy life-long native of Goose Creek/Baytown. I love ExxonMobil!
I first went to work for Humble Oil & Refining Company in January 1949 in Research & Development Department headed by Dr. Sherman Shaffer and Dr. Art Draeger.
Immediately after graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1946, I began working for DuPont in La Porte while they were constructing their plant (which entailed crossings from Baytown to La Porte on the ferry both coming and going).
I was assigned to the Accounting Department and typed cost reports on a 27-inch manual typewriter. While working there, I took courses at Lee College, which at that time were held in evenings at Robert E. Lee High School.
My Dad worked/retired Humble Oil – and my husband went to work there prior to our November 1947 marriage. His father was recruited to play baseball on the Humble Oilers ball club and worked there until his untimely death in 1930. Humble Oil then hired his mother (widow with three children) who worked until her retirement in May 1957. His brother (who was seven years older than he) worked there until retirement (before and after serving as a Marine in WWII).
Also, each of my three children were involved as well. My daughter worked in the summer as a steno before attending/graduating from the University of Texas and becoming CPA. One of our sons worked as Lab Technician before finishing his degree from University of Houston and becoming CPA. Our youngest son worked part-time while in high school and junior college, but after graduation from Sam Houston University he became full-time employee and worked 30+ years prior to his retirement.
My husband and I retired in October 1982 (he with 36+ years and I with 31+ years). However, I went back to work for Exxon Chemical on a non-regular basis for 20+ more years.
My husband died in 2018 after 70+ years of marriage. But you’ll notice that he enjoyed about the same number of years of retirement as number of years of employment. I loved the work, the people I worked with/around, and the stimulating work environment! — Amy S. Currie
‘A way of life in my family’
My name is Dennis Araujo and I was the fourth generation in my family to have been fortunate enough to have a career with the ExxonMobil Corp.
After 37 years of service, I retired from ExxonMobil in 2011, my father retired from Exxon in 1986 after 22 years of service, his father retired from Humble in 1955 after 33 years of service. My maternal great-grandfather retired from Humble in 1947 after 30 years of service. My wife was a second-generation employee and my brother also was a fourth generation. As you can see, ExxonMobil has been a way of life in my family.
We all experienced a very successful career with a company that took care of its employees. None of us had college degrees but still had respectable and value added jobs. “The company” showed us the value of dependability, honesty, integrity and safety. I grew up in a house my grandfather procured from “the company.” It was located just a stones throw and across the tracks from the Asphalt Plant. My grandfather lived two houses down Magnolia Street from us; my great grandfather’s house was on Airhart St. diagonally across from the Asphalt Plant.
Through the years certain groups have tried to paint a black eye on Exxon by suing them for environmental infractions. During my tenure I personally witnessed projects initiated by “the company” designed to reduce NOx emissions to the atmosphere and projects designed to ensure waste water released into the ship channel was clean enough to sustain marine life. Also there was a continuous effort to formulate gasoline and diesel fuel to burn cleaner and more efficient. There were too many other projects to mention here.
During my lifetime I have seen Exxon come to the rescue of GCCISD. From land donations for schools to taking responsibility of the Carver clean up to buying out the original Baytown Junior school after the fire. I can’t count the times I open the Baytown Sun to see a photo of an Exxon representative donating a check to the Sterling Library, Stuart Career Center, Baytown summer youth work force, Nature Center, United Way, Special Olympics, etc. “The company’s” effort to beautify Baytown included the nature area along Airhart St. and the buying out of Bush Terrace and Wooster area. Also the large berms along Decker at Rollingbrook. Their generosity is exceeded only by the number of barrels of oil they refine. I don’t know of anyone who worked for ExxonMobil that was not happy at the end of his/her career. “The company” embraced the diversity of the local community and gave them jobs. ExxonMobil is and always has been good for Baytown and good for the community. — Dennis Araujo