Johnson Oil celebrates 60 years

Courtney Parker, right, dunks Shell Manager Jennifer Hartman during customer appreciation day this week. Johnson Oil Co. was established in 1959 by Art and Darlene Johnson in Rock Falls, Illinois where it still has corporate offices, Hartman said. The company has 80 Shell, BP and Mother Hubbard stores in Iowa and Illinois including four in Clinton. All of the stores had special promotions for the companies 60th anniversary this week. Johnson Oil came to Clinton in 1972. The Shell convenience store on Eighth Avenue South in Clinton opened nine years ago Wednesday, Hartman said. Winona Whitaker/Clinton Herald