Gazetteer History

Evolution of the Oil Mill Gazetteer
This magazine was born in 1894 when a group of Texan oilseed processors felt the need to have a source for industry information and news. It has been published monthly since that time.

The memoirs of Gus Baumgarten, a 12-year veteran oil miller from Schulenburg, Texas—the “daddy” of the Oil Mill Gazetteer—reveal the first copies of the magazine were mainly copies of the proceedings from the IOMSA meetings, which began in 1894. But in 1899 the paper took on the look of a genuine magazine covering not only the proceedings, but industry news, ideas from oil millers, and advertising.

Two things have been the foundation of the magazine – that it pay for itself and that it adhere to its original mandate to provide an informational tool for the superintendents’ association. Through the more than 100 years of publication this tool has grown and it has become a source of information for the world’s oilseed processors, always targeted to the superintendent’s area of responsibility.

The Oil Mill Gazetteer has had only eight editors: Gus Baumgarten, H. J. Thiessen, John Bannon, H. E. Wilson, Kris Smith, Paula Kolmar, AOCS Press, and currently, Tucker Scharfenberg. The editors have consequently served as a consistent source for IOMSA (which uses a four-year board of director term) and the industry. Today, the Gazetteer is published bimonthly with subscribers in several countries—just about anywhere there is a crushing or processing plant. It is a product of the International Oil Mill Superintendents Association, enjoying complete support of the officers and board of directors in matters of business and content.

Members of the IOMSA receive a complimentary subscription to theGazetteer with their membership. An individual subscription is $57. Outside the US, subscriptions are $57 for surface mail and $142 for airmail.

From the pages of the Gazetteer


George Walsh, 1908…I left Dallas last June, coming to this town, Memphis, Texas, where I built a 60-ton mill, which so far has not lost one hour since the wheels first began to revolve. We have a flourishing town of 3,000 with every indication of growing to 10,000 soon.
C.H. Wooten, 1920…I am trying something new, for me, in the oil mill game. That is using a diesel engine for a prime mover. It sure looks odd to hang around a mill without an old Corliss engine and two or three boilers.
September, 1949…For the past 18 years the appropriations bills have carried riders prohibiting the Quartermasters Department from buying oleomargarine for the army for edible purposes. Last week, congress eliminated the rider and the army can enjoy prime colored oleomargarine.