|William Rheem is third from the left|
|William Rheem's Vault -Photo by Michael Colbruno|
Within eight months Rheem completed construction of what is now the Chevron Refinery and transformed the rural area into a company town. A year after it opened the refinery was producing 10,000 barrels of petroleum. In 1902, Rheem opened the Richmond Belt Line Railrod to provide service to the bustling refinery.
After the refinery was completed, Rheem remained as the superintendent. Chevron remains the largest employer in Richmond to this day.
Rheem Creek a small river in the Hilltop District and Rheem Avenue in the Central Richmond District are named in his honor.
Rheem died of a heart attack in a restaurant on his way to Santa Cruz with his family.