Timeline

1900: Fred Koch is born in the small town of Quanah, Texas

1927: Fred Koch invents a better way of extracting gasoline from crude oil

1929: Major oil companies sue Fred Koch for patent infringement

1930: Koch begins training Soviet engineers to build oil refineries

1932: Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to the Mellon family fortune, is born

1933: Fred Koch's son Frederick is born

1934: Fred Koch begins building an oil refinery in Germany as part of Adolf Hitler's industrial expansion plan

1935: Fred Koch's son Charles is born

1940: Fred Koch's twin sons David and William (Bill) are born

1941: Scaife's parents create the Sarah Scaife Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable foundation

1957: Robert LeFevre opens the Freedom School, a conservative institution where Charles Koch will study laissez-faire economics

1958: Fred Koch becomes one of the original eleven members of the John Birch Society, a conservative group Mayer identifies as spreading conspiracy theories

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