No ‘’GENERATION GAP’’ here …
It gives me a warm feeling to be writing about this small town enterprise…and here’s why:
My husband and I and our three children moved here in 1978. There were just two gas stations then and this one was named “Tommy’s EXXON”. The owner was a very pleasant man who ran an honest business and his wife worked tirelessly by his side.
We became friends despite the fact that they were about 10 years younger than we were. They had one child (a girl) when we first met but a little boy named Alan soon came on the scene. He was a sweet child and loved to play at the station.
With the advent of other gas stations Tommy decided to give up the dispensing of gas and to concentrate solely on auto upkeep. The name, at that time, was changed to “TOMMY’S AUTO”, but was always known simply as “Tommy’s”.
Car owners for miles around knew that you could count on Tommy for an excellent job at a fair price. But it wasn’t always easy to get good help and we were all thrilled when “little Alan” showed an interest. First it was just after school and on weekends but it soon became apparent that this was to be his dream.
And now that dream has come true. His folks retired at the beginning of the year and “ALAN‘s AUTOMOTIVE CENTER” has become a reality. I know that Alan not only continues his Dad’s legacy of honesty but has continued with another tradition too …his wife is working by his side, just as his Mom did for his Dad all those many years!