When a car pulled up to the pump, an eager employee would come out to fill their tank and get the latest gossip from around town or just share a conversation. Or locals might drop by to grab a glass bottle soda and a pack of Nabs and shoot the breeze for a while.
Local gas stations bring with them that sense of nostalgia of days gone by, when things were a little slower and people spent time talking and visiting face to face, rather than on the computer or cell phone.
Each station had its own unique look, and an atmosphere that was one of a kind.
This year’s 2016 Tribune calendar has arrived, and thanks to the generosity of local historian Jason Couch as well as Jack Partin and David Brendle, the cover and each of the calendar’s 12 months feature a historic gas station from the Elkin and Jonesville area.
The calendars are available free at The Tribune office, 214 E. Main St., Elkin, one copy per person.
Advertisers who helped make this calendar possible include Bojangles’ of Jonesville, Workforce Unlimited, Custom Heating & Cooling, Blue Ridge Medical Group, Alps Mtn. Affordable Hearing Aid Center, Tampco, Mazzini’s, Yadkin Valley Pharmacy, G&B Energy, Foothills Meat Center, Foothills Grocery & Deli. Many of these locations will have a limited number of calendars available to customers as well.
In addition, all of The Tribune’s home delivery subscribers will receive a calendar inserted in their Christmas Day edition of the newspaper as a complementary copy and a thank you for their loyalty.
The Tribune staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.