A rendering by local artist Phil Claiborne shows the Disspayne’s Service Center in the early-1950s. It was at the present Thornton’s site in Donelson. Claiborne said Elmer Disspayne sold sporting goods, hardware, appliances and toys. It also had a full range of services and one of the first portable car washes. Disspayne bought the Commerce Union Bank building next door and enlarged his business. Claiborne said it was akin to an old country store, with the nostalgic presence of a group of men hanging around and sharing stories. A regular was Ernest Neiderhauser, whose Swiss Farm Dairy was where Bluefields neighborhood currently sits. According to Claiborne, Former U.S. Sen. Al Gore Sr. and Estes Kefauver stopped by to visit when in town. Gore would also visit after he left the airport and before he drove to Carthage. Disspayne became a U.S. marshal in the early 1960s, and he sold the station to Gulf Corp. The print and other vintage Donelson prints are available at Picture This in Donelson. All profits of these go to support the Friends of Two Rivers Mansion. Anyone with a throwback photo and accompanying description of the Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory areas is asked to email Laurie Everett at laurieeverett1@gmail.com. IMAGE COURTESY OF PHIL CLAIBORNE

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