Found - Photo of Hixson Pike Sinclair Service Station

Monday, February 15, 2016 - by Harmon Jolley

Update 2/16/2016

A friend and former co-worker who is also a local history buff submitted a photograph of the Sinclair service station when it sold the Cities Services brand.  The proprietor was John Brown. 

We're still interested in a photograph from the gas station's Sinclair years.  You may recall that Sinclair's logo featured a green dinosaur.  Sinclair also sponsored a dinosaur exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair.  The exhibit was then put on tour with a stop outside Eastgate Mall.

In response to my 2014 article "Former Fuel Fillers of Hixson Pike" (, a reader sent an e-mail asking for a photo of the Sinclair service station that was at the corner of Hixson Pike and Lupton Drive.  The proprietor was John Sheets.  Today, the site is a parking lot for Lupton Drive Baptist Church.

If you have a photo in your collection, please send me an e-mail attachment at  I will post the photo on Memories, and share the photo with the reader and with some of the local groups who are archiving old Chattanoogan photographs.

Freudenberg Grocery Long Operated In North Chattanooga

The Freudenberg Grocery long operated on North Market Street in North Chattanooga.   However, it closed in the mid 1940s due to A&P and Krogers moving up the street.    Earl Freudenberg, longtime local radio broadcaster, said his great-grandfather, George A. Freudenberg, moved to North Chattanooga  in the early 1900s and opened the store. ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Genealogical Society Meets April 3

The Signal Mountain Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Walden Town Hall, 1836 Taft Hwy.  Refreshments will be served followed by a brief business meeting and program.  The speaker for the April meeting, Norma Jean Hobbs, will speak on, “The Hixson – Hixon Family Ties.”  Visitors are always welcome. (click for more)

Alexander Says Chickamauga Lock Construction Fully Funded For 4th Consecutive Year

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said the government funding bill will fully fund construction of Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year, providing up to $78 million – which is more than twice the amount of funding the project received last year.   Senator Alexander said he has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)