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In this 1959 photo, Andy Trotter (far right), hands over the keys to a new Pontiac to the Rev. Walter S. Bush representing the Cerebral Palsy Evaluation Center. Also pictured, from left, are Eugenia Dobson and Christoper Sheffield. Contributed photo from ChattanoogaHistory.com by John Goforth.

In this 1959 newspaper photograph, Chattanooga car dealer Andy Trotter, far right, is seen handing over the keys to a new car to an official of the United Cerebral Palsy Evaluation Center.

The photo was published in the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Sept. 8, 1959, and represents just one installment of a charitable giveaway by the dealership that went on for decades.

The image is part of the Chattanooga Free Press gallery of photos at the website ChattanoogaHistory.com, curated by local history enthusiast Sam Hall.

For more than 20 years, beginning in the 1950s, Trotter-family car dealerships here made yearly gifts of vehicles to the United Cerebral Palsy Evaluation Center, which used them to transport disabled children, according to newspaper reports. The center provided evaluation and counseling services to children with the movement disorder.

Trotter Pontiac Co., seen here, was at 3150 S. Broad St. in the 1950s and was billed at the time as East Tennessee's largest Pontiac dealership.

Interestingly, 1959 was the year that Andy Trotter acquired the dealership, which was previously the Adcox-Kirby Pontiac Co., according to news reports.

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If you have photo negatives, glass plate negatives, or original non‐digital prints taken in the Chattanooga area, contact Sam Hall for information on how they may qualify to be digitized and preserved at no charge.

 

 

Trotter, a native of Maryville, Tennessee, was also the one-time president of Amos and Andy Buick Co. at 1210 S. Broad St., which was named for him and his brother, Amos. The brothers started in the car business together in Maryville in 1940, and in the 1950s moved to Chattanooga to operate the Buick store.

In a newspaper advertisement soon after the acquisition of the Pontiac dealership in 1959, Joe J. Galbraith was listed as general manager of Trotter Pontiac Co., and Rodney King was the service manager.

Soon after the purchase, the dealership also started selling Vauxhall cars and station wagons, which were made in England.

Andy Trotter died in 2004, according to newspaper records. His wife Hazel died in 2020.

Most recently the former Trotter Pontiac property at 3150 S. Broad St. has been the site of a Krystal restaurant.

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Contact Mark Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com.

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