The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, to do the commissioner a favor once

I'd like to know if the word "once" in the following passage from the chapter Four of The Great Gatsby means "on one occasion" or rather "formerly":

What was that?” I inquired. “The picture of Oxford?”

“I was able to do the commissioner a favor once, and he sends me a Christmas card every year.”

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"On one Occasion." He did a favor at a specific point in time in the past.