Here are just a few of the personnel that were employed with Reed Brothers during the 1970’s.
Other 1970s Sales & Service Personnel (courtesy John Hall)
Glen – Handyman
Buck Whipp – Body Shop Manager
Rose Finneyfrock – Office Manager
Bob Griner – Shop Foreman
Lou Neel – Service Writer
Manning (Snipe) Howard – Mechanic
Nathan Howard – Body Man and Radiator Repairman
Garnett Howard – New and Used car cleanup. note: the Howard’s were three brothers with at least 25-30 years of service
Greg Frank – Mechanic
John Trammel – Mechanic
Dave Gooden – Mechanic
Frank Best – Tow Truck Driver
Joe Habina – Parts Manager
Jay Kuzminski – Parts Dept
Tim Rowe – Parts Dept
Phil Vetter – Service Manager
Jessie Adams – Bookkeeper
Edward J. (Ted) Dabbs – Salesman
Memories: Employees & Friends Share Their Recollections
John Hall (Mechanic):
One time John Trammel drove a customers car through the front garage door because the brakes failed, and when he beeped the horn for someone to open the door, no one did. It was winter time. The Gartner kids were as young as me at the time, and I worked on all of their Demos. Lee used to water his plants, and read his newspaper usually standing up in the corner of the showroom, and then walk through the shop picking up trash. I think he controlled the heat in the shop for us. The shop was smaller then 30 bays in 1972. The building ended right behind the heavy truck lift. There was a radiator repair shop in the back of the Body Shop, and Nathan Howard used to repair many radiators there. He also kept a small garden in the field behind the shop. The body shop was much smaller then. Lee took us to Mealys restaurant in New Market for a Christmas dinner once in a Snowstorm. We were all dressed up. He said, “I didn’t know you boys could look so good.” There was a man named Robert who was the car painter. In those days painters had to breathe a lot of fumes. His beard was usually painted along with the car he was painting.
Robert Higdon (Assistant Service Manager)
I came to Reed Brothers Dodge a little over a year after spending three years in the Army serving in Vietnam 67-68. Reed Brothers Dodge was a part of my early life, but we all move on and change with the times. I was very sorry to see you lose your franchise. It wasn’t fair that it happened and now the building is gone too. Longevity should have played a part in you keeping the business.
You all have played a big part in my life during those years and from time to time I think and remember some of the best times in my life were being your friend and co-worker.
Janice Beall Taylor
At the beginning of WWII my dad Leonard Beall was working in the Paint Shop at Reed’s, matching paint on cars that had been damaged. Selective Service disqualified him because they said he was “colorblind”.
Daddy always told this story: In 1942, they only had one new car left to sell. It was up to him to back it into the showroom. He was in the driver’s seat, with the door open looking backwards to see where he was going, and he got too close to a support pole (and was probably going too fast!), and ripped the door right off the car! The last one! Maybe it wasn’t a coincidence that Daddy left Reed’s and took a War job at National Airport until he opened his own business in 1944. I also remember my mom telling stories about riding to work with Mr. Raleigh Chinn after they moved into their new house on Anderson Ave.
I had the distinct pleasure of working for Lee and Rick Gartner as a salesman for a while in the late ’70s. Can’t forget Dorsey Howes (Great Sales Mgr.) and Marvin Shultz also well into my top 10 favorite people list!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog and leave your very kind comment. I hope your visit here was full of memories.
Hi! I’m currently working on a project for a state competition in my high school, and I wanted to ask permission to use one of your photos. (I’m supposed to show the change in technology in the Automotive industry, and one of the pictures you have posted is perfect!) Please try to get back to me as soon as you can! 🙂
Thank you very much for contacting me regarding the photo on the Reed Brothers Dodge History blog. I’m happy that you found a photo you can use in your state competition. You are welcome use any photo you would like and may attribute credit as follows: Photo Courtesy of: Reed Brothers Dodge
Best of luck in your competition!
Thank you so much! ❤️ (You have NO IDEA how much this helps me!)
My first full-time job out of high school was with Reed Brothers. I started in June 1963 working with Rose Finneyfrock until I left in December to take a job with the NIH. In reading the history of Reed Brothers, I still remember many such as Marvin, Phil, Lee, Dale, and George Ward. I’m now retired for a few years and it’s wonderful to remember that first six months of my working career.
Patricia Lippart Brown
Hi Patricia, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your story. I’m so happy your visit here brought back some good memories!
My very best wishes to you,