This circa 1920s image shows some of the original sales and service staff of Lewis Reed’s Rockville Garage. Note that in the photo some of the men are wearing Gulf Gasoline attendant uniforms. The photo was taken in front of the vehicle entrance that led to the service department at the original Rockville Garage. (click on image to enlarge)
Other Original Employees
Raleigh S. Chinn, Rockville, started as Salesman with Reed Brothers in 1920
Evelyn Beane, Administrative Secretary
Paul F. Wire, Bookkeeper
W. Lester Wilson, Rockville, started in 1918 as Shop Foreman and stayed for 28 years
Alfred Fraley, Redland, started in 1917 as a mechanic and stayed for more than 30+ years
Benjamin J. Thompson, Colesville, started in 1917 as Salesman and stayed for 30+ years
Phillip Reed (a brother), started in 1916 as a mechanic. Phillip was a part of the first shop force and stayed with the company until 1944
Grafton Reed (a brother), worked as a mechanic in 1921
Leo (Pat) Murray started in 1925 and was the Parts Department Manager. Pat worked at Reed Brothers for more than 21 years
Richard C. Burdette, Rockville, mechanic
John Burdette, Gaithersburg, Gas Station Attendant
Marvin Riggs Shultz Sr, Gulf Gas Station Manager, started in 1941. In 1965, he became a new car salesman. He stayed with Reed Brothers for 43 years and holds the distinction of being the company’s longest-tenured employee.
Mary Ann (Slater) Beall, Rockville, Bookkeeper
sheer coincidence, I stumbled across your site, and I work at a Dodge dealership too. Also, I just learned that my great grandfather spent his whole working career as a service tech at a dealership. So it was really cool to find your blog. Oh, and I’m a vet and a blogger. Justacarguy blogspot
You should put your email on here so people can get in touch with you instead of leaving comments. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, you’ll probably appreciate it. I do.
Hi Jesse, thanks for “stumbling” by and taking the time to post your very kind comment. I was beyond thrilled, as I have visited and spent many hours perusing your blog “Just A Car Guy”. It’s one of my favorite car blogs!
Much obliged for your suggestion, it’s a great idea! Now, I just need to figure out where to put it. 🙂
All the best,
My Grandfather was an early foreman for the Dodge Brothers. By 1918 when he registered for the draft he was a foreman. When he registered for WWII he was working on the Chrysler tank assembly line. Would like to know where to find early list of assembly line employees. My mom was young and doesn’t remember him working for them.
Hello Matt, I really wish I could help you with your question, but it’s doubtful an early list of assembly line employees exists. Not much information remains in the Dodge/Chrysler archives. From what I was recently told, the facility and it’s upkeep were scuttled by one of the owners of Chrysler corporation a few years ago and not much exists anymore. Very unfortunate. Thanks for taking the time to visit and good luck in your search. If you do happen to come across anything I would love to know!
My best wishes to you,