Original Employees

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)

1920s original employees

Rockville Garage Sales & Service Staff circa 1920s. Back Row, standing left to right: name unknown, Charles Case Merry, Lester Wilson, Leonard Beall, John William Norris, name unknown, Leo C. Murray. Second Row: name unknown, name unknown, Otis Beall (Leonard’s brother), Philip Reed, Clyde Souders, Arthur Souders. Front row: middle. Walter (Bud) Beall. Lewis Reed’s brother, Philip, came to work for Reed Brothers as a mechanic in 1916. The men dressed in uniforms were Gulf gas station attendants. The identities of the other people in the photo are unknown.

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
Guy Merry
Aubrey Souders

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

4 responses to “Original Employees”

  1. Jesse says :

    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.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      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,

  2. Matt says :

    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.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      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,

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