Meet Edgar Reed

Meet Edgar Reed, partner with brother Lewis Reed, in Reed Brothers Dodge.

Edgar Reed

Edgar Reed as a young man

Edgar was born in Darnestown, Maryland on October 17, 1890. He was a veteran of World War I and an active citizen of Rockville. He served as a Sergeant in the Army Medical Corps and had been posted to General Hospital No. 11 in Cape May, New Jersey. Previous to his enlistment he had been employed by R.W. Vinson, Rockville druggist for eight years. In 1919, Edgar joined his brother Lewis Reed in the business and the name changed to Reed Brothers Dodge. Edgar was in the automobile business with his brother for 35 years.

As a prominent businessman active in local commercial, civic, and religious institutions, Edgar was a respected community leader. For many years, he served on the Town Council and was Chairman of Stewards at the Rockville Methodist Church. Edgar was an original incorporator and charter member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department when the fire company was organized in 1921. He was a charter member and Past President of the Rockville Rotary Club and was a director of the Farmers Banking & Trust Company in Rockville until the time of his death. He was the first President and one of 30 original members of the Dealers Automotive Association of Montgomery County.

Edgar was the executive of Reed Brothers and handled all of the technicalities of the business. He was generally in charge of new car and truck sales. Edgar Reed passed away on October 24, 1951 after a prolonged illness.

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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.

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