1920s Sales & Service Staff

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.
Another of Lewis Reed’s brothers, Philip (kneeling in the middle with cloth hat) came to work for Reed Brothers as a mechanic in 1916. The men dressed in uniforms are Gulf gas station attendants.

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
Philip Reed (a brother), started in 1916 as a mechanic. Philip 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 Shultz, Gas Station Attendant/Salesman. Stayed with Reed Brothers his entire career
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.

2 responses to “1920s Sales & Service Staff”

  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,
      Jeanne

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