Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer Second Edition
Reed Brothers Dodge of Rockville Maryland Chronicles Their 95-Year History
by Jeanne T. Gartner
If you wanted to read the history of the American car industry, a great place to start would be "Portrait of An Automobile Dealer". Reed Brothers Dodge was one of the oldest Dodge dealerships under the same family ownership in Maryland and one of the oldest in the entire nation. The first Dodge was offered to the public in 1914. Lewis Reed and Roy and Griffith Warfield opened their Dodge dealership and service facility just one year after Dodge made its first automobile. They named it the Rockville Garage. In 1918, Lewis Reed bought out the Warfields, In 1919, his brother Edgar joined the business and the name changed to Reed Brothers Dodge.
In this book, readers will find an historic timeline that showcases their company’s 95-Year history, how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a decade of being in business. Portrait of An Automobile Dealer conveys an abundance of unique automotive related content as well as a family business history that parallels the evolution of the Dodge automobile.
I am a co-owner of RBI Properties, LLC, the private investment and holding company of Reed Brothers, Inc. 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.