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George Alfred Braley
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Birth: May 20, 1882
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 1987
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

George Braley, Co-founder of Auto Dealership, Dies

George A. Braley, the 105-year-old co-founder of the Braley and Graham Buick dealership in Portland, died Saturday in his Portland home. Private family services will he held with private entombment in Finley's Sunset Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Braley joined longtime partner A.B. Graham in the automobile business on Jan. 2, 1921, when they formed a Dodge dealership in Sioux City, Iowa. Previously Braley was in the banking business in Sioux Falls, S.D., and became a partner in an automobile agency there before moving to Iowa.

Braley said in a 1971 interview that he and Graham were so busy in 1921, "we didn't get around to celebrating until April."

They left Iowa for Portland the next year to get out of the agricultural depression that hit the Midwest after World War I. They brought the Dodge dealership with them, but on June 1, 1931, they switched to a Buick distributor-dealership. After 67 years, the dealership is still under family ownership. Braley was born in Sioux Falls. He was active in Portland and Oregon automobile associations.

He served on the first General Motors President's Council, when Alfred P. Sloan was president of GM. Long a winter resident of Palm Springs, Calif., Braley was appointed an advisory member of the Palm Springs Indian Council during the 1950's by Douglas McKay, then U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Braley was a Shriner, and a member of the Portland Rotary Club, the Arlington Club and Waverley Country Club.

Survivors include a son, Warren of Portland, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests that remembrances be contributions to a favorite charity.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Winslow Braley (1856 - 1938)
  Lillie Elizabeth Williams Braley (1863 - 1946)
 
 Spouse:
  Mabel R Pullen Braley (1884 - 1975)
 
 Children:
  Warren Winslow Braley (1913 - 2001)*
 
 Siblings:
  George Alfred Braley (1882 - 1987)
  Winnie Cora Braley Marker (1887 - 1990)*
  Henry Clarence Braley (1891 - 1953)*
  Mary Inez Braley (1896 - 1905)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park
Portland
Washington County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Mausoleum - Row 2, LBG
 
Maintained by: Susan Birum Telkamp
Originally Created by: J McL
Record added: Jul 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39749939
George Alfred Braley
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George Alfred Braley
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- Susan Birum Telkamp
 Added: Nov. 5, 2009
 
 
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