The Beginning of A Business in Machias Maine. Rier Buick. 1949.

My Dad, James “Gene” Rier, left the US Army Corp in 1945 after serving at West Point as a pilot instructor. He and my mother, Louise, moved to Calais for a little over a year where Dad worked at the mill to save money to start a business. In the garage of their rented home, Dad cut the logs for a cabin. The next year, he built that cabin on Dublin Street in Machias where his family lived while he constructed the building for his business and a second floor apartment for their growing family.

By 1949, they had two sons: my brother “Jimmy” age four and David, born that year. Dad managed to secure the franchise to sell Buick automobiles, operate a dealership, repair shop and sell parts. Soon, he added Pontiac to his line of cars and the business became “Rier Buick Pontiac.” Later he added Chevrolet and GMC to his inventory at “Rier Motors,” located at the corner of Dublin Street and the Roque Bluffs road.

log-cabin

My mother kept the photos of that time period in an album. She cut titles out of magazines to tell the story of their humble beginnings.

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Friends: The Riers and the Sabeans

Circa. Early 1950s. Left: James “Gene” Rier with his wife Louise. Right: Stan Sabean and wife Pauline. It looks they are in a fancy restaurant, celebrating a special occasion. Dad looks rather pleased, like he just told a funny story. And, I know for sure that Stan was full of stories, jokes and a few pranks. It looks like a fun evening.