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Last of influential Browder brothers dead at 97

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By Cindy Simpson

Longtime businessman Rhea Browder, who with his brothers, Joe and Ed Browder, formed Harriman Oil Co. in the late 1930s amid the Great Depression, died Monday at 97.
So pivotal was the role the family played in Harriman politics and business that a section is dedicated to them in the popular Walter Pulliam book, “Harriman: The Town That Temperance Built.”
The historian and editor said this week he got to know the Browders well during his 30 years as a newspaper man in Harriman.


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