The Fraleys of East Smithfield, PA
George L. Fraley

George L. Fraley

dad, glenn and george (2)george fraley (2)  The adult photo was taken in 1965, commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the George Fraley Garage in Athens PA. which he owned and operated. It was a CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH franchise.  The other photo shows a very young George, likely taken in the early 1920’s, at the Fraley Farm in E. Smithfield, PA.

George Leroy Fraley, eldest son of Harry and Anna Fraley of East Smithfield (PA) was born in 1910 and died 12/16/1975. George left the farm in East Smithfield and became owner of George Fraley Motors, a Chrysler-Plymouth (including the then Plymouth Valiant and Chrysler Imperial, not produced today) franchise in downtown Athens, PA. (504 S. Main Street).  George was also the employer of brothers Glenn (parts manager) and Robert (service manager) at times in his automobile business, which was very successful.

George was first married to Alene Fraley, with whom he had two sons, Elwin and James, whom he eventually divorced and then married Mabel Fraley, who survived him in death. Alene was previously Alene Callear, the daughter of Robert and Hattie Ridgeway Callear. She was born Sept. 10, 1910 and died July 8, 1992. Alene is buried in the Tioga Point Cemetary in Athens, PA.

George lived in Athens most of his adult life, and, as mentioned,  he and Alene were the parents of two sons, James (Jimmy) and Elwin.

Note: I (Larry) worked at my uncle George’s garage at least one summer and he was kind enough to sell me my first car, a 1941 Plymouth 4-door sedan for the sum of $10.00. We later painted it gold and named it the “Jewel.” I remember on one occasion while I was at the garage with “Jewel” that the driver side door window would not go up (manually) and my uncle George, in his white dress shirt and tie, stopped and helped me try to fix it. It must have taken us 30 minutes in the heat. I’ve never forgotten that act of kindness as well as the many others he bestowed on me during my early years (especially letting us swim at their cottage at Lake Wesauking (Wysox, PA).  I will always consider my uncle George as one of the very best.

The following picture is of a young George (age 22) taken with his brothers Glenn and Robert and his father Harry on July 29, 1932, likely at the Fraley Farm in East Smithfield, PA. For a full picture showing all of these persons, see the OLD Photos section.


Here is a picture of Jim Fraley, son of George and Alene Fraley. Jim now lives in Florida.

Jim Fraley