The Ruge's Story...
Soon Joseph too became an authorized Oldsmobile Dealer.
Cars would be shipped up to the Rhinecliff Train Station, and he would unload the vehicles from the boxcars himself !
At first, customers felt he moved to far out of town... a whole 1/4 mile !
Lewis Ruge was born in December of 1938.
1949...Joseph expanded the 3 bay service facilities and added the showroom for the growing line of Oldsmobiles.
1950's...This decade includes the addition of the GMC Truck line.
The business continued to grow. Joseph prided himself on making sure his customers received the highest levels of service, and Ruge's became recognized as the Hudson Valley's premier automotive center.
1963...After college and 3 years as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force, Lewis Ruge becomes a partner in Ruge's.
1970...Lewis, seeing a market for a smaller, economy car, becomes one of the countries first Subaru Dealers.
The first vehicles were the 360 Series, 2 doors with a 25hp, 2 cylinder, 2 cycle engine...
1985...On the 50th Anniversary of Ruge's, Lewis adds the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dealership.
1989...Lewis starts a Wholesale Parts and Accessories business in Red Hook NY.
This facility employs 40 people and has 20 delivery vehicles on the road, servicing the entire Hudson Valley.
2005...After GM shutters Oldsmobile Lewis purchased the Funk and Gallup GMC Dealership in Copake NY.