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King Robert Rhiley

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Minden Holdrege, Nebraska, United States
Death: Died in Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota, United States
Place of Burial: Oshkosh, Oshkosh Cem., Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Rhiley and Nancy Margaret Rhiley
Husband of Bertha May Rhiley and Phyllis Pauline Rhiley
Father of <private> Rhiley; Joe James Rhiley; Jack William Rhiley; Randall K Rhiley and <private> Rhiley
Brother of Tommy Rhiley; Grace D Greta and Florence M Merritt
Half brother of Oliver Davis

Occupation: Rancher, Automobile Racer, Hudson dealer
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About King Robert Rhiley

From Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame article:

King Rhiley began his racing career in 1912 after becoming an automobile dealer in Oshkosh. Rhiley hired Jack Routson as his mechanic and together as a team they won more than 50 races over the next 16 years. His initial win was in his first race at Hemingford, and he is one of the early racers credited with creating the popularity of auto racing in North Platte and Western Nebraska. Rhiley and his Hudson Super-Six Special won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1921 over the major factory teams of the day. His first son, King Jr., was born in Denver while Rhiley was making speed tests for the race. Rhiley raced against the best of the period in Western Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado. After selling the auto dealership in 1928, Rhiley became a farmer and rancher in both Nebraska and South Dakota. He died on September 26, 1966, at his ranch near Creighton, S.D. He was inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.

From Oshkosh Nebraska History:

Among the first buildings in Oshkosh was Jim Monahan's blacksmith shop just south of the store. It was a most busy and important establishment in those days. He later sold out to Noah Brewer. In 1909 Mr. Noah Brewer who was anxious to get into the automobile game, sold his blacksmith shop to King Rhiley and moved to Sidney. Strange to say Mr. Rhiley soon got into the auto business himself in the old Brewer shop. At that time there was only one motor vehicle in Oshkosh; it was a high wheeled International owned by Archie Wynes and John Delatour. Although owned by two men it required about four men and a boy to coax it along.

Mr. Rhiley went to work to build an automobile that one man could run, and he succeeded (almost). He got one finished up and in running condition and succeeded in trading it off to Jim Duffin. He then got an agency for the Oakland and did a good business. He is now the Western Nebraska distributor for Buick automobiles, G. M. C. trucks and the Hudson Super-Six and is the seventh oldest dealer in the state.

the following from http://www.casde.unl.edu/history/counties/garden/oshkosh/

King Rhiley, Sr. race car driver who won the Pike's Peak Race in 1921 and took second place in 1922

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King Robert Rhiley's Timeline

1885
March 10, 1885
Minden Holdrege, Nebraska, United States
1925
January 11, 1925
Age 39
Oshkosh, Garden, Nebraska, United States
1926
September 7, 1926
Age 41
Oshkosh, Garden, Nebraska, United States
1930
March 21, 1930
Age 45
Oshkosh, Garden, Nebraska, United States
1966
September 24, 1966
Age 81
Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota, United States
September 1966
Age 81
Oshkosh, Oshkosh Cem., Nebraska, United States