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M jLuescav, August i, ifii.
f FORD'S FACTORY ATTRACTS
j THOUSANDS EVERY MONTH
Two Hundred Thousand Visitors
Have Been Conducted Through
Plant in One Year
"Henry Ford's Interesting Personality"
is the subject of the following
article which is one of a . eries on
"The Truth About Henry Ford" writ
ten by Sarah T. BushnelL
The Ford company plant attracts
thousands of visitors, foreign government
official;- and other distinguished
travelers as well as plain
Americans. Two hundred thousand
persons have been conducted
through the plant in a year, and in
one month there were foreiy-t 'zhi
thousand visitors. Naturally they
all want to see and talk to Mr. Ford
himself; naturally, too, he can re
ceive only a small percentage or
them if he is to have any time for
his own affairs. One day his callers
included a European queen, the
Rcskefeller of China, an x-preosident
of the United States, several senators,
two university presidents, a
committee of educators and a California
woman, TO years of ag-^. who
had crossed the country in her Ford
A staff of secretaries is kept busy
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and letters were received each dav
for a considerable time. If he were
to comply with ail the requests ho
receives for help he would be compelled
to close his business. Appointment.!
generally are made for him
by Mr. Ernest G. Lie-bold, who is Mr.
Ford's general secretary, to whom
he has delegated great rower. He
often acts for Mr. Ford. Mr. Lie
hold's assistant is Frank Campsaii,
who possesses much ability and a
It has been said that Mr. Ford
does not read the newspaper and
that he dees not keep in
touch with the affairs of the day.
Both statements are untrue. Mr.
Ford reads the morning paper? more
regularly than he eats his brakfast;
he glances through the noon editions
and the evening papers are always
put by his favorte chair and reading
l'ght. He goes through them
carefully. Morever, he receives many
cartoons and clippings that (refer
to him, both favorable and unfavorable.
Studies Modern Needs
The activ-'ties of h;<3 experts show
that Mr. Ford is in touch with modern
conditions and needs. His chemical
department has perfected a gas a-JLLJ?u
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oline substitute by liquifying: "?as
that form much as coke is made fro
cca'. The same department h
made testa with a milk substitu
which is purer than the a vera j
cow's milk and which, it is hope
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ands of ailing babies. Mr. Ford fr
quently discusses small communiti
. s industrial centers and many sin
It has happened not infrequent
that persons who never knew M
Ford have drawn freely from the
i magination to substantiate the clai
that they are familiar with all ti
details of his life. A book was wri
ten by a writer with no more found
t on ihan a few interviews with M
Ford r-3 he stcp-pd from an elevator
walked in the park with his wif
X early all the stovieii of t.ie Jinanci
of tiie inventor in th? ea
ly days of his car-making come fro
vivid imagination and nothing els
At twenty-eighth .>Ir. ForTs on
con -if of th.? JKOLI
pijnt. The heir to va*?t wealth,
would net bo unusual if h? uovot:
muh tunc to ^olf and ether amus
mentc' and ^pent months ar wini<
end summer resorts, or like man
another son of a rich father, Jet Da
do the work. Instead Fiisel Bryai
Ford i> at his desk every morning
These who know him well sav he he
his father's genius, enthusiasm ar
common ?ensc and his mother
po'se, and that he is a young man c
ability anu strength of character.
Edsel Ford was a small child i
the days when his father was strup
Viir.g to get n start in the automobi]
industry, and he naturally has bot
love and respect for the great bus
ne>T that his father founded an
built up. He had no college educa
'.:on. for he was schooled in the fa(
fft'-v iHvtinr* iri mi nrimnnrtant DC
^it'on he worked his way through th
various departments and learned th
Drtire business firrt hand. Th
draft beard granted him one of th
ten thousand exceptions that wer
jfiven industrial workers in Detroi'
The board felt, that he was mor
needed in the factory than in activ
military service. Xot by a word o
gesture did Mr. Ford seek to kee
his son out of war.
Seldom Wears Hat
Mr.. Ford seldom wears a hat ar
h*3 hair :s snowy white. Ke is
frail looking man, with shoalde:
sightly stooped and he usually wea
a p"ray suit that niatehes his gri
eves. His features arc delicate, h
hands;and feet small, and his heigl
; :out five feet nine inchc-3. In mai
jlet and Sa)vre
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first class Barbecue
Peak on Saturday,
e and County candid
yqy a cfay u;if/z us.
esfner he is friendly and genial, and alni
though very retiring he is a delightas
ful conversationalist. He has travelte
ed much, has inherited a touch of
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T (j HIS IcU-HUI J> ii.oi; >1 a <iuu v. I'll,
joys a hearty laugh. Around his
.s- home he whistle:; like a school boy.
c- He is devoted to outdoor life, but
es abhors hunting. He will not allow
ii- anything to be killed on hir5 land, not
j even the crickets, nor will he permit
jy.the servants to drive away birds, i
r.' Amnnp his friends he is known for
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:ir his quizzical glance at a rainy sky
m ho will remark, "You can't change
ic the weather, so change your attitude
it-j toward it.'' "Pool your knowledge"
a- is a favorite bit of knowledge he
r.' gives, and a comment familiar to his
sr intimates is, "It takes pluek, not
e. luck, to make people successful."
al One Sunday while he and Mrs Ford
r- were attending services in the Epism
copal cathedral in Detroit Mr. Ford's
e. car was stolen from in front of the
! church. Since then he laughingly
ly declares that he has lost interest in
3r church services. And he .is fond of
it saying that he "believes in religion,
?J but doesn't work at it much."
e- His country estate of seven thousir
and acres was ten miles from Detroit
iy but extends almost to what is now
id the citv limits. There Mr. Ford lives
it the year 'round, entertains his
?.'friends and is happy among his birds
is and trees. A part of his grounds exid
tends behind the Dearborn village
's school. It is a natural amphitheatre
)f and Mr. Ford has had it cleared for
; the use of the school athletic asson
elation. He delights in driving
r. through the village where his own
e boyhood was spent, filling his iimouh
sine with boys and girls and carryi
ing them off for a picnic in the
d , woods. For his personal use he gen
i- orally drives a small gray closed car
?a Marmon?but he has, of course,
>-! many other cars, including a "flock
e | of Fords."
e i SkilTfuI Camp Cook
e | He is a skillful camp fire cook,
e ! and one of his favorite amusements
e is a steak broiling contest with some
t. J titled visitor. On such occasions he
e personally selects the meat at the
e butcher's. His frequent visitors inr
elude John Burroughs, who died reP
' certly, Thomas A. Edison and Harvey
S. Firestone. These four regu:
larly spent two weeks together
'd camping or touring, their automoa
biles followed by a "house on
r3 wheels," a large motor truck equiprs
ped like the prairie wagons in which
iy the western sheep herders cook, live
15 and sleep. Mr. Ford and Mr. Fire^
stone, being in the same business,
r:_, have many interests in common. Mr.
! Ford nvH Mr. Edison have been the
" j closest of friends for twenty years.
| Both are possessed of many similar
j characteristics and have the same
j tireless, inventive genius. Both belive
that "success is one-tenth inspiration
and nine-tenths perspiration."
They have consulted each otjier .in
their problems and correspond by
letter and occasionally by wireless,
for both have wireless stations at
Mr. Ford first met John Burroughs
some twenty years ago when
the great naturalist was visiting in
Detroit. Their devotion to the out
I of-coors soon made them the closest
I cf fviends, and that friendship was
unbrken until death took the naturalist
a few months ago. The last time
Henry Ford saw his old friend alive
. was in December, 1920. At that
j time Mr. and Mrs. Ford visited the
Burroughs place, River-by-on-Hudson.
Mr. Ford stopped at a butcher
rhop on way and bought a number
, of choice steaks so that "J. B."
'could prepare what he called "brig'
and .steaks." Here are the direc'
tt.cn::: riace a steaK, a snce 01 oa-.
j cor. and an onion on a long: green
i stick and hold over the hot coals,'
j turning often. Mr. Ford, although
,'he had never mentioned it, hired men
! to clear up Mr. Burroughs' rocky
land and also paid ofT the mortgage;
i so that the naturalist would not lose
i his paternal homestead. This Mr. j
i Burroughs mentioned in his will.
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: Mr. Ford still takes a keen delight
i in skating, and the small lake on his
' estate is kept clear of snow from the
j fi7'?t freeze to the coming of spring.
1 There Mr. i-crcl spends many winter
? j evenings gliding ever the ice. It is
j to such pastimes as this, no dQubt,
that he largely owes his excellent:
health. He has lived all his life;
i practically in the same spot and even'
j today he seldom leaves the vicinity,
| of Dearborn for any length of time !
j with the exception of a summr cruise j
! on his yacht, a hasty inspection or
j fcr a brief camping trip with old I
! The Ford residence is of gray na-j
j tive stone and birlt along Gothic j
i line?. His study is in the round ,
| tower. Long bookcases shelter his
! books, the technical ones among
them showing plainly their constant
use, and a large window looks toward
the bungalow which Mr. Ford
built in the first days of his pros j
perity as a resting place wh^re he j
-?1 would be safe from intrusion. Its
broad veranda and great' fireplace
surrounded with easy chairs make it
comfortable in summer or winter.
The study windows overlook what at
fir^t glance seems an Indian mound,
but which is the natural shelter for
the electric boat which Mr. Ford
drives up and down the river. All
the windows give a view of the River
Rouge, which has been compared to
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Within a short distance of the
residence is the gray stone parage in
which are Mr. Ford's laboratory and
experiment rooms, and where he perfected
the tractor on which he worked
harder than on any of his other
inventions. In reality this garage
building is a modern power plant
with exceptionally heavy walls to
shut in all noise. Here the inventor
nff-nn labors until late in the night,
just as he did in the red brick barn
in Bagley street, Detroit, where he
made his first car.
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About ten years ago a certain
clergyman in Detroit, who was ambitious
to build a costly church, went
to Mr. Ford for a contribution,
hoping to get a large sum.
"No," respiied the millionaire, -'I
1 i~_i:??vnnnciiTo rr Vi ns."
(ion t oeiievc in ,
"Then,' said the clergyman, "will
you come to my next service and let
me preach a sermon especially for
you? I hope to convince you that
you are wrong."
The following Sunday the minister
cast a searching eye over his congregation;
then he announced his text.
It was from I Chronicles, 17 chapter
and first verse: "And it came to pass
when David said to Nathan, the pro
p'net: 'Lo, I dwell in a house of cedar,
but the ark of the covenant of
the Lord dwelleth under curtains.' "
The minister raised his eyes from his
Bible and explained: "The word
curtains used here means tents." He
followed the text by reading: verses
one, two, four, five and nine with
f-mnnasis on the fourth, fifth
ard ninth. Then he turned the pages
to II Samuel, 7 chapter, and read:
"And Nathan said to the king
'Go, do all that is in thine heart;
for the Lord is with thee.'
"And it came to pass the same
niprht, that the word of the Lord
came unto Nathan, saying:
" 'Go and tell my servant David,
"Thus said the Lord, Shalt thou build
me an house for-me to dwell in.
" 'I have be&rfc with thee whither*
soever thou wenteet and have cut off
thine enemies from before thee and
I will make thee a great name like
unto the name of the great ones that
are on the eart^i.' "
The clergyman launched into his
sermon. After he was well started
Vio fivpd his eve* on Henry Ford and
said: "The church is the dynamo of
the Lord's business. It is right and
proper that churches should be beautiful
and should be as lovely as it is
possible to make them. Why should
we live in fine houses, houses of cedar,
and worship the Lord in tents?
There is a rich man in this city who
considers that his engine is the dynamo
of his factory. It has always
been the custom to place such engines
near the rear, in an ugly section
of a factory, facing an alley.
This rich man had put his engine in
the front part of his factory, it is in
a beautiful room with pure white tiling.
He keeps men constantly polishing
and cleaning it; he has surrounded
it with handsome plate glass
windows. The engine faces the most
expensive thoroughfare in our city.
Sightseers stop tp admire its immaculate
beauty. lie very rich man
loves this engirje; he surrounds it
with the best that l/ioney can bfly.
He considers it]|the dynamo of his
business. This is true with churches.
They are the djtaamo of the Lord's
business. They Should have in and
around them everything thai is
lovely and beautiful. No expense
should be spared in the construction
of a church nor in its location.''
The minister went on and on with
his argument. The following week
j he went to see his richest parishioner.
Xo mention was made of the sermon
j until he was leaving.
"I haven't changed my mind,"
'said Mr. Ford then. "I feel just as
I did. I don't believe in expensive
churches. But I do think that a
'minister should be paid a salary that
will enable him to live in comfort
and lav by something so that he can
buy a home or a farm or a little
place in the country where he can
round out his last days. I'm going
to disappoint you; I'm not going to
give you anything for your new
church." He handed the minister an
envelope. "Please give that to your
wife when you get home, just a little
token of my regard to you both."
When the rector returned home
he told his wife about tne disappointing
visit and handed her the
envelope. In it were twenty onehundred
The rector later built his big
church. He succeeded in his ambitions.
He was taken abroad, and
sent to various parts of the country
'by the millionaire; eventually he received
a large salary. ,
i Eventually the minister and his
I wife drove into the country; they
: found and bought a little fruit place,
with a tiny house on it, something
to tie to in case of old age or mis|
! It is characteristic of Henry Ford
! +Vi?,f toolr Tin nfFon^p tn the frank
j ness of the sermon, but it did not
! change his mind.
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; In order to keep his factory run:
j ning full blast through December.
11920, Mr. Ford took a loss of fifteen
j millions. Against the advice of business
associates he kept production
going umtil after Christmas day.
When New York reporters telephoned
his office he refused to give his
reasons for the shut down, his idea
! being that a statement regarding his
retrenchments and the reorganization
of his business might repress the
market. Immediately there arose
wild rumors that he was in financial
difficulties. Happily, these were untrue.
His aversion for borrowing
has placed his gigantic undertakings
on a safe financial footing. Detroit
is not New York; Griswold is not
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machines that w?
ready for busines
I . We have re]
cars rolling, and ;
trade as usual.
Wall Street, but a prominent Detroit
banker has said: "If Henry
Ford should need lar^e sums of money,
Detroit will secure it for him."
Hnwpvpr. it was the serious ill
ness of his only son, who went
through an appendicitis operation,
which caused Mr. Ford grave concern
during the winter of 1920-21,
and not financial difficulties.
A joy he is getting from his money
is refurnishing 'his mother's old
home, which he bought from his
brother, John. As stated before, the
town line when finally surveyed ran
through the house. The county commissioners
ordered the hoifoe moved
so that a road called "Town-line"
could be built. Accordingly, the
dwelling was thrust back to make
way for progress, and the forest
trees in the yard were hewn down
bccause they interferd with the grading.
Mr. Ford is having similar
trees placed around the old home.
Pie has gone into the attics and
barr. of his brothers' houses and has
found discarded furniture which he
associates with his mother's memory
and he hn? said to the rest of the
family: "Before many years roll by
we will begin to grow old. We will
stently growing dem;
1. Maxwell is indica
lie appreciation of its
mtinue to marvel that <
v i i-i i 1 J /-n tt r I 1 M
tUlilUi dJLILl SU WtMl Illi
ced at such a reasonabl
s, non-skid front and rear; disc steel wheels, demo
im and at hub; drum type lamps; Alemite ]'j
totor driven electric horn; unusually long spri
O. B. Detroit, revenue tax to be added: T
S3S5; Roadster, $885; Coupe, *51385; Sedan, $1
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in sggassa^ in a?
we have rigged u
ire not 30 badly di
placed our stock a
are in position to t?
?mber Newberry Chamber of Coramei
fix the hom$ place like mother and
^father had it. We were so happy
when we were children there together."
More than his vast wealth, Mr.
Ford's real riches consist of a wife,
whose constant thought is his health
a:id well being; a loving 6on and two
; mall grandsons, who are his pride
CITATION OF LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.
The State of South Carolina, County
of Newberry?By, W. F. Ewart,
Whereas, M. PJ. Abrams hath
made suit to me to grant him lettehi
of administration of the estate and
cffeclo of Thomas J. Abranis, deceased.
Th'-se arc, therefore, to cite and
admonish all and singular the kindred
and creditors of the said Thomas
J. Abranis, deceased, that they be
and appear before me, in the court
of probate, to be held at Newberry.,.
S. C., on Wdnesday, the 16th day. of
August, next, after publication hereof,
at II o'clock in the forenoon, to
show cause, if any they have, why
the said administration should not
Given under my hand this 25tli
day of July, ,Anno Domini 1922.
- W. F. EWART, .
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