December Henry Ford leaves his family farm to pursue his interest in machinery in Detroit. Bryant grew up on a farm a few miles northeast of the Ford homestead. Clara Ford holding baby Edsel, Courtesy:
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But more than any other single individual, he was responsible for transforming the automobile from an invention of unknown utility into an innovation that profoundly shaped the 20th century and continues to affect our lives today.
Innovation requires self-confidence, a taste for taking risks, leadership ability and a vision of what the future should be. Henry Ford had all these characteristics, but it took him many years to develop all of them fully.
His beginnings were perfectly ordinary. Early on Ford demonstrated some of the characteristics that would make him successful, powerful, and famous. He organized other boys to build rudimentary water wheels and steam engines.
He learned about full-sized steam engines by becoming friends with the men who ran them. He taught himself to fix watches, and used the watches as textbooks to learn the rudiments of machine design.
Thus, young Ford demonstrated mechanical ability, a facility for leadership, and a preference for learning by trial-and-error.
These characteristics would become the foundation of his whole career. But young Henry was fascinated by machines and was willing to take risks to pursue that fascination. In he left the farm to become an apprentice at the Michigan Car Company, a manufacturer of railroad cars in Detroit.
Over the next two-and-one-half years he held several similar jobs, sometimes moving when he thought he could learn more somewhere else. He returned home in but did little farming.
By now Ford was demonstrating another characteristic—a preference for working on his own rather than for somebody else. Ford did not know a great deal about electricity.
He saw the job in part as an opportunity to learn. Henry was an apt pupil, and by had risen to chief engineer of the Illuminating Company.
But he had other interests. He became one of scores of people working in barns and small shops across the country trying to build horseless carriages.
Aided by a team of friends, his experiments culminated in with the completion of his first self-propelled vehicle, the Quadricycle. It had four wire wheels that looked like heavy bicycle wheels, was steered with a tiller like a boat, and had only two forward speeds with no reverse. A second car followed in Ford now demonstrated one of the keys to his future success—the ability to articulate a vision and convince other people to sign on and help him achieve that vision.
He persuaded a group of businessmen to back him in the biggest risk of his life—a company to make and sell horseless carriages. But Ford knew nothing about running a business, and learning by trial-and-error always involves failure. The new company failed, as did a second.
To revive his fortunes Ford took bigger risks, building and even driving racing cars. The success of these cars attracted additional financial backers, and on June 16, Henry incorporated his third automotive venture, Ford Motor Company.An accomplished trumpet player, he was soon recruited to play in Henry Ford's personal band.
He later became a quality control engineer at Ford. Wash describes his family history and the immigrant neighborhoods of Detroit. The Henry Ford (also known as the Americana of historically significant items as well as common memorabilia, both of which help to capture the history of life in.
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