The Life Of Henry Ford


Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, to William and Mary Ford. Even when he was a small boy, he was greatly fascinated with machines. The first machine he designed was a waterpowered mill which consisted of a coffee grinder, a broom handle, and a wooden wheel he made that could be turned by moving water. He and several of his friends built a dam to supply water power to the wheel, which turned the broom handle, and the broom handle turned the coffee grinder. However, the dam they built flooded a man's basement who lived nearby and they had to destroy it.
Henry's father was one of the first men in his community to own a mowing machine and a reaper. He believed that machines saved ...

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mill to find how steam was regulated to enable the saws to work. He examined the steam ports and saw how the slide valve controlled the steam. Shortly afterwards, as Henry and his father were going into town, they met a huge, steampowered vehicle on the road. Henry had his father stop so he could talk to the driver. The driver explained to him how the engine boiler and cylinder worked.
A year or two later, Henry fixed a broken watch that his friend had and soon after, everybody started bringing their broken watches to him. He fixed all of them for fun and never demanded anyone to pay him. Then Henry's mom died, and the Ford home became a sad place to live. His mom had an understanding with him about his tinkering that his dad didn't share. He began to feel out of place in the family circle without his mother.

It was still dark out the morning when Henry left home. The nine mile walk to Detroit seemed very short to him because he was so excited. He got a job at a ...

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asked him to come back.

His father was happy to see Henry back at home. Henry went to his old workshop and smiled when he saw his old tools. He decided to try to build a farm locomotive that would run on steam power. He used the cast-iron wheels of an old mowing machine and he built a one-cylinder steam engine with a 3 inch bore and 3 3/4 inch stroke. It ran 40 feet before it ran out of steam. He then realized that steam was not the answer for engine power. He remembered a magazine article he had read about a 4-cycle gasoline engine built by a German named Otto. He wished he could get a chance to repair an Otto engine.

Henry met a girl named Clara and forgot about engines for ...

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