As with all Irish, English and Scottish family histories, the Henry Ford odyssey is a fascinating saga of emigration and hardship. On arriving in the United States Henry Ford’s then 21-year old father settled into a farming community near Dearborn, Michigan. Henry, born in 1863, seemed destined for life as an American farmer. It was in the family farm’s outdoor sheds that Henry worked persistently on the principle of the petrol-driven motor car. Having built his first car the visionary then founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. The first Ford cars were seen in Ireland in 1907 at the Irish Motor Show.
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