Clara: Mrs. Henry Ford

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Wayne State University Press, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 408 pages
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"Pick a good model and stay with it," Henry Ford once said. No, he was not talking about cars; he was talking about marriage. Was Clara Bryant Ford a "good model"? Her husband of fifty-nine years seems to have thought so. He called her "The Believer," and indeed Clara's unwavering support of Henry's pursuits and her patient tolerance of the quirks and obsessions that accompanied her husband's genius made it possible for him to change the world. In telling the story of Clara Ford, author Ford Bryan also charts the course of the growing automobile industry and the life of the enigmatic man at its helm. But the book's heart is Clara herself—daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother; cook, gardener, and dancer; modest philanthropist and quiet role model. Clara is newly revealed in accounts and documents gleaned from personal papers, oral histories, and archival material never made public until now. These include receipts and recipes, diaries and genealogies, and 175 photographs.
  

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Contents

Business and Racing Ventures
59
Ford Motor Company Takes Off
83
The Edison Avenue Years
103
Chapter 6
135
Years of Expansion
165
The Best of Times
193
Depression Days
221
Chapter 11
271
Henrys Declining Years
289
Claras Declining Years
305
Bryant and Ford Family Histories
331
Recipes
367
Ford Motor Company Chronology
379
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Ford Bryan, who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, has written five books about Henry Ford, including The Fords of Dearborn, Henry's Lieutenants, Beyond the Model T, and Henry's Attic.

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