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DEARBORN - Late in the evening of April 7, 1947, Henry Ford died peacefully at his home, Fair Lane, in Dearborn, Mich. He was 83 years old.
After two unsuccessful attempts to establish a company to manufacture automobiles, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903 with Henry Ford as vice-president and chief engineer.
Ford realized his dream of producing an automobile that was reasonably priced, reliable, and efficient with the introduction of the Model T in 1908 – opening the highways to all mankind. This vehicle initiated a new era in personal transportation. It was easy to operate, maintain, and handle on rough roads, immediately becoming a huge success.
His moving assembly line transformed manufacturing and Ford also had helped create commercial aviation with the Ford Tri-Motor plane.
At the time of his death, the Rouge River was flooding and Fair Lane’s power plant was not functioning, Henry Ford died in a house with no electricity or telephone – just as when he was born on July 30, 1863.
Notes of sympathy poured in from all over the world, and it was estimated that more than 100,000 people paid their respects at Greenfield Village, where Ford’s body lay in state on April 9.
All operations at the Rouge were shut down for 24 hours. According to The Rouge News, every automobile company in the nation halted operations at the hour of Ford’s burial.