Thursday, September 13, 2018
From sometime in the 1920's unitil Henry Ford died on April 7, 1947 my great grandfather worked in the powerhouse at the Fairlane estate. The river overflowed that night, flooding out the power plant that Thomas Edison had helped install. The estate was switched to the main power lines, and the power plant never brought back online.
I have mixed feelings about Henry Ford. He was a talented industrialist, who cared about his workers, a pioneer in a living wage. He was a collector, who preserved a ton of American history. He was also virulently anti semitic, opposed to organized labor - my grandfather was at the Rouge plant when Fords thugs opened fire. He was a brilliant if flawed person.
I had never seen Fairlane, on my most recent adventure I stumbled across the sign and turned. The buildings are currently closed for renovation, but the grounds were largely open. I walked the places my great grandfather did, the power house was in the back of the building that housed the garage.
I have owned a lot of cars, never a Ford, have you?