HENRY FORD - DEED SIGNED 06/01/1929 CO-SIGNED BY: CLARA J. FORD - HFSID 286077
HENRY FORD SELLS THREE ACRES OF LAND (NEAR HIS RIVER ROUGE AUTOMOBILE FACTORY) TO THE RAILROAD FOR ONE DOLLAR! HENRY FORD and CLARA J. FORD. Partly Printed DS: "Henry Ford" and "Clara J. Ford", 2p, 8x13 (front and verso). Wayne County, Michigan, 1929 June 1. Henry and his wife Clara sell 2.
Sale Price $7,200.00
HENRY FORD SELLS THREE ACRES OF LAND (NEAR HIS RIVER ROUGE AUTOMOBILE FACTORY) TO THE RAILROAD FOR ONE DOLLAR!
HENRY FORD and CLARA J. FORD. Partly Printed DS: "Henry Ford" and "Clara J. Ford", 2p, 8x13 (front and verso). Wayne County, Michigan, 1929 June 1. Henry and his wife Clara sell 2.964 acres of land in Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan, to the Michigan Central Railroad Company "for the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) and other good and valuable considerations". The land is located adjoining the railroad's "original 100.00 feet right of way...1970.08 feet along the southerly line of said Michigan Central Railroad Company's original 100.00 feet right of way to a point marked by a concrete monument on the westerly lips of Southfield Road...to a point at the center of the Rouge River...." Also signed by two witnesses and a Notary Public. In 1917, Henry Ford built the huge River Rouge Plant to assemble his Model T's and tractors. One of the earliest schools in Dearborn was a one-room brick building known as the Dort School. It was located on the bank of the Rouge River, just south of the Michigan Central Railroad. In 1912, this building was closed and Henry Ford began purchasing land for his Rouge Plant. He traded the old school site for five acres on old Reckner Road (Southfield Road) and gave the funds to build a new frame schoolhouse. This district became known as the Henry Ford School district, and encompassed Henry Ford's estate. It was one of the smallest and richest school districts in the United States. Some of the land Henry and Clara Ford purchased in the area was later sold by them to Ford employees. Exhibits from the Michigan Central Railroad and the River Rouge Plant can be seen in Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village dedicated on October 21, 1929, the 50th anniversary of Edison's light bulb, just five months after this document was signed. Ford, Edison and President Hoover were among those present at the dedication. Blank top right corner missing, light scattered soiling. Overall, in fine condition.
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