PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/28/1974 - HFSID 254735
Sale Price $1,020.00
He thanks his brother and sister-in-law for a Presidential seal gift rug.
Typed Letter signed: "Jerry" as President, 1p, 6¾x8¾. Washington, D.C., 1974 October 28. On White House letterhead to Richard A. Ford, Ford Paint & Varnish Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In full: "Many thanks for sending the copies of your letters to Len Sorenson and Albert M. Shilman. I am enclosing copies of my letters expressing appreciation to them for their thoughtfulness and generosity. Please also tell Ellen how very much I appreciate her time, effort, and 'devotion to family' that she is giving to complete so magnificent a project. I only hope and trust she doesn't lose her eyesight in 'hooking' those 50,000 holes on such an intricate design. Between the beautiful rug and the myrtle woods I think you may justifiably feel that you are definitely 'caught up' for the golf shirt, cuff links, or anything I might do for you from now on in! Thanks again, and Betty joins me in sending our love to you and the family. The nation's 38th President, Gerald R. Ford, Jr., was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in 1913. His mother Dorothy divorced soon thereafter, and in 1916 the future President took the name of his stepfather, Gerald R. Ford, Sr. RICHARD "DICK" FORD was the second of three half brothers born thereafter to Dorothy and Gerald, Sr. When Ford became President, Dick Ford's wife ELLEN FORD conceived the idea of devoting her rug-making hobby to a gift for her brother-in-law. She contacted ALBERT SHILMAN, President of the Baltimore-based Shilcraft company which produced the rug kits she used, and he readily agreed to procure a mat in the pattern of the Presidential seal. The business-savvy Shilman donated the mat, six feet in diameter, and the yarn which Ellen Ford would use to make the Presidential seal: eagle holding olive branch and arrows, circled by 50 stars. The completed rug hung in a study adjacent to the Oval Office in the White House, and then in the former President's California office. Ellen Ford has requested that it now be transferred to the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, the Ford brothers' hometown. When the former President was laid to rest in Grand Rapids on July 14, 2006, brother Richard Ford and son-in-law Vaden Bales presented the wreath on behalf of the Ford family. Fine condition.
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