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A bore is a fellow who opens his mouth and puts his feats in itHenry Fords parents left Ireland during the potato famine and settled in the Detroit area in the 1840s Henry Ford born July 30 1863 was the first of William and Mary Fords six children He grew up on a prosperous family farm in what is today Dearborn Michigan Henry enjoyed a childhood typical of the rural nineteenth century spending days in a one-room school and doing farm chores At an early age he showed an interest in mechanical things and a dislike for farm work He had an intelligent inquisitive nature and was energized by the huge growth of industry occurring in the Detroit area He was also an avid experimenter Once in order to prove the power of steam he plugged up the spout of a teakettle full of boiling water and it blew apart As he grew up his father allowed him to tinker with many of the tools on the farm Fords mother called him a born mechanic and provided him with darning needles and corset stays to make into tools for his watch repair work Probably the most dramatic event in Henry Fords life happened in 1876 when he was thirteen years old While riding with his father in a wagon they saw a steam engine traveling along the road under its own power Ford jumped off the wagon and excitedly began to question the driver about this remarkable engine Used for stationary purposes such as sawing wood the engine had been mounted on wheels to propel itself The engineer explained all about the machine and even let Ford fire the engine and run it Ford later said That showed me that I was by instinct an engineer The seed was planted that there could be a self-propelled vehicle and that thought would haunt his imagination for years Although he yearned to go to Detroit and work
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