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Mr_and_Mrs_Edsel_Ford_cph.3b29705-Edsel and Eleanor Ford had a collie..

3a17892r-President Calvin Coolidge had collies…

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05gilliesstringfellow-Even the Leeds Footy team had a collie…

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Jefferson Davis had collies too…

LongstreetJ_main-General James Longstreet too… 🙂

What do these ppl all have in common…. they are people in history that you could call my heroes……. and it is all coincidence…. I didn’t know until years after I learned about them that they had collies… interesting eh?

 

But, none of them ever had a Ginger!!! ,

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000_0025_editedI know the answers! Do you?

Clara Bow in Chevy– Do you know who is driving this car?

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Pickford & Fairbanks with Model AWho is this famous actress with her Model A, the first in California, sent by Edsel Ford.

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They are my favorite Silent Actress and Actor!  They were funny and married to each other….

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Terhune’s first champion!  Who is he?

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-My favorite Footy team…..  Do you know these? Let us know! 🙂

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As I was working on the Case tractor today I was listening to the radio when they announced that William Clay Ford, aged 88, last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford and last surviving child of Edsel Ford passed away today.  As you all know I am a big fan of Fords, Henry and Edsel Ford and although I despise the Detroit Lions I do sincerely wish they had won a Championship during his ownership.

The collies and our family send our deepest condolences to the Ford family and want to take this moment to thank Mr. Ford and his family for all they have done in helping others not only through jobs, fine cars and tractors, but in their giving away millions of dollars to charity and to rebuilding downtown Detroit.  They, like all other ppl have their problems and shortcomings, but their gifts to humanity have far outweighed any of the perceived problems their family may have had.  We salute the Ford family for all they have done and we want them to know they are in our prayers and we ask that God guide them, bless them and keep them through these sad times.

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Edsel Ford Family

_Edsel Ford Family… William is on the end on your right….

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Yesterday was the anniversary of Trevor’s passing and quite a few of you wrote, phoned us and even visited. Thank you for everyone that did!  It was a sort of melancholy day.  With my delay in being able to go to Edsel Ford’s home I was a bit down in the dumps.  But, having everyone contact me cheered me up a bit and talking about Trevor and sharing the memories helped too.

Those of you who remember I recently posted about Edsel Ford being a genius and today really brightened when I was contacted by Edsel’s grandson Edsel II.  At first I was sort of in disbelief but then when I checked the ID it was him. He left a very nice comment about the post about his grandfather.  I am very humbled and moved that I was contacted by the grandson of two men I really admire…. actually three for Henry II was Edsel’s son and Edsel II’s father.  Henry II saved Ford and while he did not have all the answers he hired the best ppl to come up with those answers! A big thank you to Edsel II for contacting me.  One thing I wish I could tell Edsel II is that my wife has an ancestor named Edsel Ruddiman…. for those Fordophiles out there yes, that is the Edsel who was Henry’s best friend in school and whom he named his son Edsel after.  Now, I thought my wife made it up until she showed me the family tree proving it.  Edsel’s brother James married Margaret Ford… Henry’s sister!  So, while my wife is not related to the Ford family she does have a strange connection! 🙂 LOL

But, seriously, if Edsel II ever reads this let me say your comment meant a lot to me!  Thank you!  May God Bless the Ford Family, Edsel II and the Ford Motor Company.

Now, back to Trevor….  I thought about him all day and missed him more than ever.  Its hard to believe he has been gone for a year.  On July 2 it will have been three years since Anya left us.  August brings 7 years since Niamh left….. summer is sort of a bittersweet time of year…..  but through it all I have found that I am so grateful to have had Trevor.  With Trevor I knew for 6 months the end was near.  So, I was as prepared as I could be.  It didnt hurt any less, but it was nice to be able to say a long goodbye!  Unlike Niamh, Hallie and Anya and MacKenzie who all had the death out of the clear blue sky strike like lightning, leaving me to wonder what happened and regretting not being able to say goodbye.   Each one of my collies has blessed me by their being part of my life, by their coming to me, even their deaths have opened up the door to new friends and new adventures.  Each of them still bless me even though they are now gone.  I loved them all and it is the truth when I say I am humbled to have been loved by them.  Why would they love a old cranky guy like me?  I had nothing to offer them and I perhaps needed them more than they needed me.  But, non-the-less they loved me despite who I am and made me a better person because of it.  THere seems to be something very unfair in the fact that these wonderful, beautiful, loving, unselfish giving fantastically beautiful beings who were 10 times a better being than I will ever be are gone and I am still here.  It just does not seem right.  They changed the world and my life for the better…. I only hope they felt I changed their lives for the better.  I tried to and I only hope I did so.

Having Trevor was just one of those “accidents” that happened.  Yes, an accident to everyone but God.  He left me a better person and stronger.  As I walk into the future without him and the others I know they helped me to become stronger and better, but still I am not half the wonderful being they were and are.  One lesson I learned for sure is do not take your dog, cat or family member or friend for granted.  I have learned life is fragile and at any moment they can and do leave you when God decided it is time for them to come home to Him.  So, take a moment, hug those around you, tell them you love them and think…. as you go to bed tonight would you want your last words, actions or moments to be the ones you had with today or would you like to get another hug, to say you love them or pet them on the head.  Do so… there are no guarantees they will be there…. make the most of it.  What does it cost you but a few moments of your time….

To Trevor and to all my collies thank you for loving me. I am unworthy of such a selfless love.  Your loving me makes proves you “mere” collies walk closer to God than I do, will ever be able to do and than most ppl will ever do.  Thank you to MacKenzie, Chessie, Niamh, Hallie, Sadie, Anya and to you Trevor forever.  A word of thanks to old Cheyenne and George the cats who loved me and proved to be much more loyal friends than I could prove to be…. finally, a big remembering thanks to the dogs of my childhood Heidi and Rusty and Snoopy.  Its been almost 40 years for some of you and I still love and miss you.   Also, thank you God…. for showing me how we humans with all our brains need to stop thinking we are so darned smart and to take a deep breath and to see that the beings who actually love the way you do are… dogs…. they love us when we are not nice, they love those who abuse them, they will die for us and more… yet all they ask is us to love them back…..  what a small thing to ask for us creatures who can walk on the moon….

000_0005Lil Hallie and I….. even at this point she knew who she loved…. *smile*

Edsel Ford FamilyBy the way, Edsel Ford is on your left, his wife Eleanor is next and Henry II is next to her. Henry II became head of Ford after old Henry gave up the reigns in 1945.  Henry II is the father of Edsel II.  Then is Benson and Josephine and William who is still alive. 🙂  Most families hope to have a famous member of their family.  The Ford’s had many brilliant and famous people and the Ford’s running the show now are intent on becoming number one.  I for one am rooting them on. 🙂

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A pure collie post will be coming later today……

While I believe Henry Ford was a genius I have come to believe that after the Ford Model T that the true genius at Ford was his son Edsel.  You see, Edsel with Bob Gregorie designed the Model A, then he designed the 32 Ford the famous Deuce!  He developed the teardrop Fords, the Lincoln Zephyr and the Lincoln Continental!  He founded Mercury and his designs are still considered some of the most beautiful cars ever built!

While old Henry was developing a V-8 (no small feat!!!!) Edsel was putting sealed beam headlights into the fenders, creating Continental Kits, designing locking ignition switches on the steering wheel and creating new looks that were copied by everyone in the automobile industry.  While Henry fought four wheel brakes and hydraulic brakes Edsel put them in with safety features!!!  Safety glass… Edsel put that in the low price Fords…. the first low price car to do that!  While Henry was putting hydraulic shock absorbers on the Model A’s Edsel was developing bucket seats and Fords had them in the 1930’s!!!

Henry got all the attention but the guy who put Ford into the fast lane in advancing technology was the unsung hero… Edsel Ford.  Unlike his father Edsel was a all around nice guy who did not agree with his father about much outside of making Ford the tops and even that was a war for Edsel!

A soft spoken man who liked to remain in the background Edsel loved life and boats, cars, airplanes, art, music, animals and his family.  Dogs, Edsel’s family had lots of dogs and yes they had at least one collie!!!  His daughter Josephine loved animals and was a big supporter of taking care of animals during her lifetime!

Edsel gave money to Admiral Byrd for his polar expeditions,  for Amelia Earhart and other explorers.  He supported the arts and his main love after his family were cars.  But, he loved beautiful cars and he had up to 18 cars in his garage at any time.  Oh yes, Fords, Mercurys and of course Lincolns.  But, he also had some beautiful European cars and even had some American makes like Cadillac!!!

Edsel Ford’s son, Henry II took over the company in 1945 after his father died and old Henry could no longer lead. He saved the company and took on Chevrolet for almost 40 years and made it a powerhouse once again after old Henry almost wrecked the company.  Benson another son did wonderful research in many areas and while we mentioned Josephine his other son William Clay Ford is still alive today and owns the Detroit Lions.  The William Ford who is in charge of Ford now vows they will be number one again and in most countries they have passed GM in sales and last month total company sales came within 6,000 total vehicles of catching GM in America!

If it hadnt been for Edsel Ford would not be here now….  he saved the company and was a wonderful human being who no one spoke badly of.  He was overshadowed all his life by his father……  which is too bad.  But, I dont think Edsel would’ve had it any other way other than his father being nicer to him.  Edsel was the force behind Lincoln being bought by Ford and from that point on he designed one beautiful car after another…… each a legend in the automobile world.

With my busy schedule I have decided to take one day off to rest….. no collie business, no tractor business, no school, no work… just a day to recharge.  What am I going to do?  Well, I am heading off to Ford House.. the home of Edsel and Eleanor Ford….. I can;t think of a better way to just get away from it all.. and by the way… look up Ford House and take a look at his home.. this guy had a gorgeous home!

So, a salute to Edsel Ford!!!!  May God Bless his soul….

Edsel Ford FamilyEdsel Ford and His Family!

Mr_and_Mrs_Edsel_Ford_cph.3b29705Edsel and Eleanor

1932-ford-models-b-and-18-8The 1932 Ford…. the Deuce which is my favorite Ford of all time….

1939-mercury-coupeThe 1939 Mercury, Edsel’s creation comes to life!

Lincoln_Continental_1To me, the most elegant and beautiful car ever built the Lincoln Continental, Edsel’s greatest creation……

teddy_hallie_laddie_brandy_trevorSALUTE to you Edsel!!!!!

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