Just wanted to say Thank You to the HFTSAA. You have lasted a long time and have done so many good things while in existence. My step-fathers, Tony Gorsky and Ted Bonaventure, were very active in the association. Many of you may remember me as the starter at Bonnie Brook and also in cutting down and burning the Dutch Elm diseased trees on the golf course.Just wanted to say Thank You to the HFTSAA.
You have lasted a long time and have done so many good things while in existence. My step-fathers, Tony Gorsky and Ted Bonaventure, were very active in the association. Many of you may remember me as the starter at Bonnie Brook and also in cutting down and burning the Dutch Elm diseased trees on the golf course.I enjoyed all of those activities to include the annual picnics.The various members and boards were exceedingly active all the way through the final General Membership meeting.
Again, Thank You for all that you accomplished and may God Bless All of You.
August 8, 2017
Henry Ford Trade School was opened October twenty fifth, nineteen hundred sixteen, with six boys and one instructor. In 1931 the enrollment rose to 2800, with 135 instructors. The time for students was divided between the school shop and the classroom where customary high school subjects were studied.
The school was organized to give needy boys an opportunity to help support themselves and to retain their interest in education. To accomplish the first purpose, each boy was awarded a cash scholarship which was paid to him regularly.
INCORPORATION AND EQUIPMENT
Incorporated under a Michigan statute, the school was operated as a non-profit enterprise. It had a floor space of about three acres set apart for its exclusive use. All the equipment in the class and shop departments was the best.....
From the first Model-T in Dearborn, MI to a company exporting vehicles around the world, Ford cars,trucks, and tractors have become a worldwide household name. His gamble of paying 5 dollars a day created a middle class.
April 25, 2017
The weather surrounding Lawrence Technological University campus was a tad brisk and had overcast skies. This was brushed aside by men who as young boys had stood in Safety Zones waiting for streetcars at six o’clock in the morning in any type of weather. Trade School “boys” and their guests, including widows of Students started arriving displaying their Badges proudly worn on the left shoulder. Other Alumni Association members had distinguishing memorabilia identifying themselves as well. The Henry Ford Heritage Association was well represented by Richard and Ruth Gatza, Mark Campbell, and Mike Skinner. Jeff Dunlap from the Henry Ford was also in attendance.
Folding chairs encircled a shrouded figure set in a small grotto resplendent with flowers and a flowering tree. Promptly at 10:15 am the program began with a “Welcome” from Kristen DeVries who introduced the luminaries from the University, Edsel Ford II and Bob Kreipke, Ford Historian. With remarks from LTU President Virinander Moudgil, and HFTS Alumni Association President George Banda, the unveiling took place with Edsel Ford II, George Banda, Virinder Mougdil, and Douglas Ebert. Bob Hill gave an introduction to the Sculptress, Michaele Duffy Kramer.
The program ended with an invitation to take photographs and to take part in a reception where light refreshments were served.
John J. Graf
- This article lists recent updates on hftsaa.org.
- Detroit automakers and higher education: The Henry Ford Trade School and General Motors Institute
Interesting article in Hemmings Classic Car Blog
- Historic Newsletters
Old HFTSAA Newsletters from the Archives
- Remembering HFTS Video
Special Video about the Henry Ford Trade School (Available for purchase from Ideal Video Transfer LLC)
- Henry Ford Trade School - 75th Anniversary
Video of the 75th anniversary celebration on October 25, 1991
BERNADINO W. FONTICHIARO
Bernie passed away December 12, 2015. Loving husband of the late Marie. He will be dearly missed by many family members.
Bernie enrolled in the Ford Trade School September 18, 1941 and graduated June 16, 1944.
He retired from the Ford Motor Company and was active in the UAW-CIO Scholarship Committee.
Bernie joined the Trade School Alumni Association in March 1973. He was an active recruiter of members and became President of the Association in 1986. Bernie enjoyed attending many of the functions of the Alumni Association and was often the first arrival. He was one of the two remaining Life Members.