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.....
Originally, “Light’s Golden Jubilee” was a celebration organized by the General Electric Company, which had absorbed Edison’s original business and saw great business value in drawing connections between itself and the illustrious inventor. Thomas Edison and his family, however, believed that the aging inventor was being used and appealed to Henry Ford, Edison’s long-time friend. Eventually, the celebration turned into a collaboration between Henry Ford and General Electric, though Ford won control over much of the ceremony, which he relocated from its planned location in Schenectady, New York — General Electric’s headquarters — to Dearborn, Michigan, the site of Ford’s Greenfield Village.
Release Date: January 20, 2015
The Henry Ford Trade School Alumni Association has donated $750,000 to create an endowed scholarship fund for undergraduate mechanical engineering students at Lawrence Technological University.
The donation is among the top 10 largest gifts ever received by the University to establish an endowed scholarship, and the largest for scholarships from an organization. Interest income from the endowment will provide need-based scholarship assistance to recipients.
From alums of Henry Ford Trade School, an investment Editorial in The Detroit News, February 25, 2015 America can learn a lesson from these retirees. It has been more than 60 years since the last students graduated from the Henry Ford Trade School, and the school’s remaining alumni are now in their 80s and 90s. But we should all pay attention to what they have to say about the value of education.
FRANK E. PETTINGA
1920 - 2013
Pettinga, Frank E. Age 92. February 27, 2013 of Grosse Ile. Beloved husband of the late Wilda. Loving father of Larry (Jo), Gail (Don) Martin, Paul (Bonnie) and David (Bonnie). Proud grandfather of 8. Great grandfather of 11. Also survived by 2 brothers William and Donald (Diane). Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Jeanette and 2 brothers Robert and James. Frank had been retired for 33 years. He loved to golf and was a former member of the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.
Apprentice. School Graduate Class 1942.
Joined the Alumni Association in, April 1958.