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Young Henry Ford: Young Henry Ford, 1888. Getty Industry Email List Image Bettymann Archive Ford completed first through eighth grades in two one-room schoolhouses, the Scottish Settlement School and the Miller School. The Scottish Settlement School Industry Email List building was eventually moved to Ford's Greenfield Village and opened to tourists. He was particularly devoted to his mother, and when she died in 1876, his father expected Henry to run the Industry Email List family farm. However, he hated farm work, later recalling, "I never had any particular love for the farm—it was the mother on the farm I loved. After the 1878 harvest, Ford abruptly left the Industry Email List farm, walking off without permission to Detroit, where he stayed with his father's sister, Rebecca. He took a job at the streetcar manufacturer, Michigan Car Company Works, but was fired Industry Email List after six days and had to return home. In 1879, William got Henry an apprenticeship at the James Flower Industry Email List and Brothers Machine Shop in Detroit, where he lasted nine months. He left that job for a position at the Detroit Dry Dock Company, which was a pioneer in iron ships and Bessemer steel. He couldn't find a job that paid him enough to Industry Email List cover his rent, so he took a night job with a jeweler, cleaning and repairing watches. Henry and Edsel Ford In Model F, Henry and Edsel Ford sit in the rare Model F Ford. Getty Images/Bettymann Industry Email List Archive Henry Ford returned to the farm in 1882, where he operated a small portable steam threshing machine—the Westinghouse Agricultural Engine—for a neighbor. He was very good Industry Email List at it, and over the summers of 1883 and 1884, he was hired by the company to operate and repair engines made and sold in Michigan and northern Ohio.