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Absentees discharged, 111
Accidents, safeguarding against; 113-15; causes of, 114
Advancement, personal, 96, 277
Advertisement, first, of Ford Motor Co., 54-6
Agents, 59, 60
Agriculture, a primary function, 6
Ainsley, Charles, 33, 34
Alexander, Henry, drives Ford car to top of Ben Nevis, 4,600 feet, in 1911, 76
Antecedents, a man's, of no interest in hiring at Ford factory, 95
Assembly of a Ford car, 80; first experiment in a moving assembly line April 1,
...1913; 81;
...results of the experiment, 81-4
Automobile, public's first attitude toward, 35
Automobile business, bad methods of; in its beginnings, 38
Bankers play too great a part in business; 176; in railroads, 224
Banking, 156, 180
Bedridden men at work, 109-10
Benz car on exhibition at Macy's in 1885, 34
Birds, Mr. Ford's fondness for, 236
Blind men can work, 107
Bolshevism, 4-5, 9
Bonuses — See "Profit-Sharing"
Borrowing money; 158; what it would have meant to Ford Motor Co. in 1920,
...176
British Board of Agriculture, 196
British Cabinet and Fordson tractors, 196-9
Burroughs, John, 236
Business, monopoly and profiteering bad for; 11; function of, 12
Buying for immediate needs only, 142
Cadillac Company, 36
Capital, 193-4
Capitalist newspapers, 254
Capitalists, 10
Cash balance, large, 164
Charity, professional, 206
City life, 192
"Classes" mostly fictional, 254
Classification of work at Ford plants, 106, 108
Cleanliness of factory, 114
Coal used in Ford plants from Ford mines, 151
Coke ovens at River Rouge plant, 151
Collier, Colonel D. C., 54
Competition, 45-6, 275
Consumption varies according to price and quality, 142-3
Convict labour, 209
Cooper, Tom, 50
Cooperative farming, 205
Cork, Ireland, Fordson tractor plant, 150, 197
Corn, potential uses of, 275
Costs of production, records of, 98; prices forced down; 146, high wages
...contribute to.low, 147
Country, living in, 192
Courtney, F. S., 197
Creative work, 104
Creed, industrial, Mr. Ford's, 19-20, 273-4
Cripples can work, 107, 209
Cross, John E., 197

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Dalby, Prof. W. E., 197
Deaf and dumb men at work, 110
“Dearborn Independent,” 202
Dearborn plant, 199, 202
Democracy, 253
Detroit Automobile Co., 36, 37
Detroit General Hospital, now Ford Hospital, 214
Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railway, 151, 175, 191; purchased by Ford Motor
...Co.in March, 1921, 226
Development, opportunity for, in U. S., 1
Diamond Manufacturing Co. fire, 167
Discipline at Ford plants, 110-11
"Dividends, abolish, rather than lower wages," 163
Dividends, small, Ford policy of, 161
Doctors, 216
Dollar, the fluctuating, 180
Drudgery, 278

Eagle Boats, 246
Economy, 186
Edison, Thomas A., 234
Educated man, an; definition of, 247
Education, Mr. Ford's ideas on, 247-50
Educational Department, 111
Electricity generated at Ford plants, 151
"Employees, all, are really partners," 117
Employment Department, 100
Equal, all men are not, 10, 184
Experience, lack of, no bar to employment, 95, 112
Experiments, no record of, kept at Ford factories, 85
"Experts," no, at Ford plants, 28, 86

Factory, Ford, growth of, 71, 74
Factory organization, function of, 279-80
Failure, habit of, 220
Farming, lack of knowledge in, 16; no conflict between, and industry, 188; future development in, 205
Farming with tractors, 195

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Fear, 219-20
Federal Reserve System, 177
Fighting, a cause for immediate discharge, 113
Finance, 156
Financial crisis in 1921, how Ford Motor Co. met, 169
Financial system at present inadequate, 132, 177
Firestone, Harvey S., 240
Flat Rock plant, 191
Floor space for workers, 113
Flour-milling, 205
Foodstuffs, potential uses of, 276
Ford car — the first, 21, 30-4;
...No. 5,000,000, 21;
...the second, 33;
...introduction of, in England in 1903 75-6;
...about 5,000 parts in, 79;
...sales and production ?See "Sales"
Ford, Henry — Born at Dearborn, Mich., July 30, 1863, 22;
...mechanically inclined 22-23;
...leaves school at seventeen, becomes apprentice at Drydock Engine Works,
...24;
...watch repairer, 24;
...works with local representative of Westinghouse Co. as expert in setting up
...and repairing road engines, 25;
...builds a steam tractor in his workshop, 26;
...reads of the "silent gas engine" in the World of Science, 27;
...in 1887 builds one on the Otto four-cycle model, 28;
...father gives him forty acres of timber land, 29;
...marriage, 29;
...in 1890 begins work on double-cylinder engine, 29;
...leaves farm and works as engineer and machinist with the Detroit Electric
...Co., 30;
...rents house in Detroit and sets up workshop in back yard, 30;
...in 1892 completes first motor car, 30;
...first road test in 1893, 32;
...builds second motor car, 33;
...quits job with Electric Co. August 15, 1899, and goes into automobile
...business, 35;
...organization of Detroit Automobile Co., 36;
...resigns from, in March, 1902, 36;
...rents shop to continue experiments at 81 Park

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...Place, Detroit, 37;
...beats Alexander Winton in race, 37;
...early reflections on business, 37-46;
...in 1903 builds, with Tom Cooper, two cars, the "999" and the "Arrow" for ...speed, 50;
...forms the Ford Motor Co., 51;
...buys controlling share in 1906, 52;
...builds "Model A" 54;
...builds "Model B" and "Model C," 57;
...makes a record in race over ice in the "Arrow," 57;
...builds first real manufacturing plant, in May, 1908, 58;
...assembles 311 cars in six workings days, 58;
...in June, 1908, assembles one hundred cars in one day, 58;
...in 1909, decides to manufacture only "Model T," painted black, 72;
...buys sixty acres of land for plant at Highland Park, outside of Detroit, 73;
...how he met the financial crises of 1921, 169;
...buys Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Ry., March, 1921, 226
"Ford doesn't use the Ford," 146
Ford, Edsel, 52, 173
Ford Hospital, 214
Ford Motor Co., organized 1903, 51;
...Henry Ford buys controlling share in 1906, 52;
...how it met financial crisis in 1921, 169;
...thirty-five branches of, in U. S., 173
"Ford, you can dissect a, but you cannot kill it," 54
Fordson tractor
...prices, 147, 202-3;
...genesis and development of, 200-3;
...cost of farming with, 203-4;
...5,000 sent to England in 1917-18, 195
Foreign trade, 242

Gas from coke ovens at River Rouge plant utilized, 151-2,
"Gold is not the best medium," 182
"Good feeling" in working not essential, though desirable, 264-5
Government, the function of, 8
Greaves, R. N., 197
Greed vs. service, 19
Greenall, Gilbert, 197
Grosse Point track, 51

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"Habit conduces to a certain inertia," 43
Highland Park plant, 73, 84-5
Hobbs, Robert W., 197
Hospital, Ford, 214
Hough, Judge, renders decision against Ford Motor Co. in Selden Patent suit,
...62
Hours of labour per day reduced from nine to eight in January, 1914, 126
"Human, a great business is too big to be," 263-66,
Human element in business, 121

Ideas, old and new, 2-3, 17
Improvements in products, 16, 17
Interstate Commerce Commission, 230, 233
Inventory, cutting down, by improved freight service, 175
Investment, interest on, not properly chargeable to operating expenses, 39

Jacobs, Edmund, 54
"Jail, men in, ought to be able to support their families," 209
Jewish question, studies in the, 250-2
Jobs, menial, 278
"John R. Street," 82-3

Labour
...the economic fundamental, 9;
...and Capital, 275;
...potential uses of, 277
Labour leaders, 256
labour_newspapers, 254
Labour turnover, 111, 129-30
"Lawyers, like bankers, know absolutely nothing about business," 224
Legislation, the function of, 7
Licensed Association, 62
"Life is not a location, but a journey," 43
Light for working, 113
Loss, taking a; in times of business depression, 136-138, 143

Manchester, Eng.,
...Ford plant at, 150
...strike at, 262-3

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Machinery, its place in life, 2
Manufacture, a primary function, 6
Medical Department, 112
Mexico, 242-3
Milner, Lord, 198-9
Models —
..."A," 54, 69-70, 76;
..."B," 57, 69-70;
..."C," 57, 69-70, 76;
..."F," 69;
..."K," 66, 69-70;
..."N," "R," "S," 69-70;
..."T," 21, 68-71, 76, 78, 87;
...changing, not a Ford policy, 148-9

Money,
...chasing, 12
...present system of, 13, 132, 177
...what it is worth, 40;
...invested in a business not chargeable to it, 39-40;
...fluctuating value of, 180;
...is not wealth, 182
Monopoly, bad for business, 11
Monotonous work, 105
Motion, waste, eliminating, 87-90

Northville, Mich., plant, combination farm and factory, 190

Oldfield, Barney, 51
Opportunity for young men of today, 279
Organization, excess, and red tape, 91
Overman, Henry, 197
Otto engine, 27-8
Overhead charge per car, cut from $146 to $93, 174

Parts, about 5,000, in a Ford car, 79
Paternalism has no place in industry, 130
"Peace Ship," 245
Philanthropy, 210
Physical incapacity not necessarily a hindrance to working, 107
Physicians, 216
Piquette plant, 58, 85, 89
Poverty, 184
Power-farming, 195
Price policy, Mr. Ford's, 161-2
Producer depends upon service, 12-13
Production,
...principles of Ford plant, 77
...plan of, worked out carefully, 166
...(For production of Ford cars, see "Sales" and table of production on p. 145)

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Professional charity, 206
Profiteering, bad for business, 11
Profit-sharing, 125-130
Property, the right of, 9
Profit, small per article, large aggregate, 161
Profits belong to planner, producer, and purchaser, 164
Price
...raising, 73
...reducing, 160
"Prices, If, of goods are above the incomes of the people, then get the prices
...down to the incomes," 135
"Prices, unduly high, always a sign of unsound business," 141
Prices of Ford touring cars since 1909, 145
Prison laws, 209
"Prisoners ought to be able to support their families," 209

Railroads,
...active managers have ceased to manage, 222;
...suffering from bankers and lawyers, 223-4;
...folly of long hauls, 230-33
Reactionaries, 5-6
Red tape, 91
"Refinancing," 40
Reformers, 3, 5-6
Repetitive labour, 103
"Rich, It is no longer a distinction to be," 268-9
Right of property, 9
River Rouge plant, 74, 84, 86, 151, 202, 224, 246
Routine work, 103
Royal Agricultural Society, 196
Rumours in 1920 that Ford Motor Co. was in a bad financial condition, 169
Russia, under Sovietism, 4

Safeguarding machines, 113-15
"Sales depend upon wages," 124
Sales of Ford cars
...in 1903-4, 1,708 cars, 54;
...in 1904-5, 1,695 cars, 57;
...in 1905-6, 1,599 cars, 58;
...in 1906-7, 8,423 cars, 58,
...in 1907-8, 6,398 cars, 59;
...in 1908-9, 10,607 cars, 71;
...in 1909-10, 18,664 cars, 74;
...in 1910-11, 34,-

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...528 cars, 74;
...see also table of production since 1909, p.145
Saturation, point of, 154
Saving habit, 187
Schools,
...trade, 210
...Henry Ford Trade School, 211
Scottish Reliability Trials, test of Ford car in, 76
Scrap, utilization of, 149
Seasonal unemployment, 165, 188
Selden, George B., 61
Selden Patent, 45
...famous suit against Ford Motor Co., in 1909, 60-3
Service,
...principles of, 19-20;
..."the foundation of real business," 41;
..."comes before profit," 271
Simplicity, philosophy of, 13-15
Social Department, 129
Sorensen, Charles E., 197-9
Standard Oil Co., 157
Standardization, 48-9, 148
Statistics abolished in 1920, 174
Steel, vanadium, 18, 66
Strelow's carpenter shop, 52
Strike, the right to, 255
Strikes, 255-266
...why, fail, 259
Suggestions from employees, 100
Surgeons' fees, 216
Sweepings, saving, nets $600,000 a year,149

Titles, no, to jobs at Ford factory, 92-5
Tractor — See "Fordson"
Trade, foreign, 242
Trade schools, 210
Henry Ford Trade School, 211

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Training, little, required for jobs at Ford plants, 110
Transportation, a primary function, 6
Turnover of goods, 167, 175

Union labour, 255
Universal car, essential attributes of, 68

Vanadium steel, 18, 66
Ventilation of factory, 113, 114

Wages,
...minimum of $6 a day at all Ford plants, 116, 134;
...are partnership distributions, 121;
...fallacy of regulating, on basis of cost of, living, 122-3;
...sales depend upon, 124;
...minimum of $5 a day introduced in January, 1914, 126;
...danger in rapidly raising, 128;
...cutting, a slovenly way to meet business depression, 136;
...high, contribute to low cost, 147;
...abolish dividends rather than lower, 163
War,
...opposition to, 240;
...Ford industries in the, 246
Waste,
...vs. service, 19;
...eliminating, 87-90, 185
Weeks-McLean Bird Bill, 237
Weight, excess, in an automobile
Welfare work—See "Social Department," "Medical Department," and
..."Educational Department."
Winton, Alexander, 37
Women, married, whose husbands have jobs, not employed at Ford plants,
...111
Work,
...its place in life, 3
...the right to, 10

 

Erratum:

We observed a significant discrepancy between the text at the end of page 235 of our 1922 hardback edition obtained from a public library and the electronic text created by Project Gutenberg, which has also presumably come from a reliable source and been double-checked. At the end of the sixth paragraph, following the sentence that ends with “accumulating knowledge,” our hardback copy reads:

Edison is really the world’s great scientist. In addition, he has the constructive and managerial sense. He has not only had visions, but he has made them realities. He has had management of men and affairs to a degree unusual in an inventor, who is almost always considered visionary. Although not primarily a business man, he has made himself one by sheer necessity. Edison could have done anything to which he had turned his mind. He sees through things and there is a great lack of seeing through, to-day.

In contrast, the Project Gutenberg text reads (available as of October 2005):

Mr. Edison is only approaching the height of his power. He is the man who is going to show us what chemistry really can do. For he is a real scientist who regards the knowledge for which he is always searching as a tool to shape the progress of the world. He is not the type of scientist who merely stores up knowledge and turns his head into a museum. Edison is easily the world's greatest scientist. I am not sure that he is not also the world's worst business man. He knows almost nothing of business.



 

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