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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 9, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Aug. 9, 1918

HENRY FORD QUITS MAKING AUTOS TO HELP WIN WAR

While difficult of belief it is a fact that Ford cars — that is new Ford touring cars, are in the near future going to become a very scarce article — in fact the species will become extinct unless the war soon comes to an end. Anyhow it will not be long before a new car of this variety will be a rare sight in Oregon.

Henry Ford has only recently broke up the vast immense organization of the Ford Motor company throughout the United States and has turned its vast mechanical and brain resources into the manufacture of war munitions and other war necessities.

The great factory at Detroit has reduced its former capacity of 3,600 cars a day to 750 per day, four hundred of which are trucks, and has discontinued all of the 46 assembly branch factories throughout the country, including the one at Portland, except five which are located at Long Island, Kansas City, Chicago, Cincinnati and Detroit.

Only four or five cars will be received in the Medford territory during August, and these will probably be trucks and chassis.

The above information was received by the Gates Auto company this week from the Ford Motor company branch at Portland in response to a telegram asking when if at all the local company could get a car load of new cars. The letter in part reads as follows:

“We have your wire of even date relative to the delivery of touring cars. In reply please be advised that effective August 1st, our production at the factory was reduced to 750 cars per day, 400 of which are trucks and the remaining 350 chassis and passenger cars and our allotment has naturally been reduced accordingly. We anticipate the receipt of only 150 cars into our territory during August, and we have no assurance but that this will be still further reduced in the future if it is necessary to curtain the production further at our factory. No definite shipping arrangements have been made, but under the conditions we anticipate that our shipments will originate at Kansas City.

“In view of the circumstances related herein it is impossible to give you any further information other than to state that in all probability you will not receive over four or five cars during August, and these probably will be trucks and chassis.”

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