|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1865|
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1929|
William Johnson Ford II was born in Wabash County, Indiana, the oldest son of William Wallace Ford and Elizabeth McClure Ford. He married Rosa Belle Hurkamp of Fredericksburg, Virginia on Oct 29 1891 in a lavish society wedding ceremony at the Prebyterian Church.
He was regarded as one of Fredericksburg's leading citizens both in a business sense and from the standpoint of unselfish public effort.
As cashier and later president of the Planters National Bank he wisely counseled, advised and aided the individual, encouraged and backed financially worthy agricultural projects, and helped industrial efforts of the saner, commendable kind. As a banker he always was eager to assist either projects or individuals that were deserving or worthy.
During his lifetime in Fredericksburg, he was affiliated in important official capacities with the Princess Anne Hotel, the Farmers Creamery Company, the Mansfield Hall Country Club, the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Fredericksburg Fair Association, The Rappahannock Valley, Inc., the Citizensí Guild, the Kenmore Association and other bodies and organizations. In addition to his many business and civic connections, Mr. Ford was affiliated fraternally with the Masonic Lodge, being Past Master of Lodge No. 4 of this city, a member of the Shrine and an Elk.
He was one time politically active, serving several terms on the City Council in which he was a great influence and of great benefit to the town. Despite his large connections during the WW I, Mr. Ford found time to enter thoroughly into programs for successfully carrying out American participation, serving as chairman of the Red Cross and as one of the leaders and advisers in the sale of Liberty Loan Bonds. He also was connected with the Food Administration.
As a young man, he was engaged in civil engineering which led him into the oil and prospecting business in which he was successful. Early in life Mr. Fordís business enterprises took him to Japan where he was for a time in business in Tokyo, a member of the Nobleís Club, and instructor of English in the University of Japan.
He had one daughter, Kathryn Ford Roberts, and one grandson, Beverly Ford Roberts, both of Fredericksburg.
William Wallace Ford (1839 - 1913)
Elizabeth McClure Ford (1842 - 1920)
Rosa Belle Hurkamp Ford (1867 - 1932)*
Katherine H. Ford Roberts (1902 - 1963)*
Created by: Susan Neff, Ford & Neff ...
Record added: Jan 31, 2006
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