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Edward Ford Plate Glass Co., Whistle

Iconic Whistle Found at Scrap Sale.


This brass whistle, stamped with a Ford Plate Glass nameplate, was used to sound shift changes and alarms for accidents or fires at the plant. It was discovered under some steps at the plant covered in several coats of grey paint. The whistle was sold off as scrap metal in the 1980s to a local man who stored it for ten years in his garage. When he finally got around to cleaning off the paint, he discovered the nameplate. During the Rossford centennial celebration in 1998, he offered to sell it to the planning committee. Through a generous donation from Felia "Fe" Ford Leboutillier, granddaughter of Ed Ford, the committee purchased the whistle for the celebration. Today, it is housed in the first-floor lobby of IPS' headquarters in the Ford Club.

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