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In 1939 Henry Ford purchased farmland to open "Camp Willow Run" for young men. These sons of World War I veterans lived at the camp from April to November. They worked eight hour days, and made .25 cents per hour, which was quite a lot of money in those days.

The picture shows a Willow Run camper hard at work in the fields. The equipment the boys used was often donated. The goods that were produced were sold at roadside stands with the boys often splitting the profits.