Business: Brewster on Ford

Rolls-Royce of England, parent of Rolls-Royce of America, Inc., was founded in 1903 by the son of a miller. As a boy, Hon. Charles Stuart Rolls, son of Lord Llangattock, precociously demonstrated his electrical ability by rigging up an apparatus in his mother's bedroom so that the moment she sat in her favorite armchair the room would burst into light. Plump Lady Llangattock sat down so hard she squashed the switch, blew out a fuse. Partner Frederick Henry Royce, struggling against youthful poverty, had no time for pranks. A modest builder of electrical...

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