Betty Ford was born on April 8, 1918 in Chicago. She lived in Denver and
Chicago and then moved to Grand Rapids when she was 2 years old. Her father
was William S. Bloomer who working for the Royal Rubber Company and
traveled, trying to get companies to buy their products. Her mother was Hortense
Neahr Bloomer who constantly wrote letters to her husband.
She had two older brothers, Bill and Bob. Bill was 7 years older and Bob
was 5 years older. Every summer they went up to their cottage at Whitefish Lake.
They also went up on weekends and had many friends over. She played the
piccolo, piano, and took dance lessons. She was also a tomboy and wanted to play
sports with her brothers and their friends.
In 1929 when the stock market crashed they lost a lot of money and had to
cut back on things. She had to help around the house more. When she was fourteen
she was confirmed an Episcopalian. Her father was a Christian Scientist and her
mother was an Episcopalian.
She went to high school at Central High in Grand Rapids. Every day after
school she went straight to her dance lessons. On Saturday afternoons she gave
dancing lessons for 50 cents.
When she was 16 her father died of carbon monoxide poisoning while
working on his car. Things got a little bit rougher because of the Great Depression.
Then in 1936 she graduated from Central High. When she was 18 and 19 she went
to Bennington School of Dance. She was happy because she was able to dance 8
hours a day.
After Bennington, she went to New York with her room mate Natalie
Harris. They settled in a one bedroom apartment on Sixth Avenue. They walked to
Martha Graham's studio on Fifth Avenue. They only got paid $10 a concert so
they had to get jobs during the day and take the dancing lessons at night.
She went back to Grand Rapids and started her own dance group. She
married Bill Warren and divorced him 5 years later. She got a job at
Herpolsheimer's as the fashion... [continues]
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