The roots for the Tenvoorde dynasty were planted when John Tenvoorde led a group of German Dutch settlers from Pennsylvania to Indiana and, then, to St. Cloud, Minn. A merchant, Tenvoorde was one of the founders of St. Cloud. His son, Steve Tenvoorde, and his buddy, P.R. Thielman, nicknamed ‘The Daredevils,’ accomplished the feat of driving a Milwaukee Steamer 70 miles over a rough oxen trail from Minneapolis to St. Cloud to bring the first automobile to their home town in 1899. An inventive blacksmith and bicycle shop owner, Steve Tenvoorde was hooked on this new invention. In 1901, he began selling cars from his bicycle shop in downtown St. Cloud. He signed the second Ford franchise on March 21, 1903, before Ford Motor Co. was incorporated that June. William Hughson, founder of Hughson Ford Sales in San Francisco, signed the first Ford franchise only a month earlier, in February 1903. That business no longer is operated by the family. Steve Tenvoorde also was the St. Cloud dealer for Oldsmobile, Saxon, Buick, Chandler, Oakland and others. He eventually dropped all other lines and concentrated on Ford. The Tenvoorde name has been associated with autos in St. Cloud since 1901. It was a beginning without an ending in sight in 1997. ABOUT THIS WARRANTY This Tenvoorde Ford New & Pre-Owned Lifetime Limited Powertrain Warranty begins on the vehicle purchase date and from the mileage on the odometer at the time of sale. This WARRANTY shall end when you no longer own the vehicle. some of our History...