Van Drunen Ford was founded by Morse J Van Drunen on September 20, 1930, one year after the stock market crash of 1929. The Great Depression was underway, and wouldn't really end until the start of World War Two. The fact of the depression made business very difficult during those beginning years. In 1932 Van Drunen Ford sold 12 vehicles. But costs also were low. Mr. Van Drunen's landlord actually lowered the rent for several years. This was apparently quite common as the property owners would rather have a good tenant than a vacant building.
Then came World War Two. During those years, there were no new vehicles built for retail customers. Auto dealers had to survive on the sale of used cars and parts and service. For several years, Van Drunen Ford displayed rebuilt engines in the showroom. After the war, production resumed, and new vehicles were in great demand. Van Drunen Ford has prospered since that time, and is today owned and operated by the third generation of the Van Drunen family.