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  Name: Daniel Frank Gerber                                                         
  Born: 1873                                                                         
  Died: 1952                                                                         
  Baby-food manufacturer, born in Douglas, Michigan, USA. After high school he       
  joined the family tannery at age 16, and rose to partner and manager until 1905,   
  when the business closed. In 1901 he helped found the Fremont Canning Co to       
  market local produce, becoming its president in 1917. The company started         
  manufacturing baby foods in 1927 at the behest of his son, Daniel (Frank) Gerber, 
  who was assistant general manager of the company and himself a new father. The     
  Gerbers tested batches of babyfood on Daniel's daughter, Sally, and other babies. 
  By 1941 the baby food line was outselling adult food products, and in 1943 the     
  Gerber Products Co dropped its adult foods. The company expanded and opened       
  plants in California, New York, and Ontario.