Daniel Frank Gerber
Daniel Frank Gerber (May 6, 1898 – March 16, 1974) was a manufacturer of baby food. Gerber, the subject of this article, went by the name "Dan" to his friends and relatives. He was born in Fremont of Newaygo County, Michigan, in 1898 – the son of Frank Daniel Gerber. Gerber was educated at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. He attended the academy from 1913 to 1916. Gerber served in the army during World War I. He then attended the Babson College of business administration from 1919 to 1920 for a year. Later in 1920 he hired in at Fremont Canning Company that his father owned. He was a successful manager and by 1926 he had become assistant general manager of the company. Gerber began urging his father to begin the production of strained baby foods at the cannery in 1927. Daniel and his wife Dorothy had an ill baby called Sally. Dan’s wife suggested that he persuade his father to begin making and selling at their canning company strained baby foods in order to end the chore of cooking, straining and preparing solid foods for babies. Gerber with his father did some extensive research on this new concept.