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Heinz, Henry John (11 October 1844–14 May 1919), industrialist, was born in the Birmingham section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry Heinz, a brick manufacturer, and Margaretha Schmidt, German immigrants. He spent his childhood and youth in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. At age fourteen he attended the newly opened Allegheny Seminary in Sharpsburg, but he decided against a career in the Lutheran ministry....

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Kroc, Ray (05 October 1902–14 January 1984), franchise industry pioneer and baseball team owner, was born Raymond Albert Kroc in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Louis Kroc, a Western Union employee, and Rose Hrach. Baseball was his greatest childhood passion. He became an avid Chicago Cubs fan at an early age and attended games frequently. Thanks to his mother, he also became an accomplished pianist early in life....

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Sanders, Harland David (09 September 1890–16 December 1980), restaurateur, was born near Henryville, Indiana, the son of Wilbert Sanders and Margaret Dunlevy, poor farmers. Sanders had an abbreviated childhood. His father died when Sanders was five years old and this forced his mother to supplement the family income through occasional factory work. Beginning at age seven she left Sanders in charge of his two siblings, sometimes for days at a time. He began working at age ten and his formal schooling ended during the seventh grade. Sanders left home when he was twelve years old, although he remained close to his family....