I am not related - this is part of a transcription project.
I think this might be a typo - the book says "GERHARDT" - I'm posting it to this list, just in case ...
from "Printers and Printing in Providence, 1762 - 1907" prepared by a committee of Providence Typographical Union #33 as a souvenir of the 50th anniversary of its institution printed in 1907
"The Journeymen" p. XXXV.
"JOSEPH GERHARDT - Born East Providence Jan. 7, 1887; learned printing in office of Providence Journal, beginning Feb. 16, 1903; initiated into Providence Union at February meeting, 1907; night linotype operator on Journal."