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From the Southern California Grocers Journal, May 2, 1958:
LOS ANGELES SALUTES R. DALE WEBER
R. Dale Weber, dean of Southern California bakers and one of Los Angeles' as well as the nation's outstanding civic and food industry leaders, was honored this week on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Weber Baking Company.
A Los Angeles City Council resolution designating Tuesday, April 29, as "Weber's Day" was presented to Weber Tuesday evening at a testimonial dinner in the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by more than 350 persons.
Weber, who with his brother, Roy, opened the bakery at 5849 South Croker Street in 1908, also was lauded by other civic and government groups at the dinner, at which Tony Whan, senior vice president of Pacific Outdoor Advertising Company, served as master of ceremonies.
The City Council resolution, which was presented to the baking company founder by Councilman Ernest E. Debs, acknowledged Weber's career as one of the city's outstanding business leaders.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz presented Weber a resolution of behalf of the Sheriff's Department praising the business official's "leadership through business in the field of safety and the prevention of juvenile delinquency."
"It is through the tireless support of local businesses such as the Weber Baking Company and of such leaders of industry as R. Dale Weber." Biscailuz' resolution read, "that this comminity is a safer and happier place in which to live."
In behalf of Congressman Joe Holt, Whan presented Weber a flag that has flown over the nation's Capitol.
In a letter to Weber, the congressman said, in part:"your example of citizen participation in our community is not achieved by many businessmen.Your company stands as a memorial to a higher standard of living, and better health and happiness for us all."
John R. Dow, president of Interstate Bakeries, of which Weber is the West Coast Division, presented Weber and his wife two bound volumes of congratulatory letters from Weber workers.
Nine Weber employees with a cumulative total of 279 years service with the compnay were present at the dinner representing more than 2000 Weber workers.
Another highlight of the evening came when, on behalf of the company, R. L. Nafziger, chairman of the board of Interstate, presented an oil portrait of her husband to Mrs. Weber.
The portrait, a replica of which appears on the cover of this issue of the Journal, was painted by Artist Emil Kosa.
The growth of the Weber organization is another example of the American free
enterprise system in action.
When Weber and his brother arrived from Muscatine, Ia., and established the concern, it occupied a small building at the rear of a lot.The Weber family occupied the small home at the front.
Their equipment consisted of a brick oven built by Weber, a horse and a second hand wagon.The youthful concern then produced 400 loaves of bread daily.
Today, at the same location and in one of the newest and finest bakery buildings in the West, the company produces more than 135,000 loaves of bread daily and is capable of providing one-half of the entire population of Los Angeles with its daily bread needs.
The Weber organiztion has made many significant contributions to the baking industry.
It was the first bakery to wrap bread commericially,beginning in 1909, and was one of the first to slice bread commericially.This process was started in 1926.
Weber also maintains a research and development department that has developed eqipment and machinery now standard in the baking industry.
The bakery, which merged with Interstate in 1930, presently serves a population of eight million persons residing throughout Southern California compared to the 300,000 that lived in the city of Los Angeles in 1910, the year of Weber's first anniversary.
The Grocers Journal is proud to join the many individuals, whose bread is buttered a little better because of the foresight of men like R. Dale Weber, in congratulating Mr. Weber and wishing him many more years of continued success, happiness and good health.