Franklin Clarence Mars
|Franklin Clarence Mars|
|Born||September 24, 1883
|Died||April 8, 1934
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania or Baltimore, Maryland
|Occupation||Founder of Mars, Inc.|
|Spouse(s)||Ethel G. Kissack (m. 1902, div.)
Ethel Veronica Healy (m. 1910)
|Children||Forrest Mars (b. 1904, with Ethel G.)
Patricia Mars (with Ethel V.)
Franklin Clarence Mars (September 24, 1883 – April 8, 1934), sometimes known as Frank C. Mars, was an American business magnate who founded the food company Mars, Incorporated, which makes mostly chocolate candy. Mars' son Forrest Edward Mars developed M&M's and the Mars bar.
Frank Mars was born in 1883 in Hancock, Minnesota. He learned how to hand-dip chocolate candy as a child from his mother Alva, who hoped to entertain him as he had a mild case of polio. He began to sell molasses chips at age 19.
In 1920, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Mars founded Mar-O-Bar Co. and began to manufacture chocolate candy bars. The company later incorporated as Mars, Incorporated. In 1923 he introduced his son Forrest's idea, the Milky Way, which became the best-selling candy bar. Mars moved to Chicago in 1929 and settled in River Forest. He became an honorary captain of the Oak Park, Illinois police department.
Mars died from heart problems in 1934 at age 50, with the ownership of the family business passing to his son Forrest.
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In the late 1920s, in Pulaski, Tennessee, Mars bought a number of local farms and constructed a large estate called Milky Way Farm. During its construction, Mars employed more than 935 men from Giles County to build a 25,000 square feet (2,300 m²) clubhouse, more than 30 barns, a horse racing track, and a show horse track. Gallahadion won the Kentucky Derby in 1940 after Mars died.
Mars lived the remainder of his life on the 2,800 acre (11 km²) farm and was buried there upon his death in 1934. Ethel V. Mars, his wife, had his body and the mausoleum moved to Minneapolis a few years after his death. Mars is buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.
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