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By Historical Society

Overlooking the Forest Park Ferrara Pan Candy factory are reliefs of dairy cows.  

According to John Conversa, of Ferrara Pan, Ferrara moved into the NE section of the current building in the early 1960's. The former tenant was Borden Dairy. Elsie the Cow was a Borden mascot developed in 1936.   Borden went out of business in the mid '90s (brands are still owned by Dean Foods), but the mascot is still use on the Eagle Brand. Eagle Family Foods, Inc. was created in 1997 by employees of the Borden Milk division which sold its condensed milk line. In 2007, the JM Smucker Co. acquired the brand.

Another little known tie in is Elmer the Bull. He was Elsie's fictional cartoon mate created in 1940. He was lent to Borden's chemical division as the mascot for Elmer's glue.

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