Business & Finance: Empire's Heirs

Filed in Cleveland's probate court last week was an estimate of the estate of Oris Paxton Van Sweringen, elder of the legendary bachelor brothers whose joint holdings in real estate and 23,000 miles of railroads before Depression were worth $100,000,000. The value of the estate was placed at some $700,000, most of it in life insurance.

Brother Mantis James Van Sweringen, who died last year, left only $3,067.85.

In fortune if not in fame the Van Sweringens at the time of their deaths were just about where they started 20 years ago when they...

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