PERSONNEL: Reluctant Distiller

Just before the repeal of prohibition, a friend of Chicago Security Dealer Howard R. Walton's suggested that he go into the liquor business. Said Walton: "Count me out. I don't know anything about it." But by 1934 he thought better of it, joined the sales staff, of Gooderham & Worts, subsidiary of Canada's Hiram Walker-Gooderham & Worts Limited (Canadian Club, Ballantine's, William Penn).

A year after he joined G. & W., Walton became U.S. salesmanager. He did such a good job in that corner of the Hiram Walker empire (which is no longer owned by the Walker family) that he...

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