CORPORATIONS: Chicago Rebellion

Nobody was apt to think of leftish James George Patton, the big, hard-working president of the Farmers Union, as a director of a $300 million corporation. And the notion that Jim Patton would sit on the same board of directors with Montgomery Ward & Co.'s labor-baiting Sewell L. Avery was even more incongruous. But for a little while last week it looked as if these incongruities might come to pass.

In Chicago at the annual meeting of Montgomery Ward & Co. stockholders, Jim Patton was the candidate of a large group of stockholders who disapprove of Avery's unbending defiance of...