FISCAL: Death & Taxes

Pittsburgh schoolchildren once used to chant: "Who made the world? God made the world. Who filled it in? Booth & Flinn." Booth & Flinn Co. did help change the face of the world. Founded in 1874, it grew into one of the biggest U.S. heavy construction firms. It built Manhattan's $23 million Holland Tunnel tubes, the Pittsburgh Liberty Tunnels, and a good part of the New York City subway system. Its annual gross averaged $4,000,000.

But when Booth & Flinn's President A. Rex Flinn died last May, the company found itself in a hole. He left his company and estate...

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