Business & Finance: Lady from Atlas

Long before Floyd Bostwick Odlum started to collect broken-down investment trusts for Atlas Corp., he traveled all over the world using his absolute power-of-attorney to buy hundreds of millions of dollars of utility properties for Electric Bond & Share. Before that he was a $75-per-month law clerk in Salt Lake City. And shortly before that the slight, sandy-haired son of a Methodist minister was married to Hortense ("Tenney") Mc-Quarrie, daughter of a Mormon elder.

Last week, 18 years after Floyd Odlum arrived in Manhattan, so green that he tried to walk from Grand Central...

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