CORPORATIONS: Big House to Big Board

During the first half of his 61 years, Charles Allen Ward worked the waterfronts of China, mined gold in Alaska, fought with Pancho Villa in Mexico. But his career as a businessman did not really begin until he had served time in Leavenworth on a narcotics charge. Allen's cellmate (income-tax evasion) was Herbert Huse Bigelow, head of St. Paul's Brown & Bigelow (calendars, other advertising novelties). Bigelow thought Ward was "made of good clay," asked him what job he wanted with the company when he got out of stir. "Your job, H.H.,"...

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