Business & Finance: A Job for Olive Anne

In 1925, Olive Anne Mellor, a good-looking, 22-year-old Kansas farm girl, took a job as secretary to Planemaker Walter Beech, who had a precarious foothold in the aircraft business. Olive was quickly promoted to receptionist, bill collector and paymaster. In 1930 she married the boss. She helped him form Beech Aircraft and helped nurse their plane-manufacturing company along. Thus, when Walter Beech died last month, there was no trouble finding someone to fill his job. Last week O. A. Beech was elected president and chief executive officer of Beech Aircraft Corp.

There would be little new in the job for 47-year-old Olive...

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