OHIO: The Potters

The little town of Scio (pop. 1,400) shook with excitement. As everyone knew, it was because of Lou Reese. Fourteen years ago, Lou Reese and seven other penniless persons on home relief had come to town to make a home in the old abandoned pottery building. Then they went to work. Lou did wonders with that pottery plant, built it up into a business which made $3½ million last year. Last week he decided it was time for a Christmas present.

He passed it out to 827 of his employe-friends—a hefty $705,000 of it. New employes got $10, but 88 who...

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