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His Isn't Last Horatio Alger **• rv I t+t t% I* Story, Paul Sturgeon Believes To CENTRALIA—The world is so full of good advice ignored that it is refreshing to find a man successfully following good advice. Paul Sturgeon is a classic example. A Centralia native who earned a 40-year service" pin at A.B. Chance Co. March 4, Sturgeon has vivid memories of some Centralians who had major influence on his own life. Two were his parents, Mrs. A.J. Sturgeon and his late father, a Centralia hotel and restaurant operator. The others included "the late Mr. A.B. Chance, O.G. Wilson and Doc Shelledy." Chance, of course, was A.B. Chance Co. founder. Wilson was a druggist. Shelledy, a one-time Centralia dentist, was Sturgeon's Scoutmaster for a time. "Doc Shelledy imparted a couple of bits of wisdom I've never forgotten," 'Sturgeon mused. "One was that if you dont leave a place better than you found it, you have been a failure." Sturgeon's life offers evidence that the good advice worked. His careers in business and public service are equally impressive. He started in the Chance factory shortly after graduation from high school, was laid off a few months later, then returned to stay in March 1933. Beginning in a variety of factory jobs, he moved to the Chance accounting department in 1935, then to a factory clerical job. He learned engineering and production methods on-the-job and by spare-time study. He credits Bill Hollander, a Chance engineer who retired three'years ago, with lending him engineering books and guiding his studies .in those early years. His first goal was to be the Chance factory superintendent. "Short of owning the company, that was the best job in town," (Continued on Page 14) Paul Sturgeon The world we rate and as it

Clipped from Mexico Ledger13 Mar 1973, TuePage 8

Mexico Ledger (Mexico, Missouri)13 Mar 1973, TuePage 8
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