Some people think being an allegorical figure is all sittin' around and looking noble and symbolic, but man, you have no idea how much paperwork's involved.
According to this page, Eastern was formed about three months after the crash of '29. Did well at first, but the downturn hit hard by '32. It survived, though, and went into all sorts of businesses - including barges. Ever think of going into the barge business? No? Well, they did, and they have 2500 now. Leading transporter of coal in the nation's inland waterways. They're also into water purification. Then again, the page could be outdated, and they could have been chopped up and sold by now.