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G. Sherwood Stewart, September 21, 2002. Interview R-0194.
Tobacco Auctioneer Describes His Craft and the Role of Auctioneering in the Tobacco Industry: G. Sherwood Stewart grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina, during 1940s and 1950s. The son of a tenant tobacco farmer, Stewart determined at any early age to become a tobacco auctioneer. By the time he was in his late teens, Stewart was honing a unique auctioneering style and had begun to establish a formidable reputation as a successful auctioneer throughout the Southeast. In this interview, he offers an insider's perspective—based on several decades of experience—regarding the unique role of the auctioneer to the tobacco industry.
Interviewee: G. Sherwood Stewart    Interviewer: Sally Peterson
Duration: 01:04:51     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 5 excerpts.