|Title:||Ben W. Wyche Papers|
|Creator:||Wyche, Ben W. (Benjamin Walker), 1914-|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Papers (1945-1975) consisting of business and personal correspondence, financial papers, medical correspondence and miscellaneous.|
|Extent:||0.22 Cubic feet, 160 items , consisting of business and personal correspondence, financial papers, and miscellaneous materials.|
April 1, 1980, ca. 100 items; Correspondence (1952-1974) of Weldon, N.C., businessman. Gift of Mr. Sam B. Underwood, Jr., Greenville, N.C.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Ben W. Wyche Papers (#403), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by M. Quintanilla, September 1986
Encoded by Apex Data Services
Benjamin Walker Wyche, son of John Ira Wyche and Alice May (Vincent) Wyche, was born August 29, 1914, in Weldon, North Carolina. He was educated in Weldon public schools and was a graduate of Davidson College, receiving his B.A. degree in 1933. He began his career as a wholesale grocer in 1942, working for his parents in the family owned business, Merchant's Distributing Co. He was on the Board of Directors and Managers of Merchants Distributing Company and a director of Weldon Savings and Loan Association. He also served for four years in government in Weldon.
The papers primarily consist of correspondence and financial papers concerning personal, business, medical, and collegiate interests.
Correspondence with Sam Underwood, Ben Wyche's brother-in-law and lawyer, concerns the sale of Wyche's Store in exchange for cash and stocks in Merchants Distributing Company. Other correspondence focuses on the takeover of Hanover Distributors by Ben and John Wyche.
As trustee of the Alice V. Wyche Trust Fund, Ben Wyche was responsible for the purchase, sale, and selection of investments for the trust fund. Correspondence also concerns the purchase and sale of stock for Ben Wyche himself. Major areas of investment include insurance, banking, industry, and trucking.
This collection also contains medical correspondence (1945-1974) concerning Wyche's ailments, correspondence with a friend from Wadesboro (1970-1972), as well as correspondence with Davidson College (1959-1963) concerning the interest of various local high school seniors in the institution and class reunions.
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