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Robert Bostick Oral History Interview, March 22, 1978, April 12, 1978

Oral History #OH0063

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Title: Robert Bostick Oral History Interview
Creators: Bostick, Robert
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiocassette, 0.5 hour, 7 pages .

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General note

1928-1933

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

Robert Bostick Oral History Interview (#OH0063), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Robert Bostick

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Boccaccio, October 1991

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Benjamin Robert Bostick (b. ca. 1910) was raised in New York state and traveled to Argentina ca. 1928 with Gale Murphy, an executive of the British-American Tobacco Company. Bostick describes the lengthy train rides from a suburb of Buenos Aires to a firm of livestock brokers at Tablada to whom he was apprenticed (p. 1). He later worked at a BAT experiment station at Bonpland, a town in the northeast corner of Argentina on the Parana River. He describes their goal as improving the type of tobacco produced on small farms and notes the fear of the German immigrant farmers that the flue-curing barns would catch on fire (p. 2). He also describes the baling process and such local entertainments as drinking rum in the tavern, sitting in the plaza watching the boys and girls go walking, and an occasional farm dance party (p. 3).

In 1929, Bostick joined the Export Leaf Tobacco Company, a BAT subsidiary, and worked in a redrying plant in Rocky Mount, N.C. He relates that when the plant closed in 1933, he and one other person were the only ones left to receive tobacco and reship it to their other plant in Wilson, N.C. (p. 4).

In 1933, Bostick took a position with BAT in China. He describes his train trip to Seattle, Washington, in a first class compartment(p. 5), his steamer trip to Shanghai, China (pp. 5-6), cabarets in Shanghai, and the bathroom facilities at the Astor House Hotel there (p. 6).

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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