"The Tobacco Department: Our Buyers", Eastern Reflector, 11 December 1895
That the Eastern Reflector asked tobacconist O.L. Joyner to oversee "The Tobacco Department," a regular column, reflects the importance of tobacco to the local economy. On November 13, 1895, the column began "A series of articles on the history of tobacco culture in the eastern counties." The articles that appeared in November and December, 1895, focus on Greenville and Pitt County. Several of them provide detailed information about and photographs of the men who engaged in various tobacco-related activities, incuding "Our Buyers."
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The Tobacco DepartmentConducted by O. L. Joyner, Proprietor Eastern Tobacco
WarehouseOUR BUYERS.Some of Those Who Have Carried Their Part of the
Burden in Pushing Greenville ForwardThe firm of T. E. Roberts & Co. became
established here in 1893. There is probably today no concern better known
in the trade. Mr. R. H. Hayes, the youngest member of the firm, came to
Greenville early in the fall of 1893 from Winston. Until he left Winston
at that place he was one of the American Tobacco Co's. buyers. Mr. Hayes
wanted to come east, so he severed his connection with the American
Tobacco Co. and formed a copartnership co-partnership with Mr. T.
E. Roberts, of Chase City, Va. During his stay of two years here Mr. Hayes
made many friends. The first year he was only a buyer, but the second
year he entered into copartnership co-partnership with Messrs. G.
F. & L. F. Evans, and during 1894 they conducted a warehouse business in
the Greenville warehouse, Mr. Hayes, however, taking no very active part
in the warehouse business, for his other business had grown so large that
it required his whole time to attend to that. He was a plain, fair and
square dealing business man, and all his business transactions were
conducted upon the highest plain of business principles. We don't believe
there was any power that could deter him from doing his full duty in his
business relations. During the fall of 1894 Mr. Hayes began to fear that
his lungs were affected and that the climate here was too heavy for him,
so in the summer of this year he went to Philadelphia and placed himself
under a course of medical treatment. In August he was discharged from
institution and pronounced cured, but he thought it best, for the presont
present at least, not to come back east. Having built up a large
and valuable business he began to look around to find some one to take his
place on this market. In Clarksville, Va., he met Mr. G. P. Fleming, and
they soon negotiated an arrangement for the latter to come to Greenville.
If he had searched North Carolina or Virginia over we don't believe he
could have found a better man to step right into his shoes on this market
than George Fleming. Mr. Fleming was born in Granville county on the farm,
moved from the country and engaged in the leaf business in Oxford in 1881.
Four years later he moved to Clarksville, Va., and remained there 'till
he moved to Greenville in August 1895. From the short stay that he has
made he is highly impressed with our country and more with our tobacco.
Speaking with him a few days ago, we asked him if he was permanently
located in Greenville. "Yes," said he, "I have come to Greenville to make
it my future home. I like the people, I like the tobacco that is grown in
the eastern section and I am very well satisfied with my business in
Greenville." It is highly gratifying to the tobacco people here that T. E.
Roberts & o. Co., secured such a man, for prior to his coming it
was feared by most of us that no one could be secured who would take the
same interest in the market that Mr. Hayes did, but when Mr. Fleming came
all doubt was soon dispelled, for from the beginning he setttled
settled right down with the rest of us and is working for the
market. Mr. Fleming is a high toned gentleman in any place you find him.
He is affable and pleasant to do business with and no more whole-souled,
jocular man can be found anywhere.<7HAYE001.jpg>Mr. Jas. W. Wiggins is
probably one of the oldest buyers now on the Greenville market. Since the
old Greenville Warehouse was first built in 1891 he has been directly or
indirectly connected with the market. Mr. Wiggins is an Edgecombe county
boy. He was raised on the farm not very far from Tarboro and remained on
the farm until the tobacco industry began to get a hold in the eastern
section. In 1890 he left the farm and entered into partnership with a Mr.
Ellington to operate a warehouse in Rocky Mount under the firm name of
Ellington, Wiggins & Co. In 1891 the firm was dissolved and Mr. Wiggins
came to Greeenville to live. While Jim is not a very heavy buyer on the
greads that he is handling, he is a great help to the market in keeping up
the prices. This year he is buying more largely than before and occupies
one half the prize house in which T. E. Roberts & Co. did business last
year. Mr. Wiggins is a prudent and cautious man who measures well every
step before he takes it. This characteristic alone renders him a safe and
sound business man. Like all the rest of our buyers he is a young man
permanently identified with Greenville, and we hope for him a prosperous
|Citation:|| "The Tobacco Department: Our Buyers," Eastern Reflector (Greenville, NC), December 11, 1895.|
|Location:|| North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 USA|
|Call Number:||NoCar Microfilm GvER-1 Display Catalog Record|