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William Means Stewart, Jr. [2], 2019 September 11

Identifier: OH-ST0616

Scope and Contents

In this second of two interviews, William “Bill” Stewart describes the university area of Charlotte, North Carolina, from the 1960s to 2000s, discusses Charlotte College’s and later Walmart’s moves to the area, and shares his opinion about the college’s presence and his involvement in convincing other landowners in the area to sell to the school. He briefly recalls his interactions with Bonnie Cone and Bruton Smith and describes his relationships with Dr. Herbert Hechenbleikner, Hugh McColl, John Belk, and Tom Belk, the latter of whom owned property adjacent to his own. He traces the trajectory of his accounting career from the time he returned from service in World War II until his retirement as a vice president with Charlotte-based F. N. Thompson Construction Company. Other companies he worked for included Eck and Eck, A. P. White, C. M. Allen Construction Company, the Charlotte public school system, and Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Mr. Stewart also shares brief anecdotes from his army days and concludes by expressing his thoughts on Charlotte’s history and offering advice to those in younger generations.


  • 2019 September 11


Biographical Note

William Means Stewart, Jr. was a 102-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his home in Concord, North Carolina. He was born in Newell, North Carolina in 1917 and was educated at Newell High School and at Elon College. He was employed as an accountant at several companies in Charlotte, including but not limited to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, C. M. Allen Construction Company, Charlotte Memorial Hospital, and F. N. Thompson Construction Company.


74 Minutes


From the Collection: English

From the Collection: English