A Siouxland man has been inducted into the Iowa Auctioneer's Hall of Fame. Jim McGuire of Holstein been in the business for more than half a century and now, he's being recognized for all those years of making sales. His skill and humor with the microphone are well-known in the region, but Jim McGuire is not your typical auctioneer. He's no fast talker.
"You don't have to talk fast to sell fast if you have some idea of where you're supposed to be in the first place, ya know?" said McGuire.
And don't call him Colonel, although some have tried to tag him with that title.
"A lot of the old-time auctioneers, they called them "colonel." Where that came from, I'm not sure, but I never was referred to or never referred to myself as "colonel," he said.
His career in the auction business started almost 60 years ago after a stint serving with the army in Korea. His father was an auctioneer. So was his grandfather. Three generations, going back to the 1880s. Jim's daughter, Martha Boyle, is the fourth generation family auctioneer. She said her father really pioneered the farm auction. She helps her dad run the business. "I'm proud of the reputation that this firm has and that he's really built up," she said.
Martha was in on the secret in February when Jim was surprised with his induction into the Iowa Auctioneer Association's Hall of Fame. All seven of Jim's children were there except for a daughter who couldn't make it because of a snowstorm. "I had no idea that I was even being considered," said McGuire. His daughter says she couldn't have learned from a better person how to conduct herself in business.
At age 82, Jim says he keeps going full speed ahead because if he retired, he'd be bored. He's been a widower for 16 years. "My daughter told people if she keeps me working it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars," McGuire joked. "I don't know that that's a big problem with my case."
Whether he's selling 93 antique tractors in one day or selling a college campus to the Maharishi, don't look for Jim to slow down any time soon. And remember, he's no fast talker.