City Directories and History: This building was constructed in 1898 for use as the Masonic Temple.
The Yorkville Enquirer of June 17, 1891 – “Mr. G. M. Moore is completing a neat cottage on Shelby Street near Lime.”
The Yorkville Enquirer on June 17, 1891 – “Reported is building a dwelling on the extension of Rutherford Street in the NW part of town.”
The same date – “The trustees of the graded school selected the following teachers for the next term: Prof. A.M. Spessard, Supt., Ms. Esther Moser of Cedar Springs, Penn., and Ms. Mary L. Clarkson of Charlotte are in the primary department. Ms. Mamie Logan of Cleveland Co., NC, is the music teacher and Mr. J.R. Barnes, Esq. is in charge of ….. The trustees will also make improvement to the inside of the building.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on July 1, 1891 – “Mr. J.M. Guyton, the Blacksburg Postmaster, is having his building on Shelby Street raised several feet and improved.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on July 1, 1891 – “Dr. S.C. Fewell and wife, will soon return to Blacksburg and occupy their handsome residence on Pine Street.” (Also see Dr. Fewell in York Co., S.C.)
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Dec. 30, 1891 – “Miss Mary Gregory has been hired to teach in the primary dept. of the school. Miss Mary Clarkson, who has served as principal of the primary dept., has resigned and her replacement will be sought.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Feb. 10, 1892 – “Mrs. M.E. Deal has recently finished a very neat cottage at the corner of Claiborne and Rutherford Streets and was occupied last week by Rev. M. Hamiter, pastor of the Presbyterian church.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on April 13, 1892 – “Wm. Wilkie has bought a lot on Cherokee St., from T.L. Black. It is opposite the grade school building and plans to build a cottage there.”
The Yorkville Enquirer stated on May 10, 1893 that Moore, Bruce and Co has closed. This will leave only one barroom in town. (Unknown location.)
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