City Directories and History: 1908 – John Frazier, 1940 – NA, 1978 – Vacant
This was the long-term location of the well known Frazier stables in downtown Chester, S.C. Blacksmiths and stables were an important aspect of local businesses. The blacksmith did far more than just shoe horses, he also repaired farm equipment, sharpened tools and repaired hardware. His knowledge of metal and the mechanics of tools were a vital part of South agriculture and the blacksmith was well rewarded and respected.
The local stable also housed horses, rented buggies and insured travelers to courthouse centers and cotton markets could have a safe place to board their transportation while conducting local business.
Frazer Stable…. was operated by the Samuels Brothers back in 1907, 1908 and 1909. Right below Samuels Brothers Stable was a blacksmith shop which was owned by John Frazer, Junior, and directly below this was another stable owned by John Frazer, Senior.
We find in The Lantern that competition was keen and that Wylie and Company (located in the building now occupied by Davis Brothers and Kimbrell’s) used Samuels Stable as an outlet for the sale of their livestock.
Along the way somewhere around 1908 or 1909 Wylie and Company disassociated themselves with the Samuels Brothers and opened a stable, Wylie and Anderson Stable at 116 Columbia Street.
In the early teen’s (1908), the stable of John Frazer, Senior caught fire and burned. While some horses and mules were saved from death in the fire, many were not. Following the fire, Mr. Frazer erected a small shed in which he put the remainder of his livestock.”
The Rock Hill Record reported on Dec. 7, 1908 – “The sale and feed stables of John Frazier on Columbia Street in Chester were destroyed by fire on Friday. All animals, vehicles and furniture were saved.”
(Information in part from: Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982)
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