City Directories and History: 1908 – Rudolph Brandt (Approximate – Prior) , 1940 – (127.5) James W. Crowder, 1958 – Peacock Beauty Salon, 1978 – Peacock Beauty Salon, 1986 – Runyan’s Jewelry Company
Erected in three stages: Circa 1855, 1875 & 1877 by Rudolph Brandt, a Prussian immigrant who was a jeweler and watchmaker. His mortgage of 1876 to the Chester Building and Loan, reads: “All that lot and the iron front, tin roof two-story brick building in the Town of Chester, fronting on Main Street now used as a jewelry and furniture store.” The building originally had a clock tower. This building until recently had a jewelry store on the first floor. The square brick Courthouse built between 1818-1822 stood slightly in front of this spot, as well as the town cistern and well.
Note that young R.G. Brandt of Chester was studying at the prestigious Fort Mill’s Unity Academy in 1879-80.
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Aug 15, 1896 – “J. Clough Robinson, the son of J.E. Robinson of Cotton in York Co., has secured a situation in R. Brandt’s jewelry store.”
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