City Directories and History: 1940 – Lula J. Carter
“Dr. Gill Wylie puts his stamp on the Southern Power Company and the development of hydroelectric power across the South.”
One of the earliest houses on Wylie Street, the A.P Wylie, M.D., home, circa 1842-45, was remodeled over the years from a simple farm house to its current appearance.
The additions of the Carpenter or Carpenter Gothic influence are heaviest on the second floor section of the home. A large rock in the front yard bears the inscription, “Dr. A.P. Wylie, 1860.” His brick one story office building once stood to the north side of the home.
Dr. Walker Gill Wylie, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Wylie, founded the first school of nursing in the U.S. in New York. He was also the developer of the hydroelectric power station that bears his name Lake Wylie, just north of Rock Hill, S.C. and was an outstanding M.D. having a highly influential practice outside of New York City. (SC Hydroelectric History) Dr. Wylie was among a number of physicians linking the Gaston, Wylie, Strait, Fairey and Fennell families who provided medical services to thousands of regional citizens for over two hundred years.
Dr. Wylie, though living in New York put his son in charge of the Lake Wylie construction project, who in turn hired his relatives in Rock Hill; Whitners and Roddey Construction to build the project. Read more by linking to: Lake Wylie Project
Dr. Wylie was a wise gentleman who, along with his brother Robert, also viewed investment in areas outside of Chester as the future, including that of the Manchester Cotton Mill in Rock Hill, S.C., knowing the mills in Rock Hill were to be the chief customers of his power plant.
Informative link: W. Gill Wylie also see: ENLARGEABLE HERITAGE PLAT MAP by Mayhugh (Lewis Turnout Community – the A.P. Wylie Homeplace)
The Rock Hill Herald contained an editorial on April 4, 1900 on the organization of the Catawba Power Company – “Investors are listed as Dr. Gill Wylie, his brother Robert Wylie, Whitner Brothers, W.J. Roddey. The company has bought over 2,500 acres of land.”
The RH Record reported on July 8, 1909 – “Dr. Wylie Moore will settle in Chester for his profession. He was in New York City working with his uncle, Dr. Gill Wylie and also in individual practice. He has decided to come back to Chester and intends to build a hospital for surgical and other medical cases.”
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