City Directories and History: 1961 – The Men’s Shop
This address is shown as a vacant lot in 1912, but the Lauderdale family operated their store next door and this area appears to have been their garden and yard areas. The next three lots north of 158 were owned by the Lauderdale family for over four generations from 1844 until the 1970’s.
Immediately next to the Phillips building was the garden and barnyard of the Lauderdale family as they lived above their combination grocery, millinery, and dry goods stores in the vicinity of 154 to 148 S. Congress St. Dr. David Lauderdale and his wife Jane Lemmon started the businesses about 1844 and rebuilt them after General Slocum’s troops burned them in February of 1865. The family continued to live above the stores until 1925. Stores were later built in the garden and barn areas. Those included Mrs. Rebecca Porter’s “Lady Fairfield” and Mr. Mack Hall’s “The Men’s Shop”. In the vicinity today is the James E. Ogburn family’s First Insurance Agency at 150 S. Congress Street.
At 148 was the two-story apartment in which the Henry Phillips family lived after the Lauderdales moved out in 1925. The back piazza of that apartment exists today behind Donald and Becky Walnock’s Winnsboro Pawn and Jewelry at 148 S. Congress. In the 1940’s through the 1960’s Mr. and Mrs. D. B. McKay operated their grocery and later dry goods business in this location. [Courtesy of J.M. Lyles]
Note the attached image from the early 20th century [Harden Collection of the FCHS] shows no building at this location.
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