City Directories and History: 1917 – E.S. Kirk (barber) (100.5) YMCA, J.M. Ivy, F.S. Love, Newton Snader, J.S. Starr, Thackston Studio, 1946 – St. Elmo Billiard Parlor, 1963 – Mutual Finance and Thrift Company
It was not until 1869 that he moved to town himself and in 1870 founded the well-known firm, J. M. Ivy, John J. Roach and A. T. May, with Allen Jones as a nominal partner. Under the name of J. M. Ivy and Company, he bought cotton, sold fertilizer, and did a private banking business. John G. Anderson wrote that “He paid more for cotton than the buyers of nearby towns, and as a result cotton was hauled here from Lancaster· and Chester Counties and from all over York County.” Cotton, which for half a century had found its way to Camden, Columbia, and even Charlotte, turned toward the Up Country town where the best prices could be obtained. Rock Hill almost became a boomtown, growing to the tune of turning wagon wheels carrying the cotton crop to its warehouses. “I have seen,” says Anderson, “the old McElwee grove, located in the square by Main, Trade, White and Caldwell Streets, full-literally covered-with-campers coming here from distances too remote to make the round trip in a day, before selling their cotton and doing their business …. What a big pile of money they left with the merchants! … ” The word of higher prices spread quickly, and throughout the cotton selling season .the planters came. Night after night they came. “Wagons from western York would drive right through Yorkville and on to Rock Hill, fifteen miles farther, because the farmers had heard about Ivy paying more than any other buyer.” (Information from: The City Without Cobwebs – Douglas S. Brown, 1953)
See R&R’s listing for Lot #1 – South, also see below the MORE INFORMATION link for details on J.M. Ivy of Rock Hill, S.C.
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