City Directories and History: 1917 – NA
This area was just to the east of the Rock Hill Train Depot – 3 CCC’s railroad line.
The Three C’s or Charleston, Cincinnati, and Chicago, was an ambitious undertaking, and was to be a trunk line from Chicago to Charleston. When the line got to Marion, North Carolina, the tall mountains loomed up and the railroad did not have enough money to tunnel through the mountains. About 1912, the Clinchfield railroad did tunnel through the mountains at Marion, North Carolina, and that road from Spartanburg to the coal fields of Tennessee and Kentucky, filled in the gap that the Three C’s road had hoped to use. The Three C’s is now a part of the Southern Railway system. (Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
Let us come now to the White lots on the northside of White Street near the railroad. The land on the northeastern corner of White and Depot streets stood vacant until 1872. On October 11th of that year Mrs. Ann H. White sold two acres there to Mrs. Frances D. (Ratterree) Roach, wife of William L. Roach, for $500—quite a handsome sum for that day, for a vacant lot. On this property Mrs. Roach erected a large two-story frame house for use as her residence. She was the only surviving daughter of one of Rock Hill’s most influential citizens of that day, John Ratterree. It is likely that it was Ratterree money that bought the lot for Mrs. Roach. Interestingly enough, “The Widow White,” rigid Presbyterian that she was, inserted a clause in the deed to this property in order to prevent its being used for any purpose other than residential: “…there is to be no spirituous or intoxicating liquor sold on the following mentioned premises.” Mr. Roach’s husband, William L. Roach, owned and operated a barroom on Depot Street in the years before 1880. Anything or anyone connected with whiskey was anathema to “The Widow.”
When the “Three C’s” Railroad (Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago) came to Rock Hill in 1888, the railroad officials offered Mrs. Roach a handsome sum of money for her property, which they wanted to use for a depot and for a marshaling yard for trains. Mrs. Roach sold out on White Street and moved to the corner of Hampton and Black streets, as mentioned above. The two-acre “Roach-Three C’s” lot remained in the hands of the railroad for most of the twentieth century. (The “Three C’s” company was bought out by the Southern Railway System).
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Jan. 7, 1891 – “The CCC Railroad is now under receivership. The railroad has 230 miles of tract completed and another 90 miles graded.”
[Information provided via Along the Land’s Ford Road – Vol. I, 2008 by William B. White, Jr.]
The Herald reported on Dec. 2, 1896 – “That conductor Albergotti of the OR & C, brought over 300 passengers on an excursion train from Heath Springs on Sunday. They came to attend the African American church conference. (Location unknown.)
The Herald on Aug. 4, 1900 reported that Frank Giles, a young Highland Park operative had both feet cut off trying to board the train while it was already moving on the SCG line.”
The Herald reported on July 16, 1904 – “The firm of Jno. R. Ashe Company, whose office was in the old SC&G Depot on White St., dealers in wholesale groceries have discontinued their business.”
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