City Directories and History: 1908 – (Roddey Mercantile Co Warehouse #119 West Main and RH Hardware Co Warehouse), Alex Bailey and Flora @ 121 West Main Street in 1908 Directory and Flora, Livery and Sales Stables (lived at #125 West Main and C.L. Mills of Mills Cleaning and Pressing @ 121.5 West Main), 1917 – Alex Bailey Livery Stables (also S.C. Weston Tailor Shop), 1922/23 – J.E. Marshall Horse and Mule Co., Marshall Oil Co., 1946 – Marshall Oil and Supply Company, 1963 – Marshall Building
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The Rock Hill Journal reported on June 22, 1901 – “The new stable to be operated as the Rock Hill Livery Company opened Wednesday. Mr. Ratterree and Kerr are the proprietors and managers. They have some fine stock and several very stylish turnouts. The stable is one of the coolest and best appointed in the state.” (We are uncertain if this is the exact location but shows the Rock Hill was building new stables for the area.)
The site was originally a large livery stable owned by Mr. Alex Bailey and later called the Marshall’s barn. Before WWII, the barn was converted into the Marshall Oil Company which continued in operation until the early 21st century.
The Herald reported on Sept. 10, 1902 – Mr. W.B. Kerr has sold his livery business to Mr. Alex Bailey, who has been running a stable at the Highland Park Mill. Walter Kerr will go to Wadesboro, to operate a stable for the Wadsworth Brothers of Charlotte.”
The Herald reported on Sept. 15, 1925 – “J.E. Marshall and H.F. Kelly, associated in Marshall – Kelly Service Station on West Main Street, have dissolved their partnership. It is now known as Marshall Service Station. Mr. Kelly has opened a wholesale auto accessories shop on Caldwell Street.”
History of the Rock Hill Post Office on West Main Street: This was an article in the Herald on May 29, 1931 provided as part of an advertisement for People’s National Bank, the information from Buena Wood due to the first day the Post Office was being operated on a temporary basis on Hampton Street as the new Federal Building (Gettys Center) was being constructed.
“The first PO in Rock Hill was on Trade Street, where the A&P Grocery store is now (1931), Mr. Ferguson was Post Master. The next site was on West Main Street, on the lot now occupied by Marshall Oil Company in 1931. The Post Mistress was Maria Rutland. The PO then moved to Ratterree’s Corner on the spot now occupied (1931) by Hood Clothing Company. Col. William Kerr was Post Master. The next site was on Main Street in a building adjacent to W.L. Roddey and Company. A fire destroyed this building and it was then moved to the Roddey Hotel. Miss Buena Wood was then Post Mistress. The PO then moved to one of Mr. Roddey’s storerooms now occupied by Rock Hill Hardware Company in 1931. Col. Cad J. Pride was the Post Master. The next site was on Main Street in the White Property, now partly occupied by the Merritt Shoe Company in 1931. The next Post Master was E.E. Poag. In 1906 the present PO on the corner of Main and Caldwell was built, following Mr. Poag, post master have been; V.B. McFadden, E.E. Poag and A.R. Barrett. Temporary quarters for the PO are now in the Barber – Sykes Building on Hampton Street opposite the City Hall.”
Buena Wood – Author
The Herald reported on Oct. 9, 1906 – “That T.L. Johnson is erecting a cotton warehouse on the lot adjoining Bailey’s stables on West Main Street.”
In 1915-16, the McElwee Ledger list Mr. Bailey with an account.
Pictured above in front of Marshall Oil Company are from Lt – Rt: Doc Brown, Albert Simpson, Sam Canady, Claude Moore, Bill Fudge, Steve Moore, Yeats Ford, Talley, Dave Sadler, Bo Sanders, Ernest Log, Jimmy Hambright, Ernest Neely, Arnold Marshall, John Logan, Ned Marshall, Ed Marshall, Bobby Sumner, Bynum Poe, F.D. Baker, Richmond Hudspeth, J.D. Wylie, “Squat” Berry, S.C. Hunsucker, E.T. Williams, Pender Bigger, and Gill Dotsey.
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