City Directories and History: 1917 – Margaret Kimbrell (at #130) NA, 1946 – City Fire Department, Police Department, 1963 – Same
See #130 East White Street for additional data on the Fire Department and Police Station.
The Herald reported on Nov. 20, 1901 – That a fire nearly consumed the residence of Mrs. M.S. Kimbrell (Margaret) on White Street on Monday. The fire started in the chimney of the two story home. Fireman hooked a hose up to the hydrant at the Depot. The home was erected about four years ago and had twelve rooms, costing $2,500. Mrs. Kimbrell had a number of boarders; E.S. Campbell, T.W. Lumpkin, S.E. and L.B. True, Will Sharp, H.A. Johnson, J.S. Lynch, R.W. Cranford, W.P. Love, and T.W. Ross.” (R.W. Cranford later married a Roddey and lived on 129 E. Main Street), (Will Sharpe was a salesman for Friedheim’s Dept. Store).
The Herald reported on Feb. 5, 1902 – “Work was started Monday on the residence of Mrs. M.S. Kimbrell and will be rushed to completion. Mr. William Mitchell has the contract.”
Kimbrell’s Boarding House was a long operating facility along East White Street from the 1910’s until WWII. Many prominent Rock Hillian’s lived there including railroad manager Capt. McKewn Albergotti of Blacksburg, S.C. It is unclear as to when he took up residence at Mrs. Kimbrell’s Boarding House but he lived here for years doing his banking in Rock Hill and apparently riding the train into Blacksburg as his schedule require, after moving to Rock Hill. After the house was demolished to make room for the Fire Department, Mr. Albergotti moved to Hampton Street and lived at the Rhea home.
The Herald had the following in the issue of November 27, 1939 (not a direct quote): “Capt. McK. Albergotti is to bring the last train in his career into Rock Hill on Wednesday. He has been an employee of Southern Railway for 52 years and will retire at the end of this trip. He was born in Orangeburg on June 9, 1869 and has been conducting for 40 years. He was married to Eula Sheppard in 1899. Their children are Julian S. Albergotti of Charlotte, an engineer with Duke Power Company, Mary Albergotti Lattimore, wife of Sam C. Lattimore of Columbia, and William H. Albergotti Superintendent of schools at Greer. “
The issue of November 30, 1939 has a photo with the caption showing him alighting from the train on his last trip. One hundred were on hand to congratulate him.
On 11.12.15, one of R&R users commented,
“Hi R&R –
It’s been a good many months since anything has caught my eye that I could comment on. Yesterday’s story about Cap’n Mac blew me away to my Grandmother Janie Whiteside Simpson’s scrapbook. It dates back to around 1920. I have already shared quite a bit of it with relatives and “citizens” of Catawba Junction. Anyway, my dad worked with Southern Railroad for 40+ years and made many friends. One of these friends was Cap’n Mac. Grandmother had cut out and pasted the very picture (not pictured in yesterday’s weekly Roots and Recall. Mr. Mac alighting from the passenger car (dated ll/30/39) to the awaiting crowd. It mentioned family (probably those who have now made contact about the Bible). It lists son in Charlotte. I would love to give the family this photo unless they already have it from searching Herald. The article does include a missing piece of info about his hobby of “keeping chickens – hence him holding a chicken in one of the pictures posted on R&R. It says he had a partner in this chicken farm – a Col. DeCamp – said farm being in Blacksburg where Capt. made his home. Article states on nights of his “run” to Marion, N.C. he stayed over in Rock Hill. Other nights, home to Blacksburg. I remember my dad making this run to Marion as a sub. He also did this on a Southern run between Rock Hill and Camden and would sleep in the cab. I thought that was the scariest thing he could do (age 4).” Please advise me about the article etc. If family already has it, guess I will hold on to it.
Hope all us well with you and yours.
All the best,
Lurline S. Umenhofer (Note — The paper has been shipped to R&R to be given to the family along with the Albergotti family bible, which another user of R&R, had also given to R&R for preservation.) See the PDF article under the primary image: MORE INFORMATION
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