City Directories and History: 1908 – (#136) Western Union, Woods M. Steele (#136.5) Isaiah Simpson and Wm. R. Simpson, M.D.s and W.A. Fewell, 1917 – (#136) Western Union, William R. Simpson, W.A. Fewell, (#142) John F. Bailey, 1946 – Belk’s Dept. Store, Belk’s Shoe Shop, 1963 – Belk’s Dept. Store
From the Herald, March 23, 1892: Dr. W. R. Simpson has returned from Baltimore, where he recently graduated in Dental Surgery. He will locate in Rock Hill as a partner with his father.
The Herald reported on Feb. 22, 1896 – “That Dr. W. R. Simpson has a large and interesting collection of Indian relics in his dental office.”
The Herald reported on July 24, 1919 – “That there are plans for a new store building between Reid Furniture and the Western Union Office to be used by Belk Brothers as a Department store. J.T. Roddey, says the architects have been to New York to inspect stores and models. It is expected that ground breaking with be within two weeks.”
The SC Architects: 1875 – 1935, Wells and Dalton, 1992 – Reported, “A.D. Gilchrist designed the Belk Brothers Store in 1930 and built at a cost of $100,000.”
The Herald reported on July 5, 1930 – “The contract for the erection of the new Belk Brothers Store will be awarded on July 10th.”
Alfred D. Gilchrist was born and educated in Manchester, England and came to America in 1900. In 1912 he arrived in Rock Hill and began practicing architecture. Several building can be attributed to him; Ebenezer School – 1921, Stevenson Theater, Oakland Avenue Pres. Church, and several buildings at Winthrop University. His son, William P. Gilchrist worked as a designer and draftsman with the firm. Following WWII, Gilchrist associated with W. Lewis Cook in the firm Gilchrist and Cook. That firm had buildings including: Woodland Un. Methodist Church, Park Baptist Church and homes and schools. Ms. Bessie L. Garrison, Rock Hill Historical Research Papers #10 – 1952.
Also see – Lot #5 – South
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