J.W. Crisman founded Rock Hill Coca-Cola Co. in 1906. The first bottling machines were run by hand and foot power. The bottling process was semi-automated in 1914. – Pettus
City Directories and History: 1917 – NA, 1928 – (Rock Hill Coca Cola Bottling Company) 1946 – Allen Motor Company, 1963 – Shillinglaw Used Cars
The numbering system along this section of East White Street changed when Oakland Avenue was extended from East White Street on to East Black Street. But it was here that the Rock Hill Coca Cola Bottling Company constructed and operated their second headquarters. Between their headquarters and the corner were two lovely early 20th century home which were removed to St. John’s Court and later demolished. Both houses at #’s 201 – 205 were moved to Saint John’s Court behind Saint John’s Methodist church in the mid 20th century to make room for commercial development along the corner and next to the old Coca-Cola Bottling Company site.
The Rock Hill Record reported on Sept. 1, 1907 – “Mr. Crisman, of the Coca Cola Co of this City, leaves today for the mountains of Virginia, where he will spend a month to try to improve his health. Mr. Lynn of Chester will have charge of the plant in Mr. Crisman’s absence.”
The Rock Hill Record of Nov. 26, 1908 – reported that, “Mr. W.M. Molden (Mauldin), of Gainesville, Ga., has purchased the Coca Cola Plant in this city and expects to come her about Jan. 1st. Mr. Snyder will have charge of management of the plant.”
The Rock Hill Record reported on March 4, 1909 – “A fire this morning in which the Rock Hill Pepsi Cola and the Rock Hill Coca Cola plants were both destroyed. The laundry, which is very close, was not damaged. Mr. S.N. Sowell, manager of the Pepsi Plant, says his loss will be about $4-5,000. Mr. Mauldin’s plant, the Coca Cola plant, was well insured. He telegraphed to Charlotte for a railcar of Coca Cola to keep his business going. Both buildings belonged to Wm. M. Mitchell.”
The RH Record reported on March 8, 1909 – “Mr. Mauldin of the Coca Cola Plant is conducting his business at the Rock Hill Roller Mill until his plant is rebuilt and supplying his stock from Charlotte.”
The Herald reported, March 19, 1925 – “That W.M. Mauldin had announced the construction of a modern new Coca Cola Bottling Plant on East White Street, located between Davis’s Boarding House and the Bigger’s home. The building will cost $20,000. and will double the size of the plant now in operation on South Trade Street. The two story brick building will be 100 ft in length, N.G. Walker is the local architect – 1925.”
The Herald reported on April 9, 1925 – “The J.E. Healan, local contractor, has been awarded the contract for the new Coca Cola plant on East White Street by W.M. Mauldin at a cost of $20,000. He was selected from six contractors bidding.”
The Herald reported on June 10, 1925, “That Smith and Marshall had sold the NuGrape Bottling Company business to the Maulins.” (The Rock Hill Record reported on Nov. 23, 1922 “that the Nugrape Bottling Co. was a new concern in Rock Hill.”)
The Record reported on March 31, 1927 – “That the safe of the Catawba Lumber Company on West Main Street was entered by a burglar and about $100. was stolen. There was also an attempt to enter the Tri-City Fruit Company and recent attempts at the Rock Hill Coca-Cola Company and Cooper Furniture Company.”
Click on the More Information > link found below the picture column for a picture of Saint John’s Court with the house near the corner of East White and St John’s Ct. as well as the former location of the house.
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