City Directories and History: 1908 – David Hutchison, 1917 – David Hutchison, 1922/23 – David Hutchison, 1933 – Mrs. Kate J. Hutchison, 1946 – Kate J. Hutchison, 1963 – Myrtle Bolin
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David Hutchison married Catherine Clarinda Johnston. David Hutchison planted on a large scale, owning several farms near Rock Hill. He was founder and President of the Savings Bank of Rock Hill, and principal owner of business properties on the East side of North Trade Street. Together with his father, he was a principal founder of the Rock Hill Cotton Factory.
“Catherine Clarinda (Kate) Johnston, daughter of Thomas Lynn Johnston, M.D. and Dorcas Aveline Luckey, who moved from Lancaster Co., S.C., to Rock Hill, S.C., after the War of 1861-65. Doctor Johnston was a brother of Senator Joseph F. Johnston of Alabama and of Col. William Johnston of Charlotte, N.C., president of the Charlotte and South Carolina Rail Road Company.” Wm. B. White, Vol. II, Along the Lands Ford Road, 2008
“Next east to the Johnston house was that of T. L. Johnston’s sister, Kate Clarinda (Johnston) Hutchison, wife of David Hutchison. The house as originally built was a rather plain, large two-story residence; but after a number of years, the Hutchisons remodeled the house and added an almost theatrical portico featuring enormous Doric columns. The place had the look of the typical work of the Rock Hill architect and contractor Julian S. Starr. David Hutchison’s father was Capt. A. E. Hutchison, who had started Rock Hill’s first textile mill, the Rock Hill Cotton Factor~ in 1881. He also had extensive banking interests in South Carolina. Mr. David Hutchison owned many buildings on North Trade Street. We move now to Hampton Street. The first house behind the Gibson place, to the south, was a plain two-story house built by John Farris O’Neal, father of J. W. O’Neal, the latter of whom lived there for a time with his mother and his two sisters.” [Robbins – White Tour Booklet]
The Herald reported on Oct. 8, 1902 – That Mrs. David Hutchison is arranging for the erection of two or potentially four five room cottages on Black Street extension, near the Graded School. Contracts have already been let for two houses.”
The Rock Hill Record on April 1, 1907 – “Workman are engaged in remodeling the Hutchison Home on the corner of Hampton and Johnston Street.”
The McElwee Store ledger stated in 1915-16, that David and Katie Hutchison were account holders at the store.
Oct. 22 1935, began working on front porch today — and painting the home. It cost her according to her diary a total of $140. to have the house painted. Nov. 21st “finished repairing columns, tin on roof and porch repairs.” (Hutchison Family Diary at WU)
In 1968 the City of Rock Hill condemned this lovely old home during urban renewal of downtown Rock Hill. The house was sold to the City for $48,160.
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