City Directories and County History: On the left side of Highway 321 heading south from York, in the Delphia community, is the Philadelphia Community School, constructed in the mid 1920s. This hipped roof structure is a typical style found in schools constructed during this period and similar schools used to dot the landscape throughout the county. This is one of the few school structures of this style remaining in York County. [Historical Properties of York County, SC – 1995]
The old Carolina and Northwestern Railroad ran from Chester to Edgemont, North Carolina. It was the so-called “milk run” that transported produce for farmers along the line. It made stops at Lowrys, McConnells, Guthries, Philadelphia, York, Filbert, and Clover. Mr. Smyer, who lived on Columbia Street, and Mr. Lynn, who lived on Hinton Street were the engineers.
Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982
The RH Herald reported on Oct. 7, 1899 – “Mr. T.B. McClain’s storage warehouse at his Springdell Model farm, one mile from Yorkville on the Pinckney Road was burned on Sept. 30th. His machinery was stored there. His new brick making plant nearby was saved by friends.”
The RH Record reported on July 22, 1909 – “The Delphos High School opened on Monday with professor C.B. Betts of Leslie as Principal and Ms. Kate Ratchford as assistant.” (R&R believes this is referring to Delphia Community but is uncertain.) (The Yorkville Enquirer reported on April 13, 1892 – “That Mr. C.B. Betts lot his handsome cottage in Oakland (Rock Hill, S.C.) to a fire. He had only occupied it for about a month.” It is unclear as to the location of this house or if this C.B. Betts is related.)
The Rock Hill Record reported on March 25, 1909 – “There was a wreck on the Carolina and Northwestern RR yesterday afternoon about 3.5 miles below Yorkville. This was a special train carrying passengers from the Knights Templar to a banquet in Yorkville with an engine and two cars containing 53 passengers. Capt. Hyde Ross was the conductor and “Uncle Bob” Smyer was the engineer. Frank Hardin, the fireman was killed and the Husbands, a passenger was painfully injured.”
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