City Directories and History: 1908 – Paul Workman, 1917 and 1922/23 – Paul Workman, 1936 – John E. Gettys, 1936 – William M. McKinney, Thomas R. Powell, James R. McCammon, 1949 – YMCA
The Yorkville Enquirer of Oct. 4, 1899 reported on a list of construction and repairs, included Sue Smith’s repairs at $2,500.”
Historically this was known as the Workman – Gettys home for the two prominent families who lived here for decades. No image of the house has been located as of 2017.
The Herald reported on March 3, 1952 – Article on Street Names by Lowry who quoted Irene Starr, who stated, Wade Hampton tied his big white horse on a sapling growing next door to her house. That sapling in 1952 was a hugh oak tree. “It is in front of the Hampton Street Apt. House, on the lot where the YMCA was locate for several years.”
“Directly across Hampton Street from the Crawfords was the house of Miss Sue Smith; her brother Andrew Rhett Smith (“Mr. Andy”) and wife,· Alice (Nelson) Smith; and Mr. Paul Workman, who was a nephew of Miss Sue and Mr. Andy Smith. Mr. Smith was president of the Rock Hill Buggy Company, an organizer of the Rock Hill Telephone Company, and the owner of large tracts of land in both York and Kershaw counties, S.C. After Mr. Smith’s death in 1898, Mr. Paul Workman became the owner of the telephone company. About 1912 he sold out to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Barnes, who operated the company for many years, being succeeded in the business by their sons Frank S. and Ladson A. Barnes. The Smith-Workman house was occupied in later years by the family of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Gettys. Mr. Gettys was connected with the Victoria Mill and with the Equitable Life Assurance Society.” [Robbins – White Tour Booklet]
The Herald reported on May 17, 1899 – “Ms. Sue Smith is remodeling her home on Hampton Street. The roof will be of slate.” the Herald furthermore reported on July 15, “the improvements will cost $3,000.”
The Herald reported on June 21, 1902 – “The firm of B. N. Craig and Co., consisted of Mr. Craig and Paul Workman, has dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. Craig continues the brokerage business at the same location.”
The Record reported on Jan. 3, 1907 – “That the Catawba Power Co., will move their office from the Roddey Building and will occupy the rooms in the Toole Building now occupied by Dr. Pressly. Dr. Pressly will move to one of the rooms on the second story. Jan. 7, 1907 – Dr. Pressly is moving into the rooms previously occupied by Mr. Workman who will shortly move in to his new telephone building on Record Place.”
YMCA LOCATIONS IN ROCK HILL
Research in City Directories and other sources reveals the following locations for the Young Men’s Christian Association in Rock Hill:
Year Location Source
1913 122 East Main Street YMCA web site
(Above Rock Hill Hardware Co.)
1917 100 ½ East Main Street City Directory
(National Union Bank Bldg.)
1920 100 ½ East Main Street City Directory
1922 100 ½ East Main Street City Directory
1923 123 ½ Hampton Street Rock Hill Herald, Jan. 27, 1923
1936 123 ½ Hampton Street City Directory
1938 123 ½ Hampton Street City Directory
1940 123 ½ Hampton Street City Directory
1942 490 North Confederate Ave. City Directory
1946 134 Caldwell Street City Directory
1949 233 Hampton Street City Directory/Herald March 3, 1952
1950 402 Charlotte Avenue Rock Hill Herald, Jan. 2, 1951
(Dedication January 7, 1951)
*** Information compiled by P.M. Gettys – 2017
The McElwee Store Ledger of 1915 states that Paul Workman and wife, Florence, held an account at the store.
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