City Directories and History: 1908 – J.W. Avery, 1917 – B.N. Craig, 1922/23 – B.N. Craig Jr., 1925 – E. Hazel Bryant, Myrtle Bryant (Manager of the Conf. Park Pool), 1933 – Hazel E. Sistar, 1946 – W. Brown Ferguson, 1963 – W. Brown Ferguson (Ferguson Antiques)
Yorkville Enquirer, February 17, 1864: Fire: Capt. Avery lost his house
Capt. J. W. Avery of the 17th lost his house to fire on Sunday, February 14th at an estimated loss of from $15,000 to $20,000. The fire broke out from the chimney at around 9:00 a.m., most of the contents were saved.
R&R Note: J.W. Avery, living at the Craig House on Johnston Street in 1908, he was the son of Edward Tillman Avery of the old Ebenezer section of Rock Hill. It was not this house that burned but another undisclosed house.
The Herald reported on Nov. 26, 1902 – “Mr. and Mrs. Julian Avery are occupying a cottage on Johnston Street.”
The Herald on March 4, 1903 reported, “Mr. M. Ben Massey, who for the past thirteen years has been a merchant in Ebenezer Township, has bought the stock of goods of Mr. E.R. Avery in Rock Hill and is now in control. Mr. Massey’s son, Neely and Mr. Julian Avery will be incharge.”
The Herald reported on June 1, 1925 -“Mr. and Mrs. Hazel Bryant will be in charge of the swimming pool at Confederate Park for the summer. The pool had it’s formal opening today.”
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This was the home of the Ferguson family for decades. The family operated Ferguson’s Antiques and Repair behind their home on Green Street and for years supplied Rock Hillians with many fine pieces of local furniture. The home had originally been owned by N.C. Craig, who lived directly across the street on Johnston, and he used this home as a investment.
R&R has been told that other occupants of the home have included; Dr. Stowe as well as Richard H. Boulware the Pres. of Central Drug Company. However, this has not been collaborated by R&R researchers.
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