City Directories and History: 1908 – T.D. Flowers, 1917 – T.O. Flowers, 1922/23 – T.O. Flowers, B.T. Dixon, A.E. Ratterree, 1946 – Mrs. Ester B. Flowers, Claude Hipp, Van B. Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth D. Hayes, 1963 – Bass Funeral Home – 1975 – Bass Funeral Home
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on May 23, 1894 – “The business known as Rock Hill Hardware Company is in operation. Mr. John Gelzer will be in charge and T.O. Flowers is a salesman.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Oct. 24, 1888 – “Mr. T.O. Flowers is building a neat cottage on Main Street.”
The Rock Hill Herald reported on April 25, 1889 – “The cottage of T. O. Flowers is nearly ready for occupancy.”
The Rock Hill Record of June 11, 1908 reported that Mr. T.O. Flowers, Chief of the Fire Dept., suggests that the City Council go to work at once and have the old cisterns cleaned out and put into commission. One is in front of S.J. Kimball’s house, and the other on the National Union Bank corner. The cisterns were used in the past as a source of water for fire protection and they are needed as present for the system now does not provide adequate water.”
Built in circa 1889, the T.O. Flowers home was originally a simple frame dwelling, enlarged and enhanced in 1909 by architect Julian Starr of Rock Hill, S.C. The home was demolished in 2012 to make room for Comporium’s development of East Main Street – the Fountain Park Plaza.
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