City Directories and History: (The information provided here is for both the Poag – Reid house as well as that of the Taylor – Neely home which were both used to construct the new Elks Club complex.)1908 – (#340) Mrs. Virginia Taylor, 1917 – Mrs. Fannie Beckham, 1922/23 – Mrs. I.C. Neely, 1946 – William J. Neely, 1963 – William J. Neely, 1975 – Vacant
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Sept. 20, 1899 – “Prof. W.B. Strong and family are boarding with Mrs. Philip Taylor.”
The RH Herald reported on June 6, 1900 – “Mrs. Philip Taylor and two children have returned from Pittsborough, N.C. she will move into her new residence on East Main Street in about ten days.”
The Herald reported on Jan. 15, 1902 – “Mr. Fred H. Ganung, funeral director and embalmer for the firm of W.G. and Reid and Son, is to be married in Charleston to Ms. Helen B. Fairchild of New York City. The couple will board with Mrs. Philip Taylor.”
The Rock Hill Record reported on March 28, 1907 – “The store room now occupied by M.B. Massey on Main Street as a grocery will soon be occupied by a first class cafe by Crawford and Taylor. (Mr. Thomas A. Crawford, Jr. living at 232 Hampton and his partner J.T. Taylor, John T. living at 340 East Main – the firm of Crawford – Taylor Grocery Co.)
The RH Record reported on Sep. 26, 1907 – “Mr. C.B. Haynes and family have moved from Mrs. Philip Taylor’s house on East Main Street and will occupy part of the home of Dr. and Mrs. J. R. Stokes.”
This was the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ed Reid of Rock Hill who was associated with the firm of his father’s, W.G. Reid and Sons. The Robbins – White Tour History states, “Directly opposite the front of the Blumberg/Barnes house was an attractive house with elaborate gingerbread trim work — a one-story house built by Capt. D. D. Moore. Sometime between 1894 and 1900 this house was purchased by Mr. Chance
Poag, who had the house rolled around to Academy Street (now called Confederate Avenue). The Poags lived there until their death. In its place on East Main Street was built in 1907 a large and handsome two-story frame residence for Mr. and Mrs. J. Ed Reid. (Mr. Reid was a son of W. G. Reid and a nephew of Mr. Jim Reid.) This house was a copy of a house in Beaufort, S.C. Large Corinthian columns adorned the facade. In later years the Rock Hill Elks’ Club bought the property. Eventually, the Club razed the old house and erected a modern brick building.” Where the Reid house stood is now the Elks’ Club parking lot.
The Poag home is now located at: North Confederate Avenue
John Edwin Reid (1874-1930), born in Rock Hill, SC, married Mary Agnes Campbell in 1900. She was the daughter of Reverend James Boykin Campbell. He succeeded his father in the business. Sons John Edwin Reid Jr. and James Campbell Reid (graduate of Presbyterian College of SC.)
The Herald reported on Jan. 10, 1889 – “That the Hon. W. H. Stuart has removed his family to Rock Hill. They occupy the D. D. Moore house on East Main Street.”
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