City Directories and History: 1907 – John A. Gelzer (RH Hardware Co), 1917 – A.A. Barron (Archibald Alexander Barron) (Rock Hill Hardware Co., Owner), 1936 – Earl P. Barron (Sarah), 1946 – John C. Clinton, 1963 – Martin Paint and Supply Company, Krispy Kreme Donuts
One of Rock Hill’s oldest and most successful businesses was the Rock Hill Hardware Company on East Main Street. The Barron family owned and controlled the business venture which sold items retail to the public as well as an extensive business in machine parts supplied to Rock Hill’s industrial community. In 1925-26, Mr. Earl Barron was working as a clerk in the downtown store.
The RH Record reported on Sept. 5, 1907 – “Mr. John A. Gelzer has sold his residence on Oakland Ave., to Mr. A.A. Barron of Ebenezer. Mr. Gelzer will move to Spartanburg. The house was sold by Edgar Poag, who also has the home of Mr. H.B. Buist for sale.”
The Record reported on Oct. 10, 1907 – “The Poag Real Estate Co., has bought all the property in Ebenezer belonging to A.A. Barron. As noted recently, Mr. Barron bought the Gelzer property in Oakland and will shortly move his family to Rock Hill.”
The RH Record reported on June 24, 1909 – “The death of A.A. Barron at this home on Oakland Avenue. He was born in the Clay Hill section and later lived in Ebenezer. He was a farmer, and then organized the Rock Hill Hardware Company with his brothers R.E. Barron and W.L. Barron.”
The historic Barron home was not demolished when the commercial area was developed but moved to #354 College Avenue to be used as apartments.
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The Record reported on Feb. 11, 1907 – “The real estate dept. of Peoples Bank and Trust has recently sold the house and lot on the corner of Park and Ebenezer Avenues to Mr. A.A. Barron.”
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