City Directories and History: 1908 – Charles L. and Alice Wroton (salesman), 1917 – C.L. Wroton, 1936 – Charles L. Wroton, 1946 – Douglas B. Hughes, 1963 – College of Commerce, Thurmond Hackney
The Wroton home was designed by Architect, Hugh Edward White (1869 – 1939), born in Fort Mill, S.C. he attended Fort Mill Academy and started his practice in about 1894. Remained in Rock Hill until about 1903 and later returned to work. In the 1890’s he worked in an architectural firm in Atlanta. Between 1903-1918 he was a field supervisor of the Supt. Architect Dept. of the Treasury. For about three years 1918-21, he was employed with Charles Coker Wilson in Columbia or Gastonia, N.C.
THE WROTON FAMILY: The year following his graduation from the Citadel, Charles L. Wroton married Alice Augustine Alston of Rock Hill. Her father and grandfather were distinguished educators. Gen. John Augustin Alston, Alice’s grandfather, was born in Fairfield County in 1809 and was a graduate of South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina). He practiced law in Yorkville. He later became principal of the Ebenezer Academy from 1851 to 1856, principal of the new Rock Hill Academy, then principal of the Mount Zion Institute in Winnsboro. Alice’s father was Capt. George Butler Pearson Alston (1836-1886). He was educated under his father, served in the Civil War, and became a noted educator in his own right. He served as principal of the Fort Mill Academy and the Rock Hill Academy for nine years. Alice’s mother was Alice M. Davis… (Read the entire article, this page as PDF)
The RH Herald reported on Feb. 25, 1899 – “Mr. C.L. Wroten is having a well drilled on his lot in Oakland.”
The Herald reported on July 15, 1899 – “A residence of C.L. Wroton on Oakland Ave., is under construction at a cost of $3,500.”
The Herald reported on Sept. 13, 1899 – “Little Anna Kate Fewell, while at the newly constructed dwelling of C.L. Wroton, last Friday, fell from the second floor to the first. Her injuries were not serious.”
The Herald reported on Nov. 16, 1899 – Mr. C.L. Wroten and family expect to move into their new magnificent new home in Oakland this week. Also, “The Rock Hill Roller Mills has a new delivery wagon manufactured by Mr. C.L. Wroten.”
The RH Herald reported on Dec. 9, 1899 – “C.S. May, one of our merchants, has sold his stock of furniture to the RH Furniture Co., a corporation to be organized and of which Mr. C.L. Wroten will be one of the leading stockholders. ”
The Herald reported on June 27, 1900 – “E. L. Barnes and S.T. Love have purchased the stock of the RH Furniture Company and will hereafter run it under the name of Barnes and Love. C.L. Wroten and H.M. Wroten are retiring from the business. Mr. H.M. Wroten will return to his home in Denmark, S.C.”
The Herald reported on Sept. 15, 1900 – “Mr. C.L. Wroten will rebuild his shop on the old site. The building will be of corrugated iron some 20-30 feet.” (Rear lots near the Hardware Co’s warehouses. Note a fire had recently destroyed the business.)
On Jan 5, 1901, the Herald reported, “Ms. Julia Johnson of Cincinnati Oh, a teacher elect of domestic science at Winthrop College, is at the home of Mr. C.L. Wroton. She is a graduate of Drexel Institute of Philadelphia.”
The Herald reported the Messrs., Charlotte arrived Thursday and are boarding at the home of Mr. C.L. Wroton.”
The Herald reported on Oct. 26, 1901 – “That Mr. C.L. Wroton is completing the Rock Hill Wagon Works and has ordered new machinery of the very best design.”
The RH Record reported on April 15, 1904 – “Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Mathis of Camden have moved to Rock Hill and have rooms at Mr. L.L. Wroton’s home. Mathis will be in charge of the Rock Hill Brick Works, which recently resumed operations.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Oct. 27, 1905 that C.L. Wroton has moved his family to Red Springs, where he is teaching in the graded school.
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