City Directories and History: On Jan. 8, 1896 the Herald reported -“Henry Hutchison, our well known barber, delivered an address yesterday at the annual reception of the colored fireman of Charlotte. And reported that Jim Hall has opened up his barber shop in the Ratterree Building on the corner of Main and Railroad Streets.
Samuel Bailey, 117 Railroad Ave. (1908), Edward Beckham’s (Maggie) Barber Shop, Wilson St. near Black St. (1913); 219 S. Trade St. (1920); 111 W. Black St. (1925), Edward Belton D., 102 E. Main St. (1908), Carolina Hotel Barber Shop, 106 E. Main St.; Edward D. Belton (Edna) , proprietor (1917-25), Joseph E. Doby (Nannie), 106 N. Railroad Ave. (1913-17), Robert G. Jones’ (Mary) Barber Shop; 115 Railroad Ave. (1908); 107 W. Black St. (1920), Jones and Barber (Robert G. Jones & Richard A. Barber) Barber Shop, 109 W. Black St. (1925), Jones & Massey (Robert G. Jones—Marry, wife; & Joseph Massey—Josie, wife) Barber Shop, 201 S. Railroad Ave., (1913); 107 W. Black St. (1917), National Barber Shop, William M. Marshall proprietor, 101 E. Main St. (basement) 1925, O K Barber Shop, (Andrew Jackson—Hattie, wife & William D. Frazier), 118 W. Black St. (1925), People’s Barber Shop, People’s National Bank Building (basement), William J. Marshall (Elizabeth), Proprietor (1913-20), Thomas A. Phifer’s (Georgia) Barber Shop, 112 E. Black St. (1908-20); 132 W. Black St. (1925), William Roach (Carrie), 409 W. Main St. (1925), J. Henry Toole (Ella), 101 ½ E. Main St. (1908)
Information written and submitted to R&R by George R. Garrison, Ph.D. – Kent State University
The Herald reported on May 2, 1900 – “Henry Toole has removed his barber shop from the basement to the room first Southeast of the National Union Bank. Payton, the tailor, has apartments in the rear of the barber shop.”
The Herald reported on Aug 10, 1901 – “that Dan Salter, an African American barber, was arrested in Rock Hill and taken to Yorkville, charged with stealing $20., from Shug Adams who runs a barber shop there.”
The Herald reported on Jan. 9, 1942 on the death of Wm. J. “Bill” Marshall, the well known colored barber who died at home at this address. The funeral will be at Mt. Olivet Pres. Church. He was born in Charleston but lived here for forty one years. He previously worked for Henry Toole and recently operated the Central Barber Shop on Elk Avenue.”
Visit the More Information link found under the primary image, to see additional data on African American businesses, in Rock Hill from 1908 – 1972. This list was researched and submitted to R&R by P.M. Gettys – 2015 Under this link is also an article on African American businessman and barber, Henry Toole. Mr. Toole was a highly successful businessman and owned considerable amounts of downtown property, which he often rented to prominent white business leaders.
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