City Directories and History: 1908 – Allen White (#332 Allen St., Methodist Clergyman)
The Rock Hill Record reported on April 12, 1904 – “Fire broke out Saturday in a vacant house on Allen St., opposite the site of Capt. Holler’s Old Brick Yard. The winds spread the fire and eight houses occupied by African American families were destroyed. The nearest hydrant was about 2,000 ft., away opposite the Bynum residence on West Main Street. The Fire Dept. responded but did not have enough hose to reach that hydrant and had to return for additional hose. Uncle Dick Hackett’s storeroom was also damaged. Four of the burned houses belonged to J.G. Anderson. Occupied by Fannie Love and John Ellis, one was a large two story house used as a boarding house for Friendship African American school. One house was owned and occupied by Emma Rodman, another by Allen White was occupied by Mary Boulware, and another owned by Rev. T.M. Mayfield. The final house was owned by Andrew Gardner and occupied by Cisley Colbert.”
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