COTTON, SC: In 1887 John “Jackie” Smarr made a request to Congressional House Representative John J. Hemphill to establish a post office near his home near the intersection of Highway 49 (Lockhart Highway) and Thomson’s Quarter Road. Cotton Post Office was established 7 July 1887 in Chester County, but was located in York County by 1889 as a result of a resurvey of the York-Chester county line. The first Postmaster was Rhett D. McCollum (appointed 7 February 1887) and Willie T. Smarr, appointed 7 February 1889. The post office continued until 4 September 1904 when it was consolidated with the Bullocks Creek Post office about two miles north
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