Joseph Claude Cauthen (1881-1938) J.C. Cauthen was one of Rock Hill’s early 20th century success stories. He had invested heavily in the development of a local sash and door company and later began his own construction company and lumber yard. The family lived on Marion Street for years, as Mr. Cauthen built his business empire. The business continued successfully expanding and Mr. Cauthen moved the building supply business and lumber yard, from its original location, on South Oakland Avenue to East White Street. Though Mr. Cauthen died at an early age, his family members have continued the building tradition business; Bud Okey (Okey Lumber Company) was his son in law, and continued building in Rock Hill for decades. Mr. Okey’s son in law, Pat Williamson (Southern Builders), also maintains a history of quality construction practices.
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