Jacob Diehl (1832 – 1910) Mr. Jacob Diehl was a farmer in both Maryland and in Chester County, S.C. Why he decided to move from the Northeastern U.S., further south is unknown. His family lived for years on their Chester County farm and became integral members of the Lewis Turnout community and members of Uriel Presbyterian Church. Following several years of economic hardship, the Diehl family lost the farm and they move with their grown children to Rock Hill. Their daughter began attending Winthrop College and their son opened Diehl – Moore Shoe Store on Main Street. The family lived on what is today South Dave Lyle Blvd., their home was close to the old Moore Street crossing, demolished during urban renewal efforts in circa 1970.
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Sept. 9, 1899 – “Mr. Rhea Diehl, has gone to Union where he has accepted a position with Harry and Belk Merchants.”
“Next to the Steele cottage on the same side of the street was a two-story house occupied by the Diehl family. There were three sons and
several daughters. The boys were salesmen. Mr. Charlie Diehl was connected with Mr. Charlie Frew in the mercantile business. Mr. Herbert Diehl had an interest in what was known as the Diehl-Moore Shoe Company. Mr. Ray Diehl was a salesman for a Charlotte concern.” [Robbins – White Tour Booklet]
Members of the Diehl family remain in South Carolina and are highly interested in their family heritage connected to Rock Hill.
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