John B. Ratterree (1824 – 1897) During the middle of the Civil War, John Ratterree and his wife, Martha Workman Rattarree, with their children, moved to the village of Rock Hill, which had become an important place for troop transfers and the storing of war supplies (away from the scenes of battle). On September 12, 1863, for $1600, John Ratterree bought the Neely property. This southeast corner of Main Street and Depot Street was known for the next hundred years as ―the Ratterree corner. Ratterree and his family occupied the residence and he at once entered into the business life of Rock Hill. He was
successful, acquiring wealth and political power. One writer has called him ―the political lord of the community during the years from 1866 to 1890.
It is likely that, in the 1870‘s and 1880‘s, other frame buildings stood on the front of the lot, next to the old frame store building. Certain it is that John Ratterree had his smokehouse, his barn, a large stable, and several other outbuildings on the back of the lot, behind the house. 14 He later acquired the triangular lot just to the west of his original lot. This triangle faced Depot Street (now Dave Lyle Blvd.) on the long side and Church Street (now Black Street) on the short side.
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