City Directories and History: The homes pictured here are taken from the 1992 survey of historic properties in the Oakdale and Saluda Road areas, a farming area just south of Rock Hill. The Saluda Road was historically one of the most important corridors through the region leading from western S.C. to the Nations Ford crossing on the Catawba River just east of present day Rock Hill. Along this road once stood large numbers of homes to both farm families and a large African-American community.
The McEwee Store Journal recorded in 1915 that James W. Strait and wife Julia B., (bookkeeper with RH Repair and Machine Co.), live on Saluda Road. Exact location is unavailable!
Mr. Frank Strait: On down the pike we went and crossed that magnificent bridge over Fishing Creek and presently stopped in front of the home of Frank Strait. Mr. Strait and two of his little girls and a son were out in a cotton patch near the house picking cotton Mr. Strait is highly pleased with the Coker No. 3 strain of cotton that he planted this year. … Mr. Strait was picking because he felt that he was obliged to do so. Hadn’t picked any for several years because he is a victim of rheumatics….. (The following is taken from A. M. Grist’s weekly column, “Just A-Rolling Along the Way,” published in the Yorkville Enquirer, Dec. 6,1931. John K. Scoggins acted as Grist’s guide.)
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