City Directories and History: 1908 – W.H. Stewart
The Herald reported on April 18, 1889 – “That Mr. W. H. Stewart has bought nine acres opposite the 3 CCCs Depot in Yorkville and will soon commence the making of brick there on a large scale.” On May 2, the Herald carried more information on Mr. Stewart’s plans and states he purchased the land from W. C. Latimer.
The Yorkville Enquirer carried an article of events in Blacksburg covering 1889 dated Jan. 1, 1890 – “Seventy five new dwellings constructed, a new city hall and jail, the brick school building, the brick livery on Church Street built by Reese and Black, and occupied by Borders and Cline, two new stores on Mountain Street occupied by R.A. Westbrooks and George Parker, two new church (Pres. and Episcopalian). New businesses include M.L. Holland (grocery and confectionary), J.D. Gault and Co., (beef and vegetable market), George Parker (General Merchant), the 3CCC Railroads Paint and Machine Shops, and W.H. Stewart making brick on a large scale using steam power. Also a large sash, door and blind factory owned by W.M. Jones of Cary, N.C.”
The YV Enquirer reported on Nov. 12, 1890 – “the new residence of the honorable W.H. Stewart has been destroyed by fire. The family had retired for the night and the fire was discovered by a colored neighbor who broke a door down and roused the family. The loss on the house and furniture is $2,500. The Stewarts are now occupying the Holler residence on Elm Avenue.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Oct. 3, 1894 – “Mr. W.H. Stewart, whose large an elegant house was part of the inducement offered by Rock Hill for locating the Normal and Industrial College on its present desirable sight, is having lumber hauled for the erection of another large house on his lot on the corner of Lancaster and Oakland. Mr. Stewart will occupy his former home until it is needed by the authorities of the Normal College.” (Now the corner of Eden Terr. and Oakland Avenue).
The Herald reported on Nov. 19, 1902 – “The home of Mr. W.H. Stewart had a close call from a fire. The neighbors discovered the fire and sounded the alarm but they had the fire out before the fire dept. arrived. The neighbors were Prof. W. Moncrieff, Prof. H.B. Buist, and Mr. Lingle.” (This is not the home pictured here but an earlier residence of unknown origins, most likely on Ebenezer Avenue.)
The Herald reported on Sept. 26, 1906 – “That work on W.H. Stewart’s new home in Oakland is progressing rapidly.”
The Rock Hill Record reported on April 18, 1907 – “That Mr. W. H. Stewart has purchased the outfit of the Carr Const. Co., and is now, with his son, John, busily engaged in making concrete blocks. They are using the lot opposite their home on Oakland Ave., for that purpose.”
The RH Record reported on May 20, 1907 – “The cement tiling for the vestibules for the Roddey – Crawford building was made and installed by the firm of W.H. Stewart and Son.”
The City Directory of 1908 lists W.H. Stewart, contractor, as living at 503 Lancaster Ave., and it is assumed this is the original name of this block of Eden Terrace.
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