City Directories and History: Walker’s 1910 Postal Route map is an invaluable tool in tracking historical locations in York County’s early 20th century rural communities. Each section is tagged with the names associated with that particular area. Be sure to open the MORE INFORMATION/ ENLARGEABLE MAP link for the enlargeable PDF map which users can easily study.
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On July 16, 1890 the YV Enquirer reported – “Mr. Joseph Miller will soon build a warehouse, Mr. Leonard Wood of Clay Hill is in Newport making arrangements for a residence and storehouse, and Mr. Taylor will begin making brick.”
The YV Enquirer reported on Jan. 13, 1892 – “The handsome dwelling of Rev. J.M. McClain on Park Street in Newport is nearing completion.” Also, “J.J. Choat and his family have moved from Rock Hill to Newport.” – ” The Rev. J.N. Isom have also moved to Newport.”
The YV Enquirer also reported on Jan. 13, 1892 – “School will start soon at the Belmont Academy under Ms. Lillie Ratchford. Ms. Kate Ratchford will also commence a school at Newport.”
The Herald reported on Sept. 30, 1896 – “J.C. Wilborn (Wilburn), of Ebenezer is having a new roof put on his house.”
The Rock Hill Herald reported on May 24, 1899 – “Mr. J.R. Neistler will erect a ginnery at Newport. It will be supplied with two seventy saw gins. He will continue to run his Rock Hill gin, which is supplied with four sixty saw gins.” (This old gin was constructed on the corner of Hands Mill Road #274 at the railroad crossing and stood well into the mid 20th century.)
The Herald reported on Oct. 13, 1900 – “Mr. Edgar Jackson, who about ten days ago had both his hands caught in the gin saw at Neely and Miller’s gin at Newport, was fortunate to keep both hands. The left hand was seriously injured while the right is less hurt. He has nearly recovered use of both.”
The Herald reported on June 4, 1902 – That thieves attached Mr. Sam Barron last Saturday. He has two stores, one at his home, and the other near the dam of the Catawba Power Company.
The Herald reported on Nov. 26, 1902 – “S.E. Barron is now in charge of the Belmont School, which has a large attendance. He is boarding at the home of M.B. Massey.”
The Herald reported on Dec. 13, 1902 – “M.B. Massey, J.H. Barnett and J.H. McCoy are opening a general merchandise store in the Belmont section of the county. It is now the residence of Sam Barron.”
The RH Record reported on Nov. 12, 1908 – “The PO at Newport has been discontinued, and the former patrons of that office are now being served by rural carriers.”
The RH Record reported on July 29, 1909 – “Congressman Finley has had a new post office established at Newport, with Ms. Mary Jackson as Postmaster.”
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