William Lyle Roddey (1834-1909) Capt. William Lyle Roddey was born in eastern York County and served in a Chester County unit during the Civil War. After the war, he became a leading merchant, banker, textile investor, and entrepreneur in Rock Hill. He owned the Roddey Building on Main Street, which housed a hotel, bank, and opera house. He was also one of those instrumental in bringing Winthrop University to Rock Hill. Samuel L. Reid moved to Rock Hill in 1873 and worked for W. L. Roddey (their wives were cousins). He later became a partner. He brought the first telephone system to the area, creating a line from the store on Main Street to the store at Roddey Station, some seven miles away.
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