History and images have been compiled from various sources including, among others, the 1987 National Register of Historic Places, Stack & Beasley's 1902 Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Union County Public Library (Patricia Poland, Genealogy & Local History Librarian), the Heritage Room Photo Collection, North Carolina Map Collection, Rootsweb - An Ancestry.com Community and Ancestry.com family histories.

Robert Allen Morrow

The R.A. Morrow House was on Windsor Street - Heritage Room Collection
"...A number of these individuals reported their occupation for the 1900 census as "Capitalist"...Unfortunately, the houses associated with many of the founders of the new companies--such very prominent men as J.M. Fairley, H.M. Houston, W.H. Fitzgerald and R.A. Morrow--no longer exist..." National Register

Robert Allen Morrow (1862-1927) was born in Lancaster County, SC to James McKnight Morrow and Margaret Potts. R.A. Morrow married Caroline McKensie in 1890. Their children were: Margaret Louise (1891-1956), Robert Allen (26 Jan 1894-9 Aug 1895), James McKnight(1896-1972), Caroline (1897-1983), Robert Allen (1899-1986) and William Archibald Morrow (1904-1964).


"The Heath-Morrow Company, at this place, is a kindred corporation, owned by the same people who also have stores at Albemarle, Waxhaw and Pickens, S.C. The company in its present shape was incorporated under the laws of North Carolina in 1900. Its president is Mr. A.W. Heath; vice-president, O.P. Heath; general manager, R.A. Morrow.

"The beginning of this business runs back perhaps twenty-five or thirty years and was made by B.D. Heath, now of Charlotte. In the year 1890, B.D. Heath, whose firm was one of the old landmarks, sold out to Heath-Morrow & Co., the firm being composed of B.D. and A.W. Heath and R.A. and J.M. Morrow. In 1893, B.D. Heath sold out entirely. In 1896, Mr. O.P. Heath bought an interest in the business and also in that of Morrow, Heath & Company.

"Mr. R.A. Morrow, the general manager, came to this county in 1888 and began business with his brother at Waxhaw. He came from Charlotte, resigning the position there as head of the retail credit department of Wittkowsky & Baruch.

"The company is wholly a wholesale concern, having discontinued all retail business January 1st [1902]. They have two traveling salesmen, and cover large portions of North and South Carolina. Their trade is extending rapidly and they will no doubt be one of the largest wholesale concerns in the State. They have large warehouses at Norfolk, and ship goods direct from that port,  hence are on terms of equality with the mechants of that city and Richmond. They have two warehouses in Monroe, one for meats and lards, and one for grain and kindred articles. Possessed of ample capital, a good territory to develop and their shipping facilities, it is no wonder that their business is rapidly increasing." - Stack & Beasley

1 comment:

  1. Wilton Evans Damon, Jr.April 18, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    I never knew my Great Grandfather, but I have been told that he was a man of great integrity with a keen business mind. I do remember many good times in this fine old home before it was demolished to accomodate the First Baptist Church of Monroe.