The Fayetteville train station was constructed in 1911 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. This is actually the third station to be built at the corner of Hay and Hillsborough streets, with the current building designed in the Dutch Colonial Revival Style and constructed of red brick with a gambrel roof. The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
This taken from a February 7, 1999, interview of Dr. Melchor’s granddaughter, Mrs. Beulah M. Quick by Charles Broadwell, editor, Fayetteville Observer.
Beulah M. Quick has spent time researching the black professionals who lived in Fayetteville in the first 40 years of this century. She wants for them to be remembered, and she has all the details jotted down on yellow legal pads, perhaps to be published someday.
Some of those family names are McNeill, Thaggard, Williston, Perry, Henderson. She can talk about what they did, where they lived and how long some of them had been in Fayetteville.
As for her own family, the Melchors, that’s another matter. She knows that her grandfather and grandmother were married in 1891 in Louisburg. Her grandfather, Dr. Paul N. Melchor, was educated at Shaw University. He set up his medical practice in Fayetteville, with an office on Bow Street, and became one of the towns most influential black residents.
I have done everything but check on my granddaddy, because that name (pronounced MEL-ker) is not just your ordinary name. But I have no idea where he came from, before he came to Fayetteville.