Grayson County TXGenWeb

18 February 1932


Walter Daugherty Collins was the son of A. R. and Hattie Collins. At about five years old, he contracted scarlet fever; as a result, he was partially deaf.  He could hear with a hearing aid and could read lips even across the room so you had to be careful when talking about him!  (information contributed by Bill Collins Johson-Bauder, grandson of W.C. Collins)  Walter's great-great-uncle, Judson Dwight Collins (1823 - 1852), was in the first graduating class of the University of Michigan. He was the first Methodist missionary to China, who became ill, returned home to Washtenaw County, Michigan and died at age 27.  There are some 35 members of the Alpheus Collins; family - Grandfather of Alpheus Remeber Collins - buried in the "Collins Memorial Cemetery" near Leydon in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Walter was sent to a school in St. Louis where he was taught lip reading, at which he became very adept. He attended school in Denison, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He was a self-taught architect who designed the interiors of banks in the days of extravagant fixtures. He designed banks throughout Texas and southern Oklahoma. He owned a marble quarry in Tennessee. At one time he owned most of Achille, Oklahoma. He also owned a ranch in Franklin County, Texas. He was a fine horseman.

In 1900 he married Miss Abbie Hargett of Paris, Texas.  

Cecile Banner wrote: "My grandmother, Abby Hargett Collins, is on the horse. My grandfather, Walter
Daugherty Collins, is standing on the porch holding my mother, Daugherty Hargett Collins Dickson."

W. D. Collins Home
1025 West Gandy Street
ca. 1900–1910

Photo by Jack Hendricks
Source: Collection of Grayson County. Frontier Village.

Mr. and Mrs. Collins have two children: Mrs. Virginia Johnson and Miss Daugherty Collins, one grandson, William Collins Johnson, who make their home at the Collins residence at 820 Gandy Street, Denison, Texas.

820 W. Gandy
Notice the huge vent on the roof.  Before air conditioning, a big attic fan inside the house
would pull night air in the windows, then up through the attic, and out the huge vent.

W. D. Collins Safe Company letterhead

A.R. Collins is president of the Walter D. Collins Company and is interested in Real Estate and Loan Company in that city.

This drawing appeared on the Denison Bird's-Eye Map, 1891

The Sunday Gazetteer
Sunday, July 22, 1883
pg. 4

Researcher's Note : Pettit & Waltz was founded by Frank Pettit & Christian "Chris" Waltz

511 - 513 W. Main Street
Recent remodeling moved the upstairs staircase back to the center of the building
Photo contributed by Mavis Anne Bryant, September 2012

"AF of L" in sidewalk
American Federation of Labor in sidewalk 
in front of 511  - 513 W. Main Street (Collins Block)
The unions had their meeting hall on the 2nd floor of the building for many years
(photo contributed by Mavis Anne Bryant)

Store ~ Kaboodles
511 - 513 W. Main Street (Collin Block)
Owner ~ Candus Vickery
An exciting new store at 513 West Main Street in Denison! It's located in the historic Collins Block, one of Denison's finest buildings, now updated
to showcase original features of this great space. Owners Bob Dickson and Candus Vickery return at last to the Denison Commercial Historic District. 

Photograph taken by Mavis Anne Bryant, September 2012

KTEN Texoma

W.D. Collins developed Alzheimer's in the last two years of his life, thus died in a facility in Dallas.

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