"Fannie" Waples Platter
the beginning of the town of
Denison, Texas, several families arrived from Chillicothe, Missouri,
businesses, intermarried, and flourished. Their family names were
Lingo, Platter, and Waples. Here we will explore the activities of
Platter and his immediate family.
family background of A. F.
Platter is set forth in a book by Rev. David Edwin Platter, A History of the Platter Family, from About
Year 1600 to the Present Time (Cleveland, OH: Self-published,
May 1, 1919).
It is available online.
was born in Bainbridge,
Ross County, Ohio, on September 17, 1850. He was one of nine children
born to Andrew Platter (1798–1875) and Hannah Decker (1810–1879). After
Civil War, the parents moved their family to Chillicothe, Livingston
Missouri. Shortly after 1875, the son, Andrew Fox, was in Denison,
County, Texas, which had been founded in 1872 by the
1872, Sam Hanna and Joe
Owens founded a grocery company at Colbert's
Ferry on the Red River to supply workers
who were building the MKT Railroad tracks south toward Texas. After the
railroad crossed the Red River and arrived at the new town of Denison,
built a small building there, at 100 East Main Street (southeast corner
Houston Avenue). In 1874, they built a larger building next door at 104
Main Street. By 1876 (some sources
say 1878), Andrew F. Platter and Edward H. Lingo had joined Hanna and
partners. Lingo, Hanna, and Owens later left the firm, leaving Platter
1880 Census showed Andrew Fox
Platter living in nearby Sherman, Texas. Also living there was Frances
(1857–1947), who had moved to Sherman from Chillicothe with her
parents, Edward Bredelle Waples (1814–1898) and Nancy Graves Waples
A.F. Platter, of the firm Hanna, Platter & Lingo, of Denison, will
be united in the holy bonds of wedlock, Wednesday the 19th, with Miss
Fannie Waples, of Sherman - Gainesville Register (The Sunday Gazetteer, December 16, 1883, pg. 1)
104 East Main Street
Advertisement in Denison City Directory, 1887-88.
Fox Platter formed a partnership with his new in-laws, Edward B. Waples
two sons, Col. Paul Waples (1850–1916) and John Graves Waples
This was Waples-Platter Grocer Company. That
same year the firm built a large, elegant
warehouse on the 104 East Main Street
property near the railroad tracks in Denison. The company became one of
largest wholesale grocery firms in the Southwest, with salesmen
East Main Street
Built in 1885 as headquarters and
warehouse of an agricultural wholesaling firm whose salesmen covered
five states. After World War II, the company relocated to Fort Worth,
where its successor firms are still in business. The architect of this
building was P. Lelardoux. Is that a clock on the roof? A loading dock
was added on the left (east, track side) after this photo was made.
of photo: "Art Work of Grayson County" (1895), fig. 3.3(a).
This description of the Waples-Platter Grocery
Company was written
Extensive premises are utilized in each city
[Denison, Fort Worth,
and Dallas], including immense warehouses, which are necessary to hold
immense stock of goods carried, which includes everything in the line
groceries and table delicacies. . . . Their line of specialties
celebrated Wapco Brand, of which they are sole proprietors. Some idea
as to the
immense business transacted by the house may be gleaned from the fact
fifty traveling salesmen efficiently cover the territory of Texas,
Mexico, and Colorado. . . .
Waples, Prest.; John G. Waples, Vice-Prest.; A. F. Platter,
Vice-Prest.; R. W.
Lewin, Treasurer; H. C. Platter, Secretary, A. P. Foute, Asst.
Secretary; J. M.
Hanna, Asst. Treasurer. (Source: “Denison, the Texas Gateway: A Busy,
Progressive City with Golden Opportunities” [N.p.: N.d. (ca. 1908)], p.
1201 West Sears Street
Home of Andrew Fox Platter
Source : Robinson, Frank M., comp. Industrial Denison, Means-Moore Co., ca1909. pg. 106
Waples-Platter Grocer Co. Letterhead 1915,
showing A. F. Platter as vice-president
Courtesy of Nikki Gail Burleson McKay
Denison City Directory showed A. F. Platter in two key positions; he
president of both the Waples-Platter
Grocer Company and the State
A descendant summarizes what happened to the family business during
years: "The company had originally been more of a mercantile, but as it
grew, divisions were separated out, such as Quarles Lumber, etc. They
eventually ended up with 11 divisions—two food manufacturing, Ranch
Great Western Foods, one wholesale food distribution, White Swan and a
others.... The companies were eventually sold off because there wasn't
who could or wanted to run them, as the senior members of the family
the White Swan operations were moved from Denison to Dallas, and most
rest of the company moved to Fort Worth. Andrew (known as "Fox")
retired from the firm at this point.
in Denison, "Fox" devoted himself to his beloved Lawn Farm Dairy,
later called Oak Farms. It was located on what is now State Highway 91,
from Denison to Lake Texoma.
Lawn Farm Dairy
outside of Dension
Rural retreat of Andrew Fox Platter
Platter had a passion for Jersey cattle and
maintained a fine herd. He was a director of the American Jersey Cattle
1936 Paul Platter, A. F. Platter’s son, sold several of the Jersey herd
Howard McCarley so he could carry on at the Lawn Farm site. Lawn Farm
served a large portion of Texas and Oklahoma for many years. In August
part of the Oak Farms Dairy Group. Aside from a stone grain silo, the
Times Lounge at 2520 Texas Highway 91 occupied the last building that
part of the dairy. A dilapidated two-story Victorian house has been
"The Old Andrew Platter Home just before the railroad on Highway 91
Subsequently the home was demolished.
Andrew Fox Platter died on December 24, 1932. His
survived him, passing away on December 13, 1947. Both were buried in
Cemetery in Denison.
Between 1891 and
1895, perhaps when they moved from Sherman to Denison, Andrew
Platter built a fine home at 1201 West Sears Street in
Home of A. F. and Fannie Platter
1201 West Sears Street
Source: "Industrial Denison" (1909), p. 106. Robinson, Frank M., comp. Industrial Denison.
[N.p.]: Means-Moore Co., [ca. 1909].
Heavily illustrated with photographs.
they moved across
street east to 1129 West Sears, in a dramatic domestic shift from
Craftsman style. That is where Fannie lived until her death. The
had two children, both of whom lived very long lives.
1129 West Sears Street
Built in 1914 for E. H. Lingo, president of Lingo-Leeper Lumber
Subsequently the house was owned by A. F. and Fannie Platter, one of
the founders of the Waples-Platter Grocery Company.
He was the brother of Ann Eliza Platter (Mrs. E. H.) Lingo.
Later this was the home of the daughter of A. F. and Fannie
Platter Berenice Waples Platter Andrews,
widow of Vice-Admiral Adolphus
Andrews. Platter descendants owned the house until 1966.
Denison's best example of the Carpenter-Craftsman architectural style.
Children of A.F. Platter & Fannie Waples