Every once in a while I get a grand surprise. Marsha and Doris were cleaning out some lingering book sale items upstairs and handed over some oldies but goodies (books) to me. In one entitled The State of Missouri from 1904, I found the above picture representing all of Livingston County. I knew what it [...]

Every once in a while I get a grand surprise. Marsha and Doris were cleaning out some lingering book sale items upstairs and handed over some oldies but goodies (books) to me. In one entitled The State of Missouri from 1904, I found the above picture representing all of Livingston County.

I knew what it was right away – I never thought I'd see a picture of the Platter stable. Built c.1869, Frank Platter was a well-respected horse and mule dealer. On the second floor was what I believe to be the first opera house and dance hall in Chillicothe. This is the spot where Nelson Kneass (Ben Bolt song composer) had his last performance before dying over at the Browning Hotel (now Hometown Pharmacy). The crowds for his performances were larger than usual. Rosina Harter also informed me that the Grace Episcopal Church used to meet in that community space above the barn before their church was built. Platter's building, however, “lacked a congenial atmosphere” according to the Grace Episcopal Church 150 years of Worship and Service in the name of Jesus Christ.

The buildings towards the right in the background were Fullerton Feed and the Marcum House hotel (on the corner) with a saloon (more of a restaurant I think) and barber shop downstairs. Adams & Sons had a grocery store for a time at the corner of Clay and Locust where Citizen's Bank parking is now.

Frank Platter's home was on south Locust, where the fire department is now.

In 1915, the Platter stable was torn down to make way for the new Adams & Sons Garage. By 1928. it became Montgomery Wards. We know it now as RSVP/Threads and Joy Toys.

Gives me goosebumps! Or maybe that's because it's nice and cold in the archive room.

 

—Kirsten