Veteran Manufacturer Dies Sunday Night
January 9, 1908 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
Edgar Andrew Platter
, died at his home in this city Sunday evening after being stricken with appoplexy. He
was in usual health during the day. After being stricken he lived only twenty minutes, never rallying from unconsciousness. Funeral
services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Duncan after which the remains were interred in the city cemetery. He was born
September 17th, 1836. His parents were located at or near Chillicothe, O., but moved to Maumee, O., where they lived one year. Edgar
was six weeks old when his parents together with two other families moved overland to Elkhart County, Indiana, arriving there late in
the year 1836. The wives of each of the three families involved in this move were sisters named Andrew. It was necessary to cut roads
through the dense unbroken forest and undergrowth, three miles from the trail to the lands which they had entered. The county was then
inhabited almost exclusively by the original Indian population. The forest abounded with game, such as deer and wild turkeys.
Here in the dead of winter temporary shelters were constructed consisting of pole houses with clap board roofs.
For warmth and cooking they depended the first winter on open log fires in the center of the room or house. These bold and hardy men
went to work early in the Spring on more substantial houses and the next winter was passed in what was then considered very comfortable
quarters, substantial log houses with puncheon floors and large open fire places.
After three years in this location Edgar's parents moved to Milford, Ind. After six years at Milford, they moved
to Oswego two years and then moved back to the farm originally entered and which was located very near the site of the present prosperous
town of Nappanee, Ind.
Edgar acquired as good an education as the family means and times afforded and at 19 years of age, he started to
teach school. Among his pupils was a girl named Emma J. Squire, who shortly afterward became his wife. After his marriage he stopped
teaching school, went to Waterford Mills, Ind., and worked with his older brother, W. D. Platter, until he enlisted as First Sergeant of
Company E, 74th Regiment of Indiana Infantry Volunteers, on the 6th day of August, 1862, for three years or during the war. He was compelled
to leave behind him one child, his oldest daughter and young wife. During the progress of the war he was furloughed home on two or three
different occasions to recuperate, returning to the front each time as soon as in condition. He was honorably discharged at Washington, D. C.
on the 9th of June 1865. He was commissioned as second lieutenant, by Governor O.P. Morton May 1st, 1865. After the close of the war he
returned to Waterford Mills, Ind., where he continued his business as a manufacturer of pumps, until the fall of 1871, at which time he
moved to Anderson, Ind, and there continued in the same business. In March, 1892 a branch of his business was started at North Vernon,
Jennings County, Ind., for the purpose of more readily securing a suitable lumber and poplar squares from which to manufacture pumps. In
June 1895, the rest of the business was moved to North Vernon as it was thought it would be better to have the business all together at this
location. From this time on his sons Frank and CHarlie, took charge of the business until the present time. Edgar divided his place of
residence the last ten years between Anderson and North Vernon. Somthing over a year ago however, he disposed of his residence property
at Anderson and decided to establish his permanent home in North Vernon.
He was always a most kind and generous husband and father. He took great interest and pride in his family, was
always extremely anxious and solicitous in all matters regarding their welfare. His private and business life has been characterized by
the most scrupulous and unswerving integrity. He was one of those sterling men of business whose word was always sufficient.
His wife, three sons, Frank M., Charlie E. and Orval R., and their families, his daughter, Lottie M. Lockwood and
her family, his brother, Wm. D. Platter, of Goshen and family and a sister living at Agra, Oklahoma, are left to mourn his loss. Two of
his sisters died before him, one in infancy and one at an advanced age. Findagrave Link
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