A Guide to the Ezra A. Frantz Papers, 1906-1960
Ezra Allen Frantz (1875-1964) was born to Michael and Barbara Brubaker Frantz in Pleasant Hill, Illinois. In 1896, he married Mary Lavanna Buckley, with whom he had five children, including historian Joe B. Frantz. After dissolving his manufacturing partnership with his brother Peter, Frantz and his family moved to Texas in 1900. He soon acquired the Standard Bale Wire Buckle Company, which manufactured cotton-bale wire buckles. Frantz also patented a piston ring, a scratcher for oil rigs, and other inventions. During World War II, he served as general superintendent of the American Manufacturing Company.
"Frantz, Ezra Allen."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 7, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffr06.
The Ezra A. Frantz Papers, 1906-1960, consist of the business records of the Frantz Buckle Company in Weatherford, Texas, as well as personal records of Frantz and his social activities. The business records include correspondence, ledgers and journals, printed material, architectural drawings, and advertising materials, while the personal records contain correspondence, lists, newspaper clippings, and other items related to the Church of the Brethren of Texas and Louisiana and Frantz’s rental properties.
This collection is open for research use.
Ezra A. Frantz Papers, 1906-1960, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Frances Rodgers, November 1973.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers