Manuscripts/Mixed Material [William A. Platt]
March 3, 1939.
William A. Platt (83)
Atlantic Bch Rd.,
Rose Shepherd, Writer.
WILLIAM A. PLATT.
Rev. A. M. Blackford, Director of Keystone Home for Boys, said: “A quarter of a mile down to the Johnson Store on Atlantic Beach Road, then turn to the right and down the little lane in the third house you'll find him - a relict of the past, but with a mind as keen as one fifty years younger.”
“The third house” is a well kept cottage with a hospitable front porch having several rockers, the air filled with the fragrance from the wild crab-apple tree in full bloom by the gate, vines over a trellis on the right side of the walk from the lane, and a figtree to the left.
A knock on the door brought Mrs. Platt, who replied in answer to our inquiry. “Yes, he is attending to the chickens. Come in and I'll get him; I know he'll be anxious to give you his life history and tell all about ‘Keystone.’”
In a few minutes she was back, with Mr. Platt - a small sized man, frail looking, his light hair and graying moustache, his eager gray eyes showing his English lineage. He was dressed in a blue denim suit, with a black sweater, with a dark cap pulled well down on his head.
“I was born in Liverpool, England on October 15, 1855, and came with my father and mother to America in 1873. We landed in Rhode Island, where we lived for three years. We suffered terribly from the cold. You know that section of the United States is much colder