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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Garland in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Roach Feed & Seed Co.

Roach Feed & Seed Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 10, 2020
1. Roach Feed & Seed Co. Marker

In 1920, Garland businessman W. H. Roach and his son Haskell, recently graduated from Baylor University, acquired the retail grocery operation of M. D. Williams' mercantile store and began business on the south side of the town's square as Roach Grocery Co.

Later, they sold the retail grocery business and opened a feed, seed and wholesale grocery company supplying small grocery stores in the area. A few years later, leasing land on the Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way, the Roaches erected a tin-covered building to house their Roach Feed & Grocer Co. The new store opened on June 16, 1933, and eventually became known as "A Texas Legend."

After his father's death during World War II, Haskell "Hack" Roach eliminated the grocery inventory, and the business became Roach Feed & Seed Co. During this period, he also joined Earl McDaniel Sr. in purchasing a local grain operation, and formed Roach & McDaniel Grain Co. One of its early customers was a young business, the Frito Company of Dallas, which grew to become an iconic American food corporation known worldwide. McDaniel's son Earl "Jack" McDaniel Jr., joined Roach Feed
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& Seed as a store employee in 1949. The two companies continued to operate separately until 1952, when Jack McDaniel purchased his father's interest in the grain company and became Roach's partner in that enterprise. After the grain operation was sold in the late 1950s, the younger McDaniel continued as Roach's partner in the feed store.

Garland's rapid growth and burgeoning housing developments in the decades after World War II brought demand for lawn, gardening, and pet supplies, so the company evolved further. "Hack" Roach continued working at the store until the age of 91. He dies on Dec. 5, 1991, at the age of 93.

Guided by successive, but overlapping, generations from two families, Roach Feed & Seed has continually reshaped itself to serve the needs of a changing customer base. Its staff represents more than 125 years of service to the Garland community.
Erected 2013 by Garland Landmark Society. (Marker Number 20087.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 54.767′ N, 96° 38.167′ W. Marker is in Garland, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 Main Street, Garland TX 75040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Roach Feed & Seed Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 10, 2020
2. Roach Feed & Seed Co. Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bankhead Highway in Garland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Garland (about 500 feet away); Santa Fe Railroad Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); First Christian Church of Garland (approx. ¼ mile away); First Methodist Church of Garland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Public Education in Garland (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church, USA (approx. 0.4 miles away); ​Garland Lodge No. 441, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garland.
Roach Feed & Seed Co. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 10, 2020
3. Roach Feed & Seed Co.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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