A Short History of Dixondale Farms
As told by Jeanie Martin Frasier
In the early 1900's, my great-grandfather, John Mabson McClendon, moved his family to Dimmit County from a small Central Texas town called Pancake, TX. He began farming an area north of town called the Dixondale addition in the Wintergarden area. All of us at Dixondale Farms still live in that section of town as neighbors. John's son, Earl, who was 15 at the time, began farming with his father, growing onion transplants and sending them by train to farmers throughout the United States. Earl married Lula Bell, who came from a large old established family here. As you see, our roots run deep in South Texas. They continued farming through the Depression and World War II. They eventually offered the farming business to my father (their son-in-law) after he got out of the Army and graduated from the University of Texas in 1948. Earl remained active in farming and ranching until his death in 1983.
My father, Wallace Martin, continued growing transplants, as well as producing other crops such as cabbage and cauliflower. In 1982, my husband, Bruce Frasier, got out of the Army and began working with Dixondale Farms. It was then that Bruce saw a need to distribute his product to home gardeners. In 1990, UPS started providing delivery service to Carrizo Springs, and we began sending out small quantities of onion plants via UPS and USPS. Today we ship over 800 million onion plants to farmers, home gardeners, and garden centers around the country. We often laugh at the similarities between the past two generations of Dixondale Farms farmers. My father and my husband are both civil engineers by education and farmers by the grace of God. Both came into the business after leaving the Army and the business was handed down from father-in-law to son-in-law. At age 92, my father, Wallace, is still available for his vast onion knowledge and advice.
Wallace Martin and Bruce Frasier