John B. Laneri had a long career in the food-service business, first at Ginocchio’s Hotel beside the 1876 train depot located near today’s Tower 55, then at the 1899 depot, then in partnership with Louis Bicocchi in the Fort Worth Macaroni Company.
Laneri also was vice president of Martin Casey & Co. wholesale liquors.
Laneri lived at 902 South Jennings Avenue at the corner of Terrell Avenue.
On March 15, 1904 the Telegram reported that construction was progressing on the $15,000 ($383,000 today) home. The house was designed by L. B. Weinman, who also designed the James F. Moore house.
The Laneri house is located in a patch of the near South Side that is rich in Fort Worth history. The 1912 city directory shows that B. B. Paddock lived across the street from John Laneri; down the street, opposite the second Fort Worth High School (Central High School, 1911), lived Elizabeth J. Daggett, widow of Ephraim Beck Daggett, who was son of Ephraim Merrell and father of Jeff. On Jennings Avenue at Rosedale Street is the 1910 Rosedale phone exchange building.
This map locates:
SP 1919 St. Paul Lutheran Church
PB 1905 planbook house
ML 1904 Maxwell-Liston house
M 1911 William Monnig house
G 1910 William Graham house and garage. The garage became a neighborhood grocery store. Graham’s construction company built the new high school on Jennings Avenue.
L 1904 Laneri house
P B. B. Paddock house
D Elizabeth J. Daggett house
RO 1910 Rosedale phone exchange building
(All survive except the Paddock and Daggett houses.)
On February 14, 1935 John B. Laneri died. Clip is from the February 15, 1935 Dallas Morning News.
John B. Laneri is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
Some more views of the Laneri house:
According to Tarrant Appraisal District, the building is owned by Pepito Properties.