Courtesy Guy Choate

With a population of close to 50,000, Keller is now a substantial Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, but it was a small rural community when this photo was taken in about 1915. Sent in by reader Guy Choate, of San Angelo, the photo shows his great-uncle Andy Choate’s blacksmith shop, which was located where the Main Street Depot stands today at 204 S. Main St. in Keller. Andy is standing at right, with his brother Tim Choate at left. The man in the middle is unidentified. Guy said his great-uncles were born in Jamestown, Tennessee, as was Guy’s grandfather, Wade Choate. “Wade was something of a rambler, and in 1903 he took off and walked to Texas,” Guy said. “The family sent my great-uncle Tim to fetch him back home. Tim caught up with my grandfather in Keller and apparently liked what he saw there. The two went back to Tennessee, got the rest of the family, and returned to Texas in 1906.”

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From the August 2022 issue

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