AUGUST KELLER

Rose Davidson in
Heart 'O Texas News'30 April 1931

    August Keller used to be the keeper of the fastest horses and the keenest buggies in this section of McCulloch.  There was one stunning white horse that all the local swains especially desired when stepping out with that sweet thing.  And for dances!  Remember the gorgeous two-horse carriages that were in the order of the day.  High steppers those horses were and they made all the best social affairs of the day.
    "Thanks for the buggy ride" was a really and truly appreciation of the young ladies in that day-not just the title of a present day song!
    The Keller transfer of long slender dimensions and a beautiful yellow body of wobbly mein met all the local trains, accommodating the "drummers" who made Brady, and "livery stable" furnished the usual convenience for going through "their territory."  Carriages and "surreys" were used to drive through the country and a familiar sight on the streets of Brady.
    Wiley Walker had a swift horse called "Fidi" that dashed through the town on Sunday afternoons when he took the best girl riding.  Mr. Crother's family carriage horse, "Old Bill," was an old timer of no mean ability himself.
    Well, "The Old Gray Mare Ain't What She Used to Be, " which is a polite way of saying the good old days of horses and buggies are no more.  The present day romeo honks a horn and girls appear from every window in the neighborhood.  Horns that sound like Gabriel's own on tiny Fords that can hardly be seen with spyglasses and mothers wonder how on earth they will ever be able to afford a perfectly good nervous breakdown!
    And don't' forget old Klondike Hall with its outside stairway of uncertain sway.  The old hall shook and rocked like any perfectly good earthquake.  Music for dancing was furnished by "Pancho's Orchestra," a Mexican string quartet.  Over the outside upper porch of Klondike was a sign with huge letters, "Immigration Headquarters," and a certain young lady from Houston told all of her friends in the city that when she came to Brady she always danced at the Immigration Headquarters.

Rose Davidson in
Heart 'O Texas News'30 April 1931
Submitted by: Louann Hall