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Kellers To Be Crowned Old Settlers Royalty

Posted 8/10/2017

By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD— Bob and Charlotte Keller will be crowned King and Queen of Old Settlers this year.

Charlotte said they were very surprised to be chosen for the honor. Their young next-door neighbor, Felix Farmer, came over with a drawing of red and green stick figures with jewels on them.

“He asked, ‘Will you?’” Charlotte said.

“Our town and the rural community around Halstead are very special to us,” Charlotte and Bob said. “We are honored to be the 2017 Old Settler’s King aBOB and Charlotte Keller will represent Halstead as the 2017 Old Settlers King and Queen. BOB and Charlotte Keller will represent Halstead as the 2017 Old Settlers King and Queen. nd Queen.”

Charlotte Malone grew up on a farm between Copeland and Plains in western Kansas. She came to Halstead for nurses’ training at Halstead Hospital.  Bob (Robert) Keller is a lifelong resident of the Halstead area.

The couple met in 1955 when Bob was back home for the weekend while stationed in Salina with the Air Force, where he served as a ground crew chief for the B47. While with the Air Force, Bob said he saw more of the world than most people ever do.

The two were on a drive through Riverside Park when he proposed.

The couple married in 1957, 60 years ago. They’ve spent 50 of those years farming.

“After growing up on a farm, I said I would never marry a farmer,” Charlotte said, laughing.

Bob and Charlotte farmed wheat, milo and alfalfa and raised sheep. Between Bob and his father, they managed 750 ewes. They farmed ground and pastured sheep around the Halstead area.

When his parents decided to retire from farming, Bob and Charlotte moved to Bob’s childhood home on North Hertzler Road, about four miles north of Halstead. Bob attended kindergarten through eighth grade at the Pleasant Valley District 47 School. He then attended Halstead High School where he was a four-sport athlete.

Bob and Charlotte raised two children, Kevin and Kendra. They said they were very involved with their children’s activities and said their children would describe them as good parents, caring and hardworking.

“We think our children are awesome. They have grown into considerate, loving adults, who have a good work ethic,” Charlotte and Bob said.

To continue reading and for stories about the other Old Settlers award recipients, please see this week's print edition.