Living history



Belle Center honors Keller with street naming

When Dave Keller waited with his grade school classmates to board a passenger train to take them to a museum in Michigan, he would have never guessed that one day history would bear his name on the very spot he stood.

But many decades later, the 94-year-old lifelong Belle Center resident was honored with that very distinction.

“I’d just as leave they forget all this,” Mr. Keller said in response to the Saturday afternoon dedication of Keller Avenue, which runs north-south along the former railroad property in front of the historic train depot. Along with the street naming, Mayor Rhonda Fulmer declared Saturday to be “David C. Keller Day” in Belle Center.

In addition to donating some of the land used for the public right-of-way, Mr. Keller, a 21-year member of the village council and former volunteer firefighter and emergency responder, is known as the town historian with a penchant for old photographs and was instrumental in getting the depot restoration project started.

“As much as he dislikes all the attention, it’s really great to see so many people come out for this,” said Mr. Keller’s son, D.C. Keller of Belle Center.

“It’s a great thing for a guy who loves Belle Center as much as he does. But when he found out, it was kind of a double-edged sword because he would prefer not to be the center of attention.”

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Belle Center resident Dave Keller, front, for whom a village street was named, is honored by Village Councilman Bill McCormick during a Saturday afternoon dedication ceremony. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)


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