in a Pecan Shell
Rancher James Monroe Choate became the town’s
namesake when the community developed along the Goliad – Kenedy Road in the late
19th Century. Due to the number of residents from Oklahoma, the town was also
known as “The Oklahoma Settlement.”
From 1902 through 1909 Choate
had its own post office as well as basic businesses. Population figures were only
estimates, but from the 1930s until the drought years of the early 1950s, the
estimate was a mere 75.
The school managed to stay open until the 1960s
and today the town remains on county maps with a 2000 population figure of 20.
My dad was the last Principle when the school closed in the mid 1960's.
A few years ago they had a community burning (with firemen present) of the school
to prevent the danger of the building falling in on anyone. The old cafeteria
behind it is now used by the local Baptist Church. I've been told there is a plan
in the works to make a small park inside the old school walls. Most students now
attend the Pettus Independent School District.
Choate is located in Karnes County on highway 239 SE of Kenedy
going toward Goliad. - Will
Beauchamp, November 07, 2008
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