Historic Jarvies House to be moved from Main Street

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The 90-year-old Jarvies House, at 124 S. Main St., soon will be moving to another Old Town location.

City Council approved an amendment Sept. 3 to the Old Town Keller Park Master Plan, allowing the Old Town Keller Foundation to move the house to a park site on Bates Street.

The house would be used as a heritage and information center and include park-like gardens and public amenities, while keeping the park’s original purpose of serving as a central gathering area within Old Town Keller.

Becky Harness, committee member and owner of Old Town Quilts on Olive Street, said residents and business owners in Old Town Keller have big plans for the park where the house will be moved, including bringing in gardening clubs to help, building greenhouses and planting roses cut from the city’s original “white rose.”

According to the Old Town Keller Foundation website, the rose was identified as the McCartney Rose, a thorny rose bush that once served as fencing to keep herds of cattle, hogs and other wildlife off of roads.

“This has come about so fast and so quickly,” Harness said. “There are so many ideas ... There are people lined up (to help), that park is going to be spectacular.”

Funding for relocating the house will be paid by the Foundation, which also will fund future improvements. The city will continue park maintenance including mowing and tree maintenance.

The historic house was built in the 1920s for the family of James (Jim) Ernest Jarvies, according information on the the Foundation website.

Jim Jarvies, the youngest child of Thomas Jefferson Jarvies and Annie Frances Lopp of Double Springs, was born in 1895.

He was a farm boy schooled in nearby Mt. Gilead who chose a career in business, enrolled in the Brantley Draughon Business College in Fort Worth and after graduation was employed by the First State Bank of Keller.

After World War I military service, Jarvies organized the Smithfield State Bank and in 1920, with Thomas B. White, organized the original Keller State Bank.

“I think this is a great thing, being able to preserve our history,” Mayor Pat McGrail said. “That’s what Old Town Keller is all about, our history, our heritage.”

For more information, go to http://www.otkf.org/

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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