Letters, letters, I get letters.....and I like getting the letters.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

 

One thing about a blog is that it stays out there in internet land for a long long time.  We may forget it but someone else is finding it and finding it interesting.  Such is the case with my Beebe Arkansas depot blog.  I just received this inquiry.

Dear Barbara,

I just recently purchased an old desk from the flea market that now occupies the Beebe Depot.  They told me this desk came with the depot. They had no idea how long it had been there but I did do some research on the company that made it and they had been in business since 1886.  My question to you is the age of the depot?  I was wondering if this might have been some of their business furniture.  The desk is very big and we had to take it out the sliding door and down the ramp outside.  It took 4 people to lift it.  I was just wondering if anyone knew the history of this desk.  Thank you for you time.

Judith

I asked her for a picture of the desk and told her some of my railroad expert friends might know the answer to her question.

old desk

Here's the desk. And her final response was this.

This is a pic of the desk.  I found by the brass plate that this model was built between 1900 and 1937 because the name of the co. changed.  I really was just wondering about the history of it.  Also, how long has the depot been there in Beebe?   Thank you,

So if any of you railroad experts know the answer to her question, she'd love hearing from you.  It's good to know that another old piece of furniture has become a treasure!  And to see a lovely depot go review my blog as hyperlinked above.

 

Comments (14)

Chris Hill
Century 21 New Millennium - California, MD
Your Southern Maryland Real Estate Professional

It really is interesting how something like this stays out there and then one day it comes back. Thank you for sharing, plus what a Great Desk!

Jun 28, 2010 02:27 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Barbara, and you are such a great resource for the past history of your area, and I love old desks.

Jun 28, 2010 03:13 PM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Gosmother,

I wish to inform you that I am not an expert on railroads, other than being railroaded.

Godson

Jun 28, 2010 04:42 PM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Barbara, That desk comes from back in the day when you got a lot for your money. Wood, not particle board. They don't build 'em like they used to. Houses or desks!

Jun 29, 2010 12:35 AM
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

Someone - can't remember who - has written a history of Beebe LATELY.  Eddie Best had told me about it.  Might you call Eddie and ask him....and/or look on the WCHS webpage about Beebe.  It IS in White County so there may be something there.   I'm sure Eddie can help you.

love the desk, naturally.

Jun 29, 2010 01:19 AM
#5
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Chris Hill, I am constantly amazed that the blogs show up in searches so often.

Gary, thanks so much for liking our history.  I hope the locals like it too.

Nutsy, it is so sad to think of your being railroaded and to think of how much torture those folks put you through.  To keep from putting dirty words in my blog, I'll not call their names but we know who they are.  Godmoma Barbara would never railroad you!

Charles, it is a neat looking desk.  And you're right about not building like they used to.  However, if I have to choose, I want a new house not an old one, don't you?  LOL  Then I'll fill it with old furniture!!

Jun 29, 2010 01:19 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Hmmm, looks like a veneered wood desk to me. Those chip marks at the drawer edges look like the veneer has flaked off. I can't imagine stained and varnished wood having gouge marks looking like that.

Veneers were just beginning to be acceptable at the beginning of the 19th century. The idea of using a thin sheet of quality wood to cover lower quality wood has been around since the Egyptians but was used only to make lower cost furniture which might fit the use in a train depot.

Jun 29, 2010 02:01 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Barbara, many a squirrel has had "problems" with trains----and Nutsy is only deserving of the best training.

Jun 29, 2010 03:08 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Godmother,

This talk from Mr Charles lets me know that we need to pray for his sole.

Nutsy

Jun 29, 2010 05:59 AM
Anonymous
Judith Ingle

Thanks for all the comments...you are right, Don, about the veneer on the front of the drawers. I really can't tell what kind of wood it's made out of but did a little research on the company and they used oak, walnut, mahogany, and rosewood. I will tell you that this one is solid.  It does have some water damage on the left side but after about half a can of Liquid Gold, it just looked beautiful again.  It's got it's dings but don't we all. I just wish I knew how long the depot had used it.  It is proudly displayed in my living room as a piece of Beebe history. Thank you all...

Jun 29, 2010 06:06 AM
#10
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Thanks, folks, including Nutsy for helping this lady learn more about the desk.  Perhaps another person can answer her question about the depot.

Jun 29, 2010 03:13 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

And just what did Nutsy contribute except another nutsy image?

Jun 30, 2010 12:02 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, you're just too picky.  Nutsy ALWAYS contributes. 

Jun 30, 2010 01:52 PM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Godmother,

These rude comments about me, at your blog, are really making me go off like Etna. This Mr Don needs to buck up and apologize. As to my contribution, how about this: It is made of old wood. Ha.

Nutsy, your Godson

 

Jul 01, 2010 10:51 AM