- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GLADE, Ark. (AP) - A post office building from the 1800s has been returned to a northwest Arkansas town after a hiatus of more than half a century.

The building that housed the Glade Post Office and store from about 1890 to 1945 was removed to a farm in nearby Pea Ridge when the damming of the White River threatened to submerge it 53 years ago. It was relocated to a hill in Glade overlooking Beaver Lake this week, according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/U6uFwl ).

Stanley Williams, 77, of Pea Ridge, recently donated the building to the Glade Community Historical Society.

Williams’ father had saved the building from the flood. At that time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified that the building would soon be underwater from the damming of the river to create Beaver Lake, so Williams’ father moved the building to his farm near Pea Ridge. The family used the building as a storage shed.

Williams remembered the building from his childhood, which had slots for mail, bins for grain and groceries and a wood burning stove in the center.

“Everybody in Glade and Coal Gap Community was rich,” Williams said. “They didn’t have no money, but they was rich. They were rich in other things. It was a good life. If a neighbor got in trouble, there was somebody there to help him.”

It took an hour and a half for Benton County authorities to escort the building the 20 miles from Pea Ridge back to Glade.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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