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May 2005 Baseball Logan 7 years old
Our Christmas 2003 Project
Around 1970, my father purchased a billiard table for $200 from a black (African American) pool hall in Tifton, Georgia. The table was sold with an old set of billiard balls, which we now know were ivory. It remained in our "shop" behind our house on 17th Ave in Albany GA until 1992-1993, when it was transported to our block building in Morgan, GA.
In Thanksgiving 2003, we loaded up the table, which had water damage, and I hauled it up to Dalton and placed in in our garage. We later enclosed the attached garage and built another detached Garage, so the Pool table would have a permanent home.
In restoring the table, we found a brass plate with the name A.E. Schmidt-St Louis. I Googled Schmidt and learned that they were a top quality Billiard Table Manufacturer and had been in business since 1850. In taking the table apart, I found two numbers 244 and 569 stamped on each piece of the table. I called the Schmidt Company and got to speak with Kurt Schmidt (Schmidt's Great, great Grandson) and he researched the table for us from their records and found that it was an old 1928 Wendt Billiard Co. table. Wendt had been in business in Milwaukee from 1926-1933 during the depression and during the "Golden Age" of Billiards. The depression absorbed Wendt and they were purchased by Brunswick in 1933. From the number "569", Kurt pulled Schmidt's records, Schmidt restored the table (#569) in 1946, which had been housed in an old Chicago Billiard Hall.
After about 200 hours of restoration work here is the finished product. The $200 Billiard table has been assessed at $20,000 by State Farm.
Our Spring 2004 Project
Since we completed the Wendt Pool Table, we needed to provide a suitable home for this antique. Of course we painted the Billiard Room Georgia Bulldog Red and put Black slate on the Floor, to keep with the Red and Black Theme.
We bought a 1964 Cavalier 72 Coke Machine and filled it with a variety of Beer (10 cent chillin' charge). You may remember pulling your favorite cold drink from one of these machines when you were a kid. We haven't decided whether to restore the machine or leave as is. The machine is not a depression era antiquity, but we (and our friends) like cold beer when we shoot pool. At 10 cents, it will take forever to pay for Logan's College, but every dime helps. Of course, when friends bring their own beer it must go into the Coke machine and they must buy it back for the 10¢ chillin' charge.
Next, we wanted to stick with the 1800's to depression era thing, so we went to the Eubanks Farm in Calhoun County, GA (my mother's Home Place) and my dad worked to remove the Tongue and Groove knotty pine from the walls of "Tuck's House", because we planned to use this ancient wood on one of our walls. Originally, I had planned to use weathered barn wood from Aunt Martha's barn, but this worked out nicely. Christy, if you see this, save some of that wood and use it as an accent wall in your house. Here is what the house looked like.
The inside was a Spartan three-room structure with a three-sided brick fireplace with an opening for each room. Can you imagine having to keep three fireplaces burning to keep warm? There was no electricity in this house until the 1960's and the fireplace was the only heat source. There was no insulation and only the knotty pine boards held the heat in. Old curtains were stuffed into the cracks to prevent the wind from passing through. However, Tuck was a stout old Black man who cut all his own wood with an axe. I still remember the day Tuck and another farm hand lifted the rear of my grandfathers truck to get his truck out of a mud bog. (I also remember when I was about 5 years old, getting a phone call on a Sunday Night to hurry up to Tuck's house. We left in the middle of Bonanza and hurriedly left for Tuck's. When we got to this house, we found that Tuck and Maggie Lee (Tuck's wife) had apparently imbibed far too much too much moonshine and Tuck started feeling a bit too frisky for Maggie Lee's taste. We found Tuck lying in the front yard with a butcher knife sticking out of his left shin). We still don't know how Little Joe got out of his predicament, but I'm sure TV Land will show the Bonanza episode soon.
There was no indoor plumbing and I remember the old out house. Originally, I can remember a dug well with a bucket that you could drop in for water. At some point a pump handle was added. The pump and handle now sit in my dad's front yard. Here are photo's of the interior.
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