Marion Reid’s Desk—Is it?
We have a new/old desk at our house. After months of searching for a suitable writing desk for me to use, we found a unique older desk on http://www.kijiji.ca/ last week.
The couple, we purchased it from, shared an intriguing story about the desk’s history. They told us that it is an old-style teacher’s desk, which they bought on
(exact location unremembered.) Prince Edward Island
Originally the desk was medium brown colour, with different drawer pulls and a key. They refinished it in a reddish hue, except for the inside of the top of the desk and the inside of the desk drawer, which they didn’t change or touch. As an antique, those changes make the desk not particularly valuable, but as a desk with a story, it certainly is!
The sellers claim that the desk was used by the Honourable Marion Reid, who was the first woman Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, from 1990 to1995. For more information about Marion Reid, click here.
Indeed, Marion Reid did begin a teaching career on the
Island in 1946, at age 17. “Apart from a few years leave when her children were young, Reid continued her teaching career for 21 years.” (Library and Archives ) Canada
Marion Reid’s accomplishments are amazing: wife and mother to 8 children, teacher and school principal, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Speaker of the House, Opposition House Leader and Lieutenant Governor for the
. Her political achievements were “firsts” for any Province of Prince Edward Island Island woman.
Throughout her teaching and political careers, Marion Reid remained active in community service and in women’s issues.
It is fascinating to think of writing at the desk of such an extraordinarily accomplished woman. If she did, in fact, own or use this desk, it makes the desk an inspiration that comes with a great story.
The name “Marion Reid” is handwritten on the inside of the top of the desk, as you can see from the photo.
Regardless of whether the story is true, this desk is perfect for me to sit and write. I cherish the feeling of history, and of furniture that has been loved which come with this older piece. I wonder what other tales this desk might hold. And what tales it will encourage and inspire.
Note: Any of the printed words which show in red or blue will link to web pages, with additional information, if you click on them. All photographs are mine.