In the spring of 1903, William Robert Crow moved to Little Rock to take a job as a traveling produce salesman. On a train to Conway, AR, he met a fellow named J.G. Burlingame. They accidentally met several times that week while calling on customers and again at the end of the week on the train ride home. Mr. Burlingame, who was several years older than Bob, invited him to his home for dinner and to meet is wife. The following week Mr. Burlingame suggested Bob leave the local boarding house and move in to their home. Mr. Crow accepted, living there until he married seven years later. This the beginning of a friendship that would lead to the creation of the Crow-Burlingame Company and would span 56 years until Mr. Burlingame died.