Monday, June 02, 2008

History Lessons

History lessons come in all types. This past week we had to remove an old elm tree from the FARM. Since we did not have equipment large enough to remove the tree, we asked the Mayor, Paul Christensen, to use the city equipment to remove it for us. He gladly came and toppled the big old girl. It took a few words of encouragement (?) and some patience on his part but she fell with a mighty thud. By the time Barry and I got over to where the tree had fallen, Paul was counting the rings to guess the tree's age. The tree was about 107 years old.

This summer Churchs Ferry will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on June 27th and 28th. That means this elm had to have been one of the first inhabitants of the city. It's sad when you see something that has lived so long be taken out by such a little bug. Dutch Elm Disease has destroyed so many trees in North Dakota and has been devastating to many of our community forests. Unfortunately we are now facing the same with Ash trees as the Emerald Ash Borer works its way ever closer to our ND borders.

I'm sure this tree was home to many birds, had many children playing in and around its branches and gave shade for many picnics and outdoor activities. I like to imagine its history - and it will be fun to hear about the rest of Churchs Ferry history as we celebrate this month. Won't you come and join us in our celebration? Watch our web site for a posting of events. We'd love to share it with you.

See you June 27th and 28th!

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