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JDGEE: The monsterously large paw paw tree of Cane Valley

My late pater nobilis never lied, but he could stretch the blanket with the best of them. I recall him talking about when he was a young man finding a tree in the eastern part of Russell County so big he started walking around it the 12th of August and didn't get back to the starting point until two days before the autumnal equinox.

That specimen, however, couldn't hold a candle to the monstrously large paw paw tree mentioned in the Cane Valley newsletter in the June 5, 1912 edition of the Adair County News (transcribed verbatim):
"W.E. Hancock, Esq., has a paw paw bush in his yard two inches in diameter at the ground and twenty-four high. If you can beat this please let us hear from you."
Respectfully submitted, JD Gee

This story was posted on 2013-03-02 16:18:16
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