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MIKE WATSON: What a Tree!

From over 108 years ago

By Mike Watson
Adair County Historian

Big trees, fact or fiction? The following short item was tucked away in the February 1, 1905 edition of The Adair County News. This may have been a pair of tall yarns, but may be just be factual. Maybe B.J. Fudge can weigh in on the likely-hood:
Hon. W.F. Neat was in the News office Friday and while talking about large sycamores, stated that many years ago Green River bottoms were famed for the tremendous size of this timber. One one occasion Mr. Neat, then a boy, was fishing and heard a noise that excited him and he went in search of the cause. To his surprise he found a cow fully 20 feet up a hollow sycamore that had blown down and which belonged to a widow of that section. He noticed the family and the cow was released by the use of an ax. Some one had store some turnips in the log and the cow went after them so far that she was unable to extricate herself.

On another occasion Mr. Neat stated that a man, while cultivating his corn in the bottom near where Mr. Phil Knifley now lives, his horse fell into a hollow sycamore stump, the earth having formed even with the top of the stump, and there died.
Compiled by Mike Watson.

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