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Letter: More on the Daniel Boone Tree

Boone portrayer and scholar Scott New thought the carving authentic

By Richard Phelps

On the subject of the Daniel Boone Tree at the Trabue Russelll House.

Chris Bennett's question regarding the tree. In the glass case is a newspaper article from about 1960 Adair Co. News. The farm where the tree was found was then owned by Richard Dohoney on Hwy 704 about 2 miles out 704; the farm was later owned by Estel Ballou in the later 60's: and is now owned by John Ballou.


The Dohoney's and Estel Ballou cleared the woods over a period of many years. Today all of the hills are cleared and are in the CREP Program. My daughter Elizabeth Ballou, her husband Ben and my grandchildren live on the farm today.

I plan to have John show me sometime in the fields the approximate area of the finding of the tree. John Ballou has a vivid memory of the history of the tree.

Several years a Daniel Boone historian and historical portrayer of Boone named Scott New was at Lindsey Wilson for a performance of Daniel Boone.

After his great performance I told Scott about the tree carving. The next morning I took him to the Trabue Russell House and showed it to him.

He has studied Daniel Boone intensely for many years and has seen many documents and other tree carvings across several states. Scott thought it was for real as well. --Richard Phelps Comments re photo 69543 The text on the carving displayed at the Trabue House


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