Old Settler Gone - Rock Maple
Culver Has Lost One of Its Most Prominent Landmarks
Culver Lost one of it oldest inhabitants last week - one whose sturdy and towerin form
has been a familiar sight to the people of the village and whoe presence will be missed
even by those who have been but temporary dwellers in the town.
Straight as a arrow and diginified as a king, this old residen has withstoof the shock of
summer torm and dified the shrieking blast of winter's blizzard with no dimunution of his
royal vigor until within the past two seasons when it became apparent to the close
observer that there was a slight loss of his spledid strrength and that probably his days
of usefulness were nearly gone.
This old settler was the big rock maple in the center of the walk in fron of the Porter
property on Main street.
When a cement walk was laid about four years ago Granma Porter, owner of the
adutting property - loyal, as all old settlers are, to distinguished landmarks - could not
decree the removal of the grand old tree, and the town board in the same spirit
permitted it to remain.
Surrounded by cement, however, it was deprived of its former moisture, and recently
the leaves have shown a tendency to curl. A portion of the foliage had to be cut away
to make room for the nrew stores, and will Porter concluded last week to have it cut down.
Henry Overman and Abe French laid sturdy stroke of glealming ax to its base and soon it
toppled over into the street with a crash which proclaimed its mighty strength and weight
Mr. Porter remembers when it was set out, some fifty years ago, a slender tree 3 inches in
diameter. At the time of its sacrifice it was 18 inches in diameter and 60 feet tall.
Under normal conditions it would have attained an age of 200 years, but would not have greatly
increased in size.
It was a splendid specimen, symmetrical in every way, - a typical growth of the noblest
family which inihabits our American forests. Its grain was curled, and no doubt Mr. Porter
could have sold the tree for a handsome price but he has taken it to his yard whenciet
will find ifominious end in the Porter cook stove.