Thanks for the tree com­men­tary

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: The orig­i­nal trees of The Ham­mer (April 28)

Thank you so much for Paul O’Hara’s won­der­ful ar­ti­cle on the orig­i­nal trees of Hamil­ton. My wife and I plan to visit all the trees noted in the com­ing weeks. The one tree of most in­ter­est to me was and is the Stath­cona But­ter­nut Hick­ory. This tree stands in front of 60 Mar­garet St. where my fam­ily resided from 1936 to 1952. Dur­ing that time, my friends and I played around the tree. I would rest my bike against it (a new $65 CCM), leav­ing it un­locked with no thought of some­one steal­ing it. This tree was our land­mark for the sea­sonal changes, new leaves in spring and but­ter­nuts each fall.

One day as a young boy sit­ting on the front step of my house, a lady stopped and told me she had lived in that very house when she was a young girl. She said at that time that she was 65 years of age. When I add her age to my age the tree must be 65 + 82 = 147-plus years. Pre­sum­ing the tree was ma­ture be­fore Con­fed­er­a­tion 1867, it stands as a proud sym­bol of our past and a fond mem­ory for my­self. I hope fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will look after this tree and all the won­der­ful orig­i­nal trees in Hamil­ton. Ralph Pritchard, Hamil­ton

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