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137-year-old (or more) pine tree felled in Toledo’s Woodlawn Cemetery

June 12, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The large pine tree in the southwestern section of Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo had limbs falling off last year. It was found to have died this spring and had to be cut down recently by Mike Purk, B?&?M?Tree Service.

Public Works Director Kendall Jordan said he counted 137 years of age rings in the stump of the tree.

Mark Dvorak, cemetery sexton, and resident Denise Fletcher said they counted a few more, pushing the trees age past 140 years.

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The stump and lower trunk is all which was remaining of a 137-year-old or older pine tree in Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo last week.
Chronicle photos/John Speer

In any case, the tree, doesn't quite pre-date the cemetery itself, but it comes close.

The 2003 Toledo Sesquicentennial History Book reported the cemetery got its start as a rural cemetery. The first burial was in 1854.



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