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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

But they were not content to cut down alone those •on the lots, but destroyed also those in the streets abutting their premises. Of the magnificent grove which surrounded the old Biddle homestead but three or four remain. On my own premises two primitive hickories still stand, their being permitted to remain and occupy ground that might be utilized for other than aesthetic purposes being a constant source of wonder and even of protest to many of my fellow citizens. In front of the grounds of the River Park Hotel opposite, a few only of ft formerly large number remain, one of these, a magnificent towering whitewood (Tulipifera Lirio- dendron), having the scar of the axeman's work, when the former owner was about to have it sacrificed, but on my urgent appeals to "spare, that tree, " consented to let it stand, and in June, with its magnificent covering of large tulip blossoms, ia the glory of the street. Not more than twenty-five of the primitive growths still remain but as many of the streets are now well ornamented and shaded by growth of maples and other trees since then set out, the destruction of the former is not so much noticed place, and grown by the enterprise and business push of its owner to a business of large and constantly increasing importance. This is a source of special pride and interest to Wyandotte because of the fact that the owner of this alone, of all the large manufactories, is a resident of Wyandotte and is therefore more than all the others personally interested in the growth and all that concerns the welfare of the place, which interest has been manifested in various ways and numerous generous acts, especially in the reading room and public library supported mainly by his generosity.

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