Historic Scythe Tree On a farm between Waterloo and Geneva, N. Y. stands this historic scythe tree. In October 1861, Wyman J. Johnson Hung his scythe in this tree telling his mother he would leave it there until he returned, but he never returned, as he lies in an unmarked southern grave. In 1918 the Schaffer Brothers enlisted in the world War, hanging their scythes beside one another in this tree. During the World War three flags were floating there. At the close of the War the Schaffer Brothers returned and to-day only one flag floats there, that for Johnson. It has a height of 100 feet. The trunk measures over 15 feet in circumference with only six inches of Johnson's scythe protruding. It is listed in the Hall of Fame at Washington, D. C. and stands to-day a living monument. The women of Tyler J. snyder Relief Corps, No. 76 Waterloo, N. Y. now keep the Stars and Stripes continually floating over the scythe.