Historic Scythe Tree between Waterloo and Geneva, N. Y. in the Finger Lakes A Strange curiosity is the 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 from the Civil War. He never came home and he lies in an unmarked grave on a Southern battlefield. In 1918 during World War I, the Schaffer Brothers enlisted. They placed their scythes beside one another. Throughout the war three flags waved. At the close of the great conflict the Schaffer brothers returned and today but one flag floats in honor of Johnson. The Scythe Tree has a height of over 100 feet. The trunk measures over 15 feet in circumference. Only six inches of Johnson's scythe protrudes. The tree and its history is listed in the Hall of Fame at Washington, D. C. It is a living memorial. The Women of Tyler J. Snyder Relief Corps, No. 76 Waterloo, N. Y., now keep the Stars and Stripes continually floating over the scythe.