Historic Scythe Tree Farm Near Geneva, N. Y.


Stock #: 445339
Type: Postcard
Era: White Border
City: Waterloo
State: New York (NY)
County: Seneca
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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History of the Scythe Tree On the farm now owned by C. l. Shaffer, two miles west of Waterloo, and four miles east of Geneva on the traction line stands the historic Balm of Gillead tree, a living monument to Wyman J. Johnson, who in October 1861 comning from the field hung the ascythe he had been using in this tree then eight inches in diameter, saying to his mother, "Let it hang there until I return." He enlistedin Company G, 85th New York Regiment at Elmira, october 29, 1861; called into service November 15, 1861, aqnd after serving in fifteen engagements, was wounded at New Burne, N. C., April 20, 1864 and died at Raleigh Hospital, May 22, 1864, having been promoted to Fourth Sergeant. This living monument after fifty-seven years, now waves its mammoth branches to a height of 100 feet and has a spread of over 100 feet and the trunk measures more than fifteen feet in circumference, with only six inches of the scythe now protruding and pointing toward his unmarked Southern grave. The women of Tyler J. Snyder Relief Corps, No. 78, Waterloo, N. Y., nbow keep the Stars and Stripes continually floating over the scythe.

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