This story started on the Photo of the Week Page at corndancer.com Click on the link to see the first part of the story, a very cool thing to do.
Frank Cross, an invalid confined to his bed, was murdered in the mid-eighties at his home which formerly stood behind the tree. The family had the house demolished, but left the fine cedar tree standing as a memorial to Frank, who was an admired member of his community in southeast Arkansas.
Close inspection of the tree base reveals some artifacts which were probably part and parcel of the old home.
Note in the picture above how flat the grass is laying. The wind was whipping across the Delta fields in the 15 knot neighborhood. It was December 21, the alleged first day of winter. As if programmed to be true, the temperature was below 30 degrees in that afternoon. The wind chill factor was polar.
In the picture to the left, you see items left under the tree. For the uninitiated, the piece with the spring attached appears to be part of a cultivator, a tractor towed implement. The object to the right of the cultivator part is probably part of an andiron set. There are some bricks in the foreground, probably from the house.
Human nature being what it is, there was other detritus, probably not a part of the household leftovers. It seems that we humans have some sort of genetic bent to deposit trash where we find other (perceived) trash. There was an old hydraulic hose, some water valve parts and other bits and pieces, not endemic to a house which was probably 75 or 80 years old, when it met its demise. Also a few wrappers and bottles. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out how those got there. In the hot summer, this tree provides best shade for miles, a good place for working people to take a break.
Information for our original story on corndancer.com was generously provided by Chuck and Pam Taylor and Chuck’s mother. Like a dummy, I did not write her name down. Family operates Taylors, a store and restaurant west of Dumas AR. While I did not sample the fare, I have now inspected the menu provided to me by Chuck. I’ll be back.
Click here to see nine additional pictures of the tree.
Thanks for dropping by and Merry Christmas,
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