This has nothing to do with genealogy, but is a heart-warming story that I think should be shared.
Frank Knight's decades-long battle to save New England's tallest elm served as an inspiring tale of devotion, so it is fitting that he will be laid to rest in a coffin made from the tree he made famous. Knight, who died Monday at 103, had affectionately referred to the 217-year-old elm nicknamed Herbie as "an old friend." The massive tree succumbed to Dutch elm disease and was cut down two years ago.
Wood from the tree was made into a casket, a secret that was kept from Knight, who will now be buried in that casket.
You can read more in an article by David Sharp at http://www.tributes.com/show/Frank-Knight-93812923.
My thanks to Pam Mitchell for telling me about this story.
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