Thursday, June 14, 2018

The George Washington Elm Tree in Sandusky

On June 14, 1932, members of the Elks Lodge planted the "George Washington" elm tree at the park at the intersection of West Adams Street, Huron Avenue, and Wayne Street in Sandusky, Ohio. The tree was to commemorate both Flag Day and the George Washington Bicentennial. Judge E.B. King told the crowd that had gathered for the tree planting, that "Great problems often times harder than those we face today were met and conquered by George Washington with a courage and a steadiness which should stand forever as an example to us." Many of our ancestors have often driven by this location, which is now a park named for Wade Dauch, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Dauch. You can read about the tree planting in 1932 in the June 15, 1932 issue of the Sandusky Register, available on microfilm at the Sandusky Library.

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