Richard Milford and oak tree
Bird improving he and her the for G. Liberty A Great Oak Fired One of the biggest and oldes oak trees in Alton—more than si feet in diameter through th trunk close to the ground—wa emitting smoke today after a slo\ fire had been gradually eating ou the interior of the big hollow trun for three days. The tree stands on Leveret avenue on Shurtleff college prop erty between the residences of D George N. Stevenson and Dr. . S. Boughton. Both these home years ago were owned by Dr. Jus lice Bulkley, old time Shurtle professor. How much mor» than i hundred years the big oak stood on the spot that it is soon to vacate vacate Is a guess. It was a big tree however 75 years ago. Yesterday morning early when the Stevenson and Boughton family family first 'learned that the big tree was burning they called the fire department. Firemen from the Upper Alton hose house spent an hour and a half running water on the big oak. Today as Richard Milford, veteran veteran property man for Shurtleff, 1 a V7t EM* I** **£'*•• *V "IU** *"• *-'«« Ml I M. 11, applied elbow grease to a big saw ' •**^_ .. ... . .. on huge limbs that had been cut off the tree, smoke belched from the limbless trunk at the top about 35 or 40 feet from the ground. The limbs had been sawed sawed off and were strewn about the lawn of the two homes. Milford said the /tree had been on fire three days. "Small boys" of the neighborhood playing boy scouts had built a fire at the base of the great old tree Milford said.