The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 22, 1965 · Page 21
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 21

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Tuesday, June 22, 1965
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PREMIUM SALTINE CRACKERS THE RECLOSABLE STACK PACK KEEPS PREMIUM SALTINES CRISP TO THE VERY, VERY LAST CRACKER! THE STACK PACK OPENS EASILY... SERVES YOU CRACKERS ONE BY ONE RECLOSES TO SEAL OUT MOISTURE Snapping crisp with soup... or cheese... or jams ...PREMIUM SALTINE CRACKERS stay crisp 'cause you can reclose the STACK PACK! "PLOW-IN-OAK-TREE" by Irving Wallace N O! It's not April Fool's Day. What you see is authentic! Who put it there, when, and why are questions asked by motorists who pull off the highway near Exira, Iowa, to see the phenomenal sight of a metal plow sticking through a huge Oak tree as if it were an arrow through a paper valentine. All but the latter question can be answered. It all started back in 1885 when a homesteader, Andrew J. Leffingwell, left his walking plow alongside the field next to an Oak sapling. He, being a prudent farmer, left it upside down, resting on the wooden handles, to keep the plowshare off the moist ground to prevent rusting. Today, 77 years later, the sapling has grown into a huge tree. At the base it is 50 inches in diameter ana where the plow rests the trunk is 32 inches in diameter. Both ends of the plow stick out 14 inches. Because of the arc of the beam, it would be considerably lower inside the tree. The wooden handles have long disappeared. Oak trees have the reputation of living to a ripe old age, sometimes to be 2,000 years old. On the basis of the tree's growth, it will entirely envelop the plow in another 65 years. Imagine the surprise and mystery someone will have in the far off future if they take this tree to a sawmill and discover the plow inside the trunk! It remains a puzzle why this man left his plow at the edge of the field. That was 77 Iowa summers ago and the people of Audubon County have long given up trying to solve it. But the name of Andrew J. Leffingwejl will long be remembered for every day finds people beating a path to see his plow in the Oak tree alongside of the road. Whatever the reason, he unwittingly left a memorial to his name. Nature saw to that.

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