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Fred Lynch

Mystery Solved: That's a HUGE tree!

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 7:30 AM

We found this previous mystery photo taken by G.D. Fronabarger was published Nov. 2, 1946 in the Southeast Missourian. Here is the story:

The largest tree in Missouri is the Cypress shown in the above picture, lumbermen say. It stands in a field a few miles from Vanduser in Scott County, and is in a fine state of health.

Here is the complete updated blog on April 1, 2011.


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  • My first guess is the '20's or '30's. There's nothing in the picture (identifiable landmark) or on the people (fashion) it's hard to tell.

    Do cypress trees grow in a particular area?

    What about the house in the background?

    -- Posted by redpen on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:13 AM
    Fred Lynch
    I would guess that Frony took the photo in the 1940s or possibly the early 1950s. He started taking pictures for the Southeast Missourian about 1935.
  • Folks, that was what was in the swamp before it was drained. A tree that big won't grow on a hill. I would guess that it would have to have been south of Cape...

    -- Posted by Hugh M Bean on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 10:39 AM
  • I agree, somewhere in the former swamp... the little bit of the house sticking up in the back looks like a house in Painton, but there isn't enough of the house in the photo to be sure.

    -- Posted by farmwife2 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 1:45 PM
  • That wouldn't happen to be Big Oak State Park tree would it?

    -- Posted by bluejay2003 on Mon, Apr 19, 2010, at 2:24 AM