Maplewood’s Maple Trees

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  1. Paul Drähn says:

    What’s the mater with you people? The 1912 picture at the top is NOT of people planting trees. It is of a road crew clearing vegetation for a street. The guy behind the team of horses id using a Fresno to scrape up sod and dirt to get to a clean surface for crushed rock. The guys on the right side are using shovels to trim the sod back to the survey line for the street.

  2. timlyman says:

    What’s the matter with us? Plenty! We’re understaffed (we rely 100% on volunteers), underfunded (we receive no tax dollars and rely on memberships, donations, and sales), and way behind on cataloguing our archives.

    The photo in question was given to us years ago by George Wendland, who took the photo. George told us that it was a photo of the Maplewood Booster Club planting Maplewood’s Norway maple trees. When the donor of a photo tells us what the photo is about, we take them at their word.

    Looking closely at the photo it’s obvious that whatever else is going on, this is a crew clearing a street. The Fresno scraper is almost invisible under the dirt it is scraping; it appears to be a small, homemade scraper, and we missed it.

    It’s always great when we are able to add or correct information about a photo. Thank you Paul.

    Detail of the Fresno scraper from the above photo below:

    Fresno Scraper Clearing Street in Kuza/Maplewood, late summer,1912.

    • Paul Drähn says:

      Most of the info is great and informative. when we lived in Multnomah and attended the Maplewood Friends Church, we always wondered about all the maple trees. Were they native broad leaf, or what. Now we know.

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