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Clayton Brown works on replacing a tree that he and his father-in-law, former road agent Earl Bullard planted in the 1950s. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys/Union Leader Correspondent)

Lyndeborough donated tree honors past


LYNDEBOROUGH — Family members replaced a tree outside historic Center Hall that was first planted in the early 1950s by their father, former road agent Earl Bullard, and his son-in-law, Clayton Brown, a town highway employee.

Polly Brown and Peg McEntee and their families donated a Norway Spruce in memory of Bullard, who died in 1963. The tree will be the town’s Christmas tree.

Bullard and Brown planted the tree 60 years ago.

“We were working on a gravel pit on the other side of town and this tree fell down off the bank. Earl took it to Town Hall and planted it, and we just forgot about it. It grew pretty well, was thick on the bottom and looked nice,” said Brown.

“Unbeknownst to us someone trimmed it, which you don’t do, and it ruined the tree. Last year the town removed it,” added Brown.The tree caused a lot of discussion with the Board of Selectmen, and many residents missed seeing a spruce tree outside Center Hall. Last December, Selectman Fred Douglas and his wife, Lynda, donated a fresh tree and ornaments.

On May 12, the spruce was planted with the assistance of the highway department. The Browns and McEntees water the tree daily.

“We planted the tree in Earl’s memory and to replace the one he planted many years ago,” said Brown “I like to do it. The town has been good to me, and it’s a good town to live in,” added Brown.

khumphreys@newstote.com

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