The Way I See It

Mighty oaks



The Jourdanton Rotary Club is sponsoring a Magnificent Live Oak contest and it is underway right now.

Pleasanton may have coined the phrase “Home of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks” but these beautiful trees are abundant all over our county.

At my childhood home, where Toby and Sara Hill now live, off of FM 476, there is a truly magnificent oak.

Not only did it help to grow some of the best St. Augustine carpet grass (runners from the old Hurley Funeral Home lawn) it supported rope and tire swings for hours of fun, held countless bird’s nests and provided shade for many backyard barbecues.

This oak tree became very sick in the 70s. My folks were afraid it might die, so they called in specialists to save it. Massive amounts of fertilizer laced with miracle medicine was pumped into the drip line of the huge canopy. They trimmed back branches where my mom exclaimed “They butchered it!” But it lived. That wasn’t the first time it came close to dying. When my parents bought the place in the 50s, this tree had a huge gash. My dad explained that a large fence post had been nailed to it and the tree had tried to grow around it. When he removed the post, it exposed the “flesh” under the bark. He would paint it every now and then with black tar to protect it from bugs and such. Each time he would measure it and say “By the time this thing heals, I’ll be gone.” The day after we buried him, we were transplanting funeral plants. I looked at the tree and sure enough, the bark had finally covered the wound.

All the entrants have to do is be the owner, take a few photos, measure the trunk and submit it to the Rotary Club. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winner. See page 5A for the complete rules.

The way I see it, we all want to protect and preserve our trees and if we can do that and win $1,000, why not enter this contest?

That’s the way I see it, let me know your view – email me at, or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, Tx 78064.

SUE BROWN is the Editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at 830-281-2341 or

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