From Jay Moore: Community Christmas Tree
Jay Moore’s newest book, “Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home,” contains one or more vignettes from Abilene’s history for each day of the year. Periodically, stories with some connection–however loose–to Abilene’s religious life will be featured in Spirit of Abilene. The book can be purchased at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. www.texasstartrading.com or call 325-672-9696. Books are $27.50.
Following is an excerpt dated Nov. 16, 1951, from Jay Moore’s book, Abilene Daily: Snapshots of Home.
Community Christmas Tree
Jewell Bourland of 882 Ross phoned Mr. Orange Farnsworth, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Planning Committee, informing him she wished to donate a 35-foot tall Arizona Cypress tree growing in her front yard to the city so it might serve as a community Christmas tree. A June thunderstorm first gave Mrs. Bourland the idea, as she feared the swaying tree might one day fall on top of her small frame house. Farnsworth hustled over to size up the tree, bringing his axe along should it measure up to the task. It did. The felled tree was removed from the Bourland yard and relocated to Everman Park where it was decorated and the lights turned on Nov. 29 to coincide with a visit from St. Nick.