Wilmette Loses Oldest Tree to Storm

A reader and Wilmette resident shares photos and a poem of the "Ancient Ash."

Ode to an Ancient Ash


Standing with us for so long.

Now gone.

We will mourn.

Since 1746, for generations…

How many walked

under your shade?

How many sheltered

in your canopy?

How many nested

in your branches?

With us for so long.

         Now gone.

                  We will miss you.


Therese Bach Heyek

Wilmette nature photographer and author of

Open to Behold: Seeing God in Everyday Nature


Willie Wilmette July 13, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Now gone? It still has a trunk, can it not be saved?
Andrea Hart July 13, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Gale, I know that the Village is looking to repurpose pieces of the tree after clean-up. Andrea
Willie Wilmette July 13, 2011 at 05:24 PM
The picture shows a tree trunk still standing on it's own. The title says the tree is lost. Can the remaining part survive for many more years?
Clay Struve July 16, 2011 at 12:29 AM
So how do they know when the tree started growing? Did they do a core sample and count the rings? Did it tie to some event in the life of local residents? Anton Ouilmette's wife's family? I've been wondering for many decades.
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