THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Mrs. Myers' Blue Spruce

The Presidency

God, Government, motherhood and free enterprise have given the nation a Christmas tree with such sublime harmony it is a true wonder to behold. The tree was ordered out of a seed catalogue by a son-in-law. As an infant it was tenderly watered by four grandchildren. At age six the blue spruce (Picea pungens) was a Mother's Day gift to Mrs. William E. Myers of York, Pa. Transplanted to her front yard, it was smothered with loving neglect for 15 years. No fertilizer. No watering. No insecticide. No pruning.

Through her front window Mrs....

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