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““It is a Bur Oak Tree that has survived for many, many decades and has always captured the imagination of the people as the town grew around it,” said Mary Lou Wehrli. “And every year everyone would keep an eye on it and see how its health is doing as traffic encroached.”
Herb Nadelhoffer and Wehrli, were part of the group of Naperville residents who would watch over the “Hobson Oak.” The couple wanted the tree’s legacy to live on. About eight years ago they gathered acorns from it. The next spring they decorated their front yard with four bur oak trees.
“It’s kind of a connection to the land. The families used to have when it was a farming family. But now it’s special to us because of the memories we have. The connection to the land and nature,” said Wehrli.
There used to be a sign hanging on the tree’s trunk that read “Whoever lays a hand on this tree to harm it shall meet his maker with sin on his soul.” Over the years, the tree has remained unharmed, but now experts say the famous oak is dying. Thanks to Herb and Mary Lou, parts of it will still live on.
A tree can outlive several generations of families. The Hobson Oak has become a landmark and a place for memories, but the importance of trees reaches beyond just history.”
In November 2016 the tree was cut down and pieces of the tree were given to local artists to create art objects from this historic tree.
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