Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Jeff Jabco told the Gazette that “This swamp white oak … was planted in 1884. It was struck by lightning several years ago and appeared fine except for a crack in the back that extended the entire length of the trunk. Since the tree leafed out this past spring it has been declining and had gotten to the point where the tree was mainly dead. It will be replaced with a new swamp white oak next spring.”