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August 22, 2013
I happened across this obit that is the story of Frank Knight and the mighty elm named Herbie. I was about 10 or 11 when the Dutch Elm disease hit Northern NY. One day the Highway Dept came and cut down 3 majestic elms that lined the Pleasant Valley Rd, a county road along which my dad's farm sat. I used to day dream out my bedroom window which looked upon those elms and a scenic view beyond. It was a very sad day. We still had 80 foot + maple trees lining the yard of our big old farmhouse on three sides, but I missed those elms. I always wondered if any elms in NY or the Northeast survived that horrible epidemic, and if so how many? Did more regenerate from seeds left behind? Sounds like Frank was a hero, a very loyal hero. Sorry the two had to leave us!
January 10, 2013
What a wonderful and inspirational man. RIP, Mr. Knight, with your beloved family & your beloved tree.
August 28, 2012
I love the picture that Peter Legge added. Tim & Carlene - Frank & Frances - - That's the way I remember the good times at Crystal Lake along with my Aunt & Uncle, Arthur & Mildred Austin. Both couples rented the Austin Cottage for several summers. I have such good memories of those great times.
August 20, 2012
I wish there were more people like Mr. Frank Knight. I read his story while looking for other information and although I don't know him or his family, I will remember his story and how he cared about that tree.
May 28, 2012
Frank ever since you arrived next door at Crystal Lake you were always kind and humble. You were a role model and inspiration to me growing up. I will never forget the great times with our wonderful extended family at Crystal Lake. Never a kinder and more thoughtful man have I known. Thank you Frank for all you have done to inspire so many.

Peter Legge
May 21, 2012
What an appreciation for nature. Frank will always be loved for his contribution to the world. Soon we will not have to see an end to wonderful people like Frank. Revalation 21:3,4
May 19, 2012
To the family,although I did not know mr.knight I enjoyed the story behind the tree,I happen to hav attened a service of a friend,who loved ranching,and she too helped her husband build her own coffin,she had cancer! May god bless the knight family & rest in peace frank..
May 18, 2012
May 17, 2012
Frank was and continues to be an inspiration us younger ones. He showed us how not to take our surroundings for granted and work together. While we will miss him and I have fond memories of Frannie I am a better person to have known them. May the love and respect shown him be a comfort to his family as we all share his life and passing. Bruce Boyd
May 16, 2012
I had the privilege of knowing Frank Knight since I was a young boy, going to school for thirteen years with his son Dick. Later, my wife Sharon and I bought the old Titcomb Farm on Mountfort Road from Frank and Frances and we lived there for 21 years, raising our three children, Hannah, Todd, & Patrick. Frank was always a mentor and a dear friend to all of us and we shall miss him very much!

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