This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, May 3, 1909.
A mammoth tree standing at the intersection of Congress and Adams streets, yesterday endangered the lives of many pedestrians, until Officer Thomas Ryan notified the street commissioner who had it pulled down by attaching a rope to it.
The storm of Saturday night split the tree lengthwise, and but for a large knot projecting from it about half way up, the tree would have crashed to the ground several hours before, as every gust of wind caused it to sway back and forth, while people walked under it, totally unconscious of any impending danger.
Officer Ryan, noticing the condition telephoned to Street Commissioner Lewis who immediately ordered men to have it pulled down. The tree was perhaps 50 feet in length