Old Oak Tree remembered by local veteran now in MVH

    A recent entry into the St. James Veterans Home (MVH) is Walter “Parky” Parkinson, a native of Rolla.
    He wrote the poem “Ode to the Old Oak Tree in St. James Cemetery,” which accompanies the huge slab of oak displayed at the nearby Visitors Center.
    In 1948 Parky married a St. James girl named Mildred Jones (SJHS 1942). Her family had five generations of relatives laid to rest in the St. James Cemetery so Parky became a frequent visitor. He grew to admire the old tree and was inspired to write the poem in 1983 while the tree was still alive and beautiful.

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