Mike Sievers of Festus with the approximately 100-year-old sycamore on his property that had died and needed to be cut down.

Mike Sievers of Festus with the approximately 100-year-old sycamore on his property that had died and needed to be cut down.

Mike Sievers of Festus said he was sorry to learn one of the trees on his property – a sycamore believed to be at least 100 years old – needed to be cut down, but his neighbor is taking it even harder.

Sievers, 26, has owned his home in the 400 block of North Adams Street,  where the tree was located, for about a year, while his 78-year-old neighbor, Bill Vest, has lived next to it for much of his life.

Sievers, who estimated the sycamore is between 65- and 70-feet tall, said it has “died.”

“It’s about as old as the house, about 100 years old,” he said. “It’s a danger. It’s dropped two very large limbs already. It’s sad. We don’t know what’s wrong with it.”

Vest said he has lived near the tree nearly all his life, and while he understands it must be removed, he feels like he is losing an old friend.

“I grew up in the house across the street,” said Vest, who now lives in the house next door to Sievers’ property. “I’ve been in this house 30 years.

“I love the tree. I hate to see it go.”

He said he noticed problems with the tree in recent years.

“The last two or three years, it didn’t come to life in the spring like it should,” Vest said.

Sievers hired Heob Farms, which is based in St. Mary, to take down the tree.

The work started July 26, and a spokeswoman for the business said July 30 that the tree removal “should be done in three more days.”

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