Photo: A sapling by any other name...

Posted: Monday, June 12, 2006

Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho holds a sapling upright as Marc Matsil, director of the city Parks and Recreation Department, left, and Elizabeth Bochynski shovel earth over the roots. The young tree was planted Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery in honor of city pioneer Joe Juneau. Chris Mertl, a landscape architect, said, "We chose the Northern Red Oak because it is a long lived tree. We thought it would be appropriate for Joe Juneau." During a speech that gave a brief history of the city's namesake, Sondra Stanway said, "There's controversy and mystery about this man." The city adopted its present name after a legendary bar fight between Juneau and Richard Harris, for whom the city was previously called. After the new name was declared officially, history holds Joe Juneau graciously bought drinks for its residents for the following two weeks.

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