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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

How a Christmas tree tradition started

Mansface tree started in 70s


archive photograph

This photo of the church group that gathered around the first Mansface tree appeared in the Dec. 29, 1976, edition of the Green River Star.

It's been a symbol of Christmas in Green River for years and years, yet many may not recall how the tradition started.

One Green River resident claims he remembers just how it all began or at least to his recollection.

Pat Merchant said it all started with what he thought was a "crazy idea" from his friend Mike Miller.

"I've been here my whole life and I don't remember one up there before that," Merchant said.

It was December of 1976. Merchant and Miller were seniors at the Green River High School.

"We always came up with ideas," Merchant said.

Merchant and Miller were sitting in the cafete...

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