Saturday is Roger Milliken's birthday, and now the "noble tree" planted in his honor last year has a younger sibling.
Call it the golden child.
Last year, Wofford College celebrated Milliken's birthday by naming its campus-wide arboretum after the man on whom the college's board of trustees bestowed the title of trustee emeritus. Wofford also honored Milliken, who will turn 94, by planting a young blue giant sequoia on the lawn in front of the Roger Milliken Science Center.
This year, about 20 yards away from the original, another young noble tree - a golden dawn redwood - was anchored in the ground, someday to become a towering beauty with a possible height of more than 70 feet and bright golden leaves in fall.
Roger Milliken's grandfather founded a small textile company in the Upstate. Milliken inherited the company in 1947. Today, Milliken & Co. is the largest privately held textile firm in the world.