More reader feedback this week!
We haven’t covered all the dedicated benches in Noblesville yet — Donna Holl sent an email with photos of two benches in the Memorial Garden at Christ Lutheran Church on State Road 37, a mile north of State Road 32/38.
One bench honors Mary Kay and Paul McGlinch, who ran the Uptown Café for 29 years. In the late 1970s and ‘80s Mary Kay spearheaded the revitalization of Noblesville’s annual Christmas parade and downtown holiday decorations. Both Mary Kay, who passed in 2015, and Paul, who died in 2014, were involved with the Lutheran church choir — Mary Kay served as the director for over 40 years — and their bench rather appropriately displays a singing angel.
The other bench memorializes Ralph and Eleanor Waltz. Ralph worked at the American National Bank in Noblesville for many years and was the bank’s president at the time of his retirement. He was also active in a number of community organizations. Eleanor was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and that group’s motto, “Serve the Lord with Gladness,” is inscribed on their bench. Eleanor died in 2001 and Ralph in 2015.
Tim Townsend of Sheridan would like to know if anyone took pictures of the old Cicero grade school, or did a “walk-through” before the building was demolished. He has many fond memories of that school. Not only did he attend it from kindergarten through the 8th grade, but his mother taught the 4th grade there.
If you can help Tim out, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with him.
Ottis Hatmaker wondered if the schoolhouse on the northeast corner of 191st Street and Cyntheanne Road that was torn down not long ago might have been the Durbin school I said was north of State Road 32.
The school he described, which appears as “School No. 6” on a 1922 Wayne Township map, was indeed north of Durbin, but it was also about a mile east of there.
I was referring to the much earlier schoolhouse that’s marked “School No. 5” on the 1866 Wayne Township map. That location eventually became the intersection of 186th Street and Durbin Road, which is immediately north of Durbin and State Road 32.
(Many township schools were more commonly known by names than numbers, but I was unable to find a name for either school.)
Neil Stahl and Larry Cloud both mentioned that Hillside Beach Club was only open to members in the beginning. That’s true. In 1960, a Hillside membership was even offered as one of the perks for buying a home in Westfield’s new subdivision, Westfield Heights.
Larry recalled that an annual membership was required, but you also had to pay a daily fee for each visit. (I don’t think that lasted too long because I’m pretty sure we didn’t have a membership when my birthday party was held there in the mid-1960s.)
For Larry, Hillside’s main attraction was a “long steep wooden sliding track.” He said you could rent a wooden sled-like vehicle, carry it up the hill north of the lake and ride the sled down the track into the water. (This slide wasn’t mentioned in the story about Hillside’s opening and was apparently added later.)
Larry also wondered if Hillside was located in what was once known as Dismal Swamp.
Unfortunately, I know of no map that shows the precise size and location of Dismal Swamp. There is, however, a mention of the swamp in one of the old newspapers which leads me to believe most of the low-lying ground between Deming and Hortonville was part of it, so I’d say that’s a yes.

Paula Dunn’s From Time to Thyme column appears each Wednesday in The Times. Contact her at younggardenerfriend@gmail.com