Remember the columns I wrote last month about the benches around Noblesville that have been dedicated to various people? I knew if I missed any benches, someone would let me know and I was right!

Mike Reed sent a photo of a bench at Seminary Park that Vincent “Vin” Haggan dedicated to his high school friends, Bill Howard, Dick Brown and Mike’s father, Pat Reed.

Longtime area residents may recall Haggan owned the Noblesville Furniture Company on Logan Street for many years. The 1945 Noblesville High School graduate passed away in 2013, but he thought so much of his buddies, he put the bench dedication in his will.

Bill Howard was the son of Charles Howard of the Charles L. Howard Insurance Agency. He became a partner in the agency in 1953, but later moved to Arizona where he spent the rest of his life. The 1946 graduate died a few months before Haggan in 2013.

Dick Brown of Cicero was another member of the class of ’46. A specialty food broker and the owner of Hill Sales Company, Inc., he passed away in 2016.

Pat Reed, also NHS ’46, worked at Firestone Industrial Products for 40 years. He served on the Noblesville City Council from 1976 to 1980, was a member of the Noblesville Parks Board for 25 years and was named Grand Marshal of Noblesville’s 2013 July 4th Parade. He died in 2015.

As if that’s not enough, it turns out there aren’t just three bench dedication programs in Noblesville — there are four!

Jeanne Flanders pointed out that more benches can be found at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. Those benches commemorate people who’ve been actively involved with the Hamilton County Purdue Extension in some way.

“Bertie’s Bench” is dedicated to Alberta Ginder, who passed away in 2015. The Pendleton resident worked for the Extension Office for 30 years.
The Hamilton County Extension Homemakers donated a couple of benches, one of which is located in a garden which honors Pauline Beck of Atlanta, who died in 2001. Beck, the widow of Francis Beck, was co-founder and treasurer of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc, the country’s largest family-owned retail seed company.  She was also a member of the Salhoma Extension Homemakers Club.

Another bench is dedicated to Mary Lou Young of Sheridan, who passed away in 2014. Young was a leader of the Sheridan Merry Makers 4-H Club for many years.

Westfield’s Robert “Bob” Peterson and his wife, Gertrude, known as “Trudy,” have also been honored with a bench. Trudy passed away in 2016 and Bob died the following year.

Both Petersons were longtime volunteers and supporters of the Extension Office. Trudy was a member of the North Adams Extension Homemakers Club, while Bob was involved in a number of state and local agricultural organizations, such as the Hamilton County Purdue Extension Board, the Hamilton County and Indiana Beef Cattle Associations, and the American Berkshire Association.

Near the Swine Barn is a bench dedicated to Joe Richards of Atlanta. Richards, who died tragically in 2013 following a vehicle accident, was a 2010 graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School and an alumni of the Future Farmers of America. He was also a 10 Year member of 4-H who raised swine, which explains the location of his bench.

Hopefully, that covers all the benches in Noblesville. There are other dedicated benches around the county, but I’m not ready to tackle them yet.
(By the way, benches aren’t the only way you can memorialize a loved one. The Friends of Hamilton County Parks also places dedicated trees, bricks and pavers in the county parks.)

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