Indpls. Star, July 14 2007
Who gets the credit for starting the Monon Trail? Or for developing 86th Street as a divided road with a grassy median instead of as an express route?
Those landmark features on the Northside were key topics during the Nora Community Council’s 40th anniversary celebration Thursday night — with bows to the leadership William H. Hudnut showed during 16 years as mayor, including support for the trail and a neighborhood-friendly 86th Street.
Hudnut, who flew in from Washington, D.C., to be the chief speaker, pointed in turn to the council’s leaders, especially long-time President Ruth Hayes, as the inspiration.✔
Don Hargadon, a retired businessman who has been involved in the council for 32 years, recalled standing with Hudnut as he signed documents in public for funding the start of the trail. Hudnut declared that it was Hargadon and other Nora leaders who built up support for the trail. And it was Hayes, along with Hargadon and board members Eli Bloom and George Haerle, who showed him what 86th Street was going to look like, Hudnut said.
“Ruth called me and asked me to be at a meeting” at Don Hargadon’s home about the road, Hudnut told the audience of nearly 100 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. “When I got there, she told me to get down on my knees. I’m twice her size, but I did. Their blueprint was spread out on the floor, and we went over every inch of it.”