A Carbon resident will soon pay tribute to her former neighbor.
For several years, Shane Wilson-White, a 1991 Northview High School graduate, has lived next door to Ernie and Mary Egloff.
Ernie was a retired science teacher. And he had a large garden in the Carbon area.
"He believed in hands-on learning," Wilson-White said. "He had other jobs, but he said he came home one day and said he was going to be a science teacher."
While living next to the Egloff family, Wilson-White, her husband and two children, would see them working in the garden.
"We always looked for Ernie's blue garden hat," Wilson-White said. "I always spent time in the garden with them.
"They're like family to me. I was always close to them."
Wilson-White said Ernie's health began to fail in recent years and in January this year, he died.
After thinking it over, she decided to pay tribute to her neighbor by continuing to plant in the garden.
But, it would be more of a community garden in his honor.
Wilson-White said she approached Mary about the idea before moving forward.
"She said he would love that," Wilson-White said.
She then started contacting friends of the Egloff family about the notion.
Ernie's brother, Pat, and friend, Zeb Mullinix, helped plan the garden.
"It's like I'm reliving all those years," Wilson-White said.
The plan, she said, is to have an area for children to grow plants and to also have a normal garden as well.
"We want children to be involved," she said. "It will be learning through generations. I would love to see more people do that. I always thought that a community garden idea was really neat."
The garden will be set in a 30-by-50 lot.
"We have a lot of space," Wilson-White said.
So far, she said 10 families in the Carbon area have expressed interest in being involved.
"If you contribute to the garden, you can take from the garden," Wilson-White said. "We're all responsible together. We'll all work together. Together, we can do anything."
The hope is to begin planting the garden Saturday, June 4. She said Pat Egloff has already purchased several seedlings for the garden and the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority donated a recycled rainwater barrel for the garden as well. A sign will also be on display for the garden.
In addition, T-shirts are being made for those who plan to contribute.
"I feel like (Ernie is) living on (through the garden)," Wilson-White said. "I feel like he's there with me. It was so obvious that he was a caring man."
For more information regarding the Carbon Community Garden, call Wilson-White at 812-243-0799 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to get involved
Those interested in being part of the Carbon Community Garden in honor of Ernie Egloff should contact Shane Wilson-White, garden coordinator, at 812-243-0799 or via e-mail at email@example.com.