Address: 4211 SW 28th Street West Park, FL
garden was planted in the honor of Mr. Edwin Binney simply because he was a
great businessman and Community leader.
Mr. Binney was born in Westchester County, New York in 1866. Back in
1885 Edwin took over the operations of the Peeksill Chemical Co., his father's
business, a company that produced natural gas, and was also the largest
manufacturer of carbon black, which was eventually used to color automobile
tires. In 1900, along with his cousin C.
Harold Smith, Edwin Binney opened a mill in Easton, Pennsylvania to produce
slate pencils for schools. Binney began
experimenting with a combination of old slate waste, cement, and talc, and
Binney & Smith created the first dustless white chalk.
soon saw the need for affordable wax crayons, and in 1903 Binney & Smith
produced the first box of eight Crayola crayons. Alice Binney Edwin's wife,
joined the French word "craie" or chalk, and "ola" short
for oleaginou or oily, as they are made from a petroleum based wax. In 1911 the Binney family was living in St.
Lucie County located in Florida. Edwin
at one time owned 1,000 acres of citrus groves in the area, which was then
called Fort Pierce Farms. Mr. Binney was
an avid sportsman and fisherman. He was
a community activist, and had a dramatic impact on our St. Lucie County.
Edwin showed himself to be a friend of the
community on many occasions. The most
noteworthy would probably be his vision, in 1919, to have Fort Pierce become a
port and an inlet. By his actions this
was accomplished by 1922, complete with a refrigerated terminal for holding
fruit and the Fort Pierce Inlet.
I planted this garden in memory of Edwin Binny at a house for rehabbing
children because Mr. Binny was a pillar in his community constantly trying to
help people and make things better.