The first sun dial was a gift from Mrs. Charles C. Derby, the President of the Santa Clara County Rose Society and founder of the park in 1931.
All that remains is a beautiful concrete pedestal with the inscription "Gift in memory of Mrs Geo Carson" which features a sun dial on top.
Sun Dial's were a popular feature in many gardens at the time, as the concept of using your phone to dial Pacific Telephone and Telegraph for the time was just starting to take off.
Who was Mrs. Geo Carson?
Well the 1930's will tell you a lot about how married names went. Mrs. is the abbreviation of Mistress, which was the female counterpart to Mister, and is meant to translate as "wife of." Geo is the abbreviation for George.
So who was the wife of George Carson? Obviously a woman who was very much missed by her husband to the point of George wanting to mark the passage of time. The park's first love story?
I haven't found a definitive answer, but I believe Mrs. George Carson was the wife of Dr George Carson. Dr George Carson and his siblings James, Edward/Ellard, Mary, Hattie, Lulu and were the children of early San Jose pioneers George Carson and Nellie Carter.