Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Eaton, Mrs. Charles Aubrey, Jr. (Helen Howatt Macdonald) '45

1946 - 1947 Treasurer Book, Active: Eaton, Mrs. Chas. A. Jr. June 46 June 6, 1947 June 30, 1948 July 1, 1949 June 30, 1950 June 1951 June 1952

1953 Address: Box 835, Plainfield

1970 Address: Valley Road, Watchung

1973 - 1978 Address: 17 Sunbright Rd, Watchung
Listed as a "Sustaining Member"

1975 Address: 253 Valley Road, Watchung

1980 Address: 17 Sunbright Rd, Watchung

1990 Address: 67 Leland Avenue, Apt. D, Plainfield

1984 - 1999: Sustaining
1999 - 2000: Resigned


A founding member named Mrs. Charles A. Eaton '15 is also found in the membership rolls. It is assumed that this Mrs. Eaton is Mac's mother-in-law

Related to PGC Members Eaton, His and Corey.

Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Jr. or "Mac" in Memoriam

to see original, click: 2000 Archives

Original dedication found in the November 2000 newsletter by Barbara Sandford

Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, former member of the Plainfield Garden Club, died on October 20th.

It was a privilege to know Helen, or "Mac" as we all called her, a true and charming lady, loved and respected by all who knew her. The type of thoughtfulness showed when she, who lived on the north side of Valley Road, Watchung, built another house on the south side of Valley Road so's her grandchildren wouldn't have to run across that busy street for a cookie or story or whatever they knew she would supply them.

She had a lot of Board jobs in the Garden Club, always ready to help and support the daily issues. I can see her with hat and gloves on ready to sally forth to secure a new member for the Club, or, at a tea, providing delicious cucumber sandwiches – crusts off, of course, to entertain the ladies.

Her main interest was horticulture; she labored mightily in the Shakespeare Garden. She represented us on many occasioins but never mentioned that her father-in-law Charles A. Eaton was Secretary of State for President Eisenhower.

A bright spot has gone out of the world and all of us who knew Mac are saddened – Barbara Sandford

Helen Howatt Macdonald

To see Mac's listing on the Eaton genealogy chart, click:
http://nseaton.org/Eaton/getperson.php?personID=I27873&tree=nseaton

Lists her birth date at 1905, her parents, three children, her marriage to Charles and her education: Mrs. Eaton was educated at Highland Hall, Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania; and Scudder, New York.

May 8, 1951 Plainfield, NJ Courier

Social News

GARDEN CLUB PICNICS IN PARK Members of the Plainfield Garden Club had a picnic lunch yesterday in the arboretum in Cedar Brook Park. Picnic marked the fifth anniversary of the arboretum and the 20th of the first dogwood plantings in the park. (L to R) Ralph Carver, Union County Park Commission horticulturalist; Mrs. Charles A. Eaton Jr.; Mrs. E. H. Ladd 3rd, president of club; Mrs. R. T. Stevens, new chairman of cornus committee; Miss Harriette R. Halloway, retiring chairman; Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck, Mrs. Alden de Hart and W. R. Tracy of Union County Park commission

Handwritten date: May 7, 1951
Date on back of clipping: May 8, 1951

NOTE: This clipping was discovered April 2010 in a member's home who had been storing a leather case filled with old medals won by different Plainfield Garden Club members over the years. In this case included a Garden Club of America medal awarded to Harriette Halloway.

1990 Annual Program Report

February's meeting was held again at Crescent Avenue Church. The Conservation Chairman presented Bruce Runnells from the New Jersey Nature Conservancy who shoed slides and talked of the Conservancy's purpose to protect wild habitat, endangered species and functional ecosystems in the state and the nation. Mrs. John Wells and Mrs. Charles Eaton were hostesses.

May 17, 1957 Club Commemorates Founding of Iris Garden

Caption: GARDEN MARKER VIEWED – Standing before the marker commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park are (left to right) Mrs. Frederick Lockwood, Victor B. King, Jr., John C. Wister, Mr. Richard Tracy and Miss Harriette R. Halloway, founder of this garden. (Courier photo by E. T. Wiggins)

The Plainfield Garden Club and guests yersterday dedicated the the entranceway of the of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park.

Miss Harriette R. Halloway, found of the garden and chairman of the garden of the Iris Garden [not legible] the project was started in 1932, was presented a medal by Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood, president of the Garden Club.

The medal is [not legible] "from the grateful members of the Plainfield Garden Club Harriette R. Halloway founder and director of the Iris gardens of Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield, 1932 - 1957."

[Not legible] viewed a recently installed [not legible] tablet marking the anniversary of the garden.

"Excercise in Perfection"
Victor R. King, president of the Union County Park Commission, led the gathering [not legible] the garden display was "an excercise in perfection is [not legible]," he said.

The park commission provides the setting for the garden and have [not legible] in the project [not legible]

W. [not legible] Tracy, executive had of the Park Commission when the Iris Garden was started paid tribute to Miss Halloway for her "tireless work and painstaking effort."

Another speaker was Dr. John C. Wister of Swarthmore, Pa., president of the American Iris Society when the garden was started and author of [not legible] article about the garden in the current issue of the Journal of the New York Botanical Gardens.

Miss Halloway spoke briefly and [not legible] on the work of the [not legible] who care for the Iris Garden. She introduced Kenneth Smith, one of the largest contributors of plants to the garden [not legible]

Mrs. Lockwood presided at the program. Guests included members of [not legible] garden clubs and contributors to the garden.

The Iris Garden Committee includes Mrs. Morris E. Benton, Mrs. Alden de Hart, Mrs. Lockwood, Mrs. Donald E. Luce, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Jr., Mrs. C. Northrop Pond, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold, Mrs. John R. Wells, Mrs. Willian G. Wigton, Mrs. Robert MacLeod, vice chairman, and Miss Halloway, chairman.

Special slides [not legible] for the chairman were Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Jr., Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost ad Mrs. Edwin M. Treat, Jr.

Mrs. Victor M. King was chairman of the special committee assisted by Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux, Mrs. E. B. Newberry, and Miss Margaret Tyler. Also cooperating were Mrs. N. C. Barnhart, Jr., Mrs. William P. Elliott, Mrs. Homer Cochran and Mrs. H. I. Flanders.

Hostesses (not legible)
Other hostesses were Mrs. William W. Coriell, Mrs. Leslie E. Fort, Mrs. William A. Holliday, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. William S. Tyler. Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck and Mrs. Orville G. Waring.

The Iris Garden now has more than 1,800 named varieties properly labeled, representing all types of Iris and totaling more than 75,000 plants.

The main part of the garden is [not legible] caring Iris [not legible] and is expected to be is good blooms thorugh the rest of the month.

1987 Letter to Corresponding Secretary Jane Craig

regarding the death of Mrs. Virginia Stillman

June 29

Jane [Craig] –

I talked with Joan [Vivian] about this and she thinks you should send it to Mary Hawkes and enclose a note explaining that it was read at our last meeting. You can put your address on the envelope. It should go to Mrs. Robert Hawkes
50 Washington St.
[not legible] Mass. 02158

Thank you – Mac Eaton

17 Sunbright Road
Watchung, NJ 07060
(201) 756-3333

July 26, 1987

July 26, 1987

1987 Archives

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Contributors in Marge Ladd's Memory for the Shakespeare Garden

Mrs. Philip Nash
Mrs. Lawrence Heely
Mrs. Richard Eckert
Mrs. Webster Sandford
Mrs. June [not legible]
Standish Ave and Wood Ave
Mrs. Bruce Reid
Mrs. Northrop Pond
Mrs. Alden De Hart
Mrs. E. J. Fitzpatrick
Mrs. William Elliot
Mrs. Charles Eaton Jr.
Mrs. William Shepherd

Total $445.00

Book about Watchung by David B. Page

http://books.google.com/books?id
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Follow link to see photos of the Eaton, His, Hyde and Corey clan.

93 Valley Road. Show around the time it was built in 1920, this house was home to Mayor Harry MacDonald and Jeanette MacDonald. Mrs. MacDonald, born in 18979 in Plainfield, was one of the founders of the Watchung Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and served as its first vice president. During both world wars, she was an organizer and volunteer in the Watchung Red Cross. She died at the age of 99.

A Buggy Ride. Mr. and Mrs. Harry MacDonald are shown in the early 1900s. MacDonald's ancestors dated back to 17th-century settlers. He was born in 1870 and lived to the age of 91.

Excavating A Pond. Helen MacDonald (Eaton) and cousin Margaret Demler are shown c. 1913 helping to excavate for the MacDonald pond at property on Valley Road. The horse was thought to be named Gwnedolen.

Courier News articles

Eaton Charles A. nephew Cyrus 9/8/1943 News
Eaton Charles A. nephew Cyrus 5/25/1965 News
Eaton Cyrus, Jr. uncle Charles A. 9/8/1943 News
Eaton Cyrus, Jr. uncle Charles A. 10/2/1943 News
Eaton Cyrus, Jr. uncle Charles A. 2/?/1964 Film Negative
Eaton Cyrus Stephen uncle Charles A. 10/12/1957 Clipping(nonCN)
Eaton Cyrus Stephen uncle Charles A. 1/24/1959 News
Eaton Cyrus Stephen uncle Charles A. 5/25/1965 News
Eaton Cyrus Stephen uncle Charles A. 5/11/1979 Obituary
Eaton F. Harold, Sr. 4/9/1956 Obituary
Eaton John Henry 3/1/1966 News
Eaton John Henry 3/7/1966 Obituary
Eaton John Henry 3/8/1966 News
Eaton John Henry 10/20/1966 News
Eaton L. George 11/24/1969 Obituary
Eaton Mary Winifred (Parlin) husband Charles A. 5/12/1948 News
Eaton Mary Winifred (Parlin) husband Charles A. 11/3/1948 News
Eaton Mary Winifred (Parlin) husband Charles A. 11/12/1948 News
Eaton Mary Winifred (Parlin) husband Charles A. 11/12/1948 Obituary
Eaton Mary Winifred (Parlin) husband Charles A. 11/16/1948 News
Eaton Mary Winifred (Parlin) husband Charles A. 11/29/1948 News
Eaton William Russell 6/11/1946 News
Eaton William Russell 7/31/1946 News
Eaton William Russell 6/21/1948 Clipping(nonCN)
Eaton William Russell 11/15/1963 Obituary

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

Plainfield Public Library Archive

GARDEN FAIR WORK BEGINS – Four members of the Plainfield Garden Club, which will sponsor a garden fair Friday and Saturday at Park Ave. and Crescent Ave. began actual work yesterday in preparing the ground for exhibit purposes. Two gardens will be exhibited and several types of plant material will be on sale. A "Country Cupboard" also will be featured. Left to right are: Mrs. F. W. Frost, exhivition chairman; Mrs. Charles Eaton Jr., horticulture chairman; Mrs. John S. Anderegg, executive board member; and Mrs. Alden deHart, horticulture committee member.

Records indicate that Garden Fairs were held at this location 1952, 1953, 1954

Plainfield Public Library Archive

Plainfield Public Library Archive

Inside the envelope from Charles Eaton

front:

Charles Eaton

Dear Anne

Is there any way mother can retain her Garden Club affiliation and pay less? She is unable to participate in any fashion, but she would like to continue to support the club. I'd appreciate it if you'd call me and explain what, if any, her options are.

Fond regards,
Charlie
(732) 577-1450

Inside the envelope from Charles Eaton

back:

Dear Charlie,

Thank you for your note and check to cover your mother's Plainfield Garden Club dues.

We do have an Affiliate Membership Category. These dues are $80.00 [This category is mainly used by out-of-towners who do not participate but still want to receive mailings] Let me know whether your mother is interested in making this change for next year.

Inside the envelope from Charles Eaton

Inside the envelope from Charles Eaton
Dear Anne =

Mother has moved to Texas to be with Janice and she will no longer be participating in the Garden Club. She broke her hip in May (she's doing really well with therapy) and can't negotiate the stairway at Stillman Gardens any longer.

I'm not sure how long she was a member, but it has to be a good many years. She sends her best wishes for continued success of the club.

Kindest regards,

Charlie

06/19/00

Inside the envelope from Charles Eaton

Helen MacDonald Eaton, active in community

WATCHUNG – Helen MacDonald Eaton, 95, died Friday (Oct. 20, 2000) in San Antonio, Texas.

Born in Plainfield in 1905 to Harry B. MacDonald and Jeanette Field MacDonald, she lived in Watchung for 80 years before moving to Plainfield in 1988. Her father was the first mayor of Watchung. Her father-in-law, Charles A. Eaton was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from N.J. and was one of the signers of the United Nations Charter.

Mrs. Eaton was a charter member of the Mary E. Wilson Memorial Union Church in Watchung and was a member of the Women's Guild of the church. She was also a member of the Plainfield and Watchung Garden Clubs, the Plainfield Country Club, the Monday Afternoon Club in Plainfield, the Woman's Auxiliary of Muhlenberg Hospital, and former president of the Plainfield Junior League.

She served as a Gray Lady Medical Aide at the hospital during World War II, and also was active as a volunteer in the local Red Cross chapter at that time.

Her husband, Charles A. Eaton Jr., who was vice president of the Fidelity Union Trust Co. and president of the N.J. Bankers Association, died in 1983.

Surviving are two sons, Charles A Eaton III of Freehold and Macdonald Eaton of New Orleans, LA; a daughter, Janice E. Atkins of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Wilson Memorial Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilson Memorial Church, 7 Valley Road, Watchung, NJ 07069.

No Date/Envelope/Address.

No Date. No Address.

1952 Check Book

No. 964
June 27, 2952
Margaret Cone Ladd
registration for regional meeting
$10.00

No. 965
June 27, 1952
Helen Eaton
registration for regional meeting
$10.00

No. 966
June 27, 1952
Virginia Stillman
registration for annual meeting
$1.50

1952 Check Book

No. 928
Feb. 20, 1952
Helen Eaton
Express on slides & other expenses (rental of projector, etc.)
Program
$12.00

No. 930
Feb. 20, 1952
Helen Eaton
additional charge on projector & screen
$6.00

1956 Check Book

No. 1229
September 25, 1956
Helen Eaton
notebook & paper
(recording secretary)
$3.10

1949 Check Book

No. 802
Nov. 10, 1949
Helen Eaton
Ad in Courier-News for
R. Platt lecture
$4.94

No. 803
Nov. 10, 1949
Collector of Internal Revenue
200 tickets 1.80 - 360 tax 60.00
15 tickets .75 = 12.25 1.88
$61.88
Rutherford Platt lecture

No. 804
Dec. 5, 1949
Walter Ritchie
xmas trees for wreaths
$10.00

2000 September thru December Meeting Minutes

2000 September thru December Executive Board Meeting Minutes

2001 January thru June Executive Board Meeting Minutes

David Page book on Watchung

The "Gnutchaw Club." Some girls belonged to the "Gnuhctaw Club" c. 1915 which is Watchung spelled backwards. Helen Schmidt got the members together, including Helen MadDonald, Mary Rose Eaton, Marie Merrill, Margaret Demler, Ruth Kennedy, and Tiby Liebenow. The enjoyed hiking and camping trips.

Residence of Mayor Harry B. MacDonald, Valley Road, Watchung

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.


publication circa 1917

David Page Book on Watchung

Fishing at Best Lake. Watchung's first mayor, Harry MacDonald, is shown fishing at Best Lake. Fishing continues to be popular both at Watchung Lake and Best Lake. When Watchung Lake was still used for ice harvesting, children used to fish from the wooden walkways that were used to harvest the ice. They would sell what fish they caught for 5 cents each.

March 15, 2013 Macdonald Eaton

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 3:00 am
0 comments
Macdonald Eaton, 83, noted scenic designer, artist and art director, passed away March 4, 2013, in New Orleans, La., after an extended struggle against cancer.
Born in Watchung, Mr. Eaton studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and received his bachelor of fine arts degree from that institution in 1951. He also was a graduate of North Plainfield High School, and attended Watchung Borough School.
After a two-year stint with the Army working on a highly classified assignment at the U. S. Pictorial Center, he designed several off-Broadway shows and produced a play in the Fourth Street Playhouse. His new play received a rave review from noted critic Walter Kerr. In the early 1950s, he stage-managed the Koffman Auditorium Cultural Center in Manhattan, as well.
Mr. Eaton was conscripted by ABC-TV as Network Designer from 1951 through 1962. He worked with a long list of celebrities in the production of special and public affairs shows. They included Helen Hayes, Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse, Sammy Davis, Sr., and Dick Clark. From ABC, he moved onto CBS where he worked with Ed Sullivan, Kate Smith, Victor Borge, Jerry Orbach and Arthur Miller, among others.
In the early 1970s he was called back by the Army as a civilian for three years, again to do highly classified work as art director in government film production. His next assignment was with Knowland Studies, creating scenery for Broadway shows.
In 1975 he returned to ABC-TV to become Charge-Man Scenic Designer of the popular daytime serial, "One Life to Live," a job he held for 15 years. In the 1980's he was given an exhibit of his portraits of the entire cast of "One Life to Live" in the lobby of the ABC Headquarters building. While at ABC, he studied with New York artist, Fritz Henning, participated in a number of group art shows and was featured in three one-man shows.
In 1979, to celebrate his 50th birthday, his hometown of Watchung held a 30-year retrospective at the original Borough School. Displayed were 75 of the paintings he created over the years.
During that period, Portraits, Inc., a Park Avenue, New York, gallery featured his portraits, including a self-portrait that was exhibited in the gallery's window.
In 1990, he and his wife, Jeanne Button-Eaton, a nationally known costume designer, moved to New Orleans to fulfill her appointment by Tulane University as Professor of Costume Design. At the same time, Mr. Eaton was appointed to Tulane's Adjunct Theater faculty in scenic design and art. In that capacity, he designed three productions for the Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival.
During his tenure at Tulane, he exhibited work at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center, where he designed and painted a 40-foot mural for Raven productions.
Mr. Eaton was a career member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, New York. He was also a member of the Mary E. Wilson Memorial Church, Watchung.
Mr. Eaton's paternal grandfather was Congressman Charles A. Eaton of Watchung, one of the signers of the United Nations Charter. His maternal grandfather, Harry B. MacDonald, was the first Mayor of Watchung.
Mr. Eaton leaves his wife, Jeanne, his stepson, film actor Raphael Sbarge, his brother, Charles A. Eaton III of Milton, Del., his sister, Mrs. Janice Eaton Atkins of San Antonio, Texas, six nephews and four nieces. A memorial service is being planned for later this month. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains.

January 30, 2013 Harry R. Macdonald

HARRY R. MACDONALD

Harry R. Macdonald, 90, a long time resident of the Princeton, New Jersey area died suddenly in Hilton Head Hospital, Hilton Head Island, SC on January 30, 2013.

Mr. Macdonald was born in Princeton, NJ, the son of Mr.& Mrs. Harry R. Macdonald, Sr. He graduated from Princeton High School where he was president of his senior class, attended Princeton University with the class of 1944 and transferred to the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1946 from which he graduated in 1945. His naval career was primarily in submarines, including recall during the Korean conflict.

He married Alma Lewis of Rocky Hill, NJ in 1946. She died in 1983 and he married Suzanne Myers in 1988. Following naval service, he worked briefly for Proctor & Gamble and then Lever Brothers Company, New York, New York for 35 years, 12 of which were in Hammond, Indiana where he managed the factory before being transferred to NYC. He was active in civic and community affairs as Chairman of the Planning Board and as President of the Board of School Trustees in Munster, Indiana. He retired in 1985 from Lever House in NYC as Director of Manufacturing Services.

After returning to NJ in 1969, he was active in the Reformed Church in America, locally as an elder, regionally as President of the Classis of Raritan and as President of the Reformed Church Ministries to the Aging. Since moving to Hilton Head in 1996, Mr. Macdonald has been active in the Presbyterian Men of the Church, an organization of men of the area churches, as director, as it President and in chairing an annual College Ethics Symposium and in initial planning of an annual Christian Heritage Breakfast during the Heritage of Golf. He has also served as treasurer of the Hilton Head Chapter of the United States Navy League. Long active in Princeton University alumni affairs, he chaired 1944's annual reunions from 1989-2004, and served the class as Secretary, Vice-President and until 2010 as President.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; three children of his first marriage; Jan Smith of Alton Bay, NH; Suzanne Horan of Martinsville, IN; and CDR Kim Donahue, USN Chaplain, of Baltimore, MD, currently serving at Marine Air Group 31, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC; and four step children: E. Peter Myers of Bonney Lake, WA; Elizabeth Myers of Falmouth, ME; Jeffery Myers of Oceanside, CA; Sarah McNaughton of Hallowell, ME; 6 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 2 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head with the Reverend Lifer officiating. A reception will follow at the Cypress, 20 Lady Slipper Lane, Hilton Head Plantation, HHI, SC. Following cremation, his ashes will be divided between Rocky Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill, NJ and the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church, Rocky Hill, NJ, 08553; Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head, SC, 29928 or Princeton University, Box 1946, Princeton, NJ 08544.

November 28, 2009 Macdonald Family history

Posted by: Nathaniel Eaton (ID *****4397) Date: November 28, 2009 at 15:30:26
In Reply to: Re: William & Joanna McDonald of Sussex, NJ by Barb Campbell of 9683

I am the son of your Daniel's brother Richard McDonald (although it's been our family tradition to spell the surname Macdonald. My grandmothers maiden name was Helen Macdonald. Richard was a major in the Revolutionary War and an advisor to Washington. Supposedly, one of these four brothers was a chieftain in Scotland, or perhaps the father William was? I'm part of the family that never moved. Richard was in Somerville or Pluckinim; his Macdonald descendant, my grandmother grew up in Watchung, NJ, just miles from Somerville/Pluckinim (now spelled Pluckemin, NJ). Daniel was from Lebanon, NJ (he served in the Hunterdon County militia). Lebanon is very close to Somerville. There's an article online circa 1749, from a local paper such as the Lebanon Gazette, with an ad searching for a Daniel McDonald, as he was a runaway servant and someone was looking for him.

http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/link.php?action=detail&id=61929

My guess is that this supports the notion that they came from a family of chieftains in Scotland – They weren't used to being indentured servants!

There is a site known as McDonald's-Kline's Mill in Beminster, NJ, that was probably owned by Richard at one point, since I believed he married a woman with the surname Kline. The is a Revolutionary War site.

(See entry for McDonald's-Kline's Mill)

http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/NJ/Somerset/state.html

I know this about Daniel, he might be earliest known McDonald in the American colonies, I think that mention of Daniel in the Pennsylvania Gazette, was the first mention of a Macdonald in colonial America. He did go on to serve in the Revolutionary War. He is listed in the muster rolls for Hunterdon County.

One tidbit, my great-grandfather, Harry Macdonald, was elected first mayor of Watchung, NJ, in 1926.

I've just learned about Richard having a brother. Now brothers. Before today, it just stopped with Richard. So Richard's my man, but I'd like to find out more about his father, William, if that's his name, and Daniel's story and the others. My family still has Richard Macdonald's rifle from the Revolutionary War.

I thought Daniel and Richard were related. Thanks for this info. Please keep in contact with me as I plan to go to Pluckemin (Pluckinim), Bedminster, Somerville to see if I can find out anything new. And I'd also love to see your notes.

All good wishes cousin.

Mary Winifred Parlin Eaton

Father: Captain William D. Parlin
Mother: Mary Brown
Born: Natick Massachusetts

Married: June 26, 1885 to Reverend Charles Aubrey Eaton

Children:

1. Marion Aubrey Eaton, b. 29 Mar 1896, Toronto, Ontario
Married William Russell Burwell. Children: Robert Winsor Burwell, Anstis Manton Burwell, Richard Eaton Burwell

2. Margaret Evelyn Eaton, b. 1 Aug 1897, Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts
Married Douglas Wilson Demier. Children: Douglas Wilson Demier, Jr., Mary Evelyn Demier

3. Frances Winifred Eaton, b. 18 Feb 1899, Toronto, Ontario , d. Jun 1961
Married Frederick Daniel Corey. Children: Winifred Wilma Corey, Anne Kennedy Corey

4. Charles Aubrey Eaton, Jr, b. 10 Sep 1901, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Married Helen Howatt MacDonald. Children: Charles Aubrey Eaton III, MacDonald Eaton, Janice Field Eaton.

5. Mary Rose Eaton, b. 29 Oct 1904, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Married: George Jean His. Children: Georges Noel His, Nina Sybilla His

6. Catherine Starr Eaton, b. 6 Apr 1910, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey
Married: William Emery Hyde. Children: Hester Ann Hyde
Married: Edward Warren Sawyer. Children: Parlynn Chistiani Sawyer, Penelope Starr Sawyer

Macdonald Eaton March 5, 2013

Macdonald Eaton, attended Watchung Borough School
83, noted scenic designer, grandson of Rep. Charles Eaton and Mayor Harry MacDonald,

Macdonald Eaton, 83, noted scenic designer, artist and art director, passed away March 4, 2013, in New Orleans, La., after an extended struggle against cancer.

Born in Watchung, Mr. Eaton studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and received his bachelor of fine arts degree from that institution in 1951. He also was a graduate of North Plainfield High School, and attended Watchung Borough School.

After a two-year stint with the Army working on a highly classified assignment at the U. S. Pictorial Center, he designed several off-Broadway shows and produced a play in the Fourth Street Playhouse. His new play received a rave review from noted critic Walter Kerr. In the early 1950s, he stage-managed the Koffman Auditorium Cultural Center in Manhattan, as well.

Mr. Eaton was conscripted by ABC-TV as Network Designer from 1951 through 1962. He worked with a long list of celebrities in the production of special and public affairs shows. They included Helen Hayes, Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse, Sammy Davis, Sr., and Dick Clark. From ABC, he moved onto CBS where he worked with Ed Sullivan, Kate Smith, Victor Borge, Jerry Orbach and Arthur Miller, among others.

In the early 1970s he was called back by the Army as a civilian for three years, again to do highly classified work as art director in government film production. His next assignment was with Knowland Studies, creating scenery for Broadway shows.

In 1975 he returned to ABC-TV to become Charge-Man Scenic Designer of the popular daytime serial, "One Life to Live," a job he held for 15 years. In the 1980's he was given an exhibit of his portraits of the entire cast of "One Life to Live" in the lobby of the ABC Headquarters building. While at ABC, he studied with New York artist, Fritz Henning, participated in a number of group art shows and was featured in three one-man shows.

In 1979, to celebrate his 50th birthday, his hometown of Watchung held a 30-year retrospective at the original Borough School. Displayed were 75 of the paintings he created over the years.

During that period, Portraits, Inc., a Park Avenue, New York, gallery featured his portraits, including a self-portrait that was exhibited in the gallery's window.

In 1990, he and his wife, Jeanne Button-Eaton, a nationally known costume designer, moved to New Orleans to fulfill her appointment by Tulane University as Professor of Costume Design. At the same time, Mr. Eaton was appointed to Tulane's Adjunct Theater faculty in scenic design and art. In that capacity, he designed three productions for the Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival.

During his tenure at Tulane, he exhibited work at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center, where he designed and painted a 40-foot mural for Raven productions.

Mr. Eaton was a career member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, New York. He was also a member of the Mary E. Wilson Memorial Church, Watchung.

Mr. Eaton's paternal grandfather was Congressman Charles A. Eaton of Watchung, one of the signers of the United Nations Charter. His maternal grandfather, Harry B. MacDonald, was the first Mayor of Watchung.

Mr. Eaton leaves his wife, Jeanne, his stepson, film actor Raphael Sbarge, his brother, Charles A. Eaton III of Milton, Del., his sister, Mrs. Janice Eaton Atkins of San Antonio, Texas, six nephews and four nieces. A memorial service is being planned for later this month. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains.

April 4, 1916 New York Times

PARLIN - At Plainfield, N. J., on Monday, April 3, 1916. Captain William D. Parlin, in his 77th year. Services at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, at "Sunbright," Plainfield, N. J., on Wednesday, April 5, at 3:30 P. M. Interment at Natick, Mass. Kindly omit flowers.

National Park Service: Civil War

1st Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

OVERVIEW: Organized in the District of Columbia May 19 to June 30, 1863. Ordered to Dept. of Virginia and attached to United States Forces, Norfolk and Portsmouth, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, July to October, 1863. United States Forces, Yorktown, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, Hincks' Colored Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to June, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Corps, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 25th Corps, to March, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 10th Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to August, 1865. Dept. of North Carolina to muster out.

SERVICE:Duty at Norfolk, Portsmouth and Yorktown, Va., till April, 1864. Expedition from Norfolk to South Mills, Camden Court House, etc., N. C., December 5-24, 1863. Butler's operations south of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond, Va., May 4-June 15. Action at Wilson's Wharf May 24. Assaults on Petersburg June 15-18. Siege of Petersburg and Richmond June 16 to December 7, 1864. Explosion of Mine, Petersburg, July 30. Demonstration on north side of the James River September 28-30. Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, September 28-30. Fort Harrison September 29. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28. Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., December 7-27. 2nd Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 7-15, 1865. Assault on and capture of Fort Fisher January 15. Sugar Loaf Hill January 19. Sugar Loaf Battery February 11. Fort Anderson February 18-20. Capture of Wilmington February 22. Northeast Ferry February 22. Campaign of the Carolinas March 1-April 26. Advance on Goldsboro March 6-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 21. Cox's Bridge March 23-24. Advance on Raleigh April 9-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 13. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty in thc Dept. of North Carolina till September. Mustered out September 29, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 67 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 113 Enlisted men by disease. Total 185.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

PAST PRESIDENTS
1941-1942: Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Jr.

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1990-1991 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club

1949-1950 Program

This small brochure was found in the bottom of a box belonging to Barbara Tracy Sandford '50. 12/22/13

1949-1950 Program

December 8, 2013 Art Exhibit

December 8, 2013

Today was the Opening Reception for Virginia Carroll at the Watchung Art Center. The title of her show, "Serene Winter," is taken from a fairly large painting she did of her neighbor's garden at 996 Hillside Avenue.

This was the former home & garden of PGC Member Julie Shortridge. The house was built by founding member Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) Wallace '15. Click Mrs. Wallace's link to learn more about this impressive home and garden –plus see Virginia's painting "Serene Winter" – which is for sale!

"Serene Winter" Paintings by Virginia Carroll

She writes, "Last Dec. I won first place in the Members Show at the Watchung Arts Center and the honor of having a solo show in their Lower Gallery. I've been working toward this goal for a year and I'd love to invite you to see the paintings .Hope you can stop by for light refreshments and conversation on a Sunday afternoon. Friend of the PGC, Virginia Carroll" Thanks for sharing and inviting us!

Coincidentally, the gallery shares a parking lot with the Watchung Library. This library used to be the residence of PGC member Mrs. Harlan Butterfield (Jane Brewer Atwater) Pratt '53 Mr. Pratt established the well-known Valley Furniture Shop and it is he who crafted the signs, one of which still remains, at the Shakespeare Garden.

Watchung at one time was part of Plainfield. In addition to Mrs. Pratt, PGC members included Senator Eaton's wife, the daughter of one of the first mayors of Watchung and of course the owner of Hillcrest – that estate we keep meaning to document right off of Hillcrest Road (naturally) which leads from the Watchung Circle to Interstate 78.

There were quite a few more Watchung residents that were members of the Club – see them here. Another estate to explore would be Mrs. Barr's "Middleridge."

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership