Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Eaton, Mrs. Charles Aubrey (Mary Winifred Parlin) '15

1919 Address: Valley Road, North Plainfield

1922 Address: Valley Road, North Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address" Valley Road, North Plainfield
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Chas. A. Eaton 1/13/38 Pd. 5/15/39 Pd. 1/10/40 Pd 1/8/41 Pd. 1/7/42 Pd. 1/4/43 Pd. 12/6/43/ Pd. 1/10/45 Pd. 12/4/45 6/6/46 June 28, 1947

1942 Address: Valley Road, Watchung

1948 - 1949 Treasurer Book, Active: Eaton, Mrs. Charles A. June 30 – her name is then crossed out with the notation "HONORARY MEMBER"

1965, the 50th anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club, Mrs. Charles A. Eaton was listed as an "Honorary Member" and deceased.

Related to PGC Members:
Eaton, Mrs. Charles A., Jr. (Helen Howatt Macdonald) '45
His, Mrs. Georges J. '44
Corey, Mrs. Ella J. '15

Mary Winifred Parlin

To see Mrs. Charles A. Eaton '15 place on the Eaton genealogy chart, click:

Charles Aubrey Eaton

To see Mrs. Eaton's husband's entry on the Eaton family genealogy chart, click:

Charles A. Eaton entry on Wikipedia

Eaton was the preacher at Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, situated on Cleveland's 'millionaire's row,' and as a result he came to the attention of John D. Rockefeller, a summer resident of Cleveland who attended church there. They became lifelong friends, and this connection influenced Eaton's future path. It also influenced that of another well known Canadian who went on to have an outstanding career in the United States, his favorite nephew, Cyrus S. Eaton. He introduced him to Rockefeller in 1901, when Cyrus was still a university student. Cyrus went on to work for Rockefeller, and eventually become one of Cleveland's first citizens, and one of America's premier industrialists. Charles moved to North Plainfield, New Jersey in 1909, and started a dairy farm, while at the same time preaching to a prominent New York City Baptist congregation. The area in which he lived separated from North Plainfield in 1926, and the Borough of Watchung, New Jersey was founded there. He lived there until his death.

In 1924, Eaton was elected as a Republican to the 69th U.S. Congress and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses, serving until 1952. He rose to become chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Eightieth Congress), and served on the Select Committee on Foreign Aid (Eightieth Congress). Eaton signed the original United Nations Charter in San Francisco as part of a delegation representing the United States Government. He helped gain support for the Marshall Plan–also known as the Economic Cooperation Act of 1948–which was passed by Congress in 1948 by a vote of 329 to 74. For several years, he served in Congress alongside his nephew William R. Eaton, a Representative from Colorado.

Eaton was a steadfast opponent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.[2][3] However, he was frequently invited to the White House for meetings with both presidents Roosevelt and Truman because of his sharp understanding of international politics.

Twenty days after his retirement from Congress, Eaton died in Washington, D.C. and was interred in Hillside Cemetery located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Mrs. Eaton's daughter-in-law, Mac

Click: Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Jr.

Mrs. Eaton's father, Captain William D. Parlin, in the New York Times April 4, 1916

The Eaton home in Plainfield is described as "Sunbright"

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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June 4, 1922 New York Times wedding announcement

Burwell - Eaton

The wedding of Miss Marion Aubrey Eaton, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Aubrey Eaton of Watchung, NJ, and William Russell Burwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chamberlain Buwell of Providence, RI, took place yesterday afternoon at the Mary E. Wilson Memorial Chapel, Watchung, the bride's father, formerly pastor of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York, officiating.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Van Boskerck

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Van Boskerck

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Van Boskerck

Historical People Buried in Hillside Cemetary

Charles Aubrey Eaton (1868-1953) US Congressman

Book about Watchung by David B. Page

Follow link to see photo of the house and family

The Eaton Family. Dr. Charles Aubrey Eaton, a resident of Watchung, served as a US congressman for 28 years. Eaton and his wife, Mary, are shown here with their extended family in 1941. They are from left to right, Charles Eaton III, Douglas Demler, Margaret Eaton Demler, Douglas Demler Jr., Mary Evelyn Demler, Ann Corey, Frances Winifred Eaton Corey, Winifred Wilma Corey behind Nina Sabilla His, Mary Eaton, Hester Hyde, Charles Eaton, Star Eaton Hyde Stoneham, Helen MacDonald Eaton and daughter Janice, Charles Eaton II, Macdonald Eaton, George His, Noel His and Mary Eaton His.

201 Valley Road. Dr. Charles Eaton, who built Sunbright Farm at 201 Valley Road in 1908, often entertained foreign dignitaries at his home. Born in Nova Scotia in 1969, Dr. Eaton was a clergyman, author, editor, farmer and statesman. While a minister in Massachusetts, he married Mary Winifred Parlin in 1895.

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

Plainfield Public Library Archives

A planting of dogwood trees presented to the Union County Park Commission by the Plainfield Garden Club are dedicted in Cedar Brook Park where the trees were set out. The gift, which is noted on the bronze tablet members of the club and Park Engineer W. R. Tracy (extreme right) are surveying, marks the 25th anniversary of the club. Left to right are Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Mrs. William W. Coriell, Mrs. Arthur G. Nelson, president; Mrs. Thomas R. Van Bosckerck, Mrs. Henry C. Wells, Mrs. William A. Holliday and Mr. Tracy (Story on Social Page)

circa 1940

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Plainfield Public Library Files

Plainfield Public Library Archive


Mrs. Clifford Baker Heads Garden Club; Reports Stress Recent Civic Improvements

Election of officers of the year's work, especailly that of a civic nature recently undertaken, and an address by Mrs. Otto Lane, who gave instructions in making conservation Christmas wreaths, featured the annual meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club yesterday at the home of Mrs. George W. Fraker in Rahway Road.

Mrs. Leslie Runyon Fort, retiring president, was in charge of the business session. These officers were chosen for the coming year: President, Mrs. Clifford M. Baker; vice-presidents, Mrs. Harry P. Marshall and Mrs. Raymond V. V. Miller; recording secretary, Mrs. Anna Stewartl corresponding secretary, Miss Laura Detwiller; treasurer, Mrs. Frederick W. Yates.

Mrs. Samuel T. Carter, Jr., gave a report of the work in the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park. During the year there were a number of plantings in the garden which have added to its attractiveness.

Mrs. Thomas R. Van Boskerck requested donations of jellies for the Flower, Plant and Fruit Guild for distribution among the sick and shut-ins. They can be sent to her home, 1232 Prospect Avenue.

The following letter was received from Edward Baker, Jr., president of the Lions club:

"I am writing you in behalf of the Lions Club of Plainfield in regarde to the very wonderful work the Plainfield Garden Club is doing around our city. Some of the members of our club have seen the work in Cottage Place and also, the brook in Watchung Avenue, which is about completed. We just want you to know that we consider this one of the finest pieces of civic service which has been rendered Plainfield. As citizens and members of the Lions Club we certainly appreciate this work."

A report of unusual interest was presented by the conservation committe of the club. It was in part as follows:

"In early October, 1931, at the request of the Chamber of Commerce a survey was made by our president, Mrs. Leslie R. Fort and the chairman of the conservation committee of the Chamber of Commerce. This report embodied suggestions for work at conscpicuous places in the city . . . be of help in unemployment relief the club made an appropriation to be used as far as possible for wages only. Great interest was at once shown not only by club members, but also by people in many walks of life.

"Two projects were undertaken. The one first begun was Cottage Place close to the railroad tracks. Following some publicity for the work being attempted, gifts came freely – top soil, manure, plants, trees and shrubs. City officials, those of the park and street departments and the New Jersey Central, co-operated gernerously.

"Today a beautiful little park awaits the spring. There have been planted 31 trees where none stood before; 26 rose bushes and over 375 other plants and shurbs have been most carefully set out. This work employed 139 hours at 50 cents an hour and 312 hours at 40 cents an hour. The expenditure was $169.50. Cottage park has been evolved.

"It was evident when the work at Cottage Place was well underway that a second piece of work could be begun. The south bank of Green Brook at the Watchung Avenue bridge was chosen as the worst eyesore in the city. Here, as in Cottage Place, advice was generously given that nothing could be done. But the gardeners just kept on working. Gifts kept coming. A tractor was brought in to cope with stones and debris impossible for men to move. Today another pleasnt little park created by the garden club also awaits the spring.

"Because in pioneer days the little stream, now called Green Brook, was called the Sahcunk River, streams, and the tribe dwelling here along its banks were teh Sahcunk Indians, this little park made by our club is now called Sahcunk Park. In those early days from Rock Avenue to Bound Brook there was located Waccaho-vo-howiohy Village, the name meaning "where you can dig into the ground."

"In two projects 28 1/4 hours at 50 cents an hour and 211 3/4 hours at 40 cents an hour made an expenditure of $99.30. The total planting of 51 trees, 89 roses and 750 other plants and shrubs cost $268.60. Every cent went for wages so the garden club has the enviable record of being able to dispense 100 per cent relief. The fine co-operative spirit shown in every direction made every moment a delight.

"Those of us who really dug in the gardens are quite conscious that many defects may be discovered easily by those so minded. But we trust that these plots, slected as behicles for helping those in distress will be filled with flowers and restful shade. And we hope that each succeeding year will find these spots a little lovelier because of our civic interest in them and that this part of co-operative effort will not be forsaken."

Among the women who were actively engaged in these enterprises were Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president; Mrs. J. L. Devlin, Mrs. Thomas R. VanBoskerck, Mrs. Garret Smith, Mrs. Henry L. DeForest, Mrs. Clinton Ivins, Miss Elsie Harman, Mrs. Charles A. Eaton and Mrs. Henry Wells.

New York Times October 19, 1919


Miss Helen Hyde, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kepler Hyde, was married to Austin Floyd Fleming, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Fleming of Toronto, Canada, at Oakmond, the home of the bride's parents, at Hydewood Park, Plainfield, N.J. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. Charles A. Eaton, former pastor of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and the Rev. John Moment.

The bride in white tulle and pearls, was attended by her cousin, Miss Carolyn Hyde, as maid of honor. The bridesmaids were the Misses Agnes Fleming, a sister of the bridegroom, and Edith Hyde Colby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Colby. They were in cream lace over yellow chiffon. Young Miss Ann Colby, another cousin of the brid, was the flower girl.

Russell Fleming acted as best man for his brother. The ushers were Oliver Edward Hyde, Francis de L. Hyde, Louis K. Hyde, Jr., Murray P. Fleming, Godfrey Hyde, and Goldwin O. Fleming.

Mr. Flemings's father was four times Mayor of Toronto. During the war Mr. Fleming saw service in France, Egypt and Palestine as Captain in the Royal Air Force. The bride is grandaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hyde. They will reside in Toronto after a honeymoon trip by motor.

1951 Check Book

No. 919
Dec. 7, 1951
Virginia Stillman
Shakespeare Garden
tulips in memory of Mrs. Eaton
from Reserve Account
bought from John Scheepers

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August 26, 2012 Wikipedia entry

Eaton House (Watchung, New Jersey)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search

Eaton House is a historic property located in the United States in Watchung, New Jersey. Eaton House was built in 1904 for Congressman Charles Aubrey Eaton and his family.[1] The Eaton family originally lived on the north side of Valley Road but later built another house on the south side of Valley so their grandchildren wouldn't have to run across that busy street for a cookie or story or whatever else they needed. [2] The property then came to be known as Sunbright Farm but was later subdivided into multiple plots and sold. Congressman Aubrey Eaton lived with his family at Eaton House from 1926 until his death in 1953. [3] [4]

[edit] References1.^ "Charles Aubrey Eaton" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Eaton also served as Secretary of State for President Eisenhower. Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1977. GALE|BT2310014222. Retrieved 2011-06-14. Gale Biography In Context.
2.^ "Member: Eaton, Mrs. Charles Aubrey, Jr. (Helen Howatt Macdonald) '45". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
3.^ "C. A. Eaton is Dead; ex-Congressman". New York Times. January 24, 1953.
4.^ Obituary, Time (magazine), February 2, 1953. Accessed September 9, 2007

Watchung was represented at signing of UN Charter by Charles Eaton, a former dairy farmer, clergyman and Congressman

By Frank Coelho
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Star Ledger

WATCHUNG – Since its incorporation in 1826, the Borough of Watchung has seen its share of famous and consequential residents. For some reason, a good number of them were sports heroes of one kind or another. Oddly enough, these have included three New York Giants (of the football and baseball Giants kind.) Of course, most everyone is aware that Bobby Thomson, the legendary baseball slugger who hit "the shot heard around the world" to win the National League Pennant in 1951, was one of our neighbors.

But, there's another past Watchung resident whose deeds have also had significant global repercussions. Although in his case, they were geopolitical in nature. His name was Charles Aubrey Eaton and, on June 26, 1945, he was one of the signers of the original United Nations Charter – the international organization's foundational treaty – in San Francisco.

Why was Eaton part of the delegation representing the US Government at such an historic and momentous occasion? To answer that question, let's take a quick look at the man's lifelong trajectory.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1868, Eaton moved to a part of North Plainfield which later became Watchung, in 1909, to start a dairy farm. Prior to that, he had studied divinity, after experiencing a religious conversion, and eventually led prominent congregations as a clergyman in Massachusetts, Toronto and Cleveland, Ohio.

Renowned for his fiery oratory style, Eaton quickly gained prominence with his sermons and subsequently caught the eye and ear of one John D. Rockefeller – the famous industrialist who revolutionized the petroleum industry – with whom he forged a lifelong friendship.

Interestingly, a good portion of what Eaton preached about had to do with the extreme poverty and social displacement caused by the intense industrialization process America was undergoing in the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds. As a result of his new connections and his need to champion policies focused on improving the lives of the less fortunate, Eaton eventually found himself moving in the direction of journalism and a national political career.

His views on class, social structure and the nature of being an American are revealed in some of his published essays. In 1920, he wrote…"The fundamental idea of our American civilization is this: any man who has the stuff in him can, by his own energy, thrift, industry and courage, rise to any height he may choose. His only limit is his own weakness. He, himself, is in a class by himself. There is no other class here… This is the greatest experiment ever made by man. It is a new idea fit to be developed only in a new world. It is the American idea."

In 1924, Charles "Doc" Eaton was elected as a Republican to the 69th United States Congress. He served in 13 succeeding Congresses until 1952. Although he was a staunch opponent of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, he labored tirelessly for bipartisanship in foreign affairs. His work as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee helped to guide the Marshall Plan and other key foreign aid programs through Congress, and directly led to his participation in the formation of what we know today as the United Nations. According to Time Magazine, Eaton was an unwavering internationalist.

Charles A. Eaton passed away a mere 20 days after his retirement from Congress, in 1953, and is today buried at Hillside Cemetery, in Scotch Plains.

In conjunction with the Somerset County Freeholders, the Watchung Historical Society is currently working on the possibility of officially honoring Eaton.

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Cyrus Stephen Eaton

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Cyrus Eaton

Born Cyrus Stephen Eaton
Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died May 9, 1979(1979-05-09) (aged 95)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Businessman

Cyrus Stephen Eaton (December 27, 1883 – May 9, 1979) was a Canadian-born American investment banker, businessman and philanthropist, with a career that spanned seventy years.

For decades one of the most powerful financiers in the American midwest, Cyrus Eaton was also a colorful and often-controversial figure. He was chiefly known for his longevity in business, for his opposition to the dominance of eastern financiers in the America of his day, for his occasionally ruthless financial manipulations, and for his outspoken criticism of America's Cold War brinkmanship. He funded and helped organize the first Pugwash Conferences on World Peace, in 1955

Biography[edit] Early lifeEaton was born in 1883 on a farm near the village of Pugwash in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] Besides farming, his father, Joseph Howe Eaton, ran a small general store and the district post office.[1]

[edit] EducationEaton left Nova Scotia in 1899 to attend Woodstock College, a Baptist-affiliated prep school in Woodstock, Ontario. He then enrolled at [[McMaster University], a Baptist university in Toronto, Ontario, in 1901, where he studied philosophy and finance, intending to enter the Baptist ministry.[1] He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1905 with a major in Philosophy.[1]

[edit] AwardsEaton's 1950s efforts at rapprochement with the Soviet Union won him the 1960 Lenin Peace Prize. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1958, and was the recipient of an honourary degree from Bowling Green State University in 1969. The Pugwash Conferences and their Chairman, Joseph Rotblat, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

[edit] PhilanthropyBesides financial support for The Pugwash Conferences, Eaton gave a lot of money to support education in his home province, particularly to his home town and to Acadia University. He supported the establishment of a game sanctuary in Nova Scotia, and he donated 12 acres (49 hectares) of land in Northfield, Ohio, for the Lee Eaton Elementary School, which was named in memory of his daughter. He was also a financial supporter of McMaster University, the YWCA, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University.

[edit] Hyperlinks1. ^ Cyrus Stephen Eaton, 1883–1979 2. ^ John Eaton 1590-1668 3. ^ David Eaton 1729-1803 4. ^ Amos Eaton 1785-1862 5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter E". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 7 April 2011

[edit] External linksBio at the Cyrus Eaton Foundation
Cyrus Eaton interviewed by Mike Wallace on The Mike Wallace Interview
[edit] References1.^ a b c d Eaton biography

William Robb Eaton

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William Robb Eaton (December 17, 1877 - December 16, 1942) was a U.S. Representative from Colorado, nephew of Charles Aubrey Eaton.

Born in Pugwash, Province of Nova Scotia, Canada, Eaton immigrated to the United States with his parents who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1878, and in Denver, Colorado, in 1881. He attended public and private schools. He was employed as a bank clerk 1889-1901. He engaged as a jobber and wholesaler and in the warehouse business 1901-1909. He served in Troop B, First Squadron Cavalry, National Guard of Colorado from 1898 to 1904. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Denver in 1909. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Denver, Colorado. He served as deputy district attorney of the second judicial district 1909-1913. He served as member of the State senate 1915-1918 and 1923-1926.

Eaton was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress and for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Denver, Colorado, until his death there on December 16, 1942. He was interred in Denver's Fairmount Cemetery.

Cyrus S. Eaton

None Dare Call it Conspiracy
by Gary Allen


Not surprisingly, the Rockefellers have been leaders in championing this bloody trade. On January 16, 1967, one of
the most incredible articles ever to appear in a newspaper graced the front page of the Establishment's daily, the New
York Times. Under the headline "Eaton Joins Rockefellers To Spur Trade With Reds" the article stated:

"An alliance of family fortunes linking Wall Street and the Midwest is going to try to build economic bridges between
the free world and Communist Europe. The International Basic Economy Corporation, controlled by the Rockefeller
brothers, and Tower International, Inc., headed by Cyrus S. Eaton Jr., Cleveland financier, plan to cooperate in
promoting trade between the Iron Curtain countries, including the Soviet Union…"

International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC) is run by Richard Aldrich, grandson of Federal Reserve plotter
Nelson Aldrich, and Rodman Rockefeller• (CFR), Rocky 5 son. On October 20, 1969, IBEC announced that N M
Rothschild & Sons of London had entered into partner ship with the firm.

Cyrus Eaton Jr. is the son of the notoriously pro Soviet Cyrus Eaton, who began his career as secretary to John D. Rockefeller. It is believed that Eaton's rise to power in finance resulted from backing by his mentor. The agreement between Tower International and IBEC continues an old alliance. Although Eaton's name does not appear on the CFR's membership rolls, the Reece Committee which investigated foundations for Congress in 1953, found that Eaton was a secret member.

May 11, 1979 Cleveland Herald Tribune

Cyrus Eaton Dies at 95; Was Among the Richest in World

By Robert Sangeorge
CLEVELAND UPI – Cyrus S. Eaton, millionaire industrialist and passionate advocate of world peace and detente with the Soviet Union, died Wednesday in his suburban Northfield home. It was disclosed Thursday. He was 95.

Eaton, who arrived in Cleveland 78 years ago with $10 in his pockets and who rose to beome on of the world's richest and most influential men died at 9:30 Wednesday.

His wife was with him when he died, said Raymond Szabo, Eaton's longtime administrative assistant. "We could give out no information earlier because his son, Mrs. Eaton Jr., is in China."

Eaton had been in declining health during the past two years. But a family spokesman said Eaton had not suffered any recent serious illness and died of natural causes. The family will hold private funeral and burial services in Nova Scotia. Further details were not released.

A tireless worker for East West detente and nuclear. . . . Eaton toured . . . the Soviet . . . Europe . . . his Premier . . .

behind the development; of the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks.

He was called Cyrus the Great and Sly Cy and also well known for his philanthropy.

Eaton was born Dec. 27 1883 in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, the son of a small farmer and store owner. He left home while in his teens to study for the ministry. A distinguished uncle, former U.S. Rep. Charles Eaton, had taken the same road before him.

He came to the United States in 1900 and became a naturalized citizen in 1913.

When he was 17, Eaton met John D. Rockefeller Sr. at a dinner in Cleveland. From Rockefeller he adopted the theory that the human race could progress most rapidly through the free enterprise system.

Early in his life Eaton developed an intense interest in philosophy and foreign affairs. Aside from the bachelor of arts degree he received from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., in 1905, he won several honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Europe.

He founded and sponsored the Pugwash Thinkers Conference to stimulate international understanding. The conferences concentrated on peace and ways t odiminish the hazards embodied in the confrontation between the great powers.

The 1957 conference inspired Eaton, the 73, to work untiringly for world peace. That conference included some of the world's foremost scientists – three of them Nobel Prize winners.

In the following years, he received Communist leaders at his Acadia Farms and entertained them in New York. The Pugwash conferences were credited with laying the ground work for the first SALT talks.

A key moment in the development of Eaton's interest in the Soviet Union came in 1955, when the U.S. State Department asked him to host a group of touring Russian journalists, who passed up a chance to see a football game so they could meet firsthand a "real capitalist." The group included Alexsei Adzubei, son-in-law of Krushehev.

In 1963, his contact with Soviet leaders are said to have helped save the life of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot shot down in the Soviet Union.

Eaton appeared to have retired his public profile later in the 1960's, but surfaced again as a critic of the Vietnam War. In the 1970's he visited Cuba and Fidel Castro

1948 Check Book

No. 742
Dec. 1, 1948
Garden Club of America
Redwood Grove
in memory of Mrs. McCutcheon
Mrs. Eaton and Mrs. Huntington
stopped payment

No. 743
Dec. 1, 1948
Mrs. Yones Arai
to pay for flowers used
in arrangements for lecture

No. 744
Dec. 1, 1948
Interstate Printing Corp.
stamped envelopes for mailing
horticultural letter

In left margin:

Dec. 3 Dues (Mrs. Walter McGee) 15.00

1948 Check Book

No. 745
Dec. 31, 1948
William Saville
Flowers for Lyons Hospital
War Services

No. 746
Dec. 31, 1948
American Horticultural Society

No. 747
Dec. 31, 1948
The Plainfield Book Shop Inc.

in the left margin:

Jan 3 Dues - Seybold 10.00
gift from Mrs. Whitcomb
in memory of Mrs. Eaton $10

1950 Check Book

No. 829
Mar. 31, 1950
S. S. Pennock Co.
for vases for Lyons
from Hosp. Services Acct.

No. 830
Mar. 31, 1950
Garden Club of America
in memory of Mrs. McCutcheon (Redwood Grove)
Mrs. Eaton and Mrs Huntington
this check is to replace
chk # 742 drawn 12/1/48

Not to be counted in this years expense already account for 1948

No. 831
May 10, 1950
Garden Club of America
1949 Founders Fund
from Reserve

New York Times June 4, 1922

Burwell - Eaton

The wedding of Miss Marion Aubrey Eaton, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Aubrey Eaton of Watchung, N. J., and William Russell Burwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chamberlain Burwell of Providence, R. I., took place yesterday afternoon at the Mary E. Wilson Memorial Chapel, Watchung, the bride's father, formerly pastor of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York, officiating.

House address is possibly 201 Valley Road, Watchung NJ

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club



Sept 15 Mrs. Eaton
M. Gen. H. Peterson - "Roses"

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

April 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

1920 Meeting Minutes

Mrs. Eaton

1915 Meeting Minutes

Plainfield Garden Club
Minutes of regular meetings
May 12, 1915 to March 20, 1918
From its origination

May 12 – 1915

Minutes of the 1st General Meeting

First general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Conner on Wednesday, May 12th at 3.30 o'clock.

President in the chair. Roll call showed 39 members present.

During the meeting rain began to fall to everyones regret making a tour of Mrs. Conner's garden impossible.

A few ? of congratulations on the formation of the Club by the President was followed by some notices given, and request to have members offer to exchange plants when possible.

We then listened to a most comprehensive talk on perennials given by Mr. Maurice Field of New York which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the members. He brought specimens of many plants showing how to divide and separate grubs and other garden enemies.


All felt stimulated and helped by his talk and as the rain prevented us from going in the garden his lecture of two hours ?? too long.

After a cup of tea the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy

May 26, 1915

Minutes of the 2nd General Meeting

Second general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Barrows on Wed. May 26th at 3 oclock.

President in the Chair.

Roll call showed 33 members present.

Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

Giving to the inclement conditions of the weather the meeting was held indoors. ?? later on the sun came out and a visit to the garden was enjoyed by all.

Mrs. E. Yarde Breeze of Raritan ? Garden Club gave a very delightful paper on foreign gardens.

A letter was read from Mrs. W. S. Tyler giving notice of sale of garden things for the benefit of a young boy that she and some others were especially interested in.

It was noted ?? bring out of town guests and the Hostess. Plainfield friends After enjoying the hospitality of the hostess tea being served the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert secy

June 2 – 1915

Minutes of the 3rd general meeting

The third general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Dumont on Wednesday June 9th at three oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Miss R. E. Zimmerman of Brooklyn gave a most interesting and helpful talk in "L?? garden flowers."

It was noted to have a "Bird talk" during the year and also to have Mr. Maurice Field give a course of lectures during our next season beginning in April.

It was a most glorious June day and the garden most beautiful which was enjoyed and appreciated by those present who strolled about among the flowers. Tea was served in the tea house. The meeting then adjourned.

Ella M. Gibert Secy

June 23 -1915

Minutes of the 4th general meeting

The fourth general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Runkle, on Wednesday June 23rd at 3 oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present.

Minutes of the former meeting were read and approved.

Mrs. L. A. Brown of Shedvira?? Garden Club Garden City L. I. read a most useful and interesting paper on color harmony in gardens she also answered very pleasantly all questions asked regarding plants and flowers.

July 14 – 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club was held on July 14 in the garden of Mrs. Fleming.

The day was a perfect summer one and we were addressed by Mr. L. V. F. Randolph who read an original paper on "What Some Plants Feel and Think."

An interesting discussion followed after which we took a stroll in Mrs. Fleming's charming garden and then were refreshed with fruit punch and cakes served under a ?? on the lawn. After a delightful afternoon meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
Per H. B. H.

September 15 – 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Garden Club was held at the delightful farm of Mrs. Eaton on Valley Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 15th. The President presiding.

In the absence of the Secy, Mrs. Patterson called the roll and heard the minutes of the last regular meeting. The Pres. Welcomed the members of the Club after the separation of the summer & suggested that some slight expression of gratitude for the please we had enjoyed at the Garden Club meetings or shown by a gift of 100 glasses of jelly to the Fruit & Flower ?ision. This idea was approved by the members present in that 2 glasses of fruit jelly from each member may be sent to the house of the Pres. For this purpose. A letter was read from Mr. Chester Jay Hunt extending a warm invitation to the Garden Club to visit his tulip gardens next spring and make a picnic of the day there. We then listened to a delightful talk on "Roses" by Mr. Geo. H. Peterson of Fair Lawn, N. J. and were afterwards ?? with fruit punch and cakes in an arbor on the grounds.

A visit to the farm buildings & flower garden brought to a ?? a delightful day.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
From H. B. H.

September 22 – 1915

Minutes of the 7th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the Bungalow of Mrs. Mellick on Wednesday Sept. 22nd at three o'clock.

Mrs. E. J. Patterson acting as Sec'y in the absence of Mrs. Gilbert.

The afternoon was given up to a talk on "Birds in Our Gardens" by Mr. Bucher S. Bowdish – Secty v ?? of the ?? State Audubon Society of was felt greatly moved by the pleasure of Mrs. William Dra??? Who has done so much for the conservation of Bird Life in America. The Club was entertained delightfully by Mrs. Mellick after which we adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert – Secy
Per H. B. H.

Oct 13 – 1915

Minutes of the 8th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. H. N. Stevens on Wednesday Oct 13th at 3 o'clock. Pres. In chair. After roll call & minutes of last meeting read to approved, a letter was read from our lecturer on "Birds" of the meeting before. Minutes were approved by two of the members. The day was like one in June and all enjoyed the interchange of ideas and the informal talk of our garden troubles. The lecturer of the day was Mr. Otto Shilow Sec'y & Treas. Of the Duer ? Co. who gave us a most instructive and helpful talk on "the care of our gardens." All had so many questions to ask that after a long ?? it was difficult for Mr. Shilow to get a cup of tea before his departure for Philadelphia.

All expressed the wish that we might have the pleasure of having him again. After a social gathering about Mrs. Stevens tea table, the club adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert, Secy
Per H. B. H.

NOTE: This next entry follows in the order the Meeting Minute notebook was photographed, however the date is "1916" – not sure if this entry is from 1916 or was not recorded correctly as "1915" which seems unlikely.

Oct. 27, 1916

Minutes of the 9th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. E. T. Barrows on Wednesday Oct. 24? At 3 o'clock.

The Pres. In the chair. After the roll call and the minutes of the previous meeting read & approved, the Pres. Brought up the subject of the mid winter lecture, to be held in the evening and for which an admission should be charged.

After some discussion it was decided to have Mr. Shilow give his illustrated lecture "Flowers From Snow to Snow" admission to be 50 center and each member to be responsible for two tickets.

The time and place was left to be determined.

The Pres. Expressed our great sorrow in the death of Mrs. Louis Hyde – the members of the Club all standing and moved that a note of condolence be sent to Mr. Hyde and his family.

The Pres. Announced that Mrs. Ackerman and Mrs. Ivins had provided a lecture from Mr. Field for the . . . instead of having a meeting of their homes this year. He then spoke to us on "Bulbs.: Late in the afternoon tea was served & the meeting adjourned.

Lucy Van Boskerck
Secy pro tem

1915 - 1918 Meeting Minutes

EATON, Charles Aubrey, (1868 - 1953)

EATON, Charles Aubrey, (uncle of William Robb Eaton), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Nova Scotia March 29, 1868; attended the public schools; was graduated from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, in 1890 and from Newton Theological Institution, Newton Center, Mass., in 1893; pastor in Natick, Mass., 1892-1895, Toronto, Canada, 1895-1901, and Cleveland, Ohio, 1901-1909; moved to Watchung, Somerset County, N.J., in 1909; pastor of the Madison Avenue Church, New York City, 1909-1919; sociological editor of the Toronto Globe, Toronto, Canada, 1896-1901; associate editor, Westminster, Toronto, Canada, 1899-1901; head of the national service section of the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation from November 1917 to January 1919; editor of Leslie's Weekly in 1919 and 1920; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925-January 3, 1953); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Eightieth Congress), Select Committee on Foreign Aid (Eightieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952; died in Washington, D.C., January 23, 1953; interment in Hillside Cemetery, Plainfield, N.J.

Mary Winifred Parlin

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

Married: June 26, 1885 to Reverend Charles Aubrey Eaton


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.

September 14, 2013 Trip to Kykuit

The road from Plainfield to Kykuit was traveled once again on Saturday as 19 made the trip to see the famed estate of John D. Rockefeller.

"Once again" you say?

Why, yes. Many Plainfielders worked for Mr. Rockefeller in his New York Standard Oil offices as well as offices located in the oil refineries right off Route 1 in Linden where the descendant companies of Standard Oil still store, refine and ship petroleum. These Plainfielders perhaps were not invited to Kykuit, but Rockefeller's lifelong friend and spirtual advisor most likely was an invited guest . . . and perhaps even his wife, founding PGC Member Mrs. Charles A. Eaton '15

Mrs. Eaton and her husband had their lives and fortunes changed upon meeting the owner of Kykuit. Mr. Eaton was the preacher at Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, situated on Cleveland's 'millionaire's row,' and as a result he came to the attention of John D. Rockefeller, a summer resident of Cleveland who attended church there. Rockefeller and Eaton became lifelong friends, and this connection influenced Eaton's future path.

This connection with Rockefeller also influenced Mr. Eaton's favorite nephew, Cyrus S. Eaton, who went to work for Rockefeller as a college student and later became one of America's greatest industrialists. He is best remembered (for those of us that can remember back to the '70's) for his role in US relations with the Soviet Union. In the late '60's his business deals with Communist Russia and the Rockefellers earned quite a bit of bad press.

In 1909, the Eatons followed Rockefeller by moving to what is now Watchung, but at one time was considered part of Plainfield. Their house still stands on Valley Road. Although a "dairy farmer" on their Valley Road estate "Sunbright," Mr. Eaton's main role was that of preacher to a prominent Madison Avenue Baptist Church congregation. However, after Mrs. Eaton helped found the PGC in 1915, in 1924, Mr. Eaton ran for Congress, won his seat and stayed there until 1952.

Congressman Eaton rose to become chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and served on the Select Committee on Foreign Aid. Eaton signed the original United Nations Charter in San Francisco as part of a delegation representing the United States Government. He helped gain support for the Marshall Plan, also known as the Economic Cooperation Act of 1948, which was passed by Congress in 1948 by a vote of 329 to 74. For several years, he served in Congress alongside his nephew William R. Eaton, a Representative from Colorado.

Eaton was a steadfast opponent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. However, he was frequently invited to the White House for meetings with both presidents Roosevelt and Truman because of his sharp understanding of international politics.

While in Congress, he and Mrs. Eaton entertained many foreign dignitaries at their home. Between raising her family, and supporting her husband's career, Mrs. Eaton was very active in the PGC, serving as President twice, 1921 - 23, and then again in 1928-30.

The other likely Plainfielder to have made visits to Kykuit would have been the original owner of "The Castle" located at 900 Park Avenue. Mr. Orville T. Waring lovingly built that house and was partners with John D. Rockefeller, after selling his petroleum interests to him and then becoming Director of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. Mr. Waring's daughter was founding member Mrs. Lewis Gouveneur (Helen Frances Waring) Timpson '15. His daughter-in-law was Mrs. Orville G. Waring '35.

Mr. Waring had eight children and two wives, and many of his progeny were elite members of the Plainfield Garden Club: Fleming, Hyde, Mellick, Tweedy, and MacLeod. When Mr. Waring's daughters were wed, the news appeared in the New York Times along with reports of Mr. Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s attendance at the events and their gifts of "gold and silver ornaments."

To view the photos from the most recent trip to Kykuit, click here: Field Trip to Kykuit

Other members associated with the Standard Oil Company and the Rockefellers included the large McGee clan:
McGee, Henry Augustus (Emma Louise Whiting) '22
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Sarah M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22

And of course Barbara Sandford was Rockefeller's neighbor on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, her father & John D. belonging to all the same clubs with the most notable distinction of being residents of "Millionaire's Row."

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Saturday, May 21, 1966 Something to Be proud of . . . Many Worked Together for County Park Display

Caption: DOGWOOD IN FLOWER – Cedar Brook Park's Dogwood Arboretum is a horticultural collection of 61 varieties that is the pride of Plainfield Garden Club and the Union County Park Commission. The display of dogwood blossoms is not the showiest, but it's the most complete in the country. Each year the trees in bloom are a joy to those who visit the planting or follow the drive through Cedar Brook Park. The trees in the Cornus Collections line both sides of the Park Drive.

Something to be Proud of . . .

Many Worked Together for County Park Display

Horticulturalists know it as the "Cornus Collection in Plainfield." The Plainfield Garden Club speaks of it as "our dogwood plantings in Cedar Brook Park." Since last year, the double line of pink and white flowering trees at the Park Ave. entrance to the park as been officially named "The Harriette R. Halloway Cornus Collection."

But to most admirers of the annual evidence that spring is here, it is just "those beautiful trees in the park" whether they refer to them by their botanical or popular name – cornus or dogwood.

Many who come to see the trees are unaware that this collection includes ore than 60 varieties of dogwood, every kind that can grow in this climate. While the trees are beautiful, it is the horticultural collection of so many varieties that counts to the credit of the Plainfield Garden Club even more than the display. It is not the greatest show, but it's the most complete collection.

Dr. Benjamin Blackburn of Drew University in Madison has remarked that this group of trees, growing in a compact reserved area, is a marked achievement on the part of the Union Count Park Commission, the Plainfield Garden Club and Miss Halloway, who served for more than 35 years as a volunteer consultant to the Park Commission and in keeping records of all the plantings.

Miss Halloway, for whom the grove is named, still watches for the flowering season of the dogwood. Now 91, Miss Halloway is a resident at the McCutchen Nursing Home, North Plainfield.

Among the personal possession she treasurers is the Distinguished Service Medal of the Garden Club of America. Also she is a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society of England and a member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums. She is a member of the Plainfield Garden Club and has earned recognition from the New York Botanical Gardens, American Horticultural Society and other organizations for her work and her writings about gardens, flowers, and flowering shrubs and trees.

A great part of the reward to her and the Plainfield Garden Club is that so many people can enjoy the cornus collection in the park. Miss Halloway says: "Each year the trees continue to be beautiful and a joy, if not forever, at least for many years."

THE CEDAR BROOK Park Dogwood Collection is unique, Dr. Blackburn believes. "None other is known to exist in this county," he said, "and a match for it is not be found growing in the Royal Botanic Gardens in London or in Edinburgh or other famous gardens in Great Britain and Europe."

The dogwood collection got its start in 1931 when W. R. Tracy, superintendent of the Union County Park Commission, decided to turn an old city dump into a beauty spot and the Plainfield Garden Club contributed 75 white dogwoods to help the project.

In 1940 the club gave an additional 110 trees to balance the two sides of the drive and complete the groupings. The 61 species now flourishing in the park include nine from Asia, two from Europe and 12 from North America, a number of hybrids and "cultivars," special horticultural selections that have been propagated vegetatively.

The Park Commission has planted a background of evergreens, including hemlocks and pines, to enhance the effect of the dogwoods. Enlarging on its original purpose to beautify the area, the Plainfield Garden Club cooperated throughout the year with the commission in developing the collection and all varieties are now labelled with correct names. A boulder with a tablet also has been installed in the area..

At the 25th anniversary of the Garden Club, held in 1940, Mrs. Thomas R. VanBoskerck, who had written a history of the club's first quarter century, recalled that the members had anticipated the park's work in beautifying the dump area and first had presented 50 dogwood trees to the park through the generosity of Mrs. Charles A. Eaton who took them from her own woods in Watchung. A fund to beautify the park had been started originally in 1924 with Mrs. William Halliday in charge.

Dr. Blackburn points to the Cornus Collection in Plainfield as an admirable example of cooperation among groups interested in the cultural and horticultural riches of a municipality.

25 Years Ago, 1941

Clifford M. Baker, president of the Muhlenberg Hospital board of governors announced that Allen V. Heely, headmaster of the Lawrenceville School, would speak at the graduation exercises for the hospital's school of nursing. Mr. Heely's sister-in-law, Mrs. Lawrence S. Heely, was president of the Women's Auxiliary Hospital. Dr. William B. Fort, senior attending surgeon, was to award the prizes, and William Whitwell Robison and Mrs. Edward Leroy Voorhees were to present diplomas and pins.

The Rev. Harry James Knickle, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, was observing the 10th anniversary of his priesthood.

George A. Ballantyne of 30 Westervelt Ave. was honored by the First Presbyterian Church Session for years of faithful service as head usher.

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."

Cornus Arboretum

From the 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

Our beautiful dogwood trees stand on what was once the city dump. The story of this evolution of beauty began in 1929 when Mrs. Charles Eaton presented 50 dogwood trees to Cedar Brook Park from her own woods. In 1931, with Mrs. Henry Wells as Chairman, 45 dogwood trees, white and pink, were donated by the Plainfield Garden Club and were planted on one side of the drive entering from Park Avenue. Nine years later, (1940), under the guidance of Mrs. Thomas R. Van Boskerck and Mrs. William Holliday, 110 trees were added to extend the first row and to form another on the opposite side of the road. Since this planting coincided with our own 25th anniversary, a large boulder bearing a bronze marker was placed near the entrance.

In 1946, the Park Commission, a group of progressive and dedicated gentlemen, asked our Club if we would sponsor a Cornus Arboretum, using the Dogwood Drive as a foundation. We accepted – indeed, yes! A committee was formed with Miss Harriette R. Halloway as Secretary and Advisor, whose goal it was to include every Cornus, Specie and Cultivar, which was obtainable and which would thrive in this climate. Through the years, chairmen have included Mrs. R. T. Stevens, Mrs. George His, and Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler. As in our other gardens, the Park Commission has planted, raised seedlings in their nursery and provided maintenance.

Through purchases, gifts and exchanges with other Arboretums, 26 varieties were planted in the next five years. By 1948, there were 219 trees, giving masses of beautiful spring bloom as well as fall display of foliage and berries. Thousands of visitors walked or drove through this fairyland of beauty, surely the better for having seen it.

Today, through the inspired leadership of Miss Halloway, the Cornus Collection contains more than sixty varieties, some quite rare. All the others being horticultural selections of "clones" (cultivars). Experts consider the Cornus Collection to be the outstanding horticultural and civic achievement of our Club. It was highly gratifying in 1957, when officials from the New York Botanical Garden came out to see it.

Prof. Benjamin Blackburn, in a recent article in the American Horticulture Magazine says, 'It does not appear that a comparable collection exists. The Cornus Collection offers an admirable example of cooperation between groups interested in the cultural and horticultural riches of a municipality . . . none other is known to the writer to be existing elsewhere in the country."

To quote Miss Halloway, "each year the trees continue to be beautiful and a joy, if not forever, at least for many years."

Written by Victoria Furman

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Moldenke Castle

It kept a solemn and stoic vigil over the Watchung Mountain range for nearly 70 years until a mysterious fire brought the Castle Elisnore on Washington Valley Road down to the ground in 1969.

More familiarly known as Moldenke's Castle, the structure was built in 1900 and was fashioned after the Moldenke family castle in Denmark, and took over 30 years to complete. It was the home of Dr. Richard Moldenke, a metallurgist who decorated the estate with many historic artifacts from his family. Moldenke's father was a world-famous Egyptolgist, and the Moldenke heritage could be traced back to the Third Crusade of Europe in 1189.

The castle had 35 to 40 rooms. There was a huge entry hall that had two chandeliers made up of eight Civil War muskets each, and the house had more than 150 leaded glass diamond-shaped windows. Suits of armor, helmets, guns, and trophies of the chase adorned every wall. The library held thousands of books and the basement housed a machine shop, foundry and the laboratory Moldenke used for scientific studies. There was also a mausoleum with 21 crypts.

A navel cannon was perched on one of the ramparts that was used during the Civil War on a Union gunboat during the battle of Vicksburg. Moldenke purchased the cannon from a surplus store in Pittsburgh. He installed the cannon during World War I, and legend has it he aimed the cannon at his neighbor, Representative Charles A. Eaton, since Moldenke and Eaton didn't see eye-to-eye on the United States' entry into WWI. (Moldenke was against it, and his sympathies allegedly were with the Kaiser.)

And there were also rumors about the castle that circulated in the 1920's. According to the Newark Sunday News (8/11/68), on one occasion, word got out that a huge KKK meeting was to be held at the castle. Carloads of anti-Kluxers parked at the castle in the middle of the night, preparing to stop the meeting. The men formed a line and edged slowly towards the castle. Suddenly gunfire broke out, and the men scrambled and headed back to their cars. It was later admitted by a Plainfield police sergeant that the incident was a hoax, and the police officer was responsible for the gunfire. (Although the article never reveals what the gunfire exchange was all about).

Richard Moldenke died in 1930, and most of artifacts were sold off, save the family keepsakes. The Moldenke Castle was sold in 1945 to Dr. Jerome Herrick, a biological researcher. The property was eventually sold to a land development agency, much to the distress of the family. They did not want the property sub-divided.

By the late 1960's the castle was in disarray and vandalized, slowly being stripped of all the ornate woodwork and copper piping. Vandals had broken all of the windows and pushed the grand piano down the main corridor. All the delft tile work was torn off the walls and smashed. Cars would literally park outside the castle and people were seen walking in and out of it, taking what they could, and smashing everything that remained. The developers offered the castle to the town of Watchung, and tried many means to preserve it, but the town wanted the developer to renovate it before taking it over.

In 1969, some residents of Watchung considered the place "an antiquated white elephant." Others tried to have it converted into a library or youth center. Some even suggested preserving it as a "controlled ruin," much like Ellis Island had been. After an inspection of over 4,000 community members, councilmen and developers, it was decided that vandals and neglect had been the mitigating factors as to the decision to raze the "obsolete and dilapidated" landmark.

The castle was slatted for demolition, but on Oct 26, 1969 a suspicious fire broke out and gutted most the building. Firefighters reported a strong smell of kerosene, and arson was suspected. When the blaze was over, the once opulent castle was transformed into a battered ruin. Unfortunately the fire insurance on the castle had been cancelled. It was discovered that four large tanks of fuel oil stored on the property had been opened prior to the blaze.

The town's residents were drawn to the castle once news of the fire was announced–first curiosity seekers, then tourists and probably a few of the vandals to get their last glimpse of the famous castle in the mountains, now just skeletal remains. The castle was bull-dozed in one day, and most of the 4-foot-thick stonework was buried in the nearby ravines and valleys to make way for new developments on the property.

Moldenke Castle is now just a footnote in the borough's history.

Nightride to the Castle

One place that had many stories back in the late 60's and early 70's was the Watchung Reservation area. My personal favorite was the castle. The story was that a rich family that wanted privacy had the castle moved from Scotland, stone by stone, and reassembled in Watchung. They hated visitors and would release their vicious guard dogs on any trespassers or shot at them from a small cannon mounted on the walls. We would drive up the dirt road at night with our lights out until the castle was in view. Then we would park the car and see if we were brave enough to walk up to the walls.

Usually someone would hear a dog bark or think they saw a light on the wall and yell. This would be enough for the rest of us to run back to the car and out to the main road as fast as we could, feeling lucky to escape. I seem to remember that the castle became state property in the late '60s and was to become a museum. It became a spot to park and walk around until the castle was damaged by a fire and torn down. Luckily I took some pictures of it before the fire. –John Suzansky

The Mad Scientist of Moldenke's Castle

The castle was a tremendous full blown castle, which was brought over block by block from Europe. It stood for years, until it suspiciously burned down back in the mid-seventies. Word has it that a man named Hirsch purchased it from Moldenke, and he was a scientist instrumental in the development of the atom bomb. He, like others associated with the bomb, lost it after he realized how many people it killed in Japan.

He became a recluse and gave credence to the term mad scientist. When we would go up there the place was in ruins but still intact. I can tell you that he was a scientist for sure. One of the large wings of the castle was loaded with broken beakers and row after row of laboratory equipment. The staircase to the upstairs was blocked off with a grand piano that had been vandalized and pushed down the stairway. The basement was said to be a dungeon.

On the property there was a family crypt, which had signs all over the doors reading "radioactive keep out." Today, where the castle used to stand, are upscale houses…what a shame. If Moldenke knew, he'd turn over in his radioactive grave. –Dave Coriell

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