Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Fort, Mrs. Leslie Runyon (Helen Osmun) '22

1922 Address: 945 Cedarbrook Road, Plainfield

1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00 (Not listed in the 1928 Treasurer Book)
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address: 945 Cedarbrook Road, Plainfield
* = This directory was not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Leslie R. Fort 1/12/38 Pd 1/11/39 Pd. 4/5/40 Pd 4/8/41 Pd 12/14/41 Pd. 11/24/42 Pd. 11/23/43 Pd. 12/9/44 Pd. 12/11/45 5/16/46 May 9, 1947 June 4, 1948 June 8, 1949 Date in 1950 crossed out June 1951 June 1952

1942 Address: 945 Cedarbrook Road

1953 Address: 1126 Watchung Ave, Plainfield

1946 - 1953 Treasurer Book: A Mrs. Osman Fort was listed as a "Junior Member"

1948 Check Book lists "Helen Fort"

Mrs. Robert Easton (Margaret H. Fort) Royes '44 was Mrs. Leslie R. Fort's daughter.

Mrs. Fort's Father-in-law New Jersey Governor Fort 1908 - 1911

Governor Fort's administration 1908 to 1911 was marked by efforts in the direction of civil service, the enactment of a public utilities bill, the reorganization of the judiciary, abolition and consolida-
tion of State boards, jury reform, removal of municipal officers for malfeasance in office or conviction of crime, direct pri-
mary laws, improved automobile laws, employers' liability legislation, conservation of the State's resources and railroad revaluation. When his term expired, the Legislature in 1911, by concurrent resolu-
tion, presented to Governor Fort the chair and desk he had used for the previous three years, thus establishing a precedent.

After his retirement from the office of Governor he took a trip around the world, returning in August to assume charge of the Conference of Governors, having been named by President Wilson, then Gov-
ernor, as chairman of the citizens' committee. The conference was held at Spring Lake, and the residents of that place presented a $500 gold watch to him.

When the Republican party was split in 1912, Mr. Fort allied himself with the Roosevelt faction and became one of its leaders. Elected a delegate to the national convention at Chicago he was made
one of the Roosevelt floor generals and selected to nominate the Roosevelt candidate for temporary chairman. He was chairman of the mass convention of the Progressive party held at Asbury Park
following the nomination of President Taft at the Chicago convention. Later as chairman of the State committee of the Progressive party, he delivered several addresses, but shortly before the election was compelled to give up his campaign activities because of an attack of rheumatism.

Recognized as a practical administrator and a successful conciliator, he was called upon a number of times to serve as a representative of the United States Government in the settlement of difficulties in
Latin-American republics. When the affairs in Santo Domingo became complicated in 1914, Mr. Fort was selected by President Wilson as head of a peace commission to investigate conditions in that island. The mission was successful after the former Governor had spent several weeks in Santo Domingo, drawing around him a cabinet of the strongest men in the small republic. Early in 1915 Mr. Fort headed another commission appointed by the administration at Washington to
straighten out political and financial troubles of Haiti. He was appointed in February, 1917, to the Federal Trade Commission by President Wilson.

For several years Mr. Fort was a personal friend of President Wilson, and a frequent visitor at the White House, and the President visited him at his summer home in Spring Lake. A sympathetic bond between the two was due to both having served as Governor of New Jer-
sey and each having incurred the enmity of his party's machine.

During his early manhood Mr. Fort contributed in 1874 a series of articles analyzing the constitutional amendments then under consideration. In 1882 he wrote critiques on the then existing finan-
cial system in Newark. Later he owned an interest in the Newark "Morning Press." For a time he had an interest in the Lakewood "Times and Journal," of which his son, Leslie R. Fort, was editor, and in 1911 he became the principal stockholder in the company which bought the "Plainfield Press."

New York Times November 10, 1921 Mrs. Fort's Mother-in-Law's obituary

Gov. Fort's Widow Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Lottie Stainsby Fort, widow of Governor John Franklin Fort of New Jersey, died suddenly yesterday of cerebral hemorrhage at her residence, 262 Charlton Avenue, South Orange. She was about sixty-five years old and had not previously shown signs of ill health. Her husband died almost a year ago, Nov. 17, 1920. Mrs. Fort, who married on April 20, 1876, was a daughter of the late William Stainsby of Newark, and a niece of the late Rev. Dr. Aaron E. Ballard of Ocean Grove, N.J. She is survived by three children, Miss Margretta, Frankl W. of East Orange, and Leslie R. Fort of Plainfield, N.J. Services will be held at her late home at 11 o'clock Saturday morning.

October 8, 1916 New York Times article on the Plainfield Daily Press

Plainfield Daily Press directed by Mr. Leslie Fort from 1911 - 1916

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

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.

Secretary to the Governor

LESLIE R. FORT, Lakewood

Mr. Fort is the youngest son of Governor Fort, and was born in Newark in 1883, from which place his parents moved to East Orange five years later. He received his early education in the public schools in East Orange, and went to Stevens' Prepatory School in Hoboken for four years, at that time intending to become a civil engineer.

In 1901 he entered Amherst College and remained there through the sophomore year. During the first summer at college, Mr. Fort was made a correspondent of the Newark Evening News, at the State Camp at Sea gift, and it was while working there that he decided to take up newspaper work permanently.

Upon the completion of his second year at college, he again took up newspaper work, and since that time has been the Sea Girt correspondent of a number of State papers every year.

In September, 1905, Mr. Fort purchased the Times and Journal at Lakewood and has been its editor and publisher since that time.

1984 Questover Designers Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

In the program, the list of patrons has "Mr. and Mrs. Osmun Fort"

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.

Franklin William Fort

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Franklin William Fort (March 30, 1880 June 20, 1937) was a U.S. Representative from New Jersey.

[edit] BiographyBorn in Newark, New Jersey, Fort moved in 1888 with his parents to East Orange, New Jersey. He attended the public schools and Newark Academy. He was graduated from Lawrenceville School in 1897 and from Princeton University in 1901. He attended New York Law School 1901-1903. He was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Newark. Recorder of East Orange, New Jersey, in 1907 and 1908. During the World War I served as a volunteer on the staff of the United States Food Administrator, Washington, D.C. from 1917 to 1919. He engaged in the insurance business in 1919 at Newark, New Jersey, and was also interested in banking.

Fort was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1931). He was not a candidate for renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as United States Senator in 1930. He served as secretary of the Republican National Committee 1928-1930. He resumed the practice of law. He served as chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board from January 1932 to March 1933. He died on June 20, 1937, in Rochester, Minnesota. He was interred in Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Jersey.[1]

[edit] References^ Franklin William Fort, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 22, 2007.
Mr. Franklin W. Fort, then President of the Lincoln National Bank of Newark, New Jersey is credited by Mr. Francis Gloyd Awalt, "Recollections of the Banking Crisis in 1933", page 364, former Acting Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury Department 1932 - 1933, for having conceived of Title III of the Emergency Banking Act providing for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation's purchase of bank preferred stock to augment bank solvency and bank capital adequacy. This preferred stock strategy was subsequently employed by the U.S. Treasury with enactment of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and the Treasury Department's implementation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program ("TARP") under the Act. On October 14, 2008 the Treasury announced the Capital Purchase Program (the "CPP") that provided TARP CPP preferred stock in amounts equal to 3% of bank total risk based assets and qualified all such TARP CPP preferred stock as Tier 1 Regulatory Capital, under the TARP. The CPP used the first tranche of available TARP funds to purchase up to $250 billion of senior preferred shares on standardized terms from bank and thrift institutions. The first $125 billion was invested in nine large, "systemically important" bank holding companies. The remainder of $125 billion was made available for other institutions. The TARP CPP preferred stock carried an initial periodic payment of 5% for the initial five year term, stepping-up to 9% for the remainder of its life, plus warrants to purchase shares of the recipients' common stock. The U.S. Treasury then imposed non-financial terms and conditions upon TARP CPP recipients, ultimately making it undesirable.

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Governor Franklin W. Fort New York Times January 8, 1910

NEW JERSEY TO HAVE A STATE PARK ALSO; Gov. Fort Tells Legislators of an Expected Gift Like Mrs. Harriman's.

Gov. Franklin W. Fort of New Jersey, at his luncheon to the State Legislature at Lakewood on Thursday, remarked that his State would not be far behind New York in regard to donations of park lands. The reference to New York was to Mrs. Harriman's gift for the proposed new Palisades park between Fort Lee and Newburg.

It was learned last night that Gov. Fort had in mind a gift of from 5,000 to 8,000 acres of land in the Greenwood Lake section of New Jersey, now owned by the Hewitt estate.

Many of the legislators present are understood to have thought the Governor had in mind a gift from Mrs. E. H. Harriman similiar to that she had offered to New York. This was denied last night. He is believed to have received assurances from those in control of the Hewitt estate that the State could look for an offer in the near future of a large part of one of the finest properties in the State for the use of the people. The land lies in the northern part of Passaic County, between Pompton and Greenwood Lake, is generally known as a part of the Tuxedo country, and has the same attractive scenie characteristics as the famous landscape about Tuxedo, N.Y.

A the Governor's luncheon Senator Frelinghuysen, who is to be President of the next New Jersey Senate, referred appreciatively to the offer of Mrs. Harriman to New York and the generous donations of $1,025,000 from individulas to the Palisades Park, adding that New Jersey should do her duty in the matter, as that State was to share with New York in the enjoyment of the Palisades Park.

"I believe it is the duty of New Jersey to give at least $500,000," he is reported to have remarked, "to meet the generosity of New York citizens." If it cannot all be given at once let it be given by installment of $100,000 a year, for it is our duty to meet this opportunity with open arms."

Gov. Fort, who had refused early in the day to discuss for publication the attitude of New Jersey toward the gifts for the Palisades Park, replied:

"I have known of the proposed gift of Mrs. Harriman to New York for some time, and I then hoped, and I still hope that I shall soon be able to announce a gift to New Jersey of the same, or almost the same magnitutde as New York has received."

Members of the Legislature, almost electrified at this unexpected intimation, are said to have turned eagerly to each other for enlightment. Later it came out that the Governor had reference to an expected donation of park land from the Hewitt estate.

It was denied last night that the Governor would have anything further to say about the expected gift in his message to the Legislature. His remarks on parks would deal, it was aid, only with what was expected of New Jersey in meeting the conditions imposed by the conors of the $1,625,000 to the Palisades Park.

According to another source, however, the Governor will make a more definite declaration of the gift of the land in Passaic County that ne did at Lakewood. At Lakewood, where he is still staying, Gov. Fort refused last night to discuss the matter at all or to speak to any subjects which he might consider in his message.

In connection with the Palisades Park J Du Pratt White, Secretary of the Palisades Inter-State Park Commission, headed by George W. Perkins and consisting of five New York and five New Jersey members, said last night that Gov. Fort has assured the commission that he would do everything in his power to have his State bear its proper part of the burden of completing the park and maintaining it.

Neither Prof. John D. Price of Columbia, who has a home at Sterlington, N.Y., nor any member of the Hewitt family could be reached last night. It was understood, however, that with the Hewitt family the subject was not new, but had previously been discussed.

For many years Miss Sarah Cooper Hewitt, granddaughter of the noted philanthropist who founded the Cooper Institute and daughter of ex-Mayor Hewitt, lived at Ringwood farm, then the property of Peter Cooper, and she grew up in that neighborhood.

In 1896 she was chosen a member of the School Board at Pompton, and the Coopers and Hewitts, though living in this city in the Winter, have spent many months of each year there, taking a large interest in the prosperity and happiness of the people in all that section.

To these, familiar with the history of the Copper and Hewitt families in this part of New Jersey, an authoritative announcement of a gift which will reach all their old neighbors will hardly be a surprise.

1982 May Designer Showhouse: 1127 Watchung Avenue

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**DONATIONS: Mrs. and Ms. Osmun Fort

February 8, 2012 Developer touches up a piece of newspaper history

Courier News

PHOTO: The faded "COURIER-NEWS" sign at the top of a historic Park Avenue building in downtown Plainfield before its recent renovation. / Photo courtesy Bernice Paglia.

Landmark poised to open historic Plainfield building to renters, restaurant

PLAINFIELD – When Landmark Developers several years ago acquired the Frost Building on Park Avenue, one of a handful of city properties it purchased and tabbed for renovation as part of what many hope will be a wider effort to revitalize the downtown, company principal Frank Cretella had a big decision to make: what to do with the faded, crumbling, barely visible "COURIER-NEWS" sign running along the top of the majestic three-story historic structure.

It would have been easy just to cover it up with a fresh coat of paint, glossing over the portion of the newspaper's history that saw it move there in the early part of the 20th century with a new state-of-the-art printing press in tow. But something stopped Cretella.

"It's too cool to cover up," he explained. "I hope you guys don't mind."

Mind? On the contrary.

The Courier News' historic roots are in Plainfield," said Paul C. Grzella, general manager/editor of the Courier News and the Home News Tribune, "and though we have moved to different facilities over the past 128 years, we are proud of our long association with the Queen City."

What's more, the gesture by Cretella – which came along with a name change for the building, now known as the "Courier News Building" – came free of charge.

"Well," he added jokingly, "I may be sending you a bill."

The newspaper traces its earliest beginnings back to Plainfield, where on June 2, 1884 at 7 Somerset St., Thomas W. Morrison printed the first edition of The Evening News, a four-page product that sold for 2 cents.

It was the first daily newspaper in Plainfield, then a town of just 8,000 people, but competitors soon followed. Brothers William L. and Albert L. Force, who published a local weekly, The Constitutionalist, established the Daily Press at Park and North avenues in 1887, while Frank W. Runyon, the publisher of another weekly, established the Plainfield Courier in 1891 at Front and Somerset streets.

The three-way competition was short-lived. Runyon bought the Evening News from Morrison in November 1894, creating the Plainfield Courier News. The paper was purchased in 1904 by George H. Frost, who in 1909 moved it to what today is Cretella's building on the 200 block of Park Avenue. The Daily Press was sold to former New Jersey Gov. John Franklin Fort in 1911 but, lagging in circulation, was eventually bought in 1916 by the Plainfield Courier News.

The publication then became an early acquisition for Frank E. Gannett, founder of Gannett Company – today the nation's largest newspaper company as measured by daily circulation among its more than 80 sites spread across the country. The Plainfield Courier News was one of the first two papers that Gannett bought outside of New York and was part of a growth spurt beginning in 1925 that doubled the number of newspapers he owned.

Heirs of Frost sold the paper to Gannett, William Morrison and Chauncey Stout in April 1927, with Stout becoming publisher, then Gannett Group bought out the interests of Stout and Morrison in 1939. Ground was broken for the Plainfield Courier News' planned new offices on Church Street two years later – where Plainfield's Union County College campus exists today – and the newspaper published its first edition there in 1942.

The Courier moved to Bridgewater in 1972, where it stayed for nearly four decades before moving to its current location on East Main Street in Somerville in 2009. Along the way the newspaper dropped the "Plainfield" and the hyphen from its name, but despite a newfound focus on Somerset County news, it continued to cover the city of its birth.

It's a commitment that lives on today, Grzella explained.

"Just as residents will see the Courier News name in their city," he said, "they can be assured that they will continue to see the city's name and news on prominent display in our newspaper and digital platforms."

The future of the Courier's former home certainly sounds promising: Cretella, an established developer whose projects have included rental housing and fine-dining restaurants across North and Central Jersey, has plans to open eight apartments on the building's second and third floors. Residents could start moving in as early as March 1, Cretella added, and he's seeking a municipal liquor license to lure a restaurant into the space on the first floor. Recent renovations included additions on the back of the building, doubling the space on the top two floors to make them roughly match the 5,000 square feet on the first floor.

"It's a beautiful building. I really love it," Cretella said. "We're really putting a lot of effort into it."

Also slated to be preserved is the entrance marquee, reading "Frost Building A.D. 1909," Cretella added. The marquee recently was removed in order to restore it pending its replacement, he said.

"I feel that you just want to keep the character of the building where you can," Cretella explained. "I even liked the (Courier News) sign when it was just kind of a ghost sign, but it was just getting too faded."

"I think it's a cool element now," he said. "It identifies the building. And it's the newspaper's building."

The publication then became an early acquisition for Frank E. Gannett, founder of Gannett Company – today the nation's largest newspaper company as measured by daily circulation among its more than 80 sites spread across the country. The Plainfield Courier News was one of the first two papers that Gannett bought outside of New York and was part of a growth spurt beginning in 1925 that doubled the number of newspapers he owned.

Heirs of Frost sold the paper to Gannett, William Morrison and Chauncey Stout in April 1927, with Stout becoming publisher, then Gannett Group bought out the interests of Stout and Morrison in 1939. Ground was broken for the Plainfield Courier News' planned new offices on Church Street two years later – where Plainfield's Union County College campus exists today – and the newspaper published its first edition there in 1942.

The Courier moved to Bridgewater in 1972, where it stayed for nearly four decades before moving to its current location on East Main Street in Somerville in 2009. Along the way the newspaper dropped the "Plainfield" and the hyphen from its name, but despite a newfound focus on Somerset County news, it continued to cover the city of its birth.

It's a commitment that lives on today, Grzella explained.

"Just as residents will see the Courier News name in their city," he said, "they can be assured that they will continue to see the city's name and news on prominent display in our newspaper and digital platforms."

The future of the Courier's former home certainly sounds promising: Cretella, an established developer whose projects have included rental housing and fine-dining restaurants across North and Central Jersey, has plans to open eight apartments on the building's second and third floors. Residents could start moving in as early as March 1, Cretella added, and he's seeking a municipal liquor license to lure a restaurant into the space on the first floor. Recent renovations included additions on the back of the building, doubling the space on the top two floors to make them roughly match the 5,000 square feet on the first floor.

"It's a beautiful building. I really love it," Cretella said. "We're really putting a lot of effort into it."

Also slated to be preserved is the entrance marquee, reading "Frost Building A.D. 1909," Cretella added. The marquee recently was removed in order to restore it pending its replacement, he said.

I feel that you just want to keep the character of the building where you can, " Cretella explained. "I even liked the (Courier News) sign when it was just kind of a ghost sign, but it was just getting too faded."

"I think it's a cool element now," he said. "It identifies the building. And it's the newspaper's building."

Frost Building

February 13, 2012 Anne Shepherd's Memories of Mrs. Osmun Fort

Mrs. Fort had one son, Osmun, who married Valentine or "Tine" as we all called her. They had a publishing business on the corner of Watchung and Fourth, across from the police station, which wasn't where the police station was at that time. They had two sons. She was a very good tennis player and played at Plainfield as well as paddle. The publishing business closed and they moved to Essex. She had a terrible disease which hardened her internal organs. She and her husband Osmun died very close to one another.

New Jersey Historical Society

Archives Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
1275. FORT, JOHN FRANKLIN (1852-1920), Governor of New Jersey.

Papers, 1874-1928. 1 ft.

A miscellaneous group of materials illustrating a portion of John Franklin Fort's political career including two scrapbooks of newspaper articles and photographs, 1907-1908, that chart Fort's race against Frank S. Katzenbach for the office of Governor, a souvenir album from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition with photographs of many of the New Jersey exhibits, a speech written for the inaugural ceremonies of Governor Woodrow Wilson, correspondence and invitations from Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Dryden, and Thomas Edison and several commissions naming Fort to different judicial positions. The collection includes a large photograph of Fort with Woodrow Wilson, an autographed photo of Mahlon Pitney as well as a document issued by the Essex County Board of Canvassers that certifies Margretta Fort, an elected member of the General Assembly of Essex County, N.J.

Gift of Osmun Fort, 1987.

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Attractive arrangements of Spring flowers are featured in the section occupied by the Federated Garden Clubs of New Jersey at the International Flower Show in Grand Central Palace, New York, this week.

Upper Left – Four members of the Plainfield Garden Club with Mrs. H. P. Marshall's prize winning arrangemnet of early tulips. They are Miss H. R. Halloway, Mrs. James Devlin, Mrs. Lester R. Fort and Mrs. Henry L. DeForest. Mrs. Marshall, a fellow member, was not present when the award was made.

circa 1930's

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Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, left, and Mrs. James L. Devlin, right, inspecting first prize entries in the first flower show held by the Union County Garden Center at Cedar Brook Park.

circa 1936

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Wednesday, May 20, 1936

Garden Club Executives and Prize Cup

. . . Garden Center flower show yesterday in Cedar Brook Park were, left to right, Mrs. . . of the Plainfiled Garden Club; Mrs. Frederic W. Goddard, president of the Garden . . .; and Mrs. James L. Devlin, chairman of the county Garden Club arrangements. . . presented by Mrs. Goddard, may be seen in the center of the table. It was won by Mrs. William B. Tyler

County Garden Center Holds First Show

First flower show in the Union County Garden Center, Cedar Brook Park, was held yesterday afternoon, with Mrs. James L. Devlin as chairman of arrangements.

Associated with her were the following members of the Plainfield Garden Club, Mrs. Leslie Runyon Fort, president; Mrs. Henry L. deForest, Mrs. William A. Holliday and Mrs. Frederic W. Goddard, president of the Garden Club of New Jersey.

Member garden clubs in the county, which exhibited, included Mountainside Garden Club, Cranford, Westfield, Watchung Hills, Fanwood, Spade and Trowel and the Neighborhood Gardeners of Rahway and Colonia.

Judges for the show were Mrs. David L. George, South Orange; Mrs. Arthur Hetherington, Bound Brook, and Mrs. Frederick Hood, East Orange.

A coveted prize award was a silver vup offered by Mrs. Frederic W. Goddard to the exhibitor winning the greatest number of points. This resulted in a tie between Mrs. Leslie Runyon Fort and Mrs. William B. Tyler. On a draw, the award went to Mrs. Tyler.

There were a total of 90 entries in each of the 12 classes, with first, second and third awards and honorable mention in each.

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May 20, 1936

Union Flower Show Ends in Deadlock

Mrs. L. R. Fort, Mrs. W. S. Tyler Tie with 12 Points for Sweepstakes Honor

Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president of the Plainfield Garden Club, and Mrs. William S. Tyler, club exhibition chairman, tied for sweepstakes honor yesterday in the first flower show of Union County Garden Center at Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield. Each won twelve points. Members of nine garden groups in the center competed.

Among striking arrangements by the two leading contestants were a small arrangement in Class 1 by Mrs. fort of blue violas and low-growing blue veronica in matching blue container, and a mass arrangement of flowers in tone of white in Class 8 by Mrs. Tyler. The latter's prize-winning economy luncheon table was set at a cost of 87 cents. The cost allowed on the schedule was $2.

Other awards were:

Class 1, small arrangement of flowers own foliage not to exceed ten inches in any one dimension – second, Mrs. Ethan Allen, Mountainside Garden Club; third, Mrs. Otto Krieger, Mountainside, and honorable mention, Mrs. George Moore, Watchung Hills Garden Club. Class 2. miniature arrangement in pair of vases – Mrs. Fort, Miss Ruth Griffen, Watchung Hills; Mrs. William S. Tyler, and honorable mention, Mrs. Moore. Class 2, arrangemnt of flowers in transparent container for window sill – Mrs. George Hansel, Cranford Garden Club; Miss Griffen, Mrs. F. W. Coles, Neighborhood Garderners of Rahway and Colonia, and honorable mention, Mrs. Fort.

Class 4, living room arrangement, tulips, cream to bronze shades in copper container – honorable mention, Mrs. Boardman Tyler, Plainfield Garden Club. Class 5, arrangement of flowers using container not originally designed for flowers – Mrs. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. Fort, Mrs. William S. Tyler, and honorable mention, Mrs. John Kyte, Fanwood Garden Club. Class 6, arrangement in clear glass bottle of cut plant material (no flowers) – Mrs. Hansel, Mrs. E. E. Angleman, garden committee Monday Afternoon Club of Plainfield, Mrs. Boardman Tyler. Class 7, arrangement of flowers in pitcher – Mrs. Krieger, Miss Dorothea Tingley, and honorable mention, Mrs. A. E. Van Doren, Mountainside Garden Club.

Class 8, arrangement of white floers, two or more tones, in white container against wall – second, Mrs. Boardman Tyler; third, Mrs. Coles, and honorable mention, Mrs. Harry Copeland, Mountainside. Class 9, arrangement in Flemish manner, featuring tulips – Mrs. Hugh Child, Fanwood, Class 11, collection of named varieties tulips – honorable mention Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen, president, Fanwood club. Class 12, collection annuals and perennials – Mrs. John J. Couser, Watchung Hills, and honorable mention, Miss Maud Van Bosckerck, Plainfield Garden Club.

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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.

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Garden Club Plans For Flower Show

Plans were about completed for the flower show of the Plainfield Garden Club at a meeting yesterday in the home of the chairman. Mrs. Wallace Coriel, 963 Central Avenue. The show is to be held May 5 and 6 in the Assembly Room of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Richard Lawton, a prize winner in many horticultural exhibitions, is schedule chairman, and is spected to have schedules printed soon for distribution.

Fully two-thirds of the 50 classes scheduled are listed as "horticultural." The flower arrangment classes are in the minority. The schedule is planned to be of educational value to both experienced gardeners and beginners.

The committee includes Mrs. Corriell, chairman, Mrs. Dudley H. Barrows, secretary; Mrs. Harry Williams, treasurer; Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler and Mrs. William K. Dunbar, decoration and floor plan; Mrs. Henry L. DeForest, properties; Mrs. Henry Marshall, staging; Mrs. Lawton and Mrs. Henry C. Wells, schedule; Mrs. William S. Tyler, exhibits.

Also Miss Harriette R. Halloway, specimens; Miss Josephine Lapslety, entries; Mrs. Garret Smith, publicity; Mrs. Leslie R. Fort and Mrs. Edward H. Ladd Jr., judges, and Mrs. Clifford M. Baker, prizes.

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Cath Detwiller's Plainfield Garden Club Party ca. 1965

sent in by Rick Detwiller, June 13, 2012

Dear Susan -

I thought you would enjoy those photos and I'm glad they will be fun for the older members to see. I know that Betty Horn, Valentine Fort, Toni Mann, Peggy Brower Newberry-Burger, Betty Fitzpatrick, June Barlow and Dot Davis are among the group and it's good to know you recognized Mrs. Seybolt. I'm sure Mrs. Sandford will be glad to see so many friends with herself among them!

Laura Detwiller was Dad's Aunt - she was his father's sister. Attached are a few more of her watercolors she did when she lived in Greenville, NJ that you may want to add to her page. We have lots of them, but most are now in the collection of the Bronx Botanical Garden. Also attached is a picture of Dad, Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. with his mother Ethel Hassel Detwiller in what I believe is Aunt Laura Detwiller's garden at 971 Hillside Ave. in Plainfield when she would have been a Garden Club member. Aunt Laura or Charles Sr. must have taken the photo since I have another one of her in the garden, probably taken at the same time. I'll send that second photo along with more garden club related material as I find it.


Rick D.

Cath Detwiller's Plainfield Garden Party circa 1965

Sent in by Rick Detwiller. Party at Cath Detwiller's home on Clarke's Lane

1126 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield NJ

January 12, 1896 New York Times

A WEEK'S EVENTS IN PLAINFIELD.; Numerous Receptions – Doings of Clubs and Societies.

PLAINFIELD, Jan. 11. – A reception was given by Mrs. I C. Pierson of Watchung Avenue, Tuesday evening. She was assisted in receiving by her daughters, Mrs. Malcolm MacKenzie of New-York and Miss Mabel Pierson; Miss Corbitt of New-York, Miss Cochran of Wilmington, Del., and Miss Hunter of North Adams, Mass.

The members of the North Plainfield Dramatic Club were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bailey, Jackson Avenue, Tuesday evening. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew E. Keneey, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Neeley, Mr. and Mrs. James Harper, Miss Mary Hughes, Miss Ellen Mullon, and Frank Off.

A Past Master's jewel was presented to Calvin H. Rugg of Jerusalem Lodge, F. and A.M., Tuesday evening. The same evening John J. Lynch, for several years President of the Plainfield Catholic Club, was presented with a gold-headed cane by the members of the club.

A. D. Shepard and family of the Gables have gone to Buckingham, New York, for the Winter.

The class of '96 of the North Plainfield school was entertained by Miss Emma and Miss Bertha Stevens Wednesday evening.

Mrs. John Valiant of Craig Place gave a reception and tea Wednesday. She was assisted in receiving by Mrs. H.K. Carroll, Mrs. A. A. Tafty, Mrs. F. H. Randolph, Miss Grace Carroll, Miss Bessie Valiant, Miss Florence Valiant, and Miss Mary Steiner.

The Park Club gave an entertainment Wednesday night at the clubhouse on Washington Avenue. The patronesses were Mrs. C. A. Reed, Mrs. Samuel St. John McCutcheon, and Mrs. J. H. Howell.

Miss Imogene See of Sing Sing, N.Y., is a guest of Mrs. Elmer E. Runyon of Madison Avenue.

Miss Eda Mills of Summit Avenue gave a party to her friends Wednesday night.

Miss Mollie Lawrence of New York and Miss Mather of Bound Brook are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman of Crescent Avenue.

Miss Emily Coriell of Church Street is visiting in Brooklyn.

Miss Edith Allen of Webster Place is spending the Winter in Flushing.

Mrs. J. H. Ackerman and daughter, Lydia, have returned from a two month's trip to the Pacific coast.

Miss Randolph, daughter of Thompson F. Randolph of New-York, is visiting her sister Mrs. Judson Bonnell of East Front Street.

Mrs. Lewis of Binghampton, N.Y., is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Ginna of Watchung Avenue.

Miss Rachel Fay Buckley of Newburg, N.Y., and Harry Ellis Green of Plainfield were married Wednesday night at the bride's home.

Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Moore of Ithaca, N.Y., are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Squires of North Plainfield.

Miss Laura J. Runyon of East Fifth Street is visiting friends in Philadelphia.

Miss Harriet Loomis of New York City is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Morse of Franklin Place.

Miss Josie Burlingham of Albany Normal College is a guest of ex-Councilman Seymore G. Smith of Crescent Avenue.

Miss Jennie Foster of New York and Howard Foster of Princeton Colelge are guests of D. N. Groendyke of Mercer Avenue.

Miss Helen L. Moore of New York is the guest of her sister Mrs. S. A. Cruikshank, of Belvidere Avenue.

Miss Freeman of Rahway is visiting her aunt, Mrs. W. C. Ayres, of West Second Street.

Miss Baldwin of Baltimore has gone home, after a visit with her uncle Councilman J. H. Valiant of Craig Place.

Howell Division, no. 97, Sons of Temperance, celebrated its twenty-seventh anniversary Wednesday evening. AMong those present form the out of tow were A. P. Sutphen of Somerville, Grand Worthy Patriarch Ross Slack of Excelsior Division of Trenton, Past Grand Worthy Patriarch Fred Day of Newark and Worthy Patriarch Evenson of Newark, and Worthy Patriarch Evenson of Philadelphia. James J. Perine of Brooklyn is the only living charter member of the division.

Mrs. Yerkes, wife of the Rev. Dr. D. J. Yerkes of the First Baptist Church, has gone to Greenville, S.C., to visit a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest R. Ackerman, who are making a tour around the world, are now at Hongkong.

1948 Check Book

No. 718
June 7, 1948
Garden Club of New Jersey
for News sheet for
16 members @ .50 each

No. 719
June 18, 1948
Helen Fort
(Star Letter Shop for mimeographing
100 letters)

No. 720
June 18, 1948
Edna Hensel
Railroad fare to Maine for
Audubon Camp

Residence of Kenneth E. Runyon, 696 West Eighth Street

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

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. Kenneth E. Runyon
686 West Eighth Street

Mrs. E. E. Runyon
686 West Eighth Street

1925 Meeting Minutes

April 1925 Meeting Minutes

April 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

April 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

Thomas Edison Papers

01/05/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Union Trust Co of New York; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Howard, Bob; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Fort, Leslie Runyon; Edison, Thomas Alva; Smith, William Strother) Edison-Miller family; Travel [Cover Document and Attachment]

David E. E. Sloane Collection, New Haven, Conn.: Madeleine Edison and John Eyre Sloane Correspondence (1919)
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These letters are primarily from Madeleine Edison Sloane to her husband, John Eyre Sloane. There is also one letter to Madeleine from her mother, Mina Miller Edison. Most of the letters were written during February and March, when Madeleine was vacationing at Fort Myers with her parents and sons Thomas Edison (Teddy) Sloane and John Edison (Jack) Sloane. Some of the letters discuss family finances, including Madeleine's concern that her father might be taking back part of her trust fund. There is also discussion of John's efforts to find employment in anticipation of being discharged from the army and Madeleine's frustration that her husband was away in Muncie, Indiana, and unable to join his family. Also included are numerous references to the influenza epidemic (known as "Spanish Flu" or "the grippe"), which began in the fall of 1918 and ultimately took the lives of 675,000 Americans, including the mother of Mina's close friend Lucy Bogue. The letters contain comments about the health of Madeleine's husband John, who became ill after returning to Washington in late February, along with remarks about the health of her brother Charles and her aunt Mary, who both came down with flu-like symptoms. One letter mentions the mental condition of Mina Edison, who continued to suffer from depression. A letter from March 9 discusses Thomas Edison's attitude toward the League of Nations and his belief that every advancement in civilization had been accompanied by some curtailment of individual rights.

Courtesy of David E. E. Sloane.

01/07/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Alice Mary, (Mrs Arthur Anderson); Electric Storage Battery Co; Union Trust Co of New York; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Anderson, Alice Mary (Allamaidy); Edison, Charles; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Fort, Leslie Runyon; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Finances (TAE and family); Travel (TAE and family); World War I; Stocks, bonds, and investments; Health and medicine; Automobiles and trucks

02/11/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Cosmopolitan (Magazine); Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Mabel (Maid); Edison, Theodore Miller; Miller, Mary Emily; Edison, Carolyn Hawkins (Mrs Charles); Lindsey, Benjamin Barr) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); National government; Newspapers, books, other publications; Reforms; Transportation
02/13/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(U.S. Signal Corps; Seminole Lodge & Fort Myers; Glenmont; Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Fort, Leslie Runyon) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel; Property;

02/16/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Seminole Lodge & Fort Myers; Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Bella (Nursemaid); Mabel (Maid); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Fort, Leslie Runyon) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Finances (TAE and family); National government; Health and medicine; Military

02/18/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; National Social Unit Organization; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Mabel (Maid); Edison, Charles; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Knierim, William H; Edison, Carolyn Hawkins (Mrs Charles); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE quotations and aphorisms; Sports, leisure, recreation; Health and medicine; Aviation;

02/22/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; Romeyn, Rosalind; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Pittman, Ernest Wetmore; Pittman, Estelle Romeyn (Mrs Ernest W.); Edison, Theodore Miller; Nichols, William Wallace) Edison-Miller family; Military
02/23/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Thomas Edison; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Mabel (Maid); Edison, Theodore Miller; Miller, Mary Emily; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Nichols, William Wallace; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Social customs, norms, values
02/25/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; Sloane, Charles O'Conor; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Voorhees, James Dayton; Bella (Nursemaid); Mabel (Maid); Pittman, Ernest Wetmore; Pittman, Estelle Romeyn (Mrs Ernest W.); Edison, Theodore Miller; Fort, Leslie Runyon) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Finances (TAE and family); Race, religion, ethnicity; Labor; Banking and bankers; Military

03/02/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Thomas Edison; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Voorhees, James Dayton; Mabel (Maid); Edison, Theodore Miller) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
03/02/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; Sloane, Charles O'Conor; Bryn Mawr College; Woman's Club of Orange; Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Mabel (Maid); Pittman, Estelle Romeyn (Mrs Ernest W.); Ray, Alexander, (Mr & Mrs); Edison, Charles; Miller, Mary Emily; Fort, Leslie Runyon; Nichols, William Wallace; Edison, Carolyn Hawkins (Mrs Charles)) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Finances (TAE and family); Travel; Labor; Military [Marginalia by Sloane, Thomas Edison]

03/06/1919 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre
(Sloane, Thomas Edison; Sloane, John Edison; Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Fort, Helen Osmun (Mrs Leslie R.); Hart, Katherine; Mabel (Maid); Barstow, Lois Buhrer (Mrs Frank Q.); Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Flaherty, Mary; Jenkins, Annie Gray (Mrs Alfred B.)) Edison-Miller family; Finances (TAE and family); World War I; Labor; Stocks, bonds, and investments; Health and medicine; Military

1905 Chi Psi The Purple and Gold

Amherst College
'05. The engagement has been announced of Leslie Runyon Fort to Miss Helen West Osmun of East Orange, N. J.

Approaching the Fifteenth [Princeton] 1908 in 1922

Halsey Place, South Orange, N.J.
Eastern Manager
Doubleday, Page & Co.
120 West 32nd St., New York
Married Alice Ward Osmun, November 1, 1911 at East Orange, New Jersey
Helen ELizabeth Jones, born Sept. 16, 1914
Margery Lester Jones, born Feb. 3, 1919
Princeton Club of New York, Essex County Country Club, West Orange, N.J.

Others may have hopped around since graduation but Henry was lucky enough to find the job that suited him right after he got out of college.

He has been with Doubleday, Page & Company, the publishers, ever since we left college and today he is one of the outstanding figures among the younger advertising men of New York.

Officially his title is Eastern Manager of World's Work, Country Life, the Garden Magazine and other publications of his house.

He lives at East Orange, is married and has two daughters; Helen Elizabeth is 8 and Margery Lester is 3.

In the war he worked hard at Red Cross and LIberty Loan drives and was a member of the New Jersey State Militia Reserve.

As do many others, he agrees that the college course was principally beneficial in giving a broader vision and better understanding of things in general but he strongly advocates the need for giving more attention to modern languages, such as Spanish and French. With the great development in foreign trade of this country a knowledge of these languages is extremely helpful and he adds that he is sure this is the case with many others.

Right, Henry. He writes:

Here is the letter which you have requested for the Ten Year Book, but my career since leaving college hardly justifies my writing a letter for publication for it has been hopelessly lacking in the sensational. However, to use the vernacular of a magazine publisher, if you have some surplus space to dispose of you might use it as a "filler."

Soon after graduation I joined the staff of Doubleday, Page & Company, Publishers, of New York, and this has been my business home ever since – my official title being Eastern Manager. With the exception of two ears spent in Chicago, in charge of our Western Office, I have been in New York right along and have been fortunate in being able to get back to Princeton for every reunion with the exception of the fourth and fifth.

My home is in South Orange, N.J., and the latch-string is always out for any 1908 men who happen that way. My family is not a record breaker for size, but in quality, I yield the palm to none and submit the enclosed photograph in evidence of Helen, aged seven, and Margery, aged three.

Good luck and best wishes to you,

Sincerely yours,
Henry L. Jones

[See "Mrs. De Graff" for more information on Doubleday]

Jeweler's Circular 1917

Two sons from the household of Mr. and Mrs. Alvah W. Osmun, of Madison, N.J., are on the way to the European War. They are John Eliot Osmun, son of Mr. Osmun, who is on his way to join the Morgan-Hayes section of the Red Cross; and Kenneth R. Unger, the son of Mrs. Osmun, who has gone to Canada to become a member of the Royal Aviation Corps of Canada. John Osmun is 23 years old, and a graduate of Newark Academy and Princeton University. Mr. Unger is 19 years old, and a graduate of Montclair Academy. Alvah Osmun is president of the Osmun-Parker Co., manufacturing jewels of this city.

William Nelson Runyon

William Nelson Runyon (March 5, 1871 November 9, 1931) was a Republican who served as Acting Governor of New Jersey from 1919 to 1920.
Runyon was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. He was a lawyer, then a member of New Jersey General Assembly from Union County, New Jersey from 1915 to 1917. Runyon served in the New Jersey Senate representing Union County, from 1918 to 1922. He served as Acting Governor of New Jersey from May 16, 1919 January 13, 1920, after Governor Walter Evans Edge resigned to become a United States Senator. Runyon was defeated in the 1919 Republican primary in his bid for a full term in office. Runyon was a delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention from New Jersey. In 1922 he was the Republican gubernatorial nominee but lost the general election to George S. Silzer. He was appointed as a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1923, serving on the bench until 1931.
He died on November 9, 1931, aged 60, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

April 7, 1961 Courier News 25 Years Ago, 1936

Members of the Plainfield Garden Club exhibiting in the International Flower Show in New York were: Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Cornelius B. Tyler, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Miss Dorothea Tingley, Mrs. Walter M. McGee, Mrs. Arthur G. Nelson, P. Marshall, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd Jr., Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen, Mrs. Elliott C. Laidlaw, Mrs. Clinton F. Ivins, Miss Edna Brown, Mrs. Harold Brown, Mrs. Orville G. Waring, Mrs. DeWitt Hubbell, Mrs. Irwin Taylor and Mrs. Harry H. Pond.

Thank you note from Mrs. Fort from Barbara Sandford

This note was found in Barbara Tracy Sandford's archives – with papers dating from 1966 to 1975

Thank you note from Mrs. Fort from Barbara Sandford

1941 Courier-News Plainfield Merits Classification as 'City of Beautiful Trees'

November 30, 2013: Found in Barbara Tracy Sandford's memorabilia. Written by PGC Member Mrs. Garret Smith

"I call Plainfield the City of Beautiful Trees," and out-of-town visitor remarked to me the other day. "My business takes me to many towns about this size clear across the country. Trees, or their lack, always impress me most about a town. Beautiful building can't make up for the lack of them. Many towns seem to have choice trees only in one or two sections. Others have only a few tree-lined avenues. But every part of Plainfield has not only interesting individual trees, but long stretches of streets where treetops meet in green arches above the traffic. That doesn't just happen. This town must have been founded by tree-lovers."

The stranger was right, as many specimen trees on old private properties testify. They are trees that were rare and expensive when planted years ago. A number of well-to-do property owners appreciated trees and collected choice kinds. The street trees of about this age also show that far-sighted men planned to make the town keep growing more beautiful in ways that everyone enjoys.

Trees have always been essential to Plainfielders. In the early days elms stretched down North Ave. from east to the west city boundaries. Many still remain now 70 to 80 years old. That avenue helped to establish Plainfield's policy of "beautiful trees for every street."

Value Appreciated
The city's mayors and councilmen have appreciate the value of trees . . . Ginko . . . now ripening, in the edge of the station grounds, near the corner of the drug store.

Among its immediate neighbors, at this station are a Red Maple, Austrian Pine, English Elm, Horse Chestnut, several Magnolias and a Sycamore Maple, the latter near the middle of the grass oval. Purple Beech, White Pine and two Hemlocks stand at the west exit.

Lindens at Spot
On the North Ave. side of the station is an interesting clump of three Lindens – no two alike. Evergreens are represented by three Scotch Pines, an Austrian and a White Pine, and a tall, slender Spruce. In this little park are also Sugar Swamp and Silver Maples, and a clump of low-growing Beeches. Looking upward to the railroad level, one sees, besides the specimen Ginko mentioned, two Catalpas, a Weeping Mulberry, two Red Maples and an Austrian Pine. A big Pin Oak, two or three Scarlet Oaks, a . . . .

. . . boats glided over Green Brook and when Plainfield and New York social leaders came in big carriages, drawn by spanking teams, to garden musicals, gay dinners, dances and teas as the Johnston's guests.

All of Plainfield's school grounds are constantly growing more attractive. Environment of vines, trees, plants and shrubs awaken appreciation of Nature's beauty that is a lifelong source of pleasure.

Hubbard School, one of the city's architectural gems, has always been regarded as in a class by itself. Its beauty is greatly enhanced by choice plant material on its ample grounds, partly framed by Barberry. Large specimen Japanese Yews arrest attention, along with Sourwoods, or "Lily-of-the-Valley Tree," whose branches bear long one-sided racemes of white flowers in summer and whose leaves are vivid scarlet in autumn.

White Pine, Cedar, Pfitzer Junipers are shadowy evergreen foils for airy bloom of Weeping Japanese . . .

Among them are the old Elms in North Ave., mentioned before; London Planes from Watchung Ave. to Terrill Rd.; Ash in St. Mary's Ave.; Pin Oaks and Planes in Park Ave.; Sycamore Maples in Bellevue Ave.; Norway Maples in both Leland and Monroe Ave. sections. Tulip trees now grow in Central St., along Maxon School grounds, and Ginkos in Landsdowne Terr. In Cleveland Ave., near Grace Church, the lacy foliage of the decorative Mountain Ash, or Rowan Tree, contrasts at this season with bunches of bright hollylike berries. Many years ago the late Simeon Cruikshank planted Buckeyes along his corner property ["Sacmoore" 831 Belvidere] at Belvidere and Watchung Aves. Much smaller than familiar Horse Chestnut and with brighter pink flower-spikes they have always been greatly admired. In autumn the brilliant, scarlet, star-shape leaves of Liquid-ambar, or Sweetgum, glorifies a patch of Ravine Rd. After a shower, or if bruised, the foliage is fragrant. Corky bark and thorny-skinned fruit like little apples, complete this tree's unique characteristics.

Close to 150 trees, of many species, are part of the Muhlenberg Hospital landscape. The long front path beneath the Maples, and on the west the wide Elm-bordered stretch of green lawn leading to a quiet pool, with its amusing little bronze fountain figure, form two vistas of ever-increasing charm. Wide borders of intermingling trees and flowering shrubs frame the property.

The purple leaves of the two Schwedler Maples attract much attention in the spring. So do the Apple trees and Dogwoods that trim the grounds like big bouquets, set off by Hemlocks, Spruce and Pine. Chinese Dogwoods, given by graduate nurses, are especially prized. Devoted interest of the late Marie Louis, nature-lover and for years superintendent of Muhlenberg, helped turn once common-plant "grounds" into a tree-shaded garden spot both restful and diverting.

Dogwood Favorites
Native Dogwoods are favorites among the city's flowering trees. The Plainfield Garden Club, on its own recent 25th birthday, gave small grove of these "Jewels of the Forest" to Cedar Brook Park. On the T. H. Van Bosckerck grounds on Prospect Ave. is the handsome large group of Dogwoods on private property in town. On Dr. Elmer Weigel's lawn on Belvidere Ave [630 Belivdere – see Mrs. Joost]. Chinese Dogwood bears much larger and later blooms. Directly across the street from this, and close to the sidewalk, a low-growing Witch Hazel (Hamanelis) bears yellow Forsythia-like flowers in winter.

Before the Talmadge dwelling [714 Belvidere], in the the same street, are majestic Copper Beeches. In early days Beeches were popular selections for large grounds. Probably the finest Weeping Beech in the city grows in deserted grounds in Central Ave. Nearby on the Witon property is a huge Purple Beech – both almost perfect. Farther down the avenue, on Wardlaw School grounds [1030 Central Avenue - see Below], is a fine old Ginko.

The only Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) in Plainfield is owned by former Mayor Leighton Calkins [929 Madison – see Below]. Its strange trunk and heart-shaped leaves, purplish when young, are unusual. It grows in front of the house in Madison Ave.

Unique among Plainfield trees is a native Orange of the South. it is today laden with velvety, green fruit in Mrs. Howard Tracy's Prospect Ave. garden [1331 Prospect Ave]. Probably nowhere else in this region can one be found, according to Shade Tree Commissioner Lithgow Hunter. Sent north from Maryville College in Tennessee 50 years ago. . . .

. . . residents seeking permanent homes. These officials have always planned with the Shade Tree Commission since its organization, so that every year more trees come marching in. Some fill vacancies in the ranks of old trees along old streets. Others shade tireless blocks in new sections of town.

For the last 17 years, one man, Sidney Durant, the Shade Tree Commission's expert supervisor of trees, has directed its work. it includes feeding, pruning, watering and repairing the city's 25,000 street trees, as well removal of dead or too-badly-injured trees and planting new ones. For nearly 20 years Thomas F. Hylan has served on the commission, of which he is now president.

Of all the city's trees, the strange Ginko, or Maiden-hair tree, grows to a height of 80 feet or so. The delicacy of its little leaves, resembling those of the Maiden-Hair fern, contrast sharply with the arrow-straight upswept branches of what is considered one of the most beautiful and unusual of all hardy exotic trees. The Ginko's origin is a mystery. Nowhere on earth is it been found wild, yet fossils prove it was once scattered all over the world. Nothing else today resembles the Ginko, so paleontologists reason that some series of misfortunes destroyed all missing links. Today's closest relative is the Yew family, thought at a glance they appear as unrelated as a Chines and a New England Yankee.

Planted Near Temples
Early explorers found Ginkos planted around Chinese and Japanese temples. The Chinese called in Yin-Hing – "Silver Apricot" – referring to the greenish-yellow, fleshy fruit having a single stone. This fruit, slightly roasted, was served throughout the formal Chinese dinners which lasted all day. Guests nibble the finlike fruit between courses as an aid to digestion.

The Ginko did not reach England until 1754. The first specimen in this country was planted in Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia. In 1889 the Ginko fruited for the first time there on the grounds of Charles Wister. fifty years ago these newcomers to America were not only scarce, but expensive. That Plainfield has so many beautiful old specimens of these trees is possibly due to the fact that John Taylor Johnston, then president of the New Jersey Central Railroad and a resident of this city, was not only a patron of the arts, but a lover of trees. Each of Plainfield's railroad station grounds had not only fine specimens of the Ginko, but also a varied collection of other trees, evidently selected by an expert.

Netherwood, nearest the Johnston home [see Below], was especially favored. Here, beside the north track, stands a regal Ginko, carefully located as an artist would plan his canvas, so that its top is etched against the sky. This emphasizes the beauty of leaf and branch and trunk as viewed from the eastbound station platform. ?? may see a younger . . .

. . . White Oak and Elms are among the trees fringing the western boundary.

"The property as a whole is a remarkable small arboretum," said a well-known visiting tree scientist recently, after inspecting the Netherwood station park. "In my travels I've seen no other railroad station grounds with such a variety of trees. This landscaping, too, I can see was done by an expert."

In employing such an expert to beautify the railroad property in his home town, Mr. Johnston was carrying out the spirit of the statement he made at the time the Metropolitan Museum of New York City was founded at his Fifth Ave. mansion. He was quoted as saying:

"The public ought to have a chance to see, to hear and to know more about whatever feeds the mind and is inspiring, if we are to have the best kind in America."

To even a novice in landscaping, the Netherwood station grounds show that underlying motive. One could not imagine either the south or north oval either diminished of enlarged – so true is their scale. It would be hard to find more beautiful flowering trees than those Magnolias; or more intriguing contrast of leaf, branch and trunk than offered by the Ginko and the Pine. On the north side the clump of Lindens, combined with an apparently outcropping "pudding stone," make a "garden composition" that suggest to the home gardener similar effective arrangements, though not necessarily identical in material.

Beautiful Estate
Some old residents recall that Mr. Johnston's estate in E. Front St. was lavishly beautified with choice trees, as were those of most of his neighbors along that splendid avenue of that day. Some of those estates are still being kept up as homes of their owners today, while others have been divided into beautiful setting for developments of small homes.

The Johnston estate, however, furnished the basis of another public development of beauty spots. A portion of it became the site of the new Barlow School [see Below]. These school grounds are said to be unequaled in the state in the variety and placement of superb trees. What some consider the finest Weeping Beech in town grows here, also two majestic evergreens, one a White Pine, the other a Spruce. Elm, Ginko, Cucumber tree, Ash, "Button Ball," Willow and Sugar Maple are also outstanding.

Two of the most interesting, although not the most conspicuous of the group, are a true English Oak (Quercus Robur) and a Yellow Wood (Cladrastis lute). The first has smallish leaves, thick-set upon the branch. A strange characteristic is that the stem adheres to the side of the acorn. The writer knows of only one other English Oak in town – Central Ave., near Stelle Ave.

The Yellow Wood has wisteria-like racemes of white fragrant flowers in midsummer. Leaves resemble the locust. Another fine specimen grows on the property of Miss Laura Detwiller in Hillside Ave.

All were here in the days . . . .

. . . when Cherry, Dogwood and Crab. In early spring the large leathery-leaved evergreen Japanese Andromeda (Pieris) unfold delicate, coppery leaves and waxy white racemes of tiny flowers. These are classified as shrubs, but on these favorable grounds, are almost small trees of exceptional beauty.

Preservation is Theme
The good judgement of George R. Zimmer, who for many years has supervised Plainfield's school grounds, is shown not only in what has already been accomplished, but in developments being planned. "What can we preserve?" not "What can we cut down?" is his motto. Before clearing the recently purchased grounds adjoining Maxon School was begun this summer, Mr. Zimmer marked every large and small tree that "might some day be of use somewhere." Workmen were warned to cut not one of these.

The City Police Headquarters and also the old Public Library have a setting of trees. The little Library Park is said to have been reserved from farmland whose native trees – mostly, Red, White and Black Oaks – were left standing. Across the facade of Fire Headquarters are a Ginko, a London Plane and Horse Chestnut – each an unusually fine specimen. Among Netherwood firemen are enthusiastic gardeners. Each spring many of Plainfield's 3,000 commuters take great interest in "what the boys are doing to their grounds." Everything planted seems to do well, even the peonies, marking the line between the firemen's parklike grounds and the railroad cinder-bed.

On spacious City Hall grounds is not only a variety of evergreens, but also of deciduous trees, selected for beauty of form, leaf or flower. Two Cryptomeria, "Aristocrats of Evergreens," donated recently by Plainfield's near-centenarian, Miss Isabel Tweedy, and a tall Himalayan Pine in town was brought here by the late Harry K. Tetsuka, to adorn his well-known Japanese garden in Belvidere Ave [556 Belvidere].

The Holly tree on City Hall grounds is another tree found on but few properties. It was donated by Herbert Moody [see Below], when The Courier-news gift of 5,000 bulbs roused a widespread interest in more beautiful grounds, in keeping with the architectural beauty of the building. Evergreens were given immediately by former Mayor Marion F. Ackerman, and a Dogwood by Thomas F. Hylan, whose keen interest in the property extends back to 25 years ago, when, as Councilman, he served on the City Hall Building Committee. This season former Councilman Orville G. Waring, son of the late Mayor Waring, donated several valuable Pfitzer Junipers.

Not Monotonous
Many species of trees planted along our city streets make green lanes that are not monotonous.

. . . . stood for most of that time in this sheltered nook. The fruits, when ripe, are decorative, but not edible. Edible oranges grown only on grafted stock. The thorny branches of this small tree resemble Osage Orange, or "Indian Bow-wood."

Figs are also ripening now in Plainfield. Within a stone's throw of Netherwood station is Watson Ave. It is only three blocks long and from spring to fall it glows with flowers. In one little garden grows a carefully tended Fig tree that bears fruit yearly. Each fall the owner buries his Fig tree in a deep trench well below the frost-line. Each spring it is dug out and reset.

One great wide-spreading Mulberry (Morus Multicaulus) towers far above the roof-top of Leslie R. Fort's home in Cedarbrook Rd. This venerable tree is the historic survivor of a Mulberry plantation, established during the "Multicaulus Mania," by the late Senator Martine [11 Brook Lane, see Below], as a venture to yield gigantic profits on his farm that included the Cedar Brook tract. He believed with others that New Jersey would be one of the world's silk-growing centers. Convinced that silk was to take the place of cotton, New Jersey farmers set out thousands of acres of "silk-worm mulberries" about 100 years ago, only to cut down the trees when the bubble burst.

One of the most varied private collection of trees in the city is that of Miss Jessie D. Munger in Prospect Ave. In recent years instructors at Rutgers University have brought students to these grounds to study the trees and other plant material as well as the garden design. Last spring the general public enjoyed the same privilege.

Love of trees is part of the tradition that has helped mould Plainfield into a city of pleasant homes on quiet streets. The late Jonas Lie, one of our city's most distinguished citizens, sensed this characteristic of our community. In the Common Council Chamber at City Hall hangs his gift – a mountain woodland scene, interpreted by his illustrious brush as an inspiring message to us all.

To learn more about the history of some of the people and places mentioned in this article, visit these links:

[Maxson School]
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15

[630 Belvidere]
Joost, Mrs. Sherman Brownell (Marie Murray) '19

[714 Belvidere]
Dunbar, Mrs. William Kuhn '17
Rock, Mrs. Robert B. '43
Runkle, Mrs. Harry Godley (Jennie Fitz Randolph) '15
Whitehead, Mrs. James Harold (Jean Fitz-Randolph Heiberg) '43

[1030 Central Avenue – duCret School]
Huntington, Mrs. Howard (Agnes Fales Strong) '19
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22
Zerega, Miss Bertha Virginia '23

[929 Madison Avenue]
Ackerman, Mrs. Marion S.(Sarah M. Wills) '35

[Johnston Estate on Front Street & Netherwood]
Mali, Mrs. Pierre (Frances Johnston) '18

[Barlow School East front Street – former estate of "Blojocamavi" owned by Lewis V. Fitz Randolph/Johnston estate]
Barlow, Mrs. Carlton Montague (June Simms) '70
Barlow, Mrs. DeWitt Dukes (Mary Lee Brewer), Jr. '65
Dunbar, Mrs. William K., Jr. (Elizabeth or "Libby" Hail Barlow) '47
Perkins, Mrs. Seymour, Jr. (Esther Moody Barlow) '49
(Also see Mrs. Runkle and Mrs. Whitehead above)

[City Hall]
Moody, Mrs. George T. '22
Perkins, Mrs. Seymour, Jr. (Esther Moody Barlow) '49

[11 Brook Lane, Martine House]
MacLeod, Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) '55

1941 Courier-News Plainfield Merits Classification as 'City of Beautiful Trees'

1941 Courier-News Plainfield Merits Classification as 'City of Beautiful Trees'

March 10, 2014 Women's History Month

The Star-Ledger published this today in honor of Women's History Month: Vintage Photos of Women's History in NJ

The 9th photo in captures PGC Member Eva Hamilton Van Hoesen as she was one of the first of three women to sit on a jury in 1921.

One of the other women, Florance Runyon of Plainfield, wife of state Sen. William N. Runyon, is related to PGC President Mrs. Leslie Runyon (Helen Osmun) Fort '22.

Query how they were chosen? Like today, had they voted in 1920 (when women in NJ were allowed to vote) and therefor their names were entered in the jury pool?

One of the most famous US suffragists was Plainfielder Lillian Feickert. Not surprisingly, she does not seem to have any ties to the PGC. Although the Club boasts many forward-thinking women of their time, as us old-timers know, there were many that preferred "not to rock the boat."

An example would be PGC member Mrs. Sherman Brownell (Marie Murray) Joost '19, an "in-law" of Barbara Sandford. In March 1915 she wrote a very unfortunate letter to The New York Times stating that women should just tend to the housekeeping and let men deal with "the questions of the day." Even more shameful, she was President of the Plainfield Branch New Jersey Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage.

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

January 15, 2015

A reader of has sent us images of seven very old postcards that she has held in her possession for years. The age of the postcards range from 1928 to 1967. All were addressed to PGC founding member Miss Josephine Lapsley '15. She, her mother and brother all resided at 114 Crescent Avenue.

One of the cards is signed by Mrs. Leslie Runyon (Helen Osmun) Fort '22, PGC President 1930 - 1932, 1935 - 1936.

Another postcard, dated 1932, was signed with the initials "E.H.V." which was most likely Mrs. Stephen G. (Eva Lemira Hamilton) Van Hoesen '21.

Miss Josephine Lapsley postcards