Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P.") (Edna Ten Broeck) '15

1919 Address: 985 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Address: 985 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book May 28th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00
1930 Treasurer Book Active and written in pencil "trans. to Ass. List"
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Treasurer Book Associate

1932 Directory* Address: 985 Hillside Avenue
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Mrs. John P. Stevens, 985 Hillside Avenue is listed as an "Associate Member"

1938 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. John P. Stevens 1/10//38 Pd 1/9/39 Pd.

1940 -1941 Treasurer Book: Associate Mrs. John P. Stevens 1/4/40 Pd 1/28/1 Pd. Transfered Nov. 1940

1940 - 1941 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. John P. Stevens 1/4/40 Pd. 1/28/41 Pd. 1/8/42 Pd. 12/29/42 Pd. 12/18/43 Pd. 12/5/44 Pd. 12/4/45 May 15, 1946 June 17, 1947

1942 Address: Woodland Avenue
NOTE: Associate Member

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Active: Stevens, Mrs. J. P. June 4, 1948 June 8, 1949 May 29, 1950 – but then the date is crossed out and perhaps in pencil is written "July" – June 1951 June 1952

Mrs. Stevens passed away in 1964.

Mrs. John P. Stevens '15 is related to the following Plainfield Garden Club Members:

Mrs. Horace N. (Helen Coburn) Stevens '15
Mrs. John P. Stevens, (Edith S.) Jr. '37
Mrs. Robert T. Stevens '37
Mrs. Merton (Mary Vic or Victoria Stevens) '44

Mrs. John P. Stevens '15

Founding Member
Sister-in-law of Founding Member Mrs. Horace N. Stevens '15
Wife of JP Stevens, well known textile house owner in New York

Mother-in-law of two Plainfield Garden Club members:
Mrs. John P. Stevens, Jr. '37
Mrs. Robert T, Stevens '37 or '47

See her sister-in-law:
Mrs. Horace N. Stevens '15

Mrs. John P. Stevens' son, John P. Stevens, Jr.

A long-time member of the Edison Board of Education, the new high school in Edison was named JP Stevens. To read more about Mrs. Stevens' son John Jr. and her other son, Robert (whose wife was also a member of the Plainfield Garden Club, Mrs. Robert T. Stevens '37 or '47 – been listed as two different years)

History of the Stevens Family

New York Times Article February 4, 1920

John P. Stevens elected president of Plainfield Country Club

JP Stevens

J. P. Stevens, (b. Feb. 2, 1868, North Andover, Mass., U.S.–d. Oct. 29, 1929, Plainfield, N.J.), merchant who founded J.P. Stevens, one of the biggest firms in the American textile industry.

John Stevens' grandfather, Nathaniel Stevens, started in the textile industry during the War of 1812. Nathaniel's son (John's uncle) Moses took over the textile company and made it one of the largest in the country.

John Stevens started his career working for a Boston dry-goods commission house, Faulkner Page & Co., and by 1899 he had enough money to establish his own dry-goods commission house in New York City

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

page 8

June 23, 1912 New York Times article London Travel is Near Flood

Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Stevens listed as staying at the Cecil with Mrs. Edward Patterson.

Mrs. Edward Patterson '15 is also a founding member of the Plainfield Garden Club

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

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

J.P. Stevens 2nd largest textile company in America

Crystal Lee Jordan.
Testimony. The Inheritance
Filmmakers take on J. P. Stevens

by Jackie Wolf

Buried at West Point

September 14, 2011

The General Manager at Hillside Cemetery, reported that he believed J. P. Stevens and his wife were both buried at West Point. He is certain that they are not buried at Hillside.

Their son, J. P. Stevens, Jr. is buried at Hillside in a grand mausoleum.

John Peters Stevens

September 14, 2011
Hillside Cemetery
Photo by S. Fraser

JP Stevens dies during the great stock market crash

Textile pioneer J. P. Stevens dies at Plainfield, N.J., October 29 at age 61.

Read more:

In the days leading up to the crash the market was severely unstable. Periods of selling and high volumes of trading were interspersed with brief periods of rising prices and recovery. Economist and author Jude Wanniski later correlated these swings with the prospects for passage of the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act, which was then being debated in Congress.[7]

On October 24 ("Black Thursday"), the market lost 11% of its value at the opening bell on very heavy trading. Several leading Wall Street bankers met to find a solution to the panic and chaos on the trading floor.[8] The meeting included Thomas W. Lamont, acting head of Morgan Bank; Albert Wiggin, head of the Chase National Bank; and Charles E. Mitchell, president of the National City Bank of New York. They chose Richard Whitney, vice president of the Exchange, to act on their behalf. With the bankers' financial resources behind him, Whitney placed a bid to purchase a large block of shares in U.S. Steel at a price well above the current market. As traders watched, Whitney then placed similar bids on other "blue chip" stocks. This tactic was similar to one that ended the Panic of 1907. It succeeded in halting the slide. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered, closing with it down only 6.38 points for the day; however, unlike 1907, the respite was only temporary

Over the weekend, the events were covered by the newspapers across the United States. On October 28, "Black Monday",[9] more investors decided to get out of the market, and the slide continued with a record loss in the Dow for the day of 38 points, or 13%. The next day, "Black Tuesday", October 29, 1929, about 16 million shares were traded, and the Dow lost an additional 30 points, or 12%.[10][11][12] The volume on stocks traded on October 29, 1929 was a record that was not broken for nearly 40 years.[11] Author Richard M. Salsman wrote that "on October 29–amid rumors that U.S. President Herbert Hoover would not veto the pending Hawley-Smoot Tariff bill–stock prices crashed even further".[3] William C. Durant joined with members of the Rockefeller family and other financial giants to buy large quantities of stocks in order to demonstrate to the public their confidence in the market, but their efforts failed to stop the large decline in prices. The ticker did not stop running until about 7:45 that evening. The market had lost over $30 billion in the space of two days.[13

New York Times October 13, 1895

New York Times October 13, 1895


Entertainment by the Dorcas Society – Monday Afternoon Club

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 12 – A social event of the last week was the entertainment given by the Dorcas Society, King's Daughters, at the home of Miss Maude Lowrie, in Park Avenue, Monday evening. It was titled "The Circulating Library," and was given for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of the poor of the city. The guests on arriving were given a blank catalogue, with only numbers on it, and they were to guess the titles of books represented. The Reception Committee was composed of Miss Bowers, Miss Brown, Miss Lowrie and Miss Langdon. Those presiding at the talbes were Mrs. Crane and Miss Wyckoff, assisted by Mrs. Clark, Mrs. C. T. Pond, Miss Minnie French, Miss Green, Miss Ella Blish, and Miss Maltly. In the library were Miss Crane, Miss Cornwell, Miss Lou French, Miss Millie Landgon, Miss Etta BLish, Miss Alice Hayners, Miss Bessie Titsworth, and Miss Kline.

S.E. Hull of Duer Street has returned from Broadway, where he spent the Summer.

The Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield's leading woman's club, held it sifrst meeting of the Fall. On account of repairs being made at the Casino or the Union County Country Club, where the meeings are usually held, the ladies gathered in the parlors of the Congregational Church. The subject upon which papers are to be read for the coming year is "Some Great Florentines and Their Times." Two papers were read Monday – one by Mrs. Josiah Brown and the other by Mrs. Robert Lowry. Next month the paper will be read by Miss Kenyon, Principal of the Young Ladies' Seminary.

H. M. Stevens of Fanwood gave a reception at the Fanwood Clubhouse Friday evening.

Miss Nellie Saums of Ricefiled is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Saums of Clinton Avenue.

George Barton has returned to Keyport after a visit with Mrs. Barton of Madison Avenue.

Edward Hooley of Rockview Avenue has gone to Atlanta.

The Rev. E. L. Hyde of Hyde Park, Mass., is visiting friends in Plainfield.

The Misses Anthony of Crescent Avenue have returned from Europe.

Miss Bessie Booker of Richmond, Va., has been visitng Miss Dryden of West Seventh Street.

James Smith of Elmwood Place has returned from Amesbury, Mass.

Miss May Haberle, who has been visitng her cousin, Miss Lillie Haberle, has returned to her home in Orange.

Miss Mary Ryder of Brooklyn, who has been visiting at the home of Robert Lucky of Fifth Street, has returned home.

Charles L. Case and family of Central Avenue returned this week from their European trip.

Miss Lydia Duffert of Morris County is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Van Dyke of East Front Street.

Mr. and Mrs. John Burnett of Brookyln have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doane of Fifth Street.

Charles Potter of West Seventh Street has returned from Philadelphia.

Mrs. Florence Howe Hall of Madison Avenue is in Massachusetts delivering a course of lectures.

Miss Mary and Miss Grace Shreve of New York are guests of B. J. Shreve of Grove Street.

Miss Agnes Baldwin of Brooklyn is the guest of Miss Haviland of Washington Park.

Benjamin Terry of Bridgeport is the guest of the Misses Livergey of Park Avenue.

Thomas H. Keller of East Front Street left this week for a trip South.

C. C. Burke and family have left for their Winter home in New York, after spending the Summer at the cottage on Ravine Road Netherwood.

William Tyler of West Eigth Street has gone to Europe.

David Krymer of West Second Street has gone to Baltimore.

Dr. Frank Searles and Mrs. Searles have returned to Bayonne, after a visit with Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Lourie of Park Avenue.

Dr. John H. Carman and fmaily of Somerset Street returned this week from the Adirondacks.

Dr. B. Van D. Hedges of Watchung Avenue is home from his outing in Maine.

Miss Caroline Fitz Randolph, daughter of ex-Mayor L. V. F. Randolph of East Front Street, sailed Saturday for Europe.

1948 Check Book

No. 748
Harold Morse
picture slides

No. 749
Dec. 31, 1948
The Garden Club of America
Flower Show Contributions

No. 750
Feb. 9. 1949
The Garden Club of America
Dues for 4 members

In left margin:

Feb. 8 - Conservation Committee
for Bird lecture gift from
Mrs. John P. Stevens 75.00

Residence and Garden View of J. P. Stevens, 985 Hillside Avenue

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

Residence and Garden View of J. P. Stevens, 985 Hillside Avenue

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. J. P. Stevens
985 Hillside Avenue

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 27, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

Film of the Stevens Garden

Photo of portrait taken 1971

6 slides that were archived at Plainfield Library were converted into digital images on March 22, 2013. The slides had been labeled as Christmas @ JP Stevens, Jr.

This portrait was one of the 6 slides and PGC members believe it is a painting of JP Stevens, Jr.'s mother, founding member Mrs. J. P. Stevens.

Slide taken at Christmas 1971

For more information, visit the album for Mrs. Stevens' daughter-in-law,
Mrs. J. P. (Edith S.) Stevens '37

Mrs. Acomb possible artist

Mrs. Acomb was commissioned to paint many local Plainfield personages and families. Learn more here: Acomb, Mrs. Frederick G. (Geraldine de M. Goutiere) '62

March 25, 2013 Martie Samek assists the Club in editing the Stevens Family history

Much discussion was had regarding the very well known Stevens family. Bob Fahrenholtz said the original J.P. Stevens and his wife were buried at West Point and did not know why. Bill Shepherd and Carter Booth remembered that he had served as Secretary of Defense and that his probably why he is buried there. Perhaps there is some confusion...Robert T Stevens, brother of JPStevens, JR., husband of Dorothy Whitney Stevens, was Secretary of the Army under Eisenhower. I have checked the internet and can find no evidence that any Stevens was Secretary of Defense. This cabinet position seems to have come into existence in the 1940's.

A quick Google search found that it was JP Stevens' (senior's) son, Robert, who served as Secretary of the Army. (He was famous for standing up to Senator Joseph McCarthy) Bob Fahrenholtz reported that not too many were buried within the mausoleum. (We always thought that JPStevens, Jr's ashes were buried on the property on Woodland Avenue...Not certain of this, however.) Horace N. Steven's family (a brother to JP Stevens) Senior? is buried in another corner of the Hillside Cemetery.

JPStevens Jr. (husband of Edith) was a civilian general during WWII. He was very proud of this. Many prominent manufacturers whose companies aided in the war effort attained the title. Robert Wood Johnson was one of these. He was always referred to as General Johnson when my husband Ed worked at J and J. Jack Stevens dropped the honorific but always enjoyed sharing stories about his part and the part of the JPStevens company in the war effort.

Edith and Jack moved to their house, an old farm house, on Woodland Avenue at the time of their marriage. As their family grew, they expanded it to fit their needs. They spent their entire married life there. One room, the living room, is especially memorable because it was designed by a famous architect (whose name I no longer remember) and supposedly had the most perfect proportions and was often photographed.

Jack's brother Robert and his wife Dorothy lived next door in the house now owned by Dr. John Ferrante and his wife Mary. Karen and Tom Shea live in the Jack Stevens house. I think it is correct that the senior Stevens built their house on Woodland Avenue after Jack and Edith owned theirs. The Stevens eventually owned most of the land on Woodland Avenue. They farmed it and supplied jobs to many young Plainfield men. As well, they were proud that the farm provided food for many in the area during WWII. We purchased the land on which we built our house from Jack and Edith in 1976.

I am curious about the senior Stevens being buried at West Point....Because Robert Stevens was Secretary of the Army, it makes sense that it was he and his wife who were buried at West Point, not the senior Stevens. Not much history that I can find about them, but I think the senior Mr. Stevens was mainly focused on running the Stevens company.

Hope this is not more than you wanted to know!


Secretary of the Army:
ROBERT T. STEVENS. Served in the Army in World War I, and during World War II in the Office of the Quartermaster General. With J. P. Stevens and Company, Inc., 1921-1942, 1945-1 953.
Secretary of the Army, 4 February 1953-20 July 1955.

January 26, 1953 Time Magazine Article about JP Stevens' Son, Robert. His wife Dorothy was a member of the PGC. They lived on Woodland Avenue. Their son Whitney...Dorothy's maiden name... was CEO of the Stevens Textile Company for many years.

A tougher case than Wilson's is that of Robert Ten Broeck Stevens, a textile manufacturer, who was appointed Secretary of the Army. His firm, J. P. Stevens & Co. of New York City, does a third (about $125 million a year) of its business with the Defense Department, mostly in cloth for uniforms. It is a family firm. If he sold his stock, management might pass to other hands, the firm might have to be completely reorganized, with consequences that would extend far beyond any personal sacrifice Stevens might have to make. The Stevens firm, however, sells to the Government on the basis of competitive bids, while General Motors has a number of large development contracts and other dealings in which discretion is necessarily in the hands of Government officials and finally in the hands of the Secretary of Defense himself.

From the Netherwood Neighborhood Association

Febuary 1, 1983 -- Mrs. Stevens' son Robert

Published: February 1, 1983

Robert T. Stevens, a former Secretary of the Army who became a major figure in the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings that led to the condemnation of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and the collapse of his anti-Communist campaigns, died Sunday at his home in Edison, N.J. He was 83 years old.

Mr. Stevens, director emeritus and former chief executive of J.P. Stevens & Company, one of the world's largest, most diversified textile organizations, left his 50-year career with the family business on several occasions to serve in military and government posts.

But it was his service as Secretary of the Army, from 1953 to 1955 during the first term of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, that carried Mr. Stevens into the spotlight of one of the most tumultuous and dramatic events of the postwar era, the Army-McCarthy hearings.

The hearings, which unfolded in the sedate marble-columned caucus room of the Senate Office Building, captivated the nation over the new medium of television through seven weeks of angry denunciation and name-calling in the Wisconsin Republican's attack on the Army for what he called ''coddling Communists.''

Hearings Turned Into Battle

A dispute over Army charges that Senator McCarthy had used undue pressure to get a commission for G. David Schine, an aide who had been drafted, led to the hearings, which had no legislative purpose but evolved into a battle over alleged Communist influence in government.

Mr. Stevens, a dignified man who spoke slowly and was not quick to anger, seemed ill-equipped and visibly reluctant to confront the Senator's slashing scorn. He first instructed Army personnel to ignore subpoenas.

Later, however, he felt compelled to go before the committee after the Senator told a much-decorated Brig. Gen. Ralph Zwicker that he was ''not fit to wear that uniform'' because he had permitted the honorable discharge of Maj. Irving Peress, an Army dentist who had been accused by Senator McCarthy of Communist ''associations.''

Twice a day for 13 days, Mr. Stevens, with the help of Joseph N. Welch, a Boston lawyer, faced Senator McCarthy, answering his accusations and criticizing his tactics. The debate had no winners. When the hearings closed on June 17, the only tangible result was an ambiguous report that chided the Army. On Way to Downfall

But there was little doubt that the Senator had been started on the way to his downfall. On Dec. 2, 1954, the Senate voted to condemn him during censure proceedings.

As Army Secretary, Mr. Stevens also guided the service through the last phases of the Korean War and the standby status that followed the signing of the armistice at Panmunjom. Later, he served as a civilian aide to the Army and, from 1961 to 1963, as a member of the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Most of Mr. Stevens's career was devoted to the vast operations of his family's textile company, which was founded in 1813 by a New England ancestor, Nathaniel Stevens. He served in various executive capacities and became director emeritus in 1974.

Robert Ten Broeck Stevens was born on July 31, 1899, in Fanwood, N.J., the son of John Peters and Edna Stevens. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., graduating in 1917. Company President in 1929

After serving as a second lieutenant in the field artillery in World War I and graduating from Yale University, Mr. Stevens entered the family business in 1921 and, after eight years in manufacturing and merchandising, became president of the company in 1929 after the death of his father.

His first call to government service came from President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930's, when he was assigned to a directorship of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 1940, he was named head of the National Defense Advisory Commission. During World War II, he was a colonel and handled textile procurement for the Army. After the war, he became chairman of J.P. Stevens & Company.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, whom he married in 1923, and four sons, Whitney, of New York City; William G., of Edison; Thomas E., of Nashville, and Robert T. Stevens Jr., of Bozeman, Mont.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral was scheduled for tomorrow at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, N.J. A private burial will be held on Thursday at the United States Military Academy.

Illustrations: photo of Robert T. Stevens

New Jersey Banking Bureau 1922

Edna T. Stevens
439 West 7th Street
Plainfield, N. J.

July 27, 2013 Pot made by Mary Vic Griswold

Bernice has another interesting blog: A Garden Cutie

When describing her pretty floral container, Bernice writes: "The very small pot was created by Mary Vic Griswold, who was a potter as well as a philanthropist and is remembered very fondly by many Plainfielders."

Mary Vic Stevens Griswold was a member of the PGC and part of the large Stevens clan. Mary Vic's mother (founding member), aunt (founding member) and cousin-in-law were all notable members of The Club.

Other Stevens relatives/PGC members (also notable!)included:
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15 (aunt)
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm, Jr. (Shirley Clark) '48 (cousin-in-law)
Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37 (cousin-in-law)

John Peters Stevens

Birth: Feb. 2, 1868
North Andover
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 1929
Union County
New Jersey, USA

s/o Susan Elizabeth PETERS & Horace Nathaniel STEVENS
gs/o Nathaniel STEVENS


Created by: Carol STEVENS
Record added: Apr 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36163141

John Peters Stevens

Birth: Feb. 2, 1868
North Andover
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 1929
Union County
New Jersey, USA

s/o Susan Elizabeth PETERS & Horace Nathaniel STEVENS
gs/o Nathaniel STEVENS


Created by: Carol STEVENS
Record added: Apr 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36163141

Political Graveyard

Stevens, John Peters (1868-1929) – also known as John P. Stevens – of Fanwood, Union County, N.J.; Plainfield, Union County, N.J. Born in North Andover, Essex County, Mass., February 2, 1868. Republican. Dry goods merchant; founder of J.P. Stevens textile firm; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920. Member, Union League. J.P. Stevens High School, in Edison, N.J., is named for him. Died in Plainfield, Union County, N.J., October 27, 1929 (age 61 years, 267 days). Burial location unknown.
Relatives: Son of Susan Elizabeth (Peters) Stevens (1835-1871) and Horace Nathaniel Stevens (1836-1876); married, February 12, 1895, to Edna Tenbroek (1875-1964).
See also Find-A-Grave memorial

Edna Ten Broeck Stevens

Children of Rensselaer Ten Broeck (600) and Phoebe Wilson.

947 I Charles Warren, born August 11, 1868; married

June I, 1893, Ella De Milt, daughter of H. R.
De Milt of New York.

948 II Nellie Edna, born July 17, 1875; married John P.


949 III Jena; died young.

June 4, 1893 New York Times

The Ten Broeck-De Milt Wedding – In the marriage of Miss Ella Curtis De Milt, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. De Milt to Charles Warren Ten Broeck on Thursday two very old families were united. The de Milts descended from Baron Pierre de Milt of Normandy, France. he was a Huguenot and sought religious freedom in Holland in the early part of the seventeenth century. His son, Antoine de Milt, was among the earliest settlers in the town of New Amsterdam. Antoine de Milt came over in 1623 and became one of the leading settlers on Manhattan Island. His prominence won him the position of Sheriff of New-Amsterdam. The fortune of the family increased until during the Revolutionary days, the de Milts were rated among the wealthy New Yorkers. Peter de Milt, the great-grandfather of Miss de Milt, lost his life in the battle of Long Island. The dispensary which bears the family name was founded by Samuel de Milt, who died in 1847, leaving $400,000 to various city charities. The de Milt family aided materially in founding the Mechanics' Free Library and established the first free public school library system in the city.

Charles Warren Ten Broeck is descended from a family of this city as old as the de Milts. Winant Ten Broeck, his ancestor, was one of the few Dutchmen to first land on this island and to buy Manohatta, as the Indians called it.

NOTE: Charles Warren Ten Broeck is Mrs. Stevens' brother.

Mrs. Stevens' grandparents: Austin M. Ten Broeck & Margaret Van Hoesen Ten Broeck

TEN BROECK, Rensselaer, was born in the town of Copake, in 1838, son of Austin M. (born in Claverack) and Margaret (Van Hoesen) Ten Broeck, who were the parents of children as follows: Walter B., Andrew E., Jay D., Rensselaer, Catharine Jane, Charlotte and Lydia. Mr. Ten Broeck is deceased. Rensselaer Ten Broeck received his early education in the common schools and Claverack Academy. After leaving school he was engaged as a clerk in a store at Hudson, and in 1859 went to New York, where he engaged in the commission business. In 1865 he engaged with the railroad company and is now general eastern agent for the Union Pacific. Mr. Ten Broeck was married to Phoebe, daughter of Ira Wilson, who bore him Charles W., Nellie Edna and Jennie (deceased). Mr. Ten Broeck is a member of Bunding Lodge No. 655, F. & A. M., of New York; Colonial Club, and Arkwright Club.

J. P. Stevens, III

Subject: [STEVENS] Looking for a J.P. Stevens
Date: 12 Sep 2006 22:56:49 -0600

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Hi, I'm in search of the J.P. Stevens family from New Jersey that ran the textile mills. My father's step-sister married J.P. Stevens III I believe. He would have been born around 1920 I'm thinking. Her name was Sally Potter, and her father was Russell Hayward Potter Jr. b:1895 in Buffalo, NY. She may have been born in Massachusetts

As far as I can tell his name would be John Peters Stevens, his father is John Peters Stevens Jr. b: 1897 in NJ brother to Robert Ten Broeck Stevens b: 7/1899, and brother to Nathaniel b:1900 NJ. Their father was John Peters Stevens Sr. b: 2/2/1868 m. to Edna Ten Broeck 7/17/1875.

I think Sally and Mr. Stevens had twins. Thanks!


John Peters Stevens
Found 10 Records, 9 Photos and 2,727,042 Family Trees
Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA on 2 Feb 1868 to Horace Nathaniel Stevens and Susan Elizabeth Peters. John Peters married Adna Ten Broeck and had a child. He passed away on 27 Oct 1929.
Family Members

From Adna or Edna?

Adna Ten Broeck
Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 26,989 Family Trees
Born on 17 Jul 1875. Adna Ten married John Peters Stevens and had a child. She passed away on 29 Aug 1964.

September 11, 2013 "September Charms" Horticulture Show

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Son's estate on Woodland Avenue listed as "Broeckton"

1330 Highland Avenue April 2008 Greg Palermo's Tree Blog

April 25, 1992 The Historical Society of Plainfield

Home Movie of Mrs. Stevens' garden

Movie_Mrs. Conner 999 Hillside Mrs. Atterbury 922 Hillside Mrs. Stevens 985 Hillside Miss Munger 1441 Prospect

Hillside Historic District

August 29, 2015

Hillside Historic District has announced a new website:

They have neatly listed the homes in the district in a similar fashion to our Homes & Gardens page.

It is no exaggeration to say that the PGC helped build Hillside. In fact our first club meeting took place at Mrs. Connor's home at 999 Hillside. Take a look at our PGC Hillside Historic District resident members:

807 Hillside Avenue
Browne, Miss Elizabeth B. '37

810 Hillside Avenue
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15

816 Hillside Avenue
Zerega, Miss Bertha Virginia '23

817 Hillside Avenue
Lawton, Mrs. Richard M. (Edith Clarke) '21

832 Hillside Avenue
Yates, Mrs. Frederick Washburn (Bertha Kedzie Cornwell) '15

921 Hillside Avenue
Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29
Detwiller, Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57

922 Hillside Avenue
Atterbury, Mrs. Albert Hoffman (Emma H. Baker) '15

930 Hillside Avenue
Corey, Mrs. Ella J. '15

937 Hillside Avenue
Hunn, Mrs. John T. Sharpless (Hope Ivins) '37
Ivins, Mrs. DeWitt Clinton (Louise Morton Fox) '15
Ivins, Mrs. Clinton Fox (Marguerite Carpenter) '33

945 Hillside Avenue
Stevens, Mrs. Horace N. (Helen Coburn) '15

950 Hillside Avenue
Harlow, Mrs. Edward Dexter (Elise Cochran Martin) '15
Martin, Mrs. Francis A. (Mary Keech Turner) '22

955 Hillside Avenue
Wallace, Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) '15
deForest, Mrs. Henry Lockwood (Amy Brighthurst Brown) '33

966 Hillside Avenue
Warren, Mrs. Frank D. '15

970 Hillside Avenue
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15
Kroll, Mrs. Alexander (Nancy Dwinnell or Mrs. Prince H. Gordon) '60

975 Hillside Avenue
Runkle, Mrs. Harry Godley (Jennie Fitz Randolph) '15
Albin, Mrs. Leland D. (Jennie Hoag) '36
King, Mrs. Victor E. D. (Yasmina S.) '78
Whitehead, Mrs. James Harold (Jean Fitz-Randolph Heiberg) '43

980 Hillside Avenue
Hall, Mrs. Frederic L. (Anne Garrigues Wigton) '68
Stuart, Mrs. Linden (Jeanette W.), Jr. '52
Wigton, Mrs. Charles Benson (Garrigues) '45

982 Hillside Avenue
Baker, Mrs. Clifford Myron (Margaret Drayton) '32
Valiant, Mrs. John (Katharine Drayton) '40

985 Hillside Avenue
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P.") '15
Stevens, Mrs. Horace Nathaniel (Helen Coburn) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P."), Jr. (Edith S.) '37
Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37

996 Hillside Avenue
Wallace, Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) '15
Murray Townsend
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47

999 Hillside Avenue
Conner, Mrs. William A. (Florence Tupper) '15
Wigton, Mrs. William Garrigues (Ann Hayes) '55

1000 Hillside Avenue
Lawrence, Mrs. Chester B. (Florence B.), Jr. '22

1005 Hillside Avenue
McWilliams, Mrs. Howard (Anna Louise Waldbridge/Mrs. Paul Taylor Brown) '22

1007 Hillside Avenue
Lockwood, Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) '52
Marshall, Mrs. Henry P. (Dorothy Burke) '30

1009 Hillside Avenue
Tracy, Mrs. Evarts '22
Tracy, Mrs. Howard Crosby (Minerva Bingham Lamson) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22

1019 Hillside Avenue
Baker, Mrs. Clifford Myron (Margaret Drayton) '28

1030 Hillside Avenue
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucile Titsworth) '42

1035 Hillside Avenue
Streuli, Mrs. Alfred F. H. (Frederica Michelle Dwyer Hooper) '15

1045 Hillside Avenue
Timpson, Mrs. Lewis Gouverneur (Helen Frances Waring) '15
Waring, Mrs. Orville G. (Dorothy Fleming) '35

1046 Hillside Avenue
Genung, Mrs. Alfred Gawthrop (Dorothy or "Dot" Madsen) '69
Madsen, Mrs. John (Evelyn or "Evie" Wilson) '70

1300 Prospect Avenue
Streuli, Mrs. Alfred F. H. (Frederica Michelle Dwyer Hooper) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22

1234 Watchung Avenue
Stevenson, Mrs. E. Vickers '41

1239 Watchung Avenue
Brown, Miss Edna M. '34

November 30, 2015 Missing Portrait

November 30, 2015

Another art mystery to be solved!

We received an email today from a descendant of the Stevens family in search of an elusive portrait painted by famed PGC member Geraldine Acomb.

If you do not know about Mrs. Acomb, please take a moment and look through our scrapbook about this very talented member: Acomb, Mrs. Frederick G. (Geraldine de M. Goutiere) '62

According to the email [See Below] Mrs. Acomb painted a mother-daughter portrait of one of the many Stevens' women. One could say that the PGC was built on the foundations of the Stevens clan. Here are all the members that we know of from that family:

Stevens, Mrs. Horace N. (Helen Coburn) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P.") (Edna Ten Broeck) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P."), Jr. (Edith Stevens) '37
Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15
Barnhart, Mrs. N. Chisholm, Jr. (Shirley Clark) '48
Griswold, Mrs. Merton Lyman (Mary Victoria "Vic" Stevens), Jr. '44

If any of you would know where to search for this painting or whom to ask, please write in to

To read about the last painting we found for someone in 2014: Barlow, Mrs. DeWitt Dukes (Mary Lee Brewer), Jr. '65

Email Received from Edward Stevens Gottfried:

I am contacting you as I see the Plainfield Garden Club has a rather extensive posting about the works of one of its late members, Geraldine Acomb. My mother was lucky enough to inherit the portrait Mrs. Acomb painted of my grandmother, and she recently told me that there was a second, later portrait that Mrs. Acomb painted of my grandmother and aunt which was never sold to the family but was instead exhibited. I'm trying to track it down in the hopes of either purchasing it as a gift for my aunt, or (if that is not possible), to have it photographed. Is there any chance that you have a record of the painting, or any other information regarding Mrs. Acomb's works which might lead me in the right direction? Is there any record of her children, so that I might contact them?

For what it's worth, my grandmother was Mrs. Christina Stevens (née Schmidt), and, so far as the family can remember, the portrait was of her and my aunt, Helen Stevens, and was likely taken sometime in the mid-1960's. I figure this is a long shot, but certainly worth a try!

Edward Stevens Gottfried

UPDATE: November 30, 2015 Email from Rick Detwiller

Hello PGC,

I don't know where the Stevens' portrait might be, but attached is the portrait of my mother Catherine Campbell Detwiller by Gerry Acomb that I promised to send back in 2012. Apparently you already have the photo of her with the portrait taken when she was 96. She is now living in Westwood, MA, going on 100 and just celebrated Thanksgiving with us all at our brother Chip's house in Groton MA.


Rick D.

Detwiller, Mrs. Charles Henry (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57