Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Robert T. Stevens 2/10/38 Pd. 1/18/39 Pd 1/12/40 Pd. 1/13/41 Pd.

1941 - 1942 - 1943 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Robert T. Stevens 1/9/42 Pd. xMembership temporarily discontinued until return to Plfd after war. Send no bills for dues.

1942 Address: Woodland Avenue

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Active: Stevens, Mrs. R. T. July 1947 June 14, 1948 1949 June 15, 1950 June 1951 June 1952

1958 Address: Woodland Avenue, RD #1, South Plainfield

1970 Address: Woodland Avenue, Edison 08817
NOTE: Listed as a "Sustaining Member"

1973 - 1980 Address: 1649 Woodland Avenue, Edison 08817
Listed as a Sustaining Member

1984 - 1987: Sustaining
1988 - 1989: crossed off

The house on Woodland Avenue was known as "White Chimneys" and owned prior to the Robert Stevens family by the William H. Whitcomb family. Mrs. Whitcomb was a member of the PGC.

Mrs. Robert T. Stevens is related to the following Plainfield Garden Club members:

Stevens Helen Coburn Mrs. Horace Nathaniel 1915
Stevens Mrs. John P. 1915
Stevens Edith S. Mrs. John P. Jr 1937

Mrs. Robert T. Stevens (either '37 or '47 according to different membership lists

She was the daughter-in-law of founding member Mrs. John P. Stevens '15 and sister-in-law of member Mrs. John P. Stevens, Jr. '37

Her husband, Robert T. Stevens, was Secretary of the Army. Click here to see their photo: Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Stevens This photo was taken June 6, 1954 at North Carolina State College of Textiles

Address: 985 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield, NJ

Mrs. R. T. Stevens, Chairman of the Cornus Committee, May 8, 1951 Plainfield NJ Courier

Social News

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

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

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

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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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.

October 20, 2011 Hillside Cemetery

Back of the John Peters Stevens Mausoleum
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.

A quick Google search found that it was JP Stevens' son, Robert, who served as Secretary of the Army. Bob Fahrenholtz reported that not too many were buried within the mausoleum. Horace N. Steven's family (a brother to JP Stevens) is buried in another corner of the Hillside Cemetery

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.

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.

Read more: Time Magazine

Mrs. John Peters ("J.P.") Stevens '15

Mrs. John Peters ("J.P."), Jr. (Edith S.) Stevens '37

Mrs. Robert T. (Dorothy) Stevens '37

Mrs. Horace Nathaniel (Helen Coburn) Stevens '15

Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) Barnhart '15

Mrs. Merton Lyman (Mary Victoria "Vic" Stevens) Griswold, Jr. '44

Photo by S. Fraser

'Giggleswick' by Marjorie Blackman Elliott 1989

PGC Member Marjorie Blackman Elliott traces the history of the Mellick family and in particular PGC founding member Mrs. George P. (Ella Hartley) Mellick '15 and her well known estate, 'Giggleswick'

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Mrs. Elliott writes: Then there was "White Chimneys," the residence of William H. Whitcomb, later occupied by the Robert Stevens family. All four houses are still there and ocuupied. The allee of trees is there, too, though the line has been broken at the ends to make way for the new development.

Robert Ten Broeck Stevens

ROBERT TEN BROECK STEVENS was born in Fanwood, New Jersey, on 31 July 1899; was graduated from Phillips Andover, 1917; interrupted his education to serve as a second lieutenant of Field Artillery in World War I, 1918; graduated from Yale University, 1921; joined the textile firm of J. P. Stevens Company, 1921; married Dorothy Goodwin Whitney, 1923; was president of J. P. Stevens Company, 1929-1942; was an administrative representative in the industrial section of the National Recovery Administration, 1933; was Class B director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1934-1955, and Class C director and chairman, 1948-1953; attended a special civilian course at the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, 1941; entered upon active duty with the Army as a lieutenant colonel, 1942, was promoted to colonel, and served to 1945 in the Office of the Quartermaster General�s procurement division, with a period of temporary duty in the European Theater; returned to J. P. Stevens Company as chairman of the board, 1945-1953; was chairman of the Business Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1951�1952; served as Secretary of the Army, 4 February 1953-21 July 1955; supervised the post-Korean War retrenchment; proposed advance security clearances for key industrial facilities to enable them to operate immediately in an emergency; defended the Army against reckless charges advanced by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin in Congressional (Army-McCarthy) hearings held to investigate Communist influence in government, 1953�1954; returned to the J. P. Stevens Company as president, 1955-1959, and served as chairman of the executive committee, 1969-1974; died in Edison, New Jersey, on 31 January 1983.


The Artist

Thomas Edgar Stephens (1886�1966) was born in England and studied art at Cardiff University in Wales, the Heatherly School in London, and the Académie Julien in Paris. He was already a trained artist when he moved to the United States in 1929 to settle in New York and become an American citizen. Between 1946 and 1960 he painted twenty-four portraits of Dwight D. Eisenhower for various institutions and individuals, and it was Stephens who painted the entire Eisenhower cabinet and later induced the former president to take up painting as a hobby. He also painted the last life portrait of Winston Churchill as prime minister.

Eisenhower Administration
By Thomas Edgar Stephens
Oil on canvas, 41�" x 33�", ca. 1955

State of Montana

Dorothy W. Stevens Trust involving two ranches

New York Times February 5, 1883


She Passes Away at 2:55 O'Clock This Morning

The Wife of the Ex-Secretary Had Been Ill For the Last Three Weeks and Finally Succumbed to Heart Disease Aggravated by a Complication of Troubles – the Record of Her Life.

Mrs. William C. Whitney died at the family residence, Fifty-seventh Street and Fifth Avenue, at 2:55 o'clock this morning.

She had been sinking rapidly since Friday, and at midnight the physicians said that she could not possibly survive the night.

The wife of one of the most distinguished men of his time, the daughter of a United State Senator, and the sister of a devoted brother, Mrs. Flora Payne Whitney has for several years been a prominent and an attractive figure in the social world. Few women in her station in life have enjoyed to so complete an extent the cordial, friendly esteem of all classes of people. By her gentle, womanly graces she endeared herself to every one who enjoyed the privilege of her acquaintance. She bore the responsibilities of social leadership with appropriate dignity, and yet with a tectfulness that was exquisite.

It was about twenty-two years ago that Miss Flora Payne of Cleveland was wedded to William C. Whitney, then an industrious and successful lawyer in this city. The bride of that occasion was one of the brightest and most beautiful of Cleveland's fairest maidens. As the daughter of Henry R. Payne, and the sister of Col. Oliver H. Payne she enjoyed all the advantages that great wealth could bestow. She received an excellent education in which artistic accomplishments were not lacking. Her love for music was instinctive and she developed a talent in that direction of a high order. In recent years the musicales given by Mrs. Whitney were noted for their rare, discriminative quality.

Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Whitney established their residence in this city, and the amiable and vivacious bride speedily became a favorite in New York society. In the meantime her husband was making steady progress in his profession. As Corporation Counsel he demonstrated marked ability as a lawyer, and won the respect of his fellow citizens without regard to political sentiments. When he accepted the responsible post of Secretary of the Navy in President Cleveland's Cabinet, his gifted wife became the mistress of one of the most attractive mansions in Washington, where refinded and generous hospitality pursued its pleasant course for four years.

Mrs. Whitney's extraordinary qualities as a social leader excited the admiration of Washington society. Her receptions, always given on an elaborate scale, were extremely popular with the most intellectural, as well as the most famous, men and women in the national capital. Mrs. Whitney's most important social functions became almost historic. It wa at one of her entertainments that Mrs. James Brown Potter first became known to famy by her recitation of "'Ostler Joe."

A very close friendship between the families of Grover Cleveland and William C. Whitney has existed for the last seven or eight years. It dated form the time that President Cleveland introduced his own beautiful bride to Washington society. Mrs. Whitney and Mrs. Cleveland became very much attached to each other, and their affectionate feeling incrased as they came to know each other better. When Mrs. Whitney's little girl was born, during President Cleveland's Administration, it was the gracious lady of the White House who suggested the name of Dorothy, which was bestowed upon the babe.

Mrs. Whitney's life in this city was by no means given up wholly to social pleasures. There were few women who more willingly turned their attention to charitable work than did she. Her heart was easily touched by the narration of cases of suffering through poverty and sickness, and she was eager to respond to appeals where the necessity for aid was actual. Mrs. Whiteny's active co-operation and generous nature will be missed from many philadthopio organizations and movements. She was especially kind toward worthy people of talent whom she found struggling to obtain recongiation from an indifferent community. She was the means of "bringing out" several unknown muscians and other talented amateurs.

Of late years the Whitney receptions have been particularly noted for their unique richness and brilliancy. Mrs. Whitney catered frequently to the intellectual and aesthetic tastes of her friends. No more satisfying entertainments have been heard in New York by lovers of good music than those given in the ballroom of the Whitney Mansion at Fifty-seventh Street and Fifth Avenue. The mansion, by the way, is on of the most luxurious in this city. It was purchased from Mrs. Fred Stevens by Col. Oliver H. Payne, who presented it to his sister.

Mrs. Whitney was of medium height, with a slender and graceful figure. She possessed a happy temperament, which her friends seldom saw clouded, although of late years the trouble with her heart gave her cause for serious anxiety. Her hair was prematurely white, but her gentle face retained the glow of freshness of youth up to the period of her last sickness. She had but just crossed the threshold of the forties and was a young woman in appearance as well as in spirit. There are four children in this bereaved family, two sons and two daughters. Harry Payne Whitney and William Whitney are manly young college boys. Miss Pauline Whitney was an interesting and charming debutant in society only two months ago. Little Dorothy is still the baby of the household.

Since leaving Washington the Whitney family have spent part of their time in New York, part in Lenox and part in Newport. Last Spring and Summer Mrs. Whitney was in Europe with her daughter, Pauline. Had she lived, the family would have spent the coming Summer in Newport. Mr. Whitney some time ago bought the cottage and grounds which belonged to the estate of William E. Travers in that fashionable resort.

The attackes of heart trouble, from which Mrs. Whitney sufferd for several years, were at first very slight and infrequent. As they increased in severity both Mr. Whitney and herself began to feel apprehensive of the ultimate effects, and the most skillful medical practioners were consulted. The latest attack manifested itself between three and four weeks ago in such a threatening manner that Dr. Charles McLean the family physician, prescribed absolute rest and freedom from exciting influences. Mrs. Whitney was confined to her bed for more than three weeks, and was guarted by the most watchful care by her physician and the members of her family. She continued to lose strength, however, and Dr. Charles McBurney, a specialist in heart troubles, was called in to consult with Dr. McLean. He continued in daily consultation with the family physician until the last.

The Colony Club's Full List of Members in Its First Year

The Colony Club, the initial club for women in New York, with a real clubhouse, has completed its first year with more success than its most ardent adherents predicted for it. The clubhouse, in Madison Avenue, near thirtieth Street, is now used by some of the smartest women in society. To begin its second year the club has got out a year book with a roster of its membership. There are fifty professional women in the list. Also, there are two honorary members, Mrs. Stanford White and Mrs. Charles T. Barney. The late Stanford White designed the club house, and its interior decorations were provided by Miss Elsie De Wolfe.
The Advisory Committee is composed of J. Pierpont Morgan, Frank L. Polk, and Richard H. Williams, Thomas B. Clarke, Jr., is Assistant-Treasurer. The officers are: President-Mrs. J. Borden Harriman: First Vice President- Mrs. Richard Irvin: Second Vice President-Mrs. John Jacob Astor; Secretary-Mrs. Francis Higginson Cabot, and Treasurer-Miss Anne Morgan. The Board of Governors consists of Mrs. Heber Reginald Bishop, Mrs. Thomas Hastings, Miss Elizabeth Marbury, Miss Florence M. Rhett, and Miss Dorothy Whitney, (till 1909) Miss Kate Brice, Mrs. Walter Damrosch, Miss Anne Morgan, Mrs. H. Fairfield Osborn, and Mrs. Egerton L. Winthrop, Jr., (till 1910) Mrs. Archibald S. Alexander, Mrs. John Jacob Astor, Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, Mrs. Richard Irvin, and Miss Mary Parsons, (till 1911) Mrs. Francis Higginson Cabot, Mrs. John E. Cowdin, Miss Caroline De Forest, Mrs. Walter Maynard, and Mrs. Payne Whitney, (till 1912).

The committees are: House-Miss Elizabeth Marbury, (Chairman,) Miss Anne Morgan, Miss Mary Parsons, Mrs. Harry T. Peter, and Mrs. Lion Gardiner: Finance-Mrs. Heber Reginald Bishop, (Chairman) Mrs. Archibald S. Alexander, and Mrs. George Hope Mairs: Literature and Art-Mrs. Walter Maynard, (Chairman.) Miss Mary Harriman, Mrs. George C. Riggs, Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, and Mrs. Egerton L. Winthrop, Jr; Athletics-Miss Florence M. Rhett, (Chairman) Mrs. John E. Cowdin, and Mrs. Daniel W. Evans.

William Collins Whitney

William Collins Whitney (July 5, 1841 - February 2, 1904) was an American political leader and financier and founder of the prominent Whitney family. He served as Secretary of the Navy in the first Cleveland administration from 1885 through 1889. A conservative reformer, he was considered a Bourbon Democrat.

William Whitney was born at Conway, Massachusetts of Puritan stock. The family were descended from John Whitney of London, who settled at Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635. William Whitney's father was Brigadier General James Scollay Whitney; his mother, Laurinda Collins, was a descendant of Plymouth governor William Bradford. William Whitney had a well known older brother, industrialist Henry Melville Whitney (1839–1923), president of the Metropolitan Steamship Company, founder of the West End Street Railway Company of Boston, and later founder of the Dominion Coal Company and Dominion Iron and Steel Company in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island. His sister Lucy Collins "Lily" Whitney married Charles T. Barney, who became the president of the Knickerbocker Trust Company.[2] Another sister, Susan Collins Whitney, married Henry F. Dimock.

Educated at Williston Seminary, East Hampton, Massachusetts, Whitney was graduated from Yale University in 1863, where he was a member of Skull and Bones,[3]:1099 and then studied law at Harvard. He left in 1864 to study law with Abraham R. Lawrence in New York City, and in 1865 was admitted to the bar.[2][4]

On October 13, 1869, he married Flora Payne, daughter of Senator Henry B. Payne of Ohio and a sister of Whitney's Yale classmate, Colonel Oliver Hazard Payne, later treasurer of the Standard Oil Company. The Whitneys had five children:

Harry Payne Whitney (1872–1930)
Pauline Payne Whitney (1874–1916) - married Almeric Hugh Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough
(William) Payne Whitney (1876–1927)
Oliver Whitney (1878–1883)
Dorothy Payne Whitney (1887–1968) - married (1) Willard Dickerman Straight; (2) Leonard Knight Elmhirst
Flora Payne Whitney died in 1894 at age fifty-two. Two years later, William Whitney remarried to Edith Randolph. In 1898, she suffered a horse riding accident and died at age forty-one on May 6, 1899.[5]

Plainfield Library Archives

April 27, 1956

25TH ANNIVERSARY – A dogwood tree commerating the 25th anniversary of Cornus Arboretum was planted yesterday in Cedar Brook Park by the Plainfield Garden Club. Ralph H. Carver, chief forester of the Union County Park Commission, is turning a spade of earth. Left to right are: Mrs. W. K. Dunbar Jr., horticulture chairman; Mrs. Georges J. His, chairman of the Cornus Arboretum Committee; Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, chairman of the 25th anniversary project and past chairman of the Cornus Arboretum Committee; Mrs. Victor R. King, retiring president; Miss Harriette R. Halloway, founder of the Cornus Arboretum who served as its chairman for eight yeras, and Mrs. Frederick Lockwood, incoming president. Mrs. Thomas VanBoskerck, one of the original committee members, is not shown here.

Plainfield Library Archives

Residence of Robert T. Stevens, 1330 Highland 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

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

American Textile History Museum Hall of Fame.

Three Distinguished Individuals Inducted into American Textile Hall of Fame

(September 19, 2011) – Three individuals have been inducted into the American Textile Hall of Fame, recognizing their significant contributions to and support of the textile industry. Honorees in the Class of 2011 are Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist who invented DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber; Elliott White Springs, a distinguished aviator, author, textile executive, and advertising genius who led Springs Cotton Mills to become one of the textile industry's great success stories; and Robert Ten Broeck Stevens, who transformed J.P. Stevens & Co. from a regional textile organization to a leader in U.S. textiles.

The American Textile Hall of Fame was initiated in 2001 by the American Textile History Museum in Lowell to honor individuals, corporations and institutions that have made significant contributions to the textile industry in America, as well as those who have advanced the place, role, and appreciation of textiles in American life. This year's recipients were honored September 19 at a luncheon at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

"Each of these honorees has had a profound impact on the textile industry in unique ways," said ATHM President and CEO Jim Coleman. "They are worthy of great recognition for contributions they made to shape the history and future of textiles, and we are honored to pay tribute to their achievements."

The 2011 American Textile Hall of Fame was made possible through the generous sponsorship of B.J. Park. Additional funding was provided by Georgia Contos, Frederick B. Dent, Nancy L. Donahue, James M. Fitzgibbons Ruth B. Ward, and Katherine M. Wisser.

The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) in Lowell recently inducted three individuals – Stephanie Kwolek, Elliott White Springs, and Robert Ten Broeck Stevens – into the American Textile Hall of Fame, which honors individuals, corporations and institutions that have made significant contributions to the textile industry in America. From left are Derick Close, Elliott White Springs' grandson and CEO of Springs Creative Products Group, LLC.; Jim Coleman, ATHM President and CEO; Roger K. Siemionko, Vice President of Technology for DuPont Protection Technologies; George Shuster, Chairman of the American Textile Hall of Fame Committee; Karl Spilhaus, Chairman of the ATHM Board of Trustees; and Richard Parker, retired advertising executive with J.P. Stevens & Co.

Robert Ten Broeck Stevens

Robert Ten Broeck Stevens, born in 1899, was both an industrial leader and prominent public servant. He attended Andover and Yale and served in the Army during World War I. He joined J.P. Stevens & Co. in 1921, several generations after the original Stevens textile business was founded by Nathaniel Stevens in North Andover in 1813.

He became President of the Company at his father's death in 1929. Under his leadership, there followed a period of vigorous growth and national expansion. His wide outside activities included a term as Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. With World War II, he rejoined the Army as a Colonel in the Quartermaster Corps concentrating on military textile requirements. After the war he went back to the Company and in 1953 became Secretary of the Army in the Eisenhower administration. He was a principal in the Army-McCarthy hearings, acting always in support of military personnel.

He returned to the Company in 1955 as Chairman until his retirement in 1965. The Company had grown from a regional textile organization to a leader in U.S. textiles. Robert Stevens died in 1983 after living a life of service to his family, his company and his country.

Whitney Stevens, Robert Stevens' son and retired Chairman of J.P. Stevens & Co., was unable to attend to accept the award, but said in a statement, "Father would be deeply moved receiving this wonderful award and joining the list of very distinguished recipients, many of whom were close friends of his."

1988 New York Times

3-Month Battle for J.P. Stevens Ends
Published: April 26, 1988

The three-month takeover battle for J. P. Stevens & Company closed yesterday with an agreement that will end one of the nation's oldest corporate dynasties.

West Point-Pepperell Inc., the big Georgia-based textile producer, announced that it had signed an agreement to buy J. P. Stevens, one of its biggest competitors, for $1.2 billion in cash.

Stevens will be split up almost immediately, with substantial parts going to Pepperell's two associates in the deal - the Bibb Company of Macon, Ga., and Odyssey Partners, a Wall Street investment firm.

Though the Stevens name will survive for the present, Whitney Stevens, the 62-year-old head of the company, will not take part in the new venture. Mr. Stevens is the great-great-grandson of Nathaniel Stevens, who founded the company 175 years ago with one small wool flannel mill in North Andover, Mass. 'Nothing's Forever'

On a positive note, Joseph L. Lanier Jr., Pepperell's 56-year-old chairman, said in an interview that while ''nothing's forever,'' he had ''no immediate plans'' to eliminate the Stevens name and thought that forecasts by Stevens that more than 2,000 people might lose their jobs were ''grossly exaggerated.''

March 25, 2013 Martie Samek assist 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.

Mrs. Robert T. Stevens

New York Times February 1, 1983

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

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)

December 8, 1955

OUCH! Mrs. Homer Cochran (left), treasurer of the Plainfield Garden Club, yells "Ouch!" as she sticks her finger while making wreaths in the home of Mrs. Linden Stuart Jr., 980 Hillside Ave., for Lyons Hospital. Others (left to right) are Mrs. F. N. Lockwood, first vice president; Mrs. Webster Sandford, chairman; Mrs. Robert I. Stevens, wife of the former Army secretary; and Mrs. John S. Anderegg, co-chairman

December 8, 1955 Mr. Robert Stevens

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

1965 50th Anniversary Party

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck Stevens

1965 Dorothy Goodwin Whitney Stevens

1965 50th Anniversary Party

Mrs. Edward H. Ladd III, Mrs. Holman, unknown lady and Mrs. Robert T. Stevens

June 15, 1961

June 15, 1961

Taken Friday April 27, 1956

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Tea to Honor Pioneer in Planting of Dogwood

Almost as though it had the power of imagination, the dogwood in Cornus (Dogwood) Dr., Cedar Brook Park, is expected to reach its annual stage of flowering beauty this week.

For tomorrow, at 4 p.m., members of the Plainfield Garden Club and its Cornus Arboretum Committee will hold a tea and reception to honor two pioneers in the 25-year-ago development of what has become the most outstanding horticultural display in this section of the country.

They are Mrs. Thomas van Boskerck and Miss Harriette R. Halloway and the tribute will be paid to them in the Field House of Cedar Brook Park, with Mrs. Robert T. Stevens acting as chairman, assisted by Mrs. Georges J. His and Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr.

Commission Cooperated

Mrs. Van Boskerck suggested the planting of a vacant space in Cedar Brook park – then under development – with dogwood, in 1931, a suggestion which aroused immediately the interest of the Garden Club members. Support came from Miss Halloway and the then club president, Mrs. Henry Wells. Cooperation of the Union County Park Commission was obtained.

In 1940, plans were made for an extended planting, with Mrs. William A. Holliday and Mrs. William Tyler as co-chairmen. They approached the Park Commission and that body furnished a large boulder and suitable tablet for the drive entrance.

The 1931 planting had included 78 white and 17 pink dogwoods. In 1940, another 110 were added, on both sides of the drive. The Park Commission added a background of evergreens to make the setting even more attractive.

Plantings Expanded

The suggestion of W. R. Tracey of the commission led, in 1946, to further expansion of the plantings into a full arboretum. In its development, the advice and cooperation of Ralph H. Carver of the commission, was an important factor.

There are now 45 varieties of dogwood in the Arboretum, and some young trees are grown to add to the arboretum in the commission's nurseries. So extensive was the local display grown that it now is necessary to exchange with other arboretums in the nations, since the average nursery no longer has the capacity to supply rare and beautiful varieties.

By request, articles on the Cedar Brook Arboretum have been written for the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America and the Bulletin of the Arboretum organization in Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Donald Wyman, head of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., has listed the Cedar Brook plantings in his authoritative "Arboretums and Botanical Gardens of America," a unique distinction.

One rare species is the "Cornus Nuttalli," native of the West Coast from British Columbia to Seattle, Wash. Told that it had once held a single bloom here, Dr. Wyman was astounded.

This year, the rare tree, planted by Miss Halloway, has nine buds.

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

1974-1975 Directory

June 14, 1961 Meeting Minutes

The Plainfield Garden Club met today June 14th for a picnic at the home of Mrs. Robert T. Stevens on Woodland Avenue.

After the business meeting Mrs. Webster Sandford, pres. and Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood, program chairman, reported on the annual meeting of The Garden Club of America, which they attended recently in Honolulu, Hawaii.

They showed slides and movies of the Islands of Maui and Hawaii and then told the Club of their further visit to Japan where for two weeks with other members of the Garden Club of America, they were guests of the Japanese American Society.

Receptions for groups were given at, The Akasaka Detached Palace in Toyko where they were received by the Crown Prince and Princes; at the Prime Minister's Official Residence by Foreign Minister and Mrs. Zentaso Kosaka, and at the American Embassy by Ambassador and Mrs. Edwin O. Reischaur.

Formal dinners were given by the The American-Japan Society, Society for International Cultural Relations, and the Japan Tourist Association at the Imperial Hotel in Toyko and in Osaka by the Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Mayor of Osaka, President of Osaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the President of America-Japan Society.

Mrs. Sandford and Mrs. Lockwood showed pictures of the three garden parties they attended. Mr. and Mrs. Shojiro Ishibashi, President of Japan Landscape Architets, garden The Nomura Garden and at Oiso, former Prime Minister, Shirgeru Yoshida, now Chairman of the Welcome Committee of Japan, received them with this messafe of welcome. "The doors of our hearts and gardens are opened without reserve for your full enjoyment. It is our ernest hope that you will throughly enjoy the scenic beauties of our land and the spirit of fellowship and hospitality of our people."

Special performances in their honor were given at, The Imperial Palace Musci Hall to see the Geisha girls dance the famous Cherry Dance as guests of the Mayor of Keyto and at Senke Kaikan Hall, the traditional Tea Ceremony. Gifts from all these people and places were displayed on a bright red Japanese banner for the Club to help illustrate bring to life this most unusual trip.

1330 Highland Avenue

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1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Cornus Arboretum

From the 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Victoria Furman

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

October 2, 2015 Reader updates us on Mrs. Stevens

Regarding the page for Dorothy Goodwin Whitney Stevens. Her parents were:

Clarence Edgar Whitney (1869-1933) and Nellie M. Hurburt Whitney (1877-1968).

Dorothy was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

She was the granddaughter of Amos Whitney (1832-1920) and Laura Johnson Whitney (1837-1919). She was the great-granddaughter of Aaron Whitney (1801-1866).

The Washington Post has an article about her death published December 12, 1988


Dorothy Whitney Stevens, 87, the widow of Robert T. Stevens, who was President Eisenhower's secretary of the Army during the Army-McCarthy hearings, died of a heart ailment Dec. 4 at her home in Edison, N.J.

Mrs. Stevens was born in Hartford, Conn., and lived most of her life in Plainfield, N.J. She was a graduate of Bennett College and a member of the Garden Club of America. Her husband, a textile executive who was Army secretary from 1953 to 1955, died in 1983.

Dorothy Whitney Stevens


Birth: 1901
Death: 1988

Family links:
Robert Ten Broeck Stevens (1899 - 1983)

United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA

Created by: Kat
Record added: Jul 12, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 149113516

May 21, 2014 Obituary for Robert Stevens

Helena, Montana