Plainfield Garden Club








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

1937 Treasurer Book, under "Associate": Mrs. John P. Stevens 1/8/37 Pd.

[Listed under her name in a different ink is "Mrs. Horace N. Stevens"]

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. J.P. Stevens Jr. 1/13/38 Pd 1/9/39 Pd. 1/11/40 Pd 1/9/41 Pd. 12/5/41 Pd. 11/24/42 Pd.

1942 Address: R. F. D. # 1 Woodland Avenue

1943 - 1945 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. John P. Stevens Jr. 1/14/44 Pd and no notation for 1945 and her name is crossed out.

1943 - 1945 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. John P. Stevens Jr. 1/21/43 (crossed out) 1/2/45 Pd.

1945 - 1946 Treasurer Book, Associate: Stevens, Mrs. J. P. Jr. 12/11/45 May 15, 1946 May 10, 1947 May 26, 1948 June 8, 1949 May 29, 1950 May 1951 June 1952

1958 Address: R. F. D. #1 Woodland Avenue, South Plainfield

Estate listed as "Broeckton"

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

1973 - 1978 Address: 1681 Woodland Avenue, Edison
Listed as a Sustaining Member

1984 - 1988: Sustaining
1989 - 1990: Deceased

1989 Corresponding Secretary file lists Mrs. J.P. Stevens as having passed away.

Mrs. John P. Stevens, Jr. is related to the following Plainfield Garden Club Members:

Stevens Helen Coburn Mrs. Horace Nathaniel 1915
Stevens Mrs. John P. 1915

This may be all the same member:
Stevens Mrs. Robert 1940
Stevens Mrs. Robert T. 1937
Stevens Mrs. Robert T. 1947

New York Times Obituary November 29, 1989 Edith S. Stevens

Edith S. Stevens, a volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Union County, N.J., died of a stroke on Nov. 22 at her home in Plainfield, N.J. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Stevens was also active in the Nature Conservancy, the Catherine Webster Home and the American Red Cross.

She was born in Lowell, Mass. She was the widow of John P. Stevens, a former chairman and president of J. P. Stevens & Company, the textile manufacturer.

Surviving are two daughters, Edith S. Sheldon of Wayzata, Minn., and Phebe S. Miner of Andover, Mass.; two sons, John 3d, of Newtown, Pa., and Benjamin, of Narragansett, R.I.; 22 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

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

Daughter-in-law to founding member Mrs. John P. Stevens

Sister-in-law to Mrs. Robert T. Stevens

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

page 24

John Peters Stevens

September 14, 2011
Hillside Cemetery

The General Manager of Hillside Cemetery reports this is the mausoleum belonging to J. P. Stevens, Jr.

John Peters Stevens

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

Hillside Cemetery

Back of the Stevens mausoleum
October 20, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

'Giggleswick' by Marjorie Blackwell Elliott 1989

Mrs. George Phelps (Ella Hartley) Mellick '15

Mrs. Elliott writes of the Mellicks persuading their friends, Edith and Jack Stevens, to build a home on their Giggleswick estate.

Edith and Jack are the "junior" Stevens and it had been assumed that J. P. Stevens "senior" was the first to settle on this property. Perhaps father and mother moved after Jack and Edith moved in.

Work by Emery Roth, architect

J.P. Stevens Company Tower (1971)

Emery Roth (born Rth Imre, 1871 August 20, 1948) was an American architect who designed many of the definitive New York City hotels and apartment buildings of the 1920s and 30s, incorporating Beaux-Arts and Art Deco details. His sons continued in the family enterprise, largely expanding the firm under the name Emery Roth & Sons

1984 Questover Designers Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

April 24 - May 30, 1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showhouse

Many PGC members were also members of the Muhlenberg Auxiliary that staged amazing designer homes in Plainfield in an effort to raise money for the hospital.

In 1988, the designer showcased home was Cedar Brook Farm which had also been the home of a PGC member, Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, PGC President 1958 - 1960

To see the progam and learn the history of the house, click these links:

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Cover to Page 25

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 26 to 50

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 51 to 75

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 76 to End

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

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

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

1982 May Designer Showhouse: 1127 Watchung Avenue

Cover to Page 25

Page 26 to Page 51

Page 52 to Page 75

Page 76 to Back Cover

March 30, 2012 email from Martie Samek

Hi Susan,

I gave you my cell phone number as I/we move around a lot.

Anne Marie Seybold was my neighbor and friend. She was one of the several wonderful old ladies (Edith Stevens and Helen Nash aso) who took this fledgling under their wings! I loved them. One of my roles with these women was to drive them to meetings. Because we still have our house in NJ and in their neighborhood, I often think of them.

Exciting days ahead with the Zone Meeting. Several of my good friends...Darby Scott, Pam Hirsch among them will be attending, I think. They are from the Morristown Club.

Best,

Martie

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

Christmas 1971

6 slides in the archives at Plainfield Library were labeled "Christmas 1971 at JP Stevens Jr." These slides were converted to digital images on March 22, 2013.

Christmas 1971 at JP Stevens Jr.

Christmas 1971 at JP Stevens Jr.

Christmas 1971 at JP Stevens Jr.

Christmas 1971 at JP Stevens Jr.

This portrait is believed to be of Mrs. JP Stevens, Jr.'s mother-in-law, founding member Mrs. J. P. Stevens '15

Christmas 1971 at JP Stevens Jr.

Email from Martie Samek regarding the portrait of Mrs. Stevens.

This is not Edith Stevens. I think I recall seeing this portrait hanging in the JP Stevens house on Woodland Avenue. I think it may be Jack Stevens mother.
Edith Stevens was a distant cousin of her husband and a member if the "New England Stevens family."

Is this photo from our files?
More later.
Martie

Who Was John P. Stevens, Jr.

Who Was John P. Stevens Jr,
& Why is The High School Named For Him?
By Walter Stochel Jr. Secretary Metuchen-Edison Historical Society, John P. Stevens High School Class of 1977, and John P. Stevens High School Hall of Honor 2006.

John P. Stevens High School on Grove Ave. in Edison was opened in September 1964, and since then, if you asked a teenager in a John P. Stevens High School jacket, "who was J.P. Stevens, they most likely will shrug their shoulders and say, "I don't know". Or they will repeat the legend that, " he donated the land for the school."

I have heard this story/legend from parents, students, and teachers when I attended the school in the 1970's, and more recently when I visited the school in 2006 as part of the Hall of Honor ceremonies. So I decided to do some historical research and have come to the conclusion, that this story/legend is not true.

Finding out whether John P. Stevens Jr. "donated the land for the school" or not, should be an easy task, since there would be a deed on file with the Middlesex County Clerk. However a review of the Middlesex County land records from the 1940's to 1965 shows that there are no deeds that record John P. Stevens Jr. transferring any properties to the Edison Board of Education, or Edison Township. There are many deeds on file with his name on them, but none of them are for the property where the school was built.

Research of old Board of Education records comes up with a resolution from October 9, 1961, authorizing the construction of a new Senior High School on Grove Ave. This required the acquisition of 80 parcels of privately owned land, at an estimated cost of $40,000. Later the rear portion of the high school property behind the football field was purchased by the Board of Education from the Metuchen Rod & Gun Club in the 1960's. So, the Board of Education did acquire land for the school, but not from John P. Stevens Jr.

At the Board of Education meeting on January 14, 1964, the Board received a letter from the contractor building the new high school on Grove Ave. asking what the name of the school will be, so a sign could be made for the building. Board member, Mr. Schoder, made a motion to name the high school, "John P. Stevens High School". The motion was seconded by Mr. Anderson. A member of the public said that the Board was deviating from naming schools after U.S. Presidents, and that the school should be named for the recently assassinated President Kennedy. The Board responded that the new Iselin High
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School would be named for Kennedy and having 2 high schools with the same name so close would be confusing. The Board then passed the resolution unanimously.

A newspaper article in the MEHS Frankel Collection from the January 25, 1964, Perth Amboy Evening News, announces that the Board of Education will name the new high school after John P. Stevens. An article in the 1964 John P. Stevens High School newspaper Hawkeye, tells of John P. Stevens being at the dedication of the school.

The Metuchen Recorder of February 13, 1964, has an article that quotes John P. Stevens III, son of John P. Stevens Jr. and a Metuchen resident as saying, "We all feel that naming a school for my father is a great honor."

When he died in 1977, none of the obituaries for John P. Stevens Jr. stated that he donated the land for the school.

If the story/ legend that John P. Stevens Jr. "donated the land for the school" were true, then there would be a deed on file, the family would have mentioned it, the Board of Education would have memorialize it, and the newspapers would have reported it when the school named, dedicated, and when he died. But there is nothing.

So, if he did not "donate the land for the school", why did the Edison Board of Education name the new high school after him, when previous schools were named after their respective neighborhoods such as Piscatawaytown, or American Presidents such as Lincoln? Because John P. Stevens Jr. unique individual who gave of his time to the community in which he lived, and to various businesses and charities.

John P. Stevens Jr. was a member of the Raritan Township/Edison Township Board of Education from 1940 to 1959, and was President of the Board from 1943 to 1958. Under his leadership, the Board responded to the challenges of a rapidly expanding student population by adding onto existing schools and building Washington, Lincoln, and Madison elementary schools, Jefferson, and Adams Junior High Schools and Edison High School. His son, John P. Stevens III, was quoted as saying: "My father spent many a long night at school board meetings, especially during the postwar housing boom, trying to find money for new schools. He was completely devoted to his work."

When he retired from the Board of Education in January 1959, the Board passed a Resolution of Appreciation, which among other things said:
Whereas: John P. Stevens Jr. was completely willing to serve his community as a member of the Board of Education because of his earnest conviction that every citizen must contribute to the progress and improvement of the community."

It was also during this time period that John P. Stevens Jr. was President of John P. Stevens & Co. the largest textile manufacturer in the US, and one of the oldest companies in America. (Today in 2010 you would say he was head of a "Fortune 500" company.) He was also on the board of major corporations, and large charities.
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Who Was John P. Stevens Jr?
Born in Fanwood, John P. Stevens Jr. lived in Plainfield, and went to school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1915. He then went to college at Yale, but World War I interrupted his college years. John P. Stevens joined the Army, and became a second Lieutenant in the field artillery. After the war he received a law degree from Harvard and then joined the board of the John P. Stevens & Co. In 1942 he became President of the company. He was also on the Boards of Directors of the New York Life Insurance Company, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., Associated Dry Goods Corp., and Lord & Taylor.

During World War II he was the general chairman of the 1944 Greater New York appeal of the Red Cross, which raised millions of dollars for that organization.

He was a member of the Raritan Township/Edison Township Board of Education from 1940 to 1959, and was President of the Board from 1943 to 1958.

During his lifetime he served as a trustee to many organizations including, Muhlenberg Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, American Museum of Natural History, New York Public Library, National Audubon Society, Merrimack Valley Textile Museum, Phillips Academy, Wardlaw-Hartridge School, and he was a founding trustee of Outward Bound.

Where did he live in Edison?
John P. Stevens Jr. lived on a large estate 1681 Woodland Ave., Edison, with his wife Edith, two daughters, Edith and Phoebe, and two sons John III, and Benjamin. Just down the hill on Woodland Ave. lived his brother, Robert T. Stevens, and to the north in Plainfield, lived his father, John P. Stevens Sr. At one point, John P. Stevens and his wife Edith bought and restored the Laing House otherwise known as the Quaker Hill farm on Woodland Ave. Later owners of the house and barn had it placed on the National Register of historic places.

John P. Stevens Jr. died on November 14, 1977, thirteen years after the Edison Board of Education decided to honor him by naming the high school after him. Recognizing the fact that he was a civic leader not only in Edison, but also in the United States.

In closing, it is interesting to note, that all his life he was known as John P. Stevens Jr., but the School is named John P. Stevens High School. The Jr. was dropped the so people would not think it was a Junior High School.

Walter R. Stochel Jr. is Secretary and former President of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society, is a 1977 graduate of John P. Stevens High School, and was inducted into the school's Hall of Honor in 2006. (2-2010)

The Laing House

The Laing House, located at 1707 Woodland Avenue, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is significant because it represents the early settlement of the area by Scottish Quakers. It was part of the Plainfield Plantation, which the Laing family acquired in 1689. The house is thought to have been constructed during the first quarter of the 18th century and was renovated in 1946 It is shown here in April 1933.

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!

Martie


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.

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)

August 25, 2013

We received a very interesting email from a gentleman who grew up in South Plainfield and has vivid memories of Mrs. Mellick's estate, Giggleswick. As we all know, the "personal" memories of these homes & gardens, (and club members), make the most fascinating stories. And this one is no exception.

For those not familiar, Giggleswick was the large estate adjacent to Plainfield CC. To this day, if you peer over the parking lot fence, you can still see the allee of Oaks and an old gazebo – we really must go there and photograph it!

As the gentleman who wrote in can attest, the house sadly burned and then Mr. Detwiller and other PGC husbands, developed the land into the current condo complex. We can thank PGC member Marge Elliott for writing down the history and Phyllis, for finding it last winter and uploading it on the website.

In 1918, the garden was photographed for Home and Garden magazine (along with founding member Mrs. Dumont's estate) In the sole photograph from the magazine, you can see the incredible cascading pools and rock formations. The magazine enlightens us to the use of these boulders as it states the property is part of the large glacial moraine of the area (basically, when the ice receded it left large boulders behind.) Who knew we have been traipsing all over a glacial moraine?!

This past winter, we converted some old film and discovered a brief snippit of Mrs. Mellick and her Giggleswick. To learn more about Giggleswick and Mrs. Mellick (a transplanted Brit), click her link:

Founding Member: Ella Hartley Mellick (Mrs. George P.) '15

And check out this personal memory and get a glimpse into Plainfield circa 1970's: Email Exchange Regarding Giggleswick

If anyone has memories of Giggleswick, please write in!

RESPONSE from Martie:

I believe the Kroll family lived at Giggleswick before it burned. That would be our (deceased) member Nancy Kroll who was the mother of former member Priscilla Kroll Farnum and the mother-in-law of Sally Kroll, our former member and PGC president. You may want to check this out to be certain.

Woman "Mrs. Francis P." listed with Mrs. John P. Stevens refers to Fanny Day. She lived in an apartment in the Stevens house after the death of Mr. John P. Stevens (Jack).

PGC member Helen Babcock Nash and her husband Phillip rented 1707 Woodland Avenue from the Stevens for over 40 years.

As you know, I live at 1717 Woodland Avenue (actually a private lane off Woodland although the house has a Woodland Avenue address) on land purchased from Jack and Edith Stevens.

Penny (Kroll) and Bill Barrett lived next door on the lane to us for many years. Penny is the sister of Priscilla and daughter of Nancy.

Best,

Martie

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

City garden club to host zone meeting

PLAINFIELD – Four national officers of the Garden Club of America, several national committee chairmen and a number of zone chairmen from all over the United States will be guests of the Plainfield Garden Club Wednesday and Thursday at a New Jersey Zone meeting here. They will join some 45 delegates from the 11 garden clubs in the New Jersey area affiliated with the Garden Club of America.

This marks the first time the 55 year-old Plainfield Garden Club, which has been a member of the national organization since 1944, has hosted a zone meeting. An extensive tour of the Garden Club's many beautification and conservation projects in Plainfield will be a major activity on the Wednesday schedule.

There also will be business, horticultural and conservation meetings and special guests speakers, tours of private gardens of two members, a garden walk along Rahway Road, a dinner at the Plainfield Country Club Wednesday evening and a cookout luncheon at the F. Willoughby Frost barn on Rahway Road Thursday.

The emphasis on the two day meetings will be conservation. Dr. E. Alan Bromely, professor of nuclear physics at Yale University, will discuss clean power and its relation to conservation efforts at the dinner Wednesday.

Other speakers will be Dr. Robert E. Loveland, associate professor of Zoology at Rutgers University, who will discuss ecology at a conservation meeting Thursday morning at a 9:30 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Alden R. Loosli, 927 Rahway Road.

Herb horticulture will be the topic Wednesday at a meeting in the Monday Afternoon Club, by Mrs. William Y. Dear Jr., a life member of the Herb Society of America.

The bus tour of Plainfield on Wednesday afternoon will include visits to the Vest Pocket garden in Park Avenue near Depot Place, which the Plainfield Garden Club planned and planted last year and cares for on a continuing basis; the Shakespeare Garden in Cedarbrook Park which was first conceived in 1927; the Iris Garden and the dogwood collection there; a number of plantings of shade trees in the downtown area and other beautification projects the club has undertaken or supported.

The garden walk, planned through gardens on Rahway Road, will take place Thursday morning from Mrs. Loosli's home at 11:30 a.m. following the conservation meeting.

The tour will include the grounds, home and gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch, Mr and Mrs. DeWitt D. Barlow Jr., Mr. and Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost, Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. David S. Foster and will conclude at the 200-year-old home of Mrs. Laurence S. Heely.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stevens will be hosts of a cocktail part for the delegates Wednesday evening, prior to the dinner at the country club at which Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood will be hosts.

Mr. and Mrs. Rausch have planned a cocktail party prior to Thursday's cookout at the Frost barn and hosts at this luncheon will be Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Holman Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders. Mrs. Holman is chairman of arrangements for the two-day meetings and Mrs. Sanders is co-chairman. Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold is president of the Plainfield Garden Club.

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

1330 Highland Avenue April 2008 Greg Palermo's Tree Blog

SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008 Greg Palermo's Tree Blog

Street cherries
One thinks of Japanese cherries as delicate beings whose ethereal beauty is to be contemplated in the setting of a quiet garden. But at least one species of Japanese cherry can be used on the streets. Prunus serrulata, most commonly known in its variety 'Kwanzan', has a vase-like shape that permits it to fit nicely between street and sidewalk. A group of Kwanzan cherries was planted just last week on West Third Street at Muhlenberg Place as part of Plainfield's Arbor Day observance.(1) Kwanzan cherries also line both sides of Randolph Road near Muhlenberg Hospital. A young Kwanzan cherry in front of the early 18th Century FitzRandolph farmhouse at 1366 Randolph Road is pictured below.

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

Giggleswick by Marjorie Blackman Elliott, 1989

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Hillside Historic District

August 29, 2015

Hillside Historic District has announced a new website: http://hillsideavenuedistrict.com

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 3, 2015 Update from a reader of www.plainfieldgardenclub.org

Regarding John Peters Stevens Jr and his wife Edith. Your website for Edith stated that is it not certain where she is buried. They are both buried in the cemetery at Phillips. See the following links that have photos of their stones:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53121884

and

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53121707

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Birth: Jan. 23, 1899
Death: Nov. 22, 1989


Burial:
Phillips Academy Cemetery
Andover
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Created by: John Glassford
Record added: Jun 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53121884

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 plainfieldgc@gmail.com

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 (ne 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!

Sincerely,
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.

Regards,

Rick D.

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