Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Clendenin, Mrs. Edward Hume (Margaret Rowe Tyler) '44

1970 - 1978 Address: 633 Belvidere Avenue
In 1973, Mrs. Edward H. Clendenin is listed as a "Sustaining Member"

1984 - 1985: Sustaining

Mrs. Edward H. (Hugh) Clendenin '44

Mrs. Edward H. (Hugh) Clendenin '44

back of photo, circa 1950

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

page 18

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.

Email from Caroline Potter Norman April 26, 2012

OH, my, but have you opened a fun door to me!! There is so much information in those files, and i have only skimmed the one on the Tylers. Some of the info may confuse Susan and Ethel, who were sisters-in-law and lived in back-to-back properties, as noted in the materials. The azalea hedge was part of the William & Ethel property. In my quick read it seemed to say that Ethel planted it but that it boarded the property on W. 8th St, which was the Boardman Tyler (Susan) home. I do know that Miss Margaret Tyler was Ethel and William's younger daughter. (The older one, Edith was married to Henry Noss, a history professor at NYU (?). They moved back to Plainfield after Henry retired.) Margaret didn't marry until the late 1950s or very early 1960s. Her husband's name was Hume Clendenin.

Mom wrote extensive memoires containing much information about the family members. I know that her Van Boskereck aunts (Edith and Ethel) were very great influences in Mom's life, taking her in hand when Mom's sister, Ruth, died at age 10. My grandmother had some kind of break-down and Mom, then in her early teens, was without much attention. I will find some of what she wrote and send it on in the next day or two. I hope that is timely enough.

I am going out for dinner tonight and must get ready, but you will hear from me soon.

My quick trip through the Club membership was an experience of great familiarity with many, many names of people who were my grandmother's and mother's friends.

More soon!

Love, Caroline

Caroline Potter Normann, Susan Tyler's niece and the daughter of one of my mother's [Genung, Mrs. Alfred Gawthrop (Dorothy or "Dot" Madsen) '69] oldest and dearest friends (and mine too) [Sally Genung Booth '83]. Caroline grew up in Sesttle but spent most of her married life in Gainesville, Florida. She got divorced and finally moved back to Settle where she is having lots of fun. Her mother died last year at 98.

Tyler Genealogy

7723 WILLIAIM SEYMOURS TYLER (Mason Whit-
ing^), bom in Plainfield, N. J., October 18, 1873; married
there, November 2'3, 1899, Ethel Van Boskerck, bom February
5, 1879 ; daughter of George W. and Elizabeth (Rowe) Van
Boskerck. He prepared for college at Williston Seminary,
Easthampton, Mass. ; was graduated from Amherst A. B. 1895 ;
traveled in Europe in 1894; studied in Germany and traveled
in Egypt and Palestine 1895-1896; studied in Columbia Uni-
versity Law School, 1896-1899 ; was graduated LL. B. 1899.
He was admitted to the New York bar in 1898 ; practiced law
with Evarts, Choate & Beeman one year; in 1903 formed a
partnership with his father and brother under the firm name
of Tyler & Tyler, which has continued since his father's death
under the same name at 30 Church Street, New York City.
Mr, Tyler has been a member of the Common Council of the city
of Plainfield 1902-1908, and of the Board of Education since
1908, is Secretary of the Charity Organization Society of Plain-
field and North Plainfield, and a director of the Rossendale
Reddaway Belting and Hose Company of Newark. In New
Jersey he is a member of the Mayflower Society. In New York
City he is a member of the Bar Association, Military Order of
the Loyal Legion, University Club, Phi Delta Phi Club, Psi
Upsilon Club, New England Society and Railroad Club. The
children were born in Plainfield.

Children :

7922 Margaret Rowe Tyler, bora April 8, 1901.

7923 Wilham Seymour Tyler, bom May 16, 1904.

7924 Edith Edwards Tyler, bom July 31, 1905.

7724 CORNELIUS BOARDMAN^ TYLER (Mason
Whiting^), bom in Plainfield, N. J., November 15, 1875; mar-
ried, December 29, 1908, at Pittsfield, Mass., Susan Tilden



784 The Descendants of Job Tyler

Whittlesey, bom November 21, 1883, at Florence, Wis. ; daugh-
ter of WiUiam Augustus and Caroline Benton (Tilden) Whit-
tlesey, of Pittsfield. He prepared for college at Williston
Seminary, Easthampton, Mass. ; was graduated from Amherst
College A. B. 1898 ; studied at Columbia University Law School
1898-1901, and was graduated LL. B. and admitted to the
New York bar in 1901. He was one of the founders of the
Columbia Law Review in 1901, and treasurer of the first board
of editors. He practiced one year with the firm of James
Schell and Elkus. In 1903 he formed a partnership with his
father and brother under the firm name of Tyler & Tyler, which
has continued since his father's death under the same name at
30 Church Street, New York City. He traveled in Europe in
1894, in Japan in 1900, in Alaska in 1901, and in Central
America and the West Indies in 1909. He is president and
director of the Liberty Realty Company of Seattle, Wash. ;
secretary and director of the West Canada Land and Develop-
ment Company ; secretary, treasurer and director of the JaiFray
Realty Company. He is one of the trustees of the Plainfield
Public Library and Reading room, and director of the Plain-
field Trust Company ; a member of the Commandery of the
District of Columbia, of the Military Order of the Loyal
Legion, and in New York City he is a member of the Bar Asso-
ciation, Psi Upsilon Club, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni, Phi Delta
Phi Club, Mayflower Society, New England Society, and Rail-
road Club.

Margaret Rowe Tyler Clendenin

•ID: I12936
•Name: Margaret Rowe TYLER
•Given Name: Margaret Rowe
•Surname: Tyler
•Sex: F
•Birth: 8 Apr 1901 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey 1 2
•Death: Dec 1984 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey 3
•_UID: F23EFD626FA046C0B1ED1BFCB50EFC425AEB
•Change Date: 24 May 2009 at 16:20

Father: William Seymour TYLER b: 18 Oct 1873 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey
Mother: Ethel VAN BOSKERCK b: 5 Feb 1879 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey

Marriage 1 Edward Hume CLENDENIN b: 8 Mar 1900 in Washington, DC
•Married: 2 Jan 1960 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey 4
•Change Date: 24 May 2009

Sources:
1.Abbrev: Amherst College Alumni
Title: " Amherst College Biographical Record, Centennial Edition (1821-1921," database
Publication: (http://www3.amherst.edu/~rjyanco94/genealogy/acbiorecord/menu.html)
Page: ).
Quality: 3
Date: 3 Apr 2009 2.Abbrev: The Tyler Genealogy
Title: The Tyler genealogy : the descendants of Job Tyler of Andover, Massachusetts, 1619-1700. , 2 volumes
Author: Willard I Tyler Brigham
Publication: N.p.: Cornelius B Tyler and Rollin U Tyler, 1922.
Page: vol 2.
Quality: 3
Date: 3 Apr 2009 3.Abbrev: SSDI
Title: "Social Security Death Index," database
Author: Social Security Administration
Publication: (www.familysearch.org) 4.Abbrev: New York Times
Title: New York Times
Page: 3 Jan 1960, online archives.
Date: 23 May 2009

Edward Hume Clendenin

•ID: I12915
•Name: Edward Hume CLENDENIN
•Given Name: Edward Hume
•Surname: Clendenin
•Sex: M
•Birth: 8 Mar 1900 in Washington, DC 1
•Death: 7 Oct 1993 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey 1
•_UID: A66ED07DB1C94C6DA86DE45446D28F129A3C
•Change Date: 14 Feb 2010 at 20:12

Father: William H CLENDENIN b: 25 Sep 1872 in New Jersey
Mother: Mary CHAMBERLAIN b: Abt 1871 in Virginia

Marriage 1 Janet Rankin FAUNTLEROY b: Abt 1899 in Minnesota
•Married: Abt 1926
•Change Date: 24 May 2009
Children
1. Living
2. Living

Marriage 2 Margaret Rowe TYLER b: 8 Apr 1901 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey
•Married: 2 Jan 1960 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey 2
•Change Date: 24 May 2009

Sources:
1.Abbrev: SSDI
Title: "Social Security Death Index," database
Author: Social Security Administration
Publication: (www.familysearch.org) 2.Abbrev: New York Times
Title: New York Times
Page: 3 Jan 1960, online archives.
Date: 23 May 2009

Residence of James F. Johnston, 633 Belvidere 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

Mrs. Clendenin

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

1332 Prospect Avenue, Plainfield NJ 07060

1332 Prospect Avenue, Plainfield NJ 07060

Three photos of the home & garden of Plainfield Garden Club founding member Mrs. Thomas Rowe (Lucy Otterson) Van Boskerck '15 located at 1332 Prospect Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey 07060

Home of Mrs. Clendenin's aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rowe (Lucy Otterson) Van Boskerck '15

Edith Noss 1978

Sister to Mrs. Clendenin

1961

Mrs. Clendenin, her husband "Hume" and her mother, Mrs. William Seymour (Ethel Van Boskerck) '15 in front of Mrs. Van Boskerck's home (and Mrs. Clendenin's childhood home) 520 West 8th Street, Plainfield, NJ 07090

1961

Lucy Winslow Van Boskerck (Potter) Mitchell (daughter of founding PGC member Mrs. Thomas Rowe (Lucy Otterson) Van Boskerck, with her Aunt, Mrs. William Seymour (Ethel Van Boskerck) Tyler '15 and her cousin, Mrs. Edward Hume (Margaret Rowe Tyler) Clendenin '44 and her husband Edward Hume Clendenin in front of Mrs. William S. Tyler's home at 520 West 8th Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

Sally does it again!

Over our 100 year history, the PGC has submitted TEN local gardens for inclusion in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens. As you know, it has been the Garden Club of America's great initiative to document gardens across the nation and have their photos and plans preserved there. Our own Mary Kent just concluded her two-year term as the National Chairman of that GCA committee titled "Garden History & Design." GCA clubs from across the US have painstakingly documented gardens for the Smithsonian. But as most of us can recall, technology wasn't what it is today so some things became "lost" in the great vaults of the Smithsonian. One of these things were the submitted photographs of 1332 Prospect Avenue in Plainfield.

1332 Prospect Avenue was home to Plainfield Garden Club Founding Member Mrs. Thomas Rowe (Lucy Otterson) Van Boskerck '15. Later, it was home to Honorary Member Bernice Swain. Before it became the current home of Jim McGreevey, it belonged to Chris and Kathleen Onieal. Your Editor was once showed these photographs as they were told "they stay with the house" but again, they had been misplaced.

In comes Sally. Sally is friends with Mrs. Van Boskerck's granddaughter, Caroline Norman, who resides in Seattle. Sally remembers visiting 1332 Prospect Avenue often as a child and tells great stories of playing in the attics. Sally, who is a third generation member of the PGC, inquired once more of her friend Caroline if she could locate these mythical photographs. And today they were found and returned to us – and the six sepia photographs are every bit as beautiful as Your Editor remembered.

In addition, Caroline sent along never-before-seen photographs of her Aunt Ethel Tyler and her house at 520 8th Street. We also received our first photo of Mrs. Noss. And perhaps best of all, we are the recipients of some beautiful photographs of 17 year-old Sally, a dashing young Carter and Sally's beautiful children. ENJOY!!

1332 Prospect Avenue and other photos for the Van Boskerck, Tyler, Clendenin, Noss, Genung, Madsen & Booth Families