Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Brown, Mrs. Harold Seymour (Katharine E. Crane) '34

1935 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Harold S. Brown 3/13/35 PAID
Treasurer Book Active: 1936, 1937

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Harold S. Brown 4/9/38 Pd. 2/25/39 Pd.

967 Madison Avenue, Plainfield (1920)

1940 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Harold S. Brown 2/10/40 Pd 2/17/41 Pd. 12/15/41 Pd. 12/1/42 Pd. 12/10/43 Pd. 11/27/44 Pd. 12/12/45 7/46 June 3, 1947 June 22, 1948 June 29, 1949 June 30, 1950 May 1951 August 1952

1942 Directory Address: 987 Central Avenue

946 Central Avenue, Plainfield (1956)

June 2011: Delivered an invitation to Shakespeare-in-Bloom to 967 Madison Avenue.

Brown, Mrs. Harold S. '34

Brown, Mrs. Harold S. '34

back of photo, circa 1950

June 28, 1903 New York Times society article

Mrs. Harold Brown was booked to sail yesterday on the Lahn. On the Campania were booked Charles R. Auchincloss, Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Clack, Mrs. Thompas Blagden, Mrs. E. H. Carstairs and family, Henry Cornell, Richard Derby, Mr. and Mrs. E. Frances Hyde . . .

Clara Louise Tea Room

*Not certain if Clara Louise Brown was related to the three "Browns" listed in the Plainfield Garden Club membership rolls:

Mrs. Harold S. Brown '34
Miss Edna Brown '34
Miss Elizabeth B. Browne '37

from Plainfield, New Jersey's History & Architectureby John Grady and Dorothe Pollard

987 Central Avenue

Plainfield Library Photo File

G-421 1934 Grimstead House at 987 Central Avenue 987 Central Avenue House at 987 Central Avenue, image is not available. Van Wyck Brooks

Mrs. Brown

Plainfield Library File

C-21647 1946 Collier Mrs. Brown's Party, Plainfield Avenue Group portrait of sixteen young women and Mrs. Brown in evening dresses, March 15, 1946.

967 Madison Avenue

Plainfield Library Photo File

G-393 1934 Y Grimstead House at 967 Madison Avenue 967 Madison Avenue Shingle-style house with bays on each side of off-center front entrance, upper portion partially obscured by trees, Edwin M. Daniel. Van Wyck Brooks

New York Times November 14, 1895

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PLAINFIELD KIRMESS OPENED

In Aid of Muhlenberg Hospital – Good Attendance and Reason for Expecting Financial Success – The Booths.

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Nov. 13 – There was a grand opening of the kirmess at the Columbia Cycle Academy Monday night, and the building was decorated very elaborately.

Not since the charity ball have the society fold here been interested in a like event for such a worthy cause. The kirmess is given for the benefit of Muhlenberg Hospital, and, judging from the attendance at the opening night, the hospital will be greatly bettered financially.

Booths have been very prettily arranged about the academy, making an exceedingly tasty show. The equipment of the booths is as follows:

French Booth – Mrs. Albert Hoffman Atterbury, Mrs. Irving H. Brown, Mrs. Charles B. Corwin, Miss Bessie Ginna, Mrs. George C. Evans, Mrs. Charles J. Fisk, Mrs. Ellis W. Hedges, Miss E. E. Kenyon and Miss Whiton.

Florentine Booth – Mrs. I. N. Van Sickle, Mrs. David E. Titsworth, Mrs. W. M. Stillman, Mrs. John D. Titsworth, Mrs. F. A. Dunham, Miss Louise Clawson, Miss Bessie TItsworth, and Mrs. Lulu Lewis.

Gypsy Booth – Mrs. Joseph W. Reinhart, and Mrs. Howard Fleming.

Venetian Booth – Mrs. Hugh Hastings, Miss Emelie Schipper, Mrs. George A. Chapman, Miss Havbiland, Mrs. Samuel Huntingont, Mrs. Emil Woltman, Mrs. Samuel St. J. McCutchen, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. C. S. West, Mrs. W. E. Lower, Miss E. R. Cock, Mrs. Frank O. Herring, Miss Huntington, Miss Maud Van Bosckerck, Miss MacCready, Miss Clara D. Finley, Miss Ahrens, Miss Aynne MacCready, Miss Mondanari, Miss Graff, Miss Yerkes, Miss Gertrude Walz, and Miss Pierson.

Japanese Booth – Mrs. Charles Seward Foote, Mrs. George Clay, Mrs. S.P. Simpson, Mrs. L. Finch, Mrs. Constantine P. Ralli, Mrs. William Lewis Brown, Mrs. L. Dennis, Mrs. WIlliam Pelletier, Miss Ellis, Miss Anthony, Miss Dryden, Miss Morgan, Miss Bowen, Miss Lawrence, and Miss Rodman.

Spanish Booth – Mrs. S. A. Cruikshank, Mrs. A. T. Slauson, Mrs. J. F. Wichers, Mrs. T. H. Curtis, Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman, Mrs. T. A. Hazell, Mrs. H. L. Moore, Mrs. D. T. Van Buren, Mrs. E. H. Mosher, Miss Harriott, Miss Louise Patton, Miss Maud Lord, Miss May Kirkner, Miss Louise Van Zandt, Miss Annie Horton, Miss Titsworth, and Miss Meredith.

German Booth – Mrs. Mason W. Tyler, Mrs. Logan Murphy, Mrs. John H. Oarman, Mrs. Charles J. Taggart, Mrs. Benjamin R. Western, Mrs. J. E. Turill, Mrs. Arthur T. Gallup, Mrs. Horsley Barker, Mrs. John Haviland, Mrs. George Wright, Mrs. Amra Hamragan, Mrs. William L. Saunders, Mrs. William Wright, Miss Annie Murphy, Miss Wright, Miss Western, Miss Bartling, Miss Helen Warman, Miss Emma Adams and Miss Ann Thorne.

Stationery Booth – Mrs. John Gray Foster, Mrs. Elliott Barrows, Mrs. A. W. Haviland, Mrs. John D. Miller, Mrs. James R. Joy, and Miss Emily R. Tracy.

Parisian Flower Stall – Mrs. Harry M. Stockton, Mrs. Evarts Tracy, Mrs. Daniel F. Ginna, Mrs. W. H. Ladd, Mrs. Frederick Yates, Miss Marlon Dumont, Miss Ginna, Miss Baker, Miss Huntington, and Miss Van Bosckerck.

Refreshments were dispensed by Mrs. Orville T. Waring, Mrs. George W. Van Bosckerck, Mrs. John Bushnell, Mrs. Gifford Mayer, Mrs. George H. Goddard, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. H. P. Reynolds, Mrs. C. C. Guion, Mrs. N. P. T. Finch, Mrs. Henry McGee, Mrs. De Revere, Mrs. Ruth C. Leonard, Mrs. George W. Rockfellow, Miss Annie Opdyke, Mrs. Van Alstyne, Mrs. Utzinger, Mrs. Nelson Runyon, Mrs. Henry Tapsley, Miss Martine, Miss Edith Allen, Mrs. J. Parker Mason, Mrs. J. K. Myers, Mrs. Walton, and Mrs. H. C. Adams

1949 Check Book

No. 775
May 10, 1949
The Union County Park Commission
Dogwood
$8.30

No. 776
June 10, 1949
Mr. Kroll
State Teachers College
for Conservation Workshop
for Mrs. Helen Brown &
Miss Miriam Doyle
$50.00

No. 777
June 10, 1949
Margaret Ladd
$7 compost pile pamphlets
5.48 express on Conserv. Devon ? station boxes
$12.48

Residence of Robert C. Brown, 1080 Hillside Avenue

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.


publication circa 1917

967 Madison Avenue

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Size: 2,093 sqft
Lot: 8,764 sqft
Year built: 1911
Zip: 07060
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Public Records for 967 Madison Ave #69Official property, sales, and tax information from county (public) records as of 05/2012:
•Single Family Residential•2,093 sqft•Lot Size: 8,764 sqft•Built In 1911•Stories: 2 story•Parking: Garage•Parking Spaces: 2•Construction: Frame•County: Union.Property Taxes for 967 Madison Ave #69Year Value Land Improvements Total Tax
2012 Assessed $47,500 + $73,200 = $120,700 $8,442 (2011)

November 11, 2012

Robert Calvin Brown

NOTE: Undetermined if Robert C. Brown was related to Mrs. Harold S. Brown '34. However, it seems that Robert C. Brown was more than likely related to Mrs. James Wilde (Carrie T. Milliken) deGraff '15

Birth: Mar. 8, 1879
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 26, 1945
New York
New York County
New York, USA

graduated in civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh
spent many years in bridge and steel building construction.
During his later years he was elected to the nine man Board of Directors of the Empire State Corporation where he served as Vice-President and Treasurer. His office was joint with that of Hon. Alfred E. Smith, President of Empire State Corp. This corporation built the Empire State Building which at the time of its completion in May 1931 was the tallest structure in the world. A few years later the University of Pittsburgh conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Robert C. Brown because of his accomplishments as "operating head of the Empire State Building, Inc."

The New York Times, Published March 27, 1945
Robert C. Brown
Vice President of Empire State Building Dies at 75
Robert Calvin Brown of 150 East Seventy-third Street, vice president, treasurer, and a director of Empire State, Inc., who had been associated with the Empire State Building since its inception, died yesterday of complications induced by a throat infection contracted a week ago. Born in Alexandra, Pa., March 8, 1870, he was a civil engineering graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, which conferred on him a Doctor of Science degree in 1933.
Mr. Brown was vice president and a director of the Thirty-fourth Street-Midtown Association, and treasurer of the Empire State Club.
He leaves a widow, Ada Smith Brown; a daughter, Elizabeth, who is the wife of Maj. J. Nelson Ramsey of the Quartermasters Corps; a son, Capt. Walter N. Brown of the Army Reserve, seven grand-children, and a great-grandchild.

New York Times, published March 28, 1945
BROWN–Robert Calvin, suddenly, on March 26, 1945, beloved husband of Ada Smith Brown, devoted father of Elizabeth B. Ramsey and Walter N. Brown. Services at A. M. Runyon & Son (Home for Services), 900 Park Ave., Plainfield, N.J., on Thursday, at 3 P.M. Train leaves Liberty St. Central R.R.N.J. 2 P.M. Interment private. Pittsburgh and Seattle papers please copy.
BROWN–Robert Calvin. The Officers and Directors of Empire State, Inc., record with deep regret the death of Robert C. Brown, Vice President and Treasurer of the corporation since its formation. Hugh A Drum, President. John J. Raskob, Vice President. J. Holloway Tarry, Secretary.
BROWN–Robert C. The officers and members of the board of governors of the Empire State Club, Inc., regret the sudden passing of Robert C. Brown, treasurer and member of the board from its inception, and hereby extend to his family their deepest sympathy. Orie R. Kelly, President.
BROWN–Robert Calvin. The Officers and Directors of the Holbrook Microfilming Service, Inc., announce with deep regret the death of Robert C. Brown, Vice President and Director of the Corporation. John J. Raskob, President. J. Holloway Tarry, Secretary.

Family links:
Parents:
Nathaniel Weede Brown (1842 - 1899)
Rachel Huldah Milliken Brown (1844 - 1926)

Spouse:
Ada May Smith Brown (1878 - 1967)*

*Calculated relationship


Burial:
Hillside Cemetery
Scotch Plains
Union County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: 24-D-3

Created by: Michael Milliken
Record added: Jul 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39835829

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

Mrs. Brown

January 2, 1913 New York Times

TWO PLAINFIELD BRIDES

Miss Brown Wedded to C. H. H. Piffard; Miss Strong to H. Huntington

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Jan 1 - Miss Helen Louise Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving H. Brown of Central Avenue, and Charles Halsey Haight Piffard, son of Mrs. Charles H. Morse of Chicago, were married at the home of the bride's parents last night. The Rev. Dr. J. S. Zelie of this city officiated. Miss Marion Brown, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid, and W. C. Reighton Harris of Edinburgh, Scotland the best man. Harold Seymour Brown and P. Mortimer Brown, brothers of the bride, were ushers.

Miss Agnes Fales Strong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Strong of Central Avenue, and Howard Huntington, also of this city, were married to-night at the home of the bride's parents. The Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Hall of Union Theological Seminary, an uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony. Mrs. Thomas L. McCready of Pelham Manor, N. Y., and Miss Helen C. Strong, sister of the bride, were bridesmaids, and Augustus L. Huntington, brother of the bridegroom, best man

May 28, 1912 New York Times

BROWN – At Plainfield, N. J., on May 28, 1912, Sarah Edwina, daughter of the late Edwin J. and Sarah Brown of New York City. Funeral services from the residence of her brother, Irving H. Brown, 946 Central Avenue, Plainfield, N. J., on May 30, at 12 noon. Train leaves foot of West 23d St., Central Railroad of New Jersey, at 10:50 A. M.

1903 Will of Warren B. Smith

Uncle to PGC member Mrs. Percy Hamilton (Elinor Dewitt Cochran) Stewart

Is this the same Harold Brown?

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New York Times May 2, 1903

WILL OF WARREN B. SMITH DISPOSES OF $40,000,000

Carpet Manufacturer's Nephew, Alexander Cochran, Inherits Bulk of Vast Estate

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y, May 1 – The will of Warren B. Smith, the millionaire carpet manufacturer of Yonkers, who died in Algiers, was filed at noon today in the Surrogate's Court at this place. The estate is estimated to be worth $40,000,000. The will was executed March 5, 1902, and the executors are Eva S. Cochran, a sister; Alexander Cochran, a nephew, and Harold Bond, who was confidential secretary to the testator.

To Mary L. Smith, his stepmother, the testator gives $250,000; to his sister, Eva B. Cochran, $100,000, and to Eben Baldwin, a cousin, $50,000. There are numerous minor legacies to relatives and one of $50,000 to St. John's Hospital, Yonkers.

To his friend Nannie Ledue of 78 West Eighty-fifth Street, New York, is left $50,000; to his valet, Percy E. Collins, $3,000, to his gardener, James Hughes, $2,500; $200 each to all servants in the testator's emply at the time of his death and $200 to Annie Collins.

Ten thousand dollars is also given to each of the following named employees of the Alexander Smith Carpet Company: Richard Eddie, Jr., William C. C. McKim, Henry W. Parton, Eugene C. Clark, and Eugene Timeson.

Five thousand dollars is also given to each of the following employees of the same company: Henry Laragh, August Thomas, Arthur Land, George Stenges, William H. Wolf, W. J. Webb, Reuben Corland, George J. Moshier, Robert Dougherty, and James See.

To Francis Holder, formerly President of the Smith Carpet Company, $100,000; to Harold Brown, formerly Treasurer of the same company, $200,000. To each of his nieces and nephews the testator gives $1,000,000, as follows: William F. Cochran, Gifford Cochran, Annie C. Ewing, Eleanor Cochran Stewart, and Elizabeth Baldwin Cochran. The residue is left to the nephew, Alexander S. Cochran.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

April 7, 1961 Courier News 25 Years Ago, 1936

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

1910 Yale

Percy M. Brown 1905 - 1906
946 Central Ave., Plainfield, NJ

January 2, 1913 New York Times

January 2, 1913 New York Times

TWO PLAINFIELD BRIDES

Miss Brown Wedded to C. H. H. Piffard; Miss Strong to H. Huntington

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Jan 1 - Miss Helen Louise Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving H. Brown of Central Avenue, and Charles Halsey Haight Piffard, son of Mrs. Charles H. Morse of Chicago, were married at the home of the bride's parents last night. The Rev. Dr. J. S. Zelie of this city officiated. Miss Marion Brown, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid, and W. C. Reighton Harris of Edinburgh, Scotland the best man. Harold Seymour Brown and P. Mortimer Brown, brothers of the bride, were ushers.

Miss Agnes Fales Strong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Strong of Central Avenue, and Howard Huntington, also of this city, were married to-night at the home of the bride's parents. The Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Hall of Union Theological Seminary, an uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony. Mrs. Thomas L. McCready of Pelham Manor, N. Y., and Miss Helen C. Strong, sister of the bride, were bridesmaids, and Augustus L. Huntington, brother of the bridegroom, best man

1913 Summer Social Register

Brown, Mr. Harold Seymour married St. Albans
Crane, Miss Katharine E. (late J. B.) June 4th

1931 Catalog of Copywrite Entries

Crane, Mrs. Mary (Powell) 1860
The life of James R. Powell, and early history of Alabama and Birmingham, by Mary Powell Crane. Brookly, N.Y.
Print. by Braunworth & Company, inc. 1930
vi. 314 p. front., pl., ports, facsims. 21 cm
Nov. 26, 1930; 2c Nov. 29; aff Jan. 8, 1931; A 32706; Katharine Crane Brown. Plainfield, N.J., and Estelle Crane MacGregor, London (31-2577)

Crane, Mary Powell

CRANE, MARY POWELL, 1860-
Biography:

Writer. Born– February 19, 1860, Montgomery. Parents– James R. and Mary (Smythe) Powell. (James R. Powell was one of the founders of the City of Birmingham and its first elected mayor, 1873-75.) She lived in Montgomery until June 1866 after which she and her mother spent several years in Europe before returning to the United States and living in Baltimore and New York. Mary apparently had come to the South to gather material for her book but was living in New Jersey when the book was published in 1930.

Source:

Encyclopedia of Alabama (online).

The Life of James R. Powell.

Publication(s):

The Life of James R. Powell, and Early History of Alabama and Birmingham. Brooklyn, N.Y.; Braunworth & Co., 1930.

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