Plainfield Garden Club

Member: King, Mrs. Charles A. (Helen Ryman) '36

Treasurer Book Active: 1936
1937 Treasurer Book Active: Mrs. Charles A. King 1/14/37 Pd.
1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Chas. A. King 1/9/38 Pd. 3/27/39 Pd. "Active" Mrs. Chas. A. King 3/24/40 Pd 3/28/41 Pd. 12/10/41 Pd. 12/10/42 Pd. 12/2/43 Pd. 12/4/44 Pd. 12/4/45 5/20/46 May 21, 1947 May 27, 1948 June 29, 1949 May 29, 1950 May 1951 June 1952

1942 Address: 930 Central Avenue

Could she possibly have been Mrs. Victor R. King's mother-in-law?

Her daughter was Mrs. Bronson (Mary Louise King) Tweedy '46

Mrs. Charles King

photo circa 1950

Mrs. Charles King

back of photo, circa 1950

From the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark Dec 5 1995

from the Corresponding Secretary file

December 5, 1995

Dear Mrs. Burner,

Thank you very much for your letter of Nov 14th about the Garden Club's work in Cedarbrook Park's Shakespeare Garden.

Elizabeth very much appreciated the opportunity to help with that project, and enjoyed immensely the friends she made there.

That boxwood comes from a few springs my grandmother brought from a visit to Mt. Vernon.

[Not legible] phoned as I can be at your at your project.

[not legible]
Victor King

Charles A. King Jr. -- Helen's son

King, Charles A.
June 28, 2005
KING, Charles A.

Charles Arthur King, 78, of Avon, died Sunday, (June 26, 2005), at Hartford Hospital, after a brief illness. A 55-year resident of Avon, he was born in Plainfield, NJ, son of the late Charles A. and Helen (Ryman) King. He graduated from Andover Academy in 1945 then served in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, he then graduated from Princeton University in 1950, and earned his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 1953. He practiced architecture in the Hartford area for many years until his retirement in 1996. His office in Avon, King & Tuthill Architects, now Tuthill & Wells, designed many churches, libraries, commercial buildings, and houses throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. He and his family lived in the first house he designed in Avon. Chas, as he was affectionately known, was a longtime and faithful friend of Bill W. A talented watercolorist, his work was exhibited widely in the Hartford area and beyond. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Tariffville and served on the Board of Church Home, Inc., (Seabury Retirement Community) for over 20 years, retiring a few months ago. He was an enthusiastic fly fisherman and served recently on the board of the Limestone Trout Club in Canaan. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Louine Coley (Brown) King, and their four children: The Rev James C. King and his wife Deborah of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Jonathan W. King and his wife Mary Ellen of Prospect, Linda King Papertsian and her husband Robert of Rocky Hill, and Heather King Taylor of Burlington; his grandchildren Jesse, Jason, Katherine, Eric, and Ian King, Sarah and Lisa Papertsian, and Daniel and Cerise Taylor; and his great grandchildren Justin, Niko, and Emma King. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Louise Tweedy. Friends are invited Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. to share their memories and special times with Chas at the Carmon Funeral Home, 301 Country Club Road, corner of West Avon Road, Avon. The Eucharist funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Church Street, Tariffville. Burial will be in Cider Brook Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Instead of flowers, the King family would be delighted to hear that friends have taken a special picnic excursion with their families, in memory of their friend Chas King. For condolences please visit

Family tree of Catherine Randolph Webster

Ladies Home of Plainfield
313 Franklin Place

Monday, August 6, 2007
A bit of history on Catherine and her wishes
To continue the Catherine Randolph Webster story, one has to remember, or know, that the Websters along with the Randolphs are an integral part of Plainfield's history. Two of their many contributions are still here. One is Quaker Meeting house in Watchung Avenue, the other: the Muhlenberg Hospital which was built on land given, and thanks to the generosity, of the Randolph family.

Following here is a bit of history on Catherine Randolph Webster and her wishes. We hope that by sharing this information, the reason of us so stubbornly advocating for this house starts becoming clear, not only to us, but to those who are opposed to our raising questions about the recent decision to sell this house under a lack of transparency on the part of the people in charge of the Catherine Webster Estate and the Ladies Home.

Catherine Webster had a tragic beginning on life.

Catherine Randolph Webster was born in her grandfather Webster's homestead, which became know later as the Ginna tract on Watchung Avenue, March 6, 1825. Her mother, for whom she was named, died when Catherine was three weeks old and her father, was fatally injured by a fall from a hay-mow in her fourth year.

Left an orphan, the little Catherine was reared by devoted grandparents, and in 1837, when she was twelve, she moved with them into the house which her grandfather, a well-know builder, had built on the northeast corner of East Second and Church Streets. There she lived until her death, in her eighty-third year, on October 15, 1906.

Miss Webster was educated in Plainfield schools and later attended a Seminary in Renssalaerville, New York. She was a birthright member of the Friend's Meeting and was actively identified with many charitable works in Plainfield.

She worked all night on the outline for a "Home for Gentlewomen" when formulating that plan. In the morning, Miss Webster had clearly in her mind what she wanted to do. She had her will drawn up, signed it on January 27, 1900, appointing Joseph B. Coward and John H. Van Wincle, her executors.

In her will, Catherine requests that all the remainder of her estate be managed by her executors, or the survivors of them; that her real estate be sold at such time and in such manner as they might best for the purpose of said trust, and that they execute with the monies from the sale of her real estate and her goods, the purchase of a lot of land in the City of Plainfield, New Jersey.

A lot, of suitable size, on which to erect or assist in erecting a building for the purpose of founding a Home for the aged and infirm women, to be known as a "Ladies Home".

She then asks that her executors, and the survivors of her executors, and then the successors of such survivors to the executors, that her will be executed and delivered to a corporation to be organized for the purpose of said Ladies Home, to be held by it and its successors and assigns forever.

Her fund amounted back then to $72,000 dollars. In 1927 it had accrued to $115,258.00.

The Ladies Home of Plainfield became incorporated on June 10, 1910 under the New Jersey act of 1898.

On August 3, 1916, the Plainfield Trust Company was appointed Substitute Administrator with the Will Annexed and trustee under the Will of Catherine Randolph Webster.

After unavoidable delays due to the first World War, high building costs, inadequate endowment to maintain a Home such as Miss Webster had envisioned, the Gough property on 313 Franklin place was purchased April 1, 1927 for the amount of $34,856.91. The Catherine Webster Home was first opened in the fall of 1927.

The Grandfather clock that was standing at the front hall of the Home dates back beyond 1802. Miss Webster's grandfather traded a wood lot in the Watchung Mountains for it, the year in which he married her grandmother, Amy King.

The neighborhood association continues to be astonished at the actions of the YWCA, a well respected organization, locally and nationally. Our hope is that they will return our call and sit with us to discuss this house that represents so much to the Crescent Area Historic District. A house that also talks of Plainfield's founding families, the Websters, the Randolphs, and the Vails.

1954 Check Book

No. 1062
Jan. 19, 1954
Garden Club of America
Memorial to Mrs. Charles King

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. C. W. King
905 Watchung Avenue

1909 Plainfield City Directory

King Abram, ins agt, h 103 Duer, N P
King Albert J, engineer, H 11 The Madison
King Avery, waiter, 62 W 4th
King Charles W, banker, h 911 Watchung av
King Christopher, engineer, h 330 E 4th
King David W, ins agt, h 27 Craig pl, N P
King John, engineer, h 319 Netherwood av
King John J, molder, h 665 W 4th
King Oliver R, M D, h 1003 Putnam av
King Thomas H, laborer, h 618 W 3d

Ryman Wm, h 114 Plainfield av

313 Franklin Place

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