Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Seybold, Mrs. Arthur Denton (Anne Marie Von Der Groeben) '48 President 1970 - 1972

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Active: Seybold, Mrs. Arthur Dec.

1949 - 1950 Treasurer Book, Active: Seybold, Mrs. Arthur July 1949 May 29, 1950 May 1951 June 1952

1984 - 1994: Sustaining
1995 - 2001: Honorary
2002 - 2003: Deceased

1958 Address: 1060 Rahway Road, Plainfield

1960 Address: Woodland Ave, South Plainfield

1970 Address: Woodland Avenue, R.F.D. 1, South Plainfield

1973 Address: 3112 Woodland Avenue, South Plainfield

1978 - 1990 Address: 2800 Woodland Ave, South Plainfield

Last listed in the directory in 2002 as an Honorary Member

Last address:
The Margaret McCutchen Nursing Home
112 Linden Avenue
North Plainfield, NJ 07060

Mrs. Seybold passed away in 2003

Seybold, Mrs. Arthur D. (Annemarie) '48

photo not dated

Mrs. Annemarie Seybold '48

back of the photo

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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page 10

"The school children had drawn lovely silhouettes of the trees, and hanging on the wall beside each one, was a living branch in a container of water. These branches were supplied by the Shade Tree Commission. Beautiful colored slides of the following members' gardens were shown; Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. William S. Tyler and Mrs. A. D. Seybold, with Miss Margaret Tyler commenting. Afterwards one woman said, "I didn't know there was so much beauty in Plainfield."

Two hundred adults and over seven hundred children attended the show, which also included a puppet show, a movie and exquisite water colors of trees by the late Miss Laura Detwiller.

Living Memorials
In 1945 we began honoring our deceased members with gifts of money to the Garden Club of America's Redwood Memorial Grove in California. By 1961 our fund had grown to $200.00 – enough to "buy" a tree. What a trifling sum to pay for one of these magnificent Redwoods which Charles Steinbeck has called, "mute ambassadors from another age which create a vision that stays with you always . . . a stunning memory of what the world was like once long ago."

Also, that same year we were a Founder of the Blue Star Memorial Drive on Highway 22. "Our members contributed generously to this beautiful tribute to the men who served in the armed forces." Mrs. Anderegg records, "Flowering trees were planted of members' sons lost in the war."

Christmas Wreaths
One Christmas during World War II, we made 214 wreaths and 400 boutonnieres of "enduring greens gay with bright accents of color" for Camp Kilmer. We used two tons of evergreens, spent an estimated 400 hours making the wreaths and worked in assembly-line technique at Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler's studio were "a fire crackled merrily in the stove and the smell of Christmas was everywhere". Numb arm muscles, taut backs and blackened hands were disregarded in the joy of working together. For years, Mrs. John S. Anderegg was head of this project.

When Camp Kilmer was no longer functioning, we made wreaths for Lyons Hospital. In 1951, the members were described as engaging in a "colossal project of wreath making, reaching a state of frenzy." The next year the wreath-making was confined to one very long day and described as "fun", but for the last time. From then on, we sent money for the purchase of Christmas greens.

1950 was the year we started the annual custom of creating gift packages of cigarettes for the patients at Lyons. Those imaginative, beautiful packages (which the patients used as decorations), were always displayed at our Christmas meeting, and sometimes judged. Many a member, not so nimble fingered as others, was rumored to have stayed away from that meeting! In 1964, cigarettes went out of favor and hard candies, cleverly wrapped as tree ornaments, were substituted.

1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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1915 - 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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Jeanne Turner's Memory of Anne Marie Seybold

Anne Marie Seybold grew up in Germany and her family were well-to-do. Her family was best friends with the king or prince from that town in Germany. Anne Marie would talk of her memories of Germany and her nursemaid who would lay out her clothes and shoes in a very specific way every day. She also remembers her parents as being glamorous and her mother's fragrance as a beautiful scent.

Tribute to Mrs. Hugh M. Gaston December 15, 1976 by Anne Marie Seybold

It is with deep regret that we recard the death of Elizabeth Thomson Gaston – Mrs. Hugh M. – on December second and offer our sincerest sympathy to her family.

"Cui" as she was affectionately known will be remembered particularly as chairman of the Shakespeare Garden where she worked faithfully and I might add, at times against great odds.

She williningly shared her understanding of plant material and wide knowledge of horticulture.

The Garden Club meant much to Cui. During her long illness, which she faced with such courage, her joy was to hear of its activities.

Her friends will remember Cui with admiration and affection.

May I ask this tribute to be recorded in today' minutes and a copy sent to Mrs. Gaston's family.

Respectfully submitted,

Anne Marie Seybold

1989 Annual Program Report

Our November meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Alden Loosli with Mrs. Loosli and Mrs. Arthur Seybold serving as hostesses. Mrs. Margaret Bowditch's delightful slide program "Finials, Fences and Fountains" showed the uses (and non-uses) of garden ornamentation

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.

March 18, 1981 Meeting Minutes

Anne Marie Seybold

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report June 11, 2003

Program for the Zone IV May 16, 1990 Meeting

hosted by the Plainfield Garden Club

The Plainfield Garden Club's rosemary topiary logo was designed by Alexander Seidel and used as the theme for the Zone Meeting in Plainfield in October 1970. A renowned designer for Steuben Glass, Mr. Seidel was also on the staff of the American Museum of Natural History. He was inspired to do much of his design work in the garden of Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold, Plainfield Garden Club President in 1970

Plainfield Garden Club Rosemary Topiary

designed by Alexander Seidel

Memory of Anne Marie Seybold by Diana Madsen: February 14, 2011

We were having some sort of fund-raising sale and everyone brought things to the sale. It was outside and next to a garage, there were two, large urns to be sold. Bev Reid was a very talented woman and she had an eye for everything. She stood looking around, pointed to the urns and said, "You and you – move those urns." And as she said that she pointed to me, and I had just joined, and to Anne Marie Seybold who was a fairly elderly person at the time.

Without hesitation, here we were struggling to move these huge heavy urns to one side - -me and this tiny old lady. But Bev said to do it and we did.

June 12, 1978

Plainfield Garden Club celebrates
50th Anniversary of Shakespeare Garden

PLAINFIELD - The Plainfield Garden Club, a member of The Garden Club of America, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of teh Shakespeare Garden at Cedarbrook Park on June 13. The Union County Park Commissioners and Mayor Paul O'Keeffe have been invited as special guests at the observance.

The Garden Club members, with the Union County Park's help and cooperation, have maintained the garden since it was established in 1928 by the Shakespeare Society of Plainfield and the Plainfield Garden Club.

The garden is composed exclusively of plants, herbs, trees, and shrubs, named in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Two years ago, the Plainfield Garden Club members designed and planted a knot garden which is a patterned or geometric design often found in English gardens. The knot garden is planted with gray and green santolina and the border is germander. On June 13, this garden will be dedicated in memory of Mrs. Hugh Gaston, a former member of the Plainfield Garden Club and devoted worker in the Shakespeare Garden for many years.

The Garden Club members not only have dedicated many hours a week planting and weeding in the Garden under the supervision of Mrs. Robert Hackman, Mrs. Arthur Seybold, and Mrs. Victor King, but also have made many donations to the Garden. In April, each member brought an authentic plant to the regular meeting, and Mrs. Edward Ladd III gave an English Hawthorne tree.

Mrs. Bruce Reid is restoring the markers for the plants which identify the quotes from Shakespeare that the plants are mentioned in.


. . . the Shakespeare Garden has been maintained by the club for 50 years

Newark Star Ledger July 25, 1982

Shakespearean splendor blooms in garden

How to get there
Take Route 22 to Somerset Street exit. Continue straight through Plainfield until reaching Muhlenberg Hospital. Turn right onto Randolph Road and follow to Cedar Brook Park.

By Helen Brunet

One of the oldest Shakespeare Gardens in America is located in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park. Begun in 1927, on the 363rd anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth, the garden was suggested by Howard Fleming, a member of the Plainfield Shakespeare Club.

The garden, which has some 40 varieties of plants mentioned in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, was designed by the Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Mass., landscape architects. (The firm's founder, Frederic Law Olmsted, designed New York's Central Park in 1858.) The Union County Park Commission created the Shakespeare garden according to the landscape plans and the Plainfield Garden Club has maintained it ever since.

Today the garden is a wonderfully maintained formal garden that invites strolling. The entrance is through an arbor covered with a handsome stand of trumpet vine. A large boulder and plaque commermorates the famous poet. Plantings of hawthorns, flowering crab, mulberry, holly and yews provide screening at one end. A rustic fence defines the garden and separates it from the street.

"All of the garden plants are ones mentioned by Shakespeare," said Evelyn Madsen, chairwoman of the committee that cares for the garden. "In some cases the names are different today. For instance, the flower then called marigold (as in Act II, Scene 3 of Winter's Tale: "The marigold, which goes to bed with the sun/And with him rises, weeping!") is actually Calendula officinalis. What we call larkspur Shakespeare called lark's heels."

The garden is composed of 17 flower and herb-filled beds edged in brick with grass paths running between. Twin bird-shaped topiaries, made of clipped yew, carry out the formal tone. The first flowers appear in the garden in mid April and there is something in bloom until November.

Shakespeare used flowers in many ways – to set a mood, as in Love's Labor's Lost, "When daisies pied and violets blue/And lady-smocks all silver white,/And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue/Do paint the meadows with delight.", and to intensify dramatic effect through they symbolic meaning flowers had for the Elizabethans. Thus the very choice of flowers in Ophelia's garland in Hamlet foretold her tragic end. "There, with fantastic garlands did she come/Of crow flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples . . . " (Act IV, scene 7).

"Working in the garden each week is a real learning experience, something like a science lab, " Mrs. Madsen said.

"And, like anything scientific, things sometimes backfire," added Anne Marie Seybold, a regular volunteer in the garden. "Fifteen years ago one of our members brought a plant with pretty green leaves and white flowers which appeared on long spikes. We planted it and it began to spread so fast we thought it would take over the whole garden. Later we learned it was Bishop's-weed (Aegopodium podraria) which is highly invasive." But by this time, she explained, one whole section of the garden was covered with the weed, an area known as the wheel which was five symetrical flower beds. The only solution, except using herbicide, which the committee did not wish to do, was to cover the beds completely with thick black plastic covered with wood chips and allow them to lie dormat for three years.

"Thank goodness it worked, " Mrs. Seybold said. "We have replanted three of the beds – one with various thymes, one with different sages and a third in dwarf lavenders. We are still deciding what to plant in the last two beds – but so far, the weed hasn't reappeared."

At the center of the wheel design is a large bed containing old fashioned roses including Rosa damascena, the original Rose of Damascus, and the York and Lancaster roses, all popular in England in Shakespeare's time. The rose pips are used with flowers and foliage from the garden to make dried wreaths; at Christmas these are distributed to various civic groups.

Members of the Plainfield Garden Club meet every Wednesday morning from April until mid-November to weed and dig and sometimes to quote Shakespeare. Beverly Reid, president of the Plainfield Garden Club, said of the garden: "We consider it a retreat and a great place to share knowledge. It combines gardening with history – what could be better?"

The Shakespeare Garden is open to the public at all times, free of charge. It is located on the left side of Randolph Road as it enters Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

[caption reads] Evelyn Madsen, chairman of the Shakespeare Garden Committee, Plainfield Garden Club, works at the garden.

Newark Star-Ledger July 25, 1982

The Courier News July 7, 1977

Heat does not deter Plainfield Garden Clubbers

By Michael Shapiro

PLAINFIELD – It was a humid Wednesday morning in Cedar Brook Park. The sun was shielded by clouds, which appeared poised to shower upon the women busy at work in a manicured garden just off Randolph Road.

The women were members of the Plainfield Garden Club; the plot they were tending was the city's Shakespeare Garden. Wednesday was the day for mulching and the weather was not about to get in the way.

The club has been caring for the Shakespeare Garden for 50 years. members have homes to attend to and other concerns, but the garden is important to them. And so, about 15 came Wednesday in cutaways and blue tennis sneakers and big straw hats to protect them from the sun that barely appeared.

Wednesday mornings are reserved for the garden and will be until the cold weather comes and burlap is placed over the more perishable plants for winter.

The work this year is all the more difficult becasue the maintenance workers from Union County Park Commission have not been working for the past three weeks and last week officially went on strike.

Among the garden's brick-lined flower beds and along its borders are the 44 bits of foliage mentioned by Shakespeare in his works. Since the 44 species would hardly fill the garden, it also contains several hundred other plants and flowers that have been mentioned as having been grown in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

It seems tht the garden was originally intended by the Garden Club to be a small area tucked away in a corner of the park. The Union County Commission apparently thought the idea appealing enough to hire the Olmstead Brothers to create a design for the garden.

It was filled with ferns, flags, flax, pinks, peony, pomegranate and bushes called topiary, which are designed to be shaped. Those in the garden bear a strking resemblance to a hen.

People came to the garden to sit under the awning of trumpet vine twisted about the arbor and stroll along the paths beside the flower beds. Name tags were affixed to the plants and flowers, along with the Shakespearean quote in which each is mentioned. The tags have since been eliminated because they were taken too many times.

The garden has been more than just a spot for a walk or a place to have a chat or sit after lunch on a sunny day.

There have been, for example, a number of weddings in the garden over the years. Drama groups have performed such plays as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" alongside the garden, using it as a spot for an entrance.

Lately, however, the garden has fallen upon somewhat hard times. Club members say that vandals litter the grounds and destroy the plants. Bricks are pulled from the ground and chucked away and broken beer bottles have been seen lying alongside the garden's plaque.

One club member remembers coming to the garden a while back, seeing what the winter and vandals had done and feeling very upset.

"Last year when I came down, I just burst into tears," says Mrs. A. D. Seybold.

Most of the women involved with the work at the garden are not new to Plainfield, nor have they been denied the time or opportunity to tend gardens of their own. Like Mrs. Seybold, they prefer to be referred to by their husband's names.

They come to the garden very Wednesday, they say, because they care.

"There are still a few fighters left," says Mrs. Eric Pfefferkorn.

And when they speak about the garden, their words are laced with memories of the way things used to be.

They talk about a time when there were maintenance men, referred to by their first names, who kept the garden clean and neat.

"In the old days you would have them two times a week to clean up, " says Mrs. Victor King.

"You could really enjoy it because you didn't see any work involved, " says another club member.

"Most of us are so grubby we have to go home and take a shower or go home and work in our own gardens, " Mrs. Pfefferkorn says.

But then they all return the following Wednesay, because, after all, the garden always needs tending.

The Courier News July 7, 1977

Any Wednesday morning in non-winter months, Plainfield Garden Club members can be found weeding and planting at their Shakespeare Garden in Plainfield's Cedarbrook Park. Story on page A - 8.

June 1979

The woman in the white top on the right is Anne Marie Seybold

Summer 1982

From Left to Right:

Anne Marie Seybold, Peggy Tyler, Betty Hackman, Bev Reid

Summer 1982

Back of Photo

Summer 1982

Anne Yearling (?), Bev Reid, Peggy Tyler and Anne Marie Seybold

Summer 1982

Back of Photo

Thursday, September 14, 2011


I am going to quilting with friends who quilted with Anne Marie Seybold for years. I will Grill them for more information.

Ted went to Plainfield High School with her war hero son, Denton.

Ted's cousin, Susie Carter McCartney, is the daughter of Loizeauxs who are interred at Hillside. She has asked to be invited to the tour of the cemetery. Would this be OK? Her 30 acre 1811 farm in Annandale Is a picture book!

Jeanne [Turner]

Sent from my iPad

Introduction in Rhyme of Skit for Garden Club Meeting May 1956 by Marge Elliott

Introduction in Rhyme of Skit for Garden Club Meeting May 1956 by Marge Elliott
To see the handwritten pages, see 1956 Archives


Imagine that you are our garden club
type here the powers that be
What things go on in a garden club
you'll be surprised to see

The cast are famous actresses
All brought at great expense
So please be kind to others, my friends
Lest they should take offense.

The President's name is Hazel
And its Lockwood thats for sure
She presides as "to-the-manner-born"
But her arrangements they are poor.

Elizabeth King of Programs She's
all fluttering, cooing and coy.
To find the right speaker for just the right day
Is her constant delight and her joy.

Page 2

Ways and Means Chairman is Shirley
Barnhart we're meaning of course
She's breathless, naive and appealing
But hasn't the sense of a horse.

Marion Loizeaux is chairman
of membership looks la-de-da
But don't let that big hat delude you
She's a great one for making faux pas.

Fanny Day has charge of the minutes
Madame Secretary no less
But I must in confidence tell you
All her reports are a mess.

Heely that's Polly the Treasurer
Does weird things to the books
She was never good at her figures
And so for the balance gad - zooks!

Hospitality chairman is Barbara
Sandford's the rest of her name
She's very smart but sarcastic
the "country tweed type" is this dame.

Conservation is Anne Marie Seybold
She is a lady who knows what is what
She has no time for the frivilous
In her ways she's terribly sot.

Alice Mooney our wonderful speaker
Rosa Bunda she has quite a past
And now you know all that you need to
about our illustrious cast.

So please let the music be quiet
I see the house lights are low
Put on the fools and the spotlights
All right curtain ready? Let's go

1984 Questover Designers Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

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

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Getting ready for the White House – left to right, Mrs. John Madsen, Mrs. William Elliott, Mrs. Alexander Kroll, Mrs. A. D. Seybold and Mrs. Robert Hackman decorate wreaths, while Mrs. Edwin Fitzpatric "supervises."

Plainfield Library Archives

Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold, president of the Plainfield Garden Club, spent nearly two years growing, snipping, pinching and pruning rosemary plants into miniature topiary tree forms to present to the delegates of Zone IV of the Garden Club of America which met her last week (Courier-News photo by John Schneider)

October 12, 1970

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Monday October 12, 1970

Cited for beautification work

City garden club is lauded

by Mildred Carson

PLAINFIELD – "I think the Plainfield Garden Club is doing a fine job in this city – it's so very conscious of civic beautification. And this is especailly important in a middle-aged city like Plainfield. A very new city or a very old and historic one doesn't have the same need for beautificaiton that a city of Plainfield's age has."

This was the opinion of Mrs. Joseph M. Greely of Winnetka, Ill., national conservation chairman for the Garden Club of America. Mrs. Greeley and several other national officers and committee chairman spent two days in Plainfield last week with 50 or so delegates from the Garden Club of America affiliates in Zone IV, the New Jersey area.

The Plainfield club, which was hosting a zone meeting for the first time, planned an extensive bus tour for the delegates which included views of the civic projects, the club's work in Cedar Brook Park and visits to private gardens and homes of several members.

"The mini-park in Park Avenue is one of the finest I have ever seen," Mrs. George H. P. Lacey of Cleveland, another national chairman, declared. She expressed admiration, too, for the zeal the local garden club members have shown in community activity. She praised particularly the high quality of maintenance care lavished by the members on their vest pocket park project.

During the donwtown part of the tour, the visiting garden club memers observed the many beautification projects, tree plantings and small gardens, many of which have been aided by the Garden Club or planted by its members on the beautification committee. The members also have persuaded a number of businesses, organizations and individuals to plant trees and tubs of flowering plants and have helped support various beautification projects which were displayed to the visitors.

A high spot of the trip was the visit to the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park initiated by the Plainfield Garden Club 35 years ago and containing every variety of flowering plant or herb mentioned in Shakespeare's plays or grown in his time.

"This garden represents one of the very few of its kind in the entire country," Mrs. Lacey declared. "There are not many who would take the time and trouble to look up and locate all the plants mentioned in Shakespeare. The club is to be congratulated for its many years of care to this garden."

Seven garden club members work on the garden each week and are assisted by the Union County Park Commission in its upkeep.

Also exhibited in the park were an iris garden and the dogwood collection the Plainfield club began almost 30 years ago and which now contains every example of dogwood trees which will grow in thie climate.

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Library Archives


June 13, 2012 Photo sent in from Frederic Detwiller ca. 1965

This photo was taken at Cath Detwiller's home on Clarke's Lane

June 13, 2012
Sally Kroll wrote in to say that these four women are Cath Detwiller, Betty Fitzpatrick, Anne Marie Seybold and Barbara Sandford

2003 January thru June Newsletters

1953 Check Book

No. 1035
July 8, 1953
Anne Marie Seybold
sales table expenses

1948 Check Book

No. 745
Dec. 31, 1948
William Saville
Flowers for Lyons Hospital
War Services

No. 746
Dec. 31, 1948
American Horticultural Society

No. 747
Dec. 31, 1948
The Plainfield Book Shop Inc.

in the left margin:

Jan 3 Dues - Seybold 10.00
gift from Mrs. Whitcomb
in memory of Mrs. Eaton $10

1950 Check Book

No. 817
Feb. 10, 1950
Interstate Printing Corp.
Letterhead 3.75
Correspond. Sec. cars 37.00

No. 818
Mar. 10, 1950
Anne Marie Seybold
Royalty for script 5.00
8 scripts @.11 3.28

No. 819
Mar. 10, 1950
Jane Pratt
Flowers for Lyons

In left margin:

Feb. Donation from (Reserve Fund)
Mrs. McLellan 10.00

2001 Jan Mar Apr May Newsletters

April 2001 Newsletter


A the garden on Wednesday, we were talking about the Latin name "minutes" that Anne Marie Seybold used to hold at meetings. Each meeting she would present a few names for us to learn. We thought we might like to revive this. Is there anyone out there who would like to be the presenter?

1995 May and June Board and General Meeting Minutes

Denton V. Seybold 1940 Census

Denton V Seybold in the 1940 Census
Age 6, born abt 1934
Birthplace New Jersey
Gender Male
Race White
Home in 1940
1080 Pakway Road
Union, New Jersey
Household Members Age
Head Arthur V Seybold 37
Wife Ann M Seybold 35
Son Denton V Seybold 6
Daughter Ann M Seybold 6
View Actual Record
Or find other results in the 1940 census for Denton V Seybold

1984 Bev Reid's party

Evie Madsen on the left

Dr. Seybold. Elisabeth Loizeaux remembers: "at one time they had a German grand-niece visiting from Germany, maybe the long haired girl is her?"

April 1, 2013 Sally Booth's memories of Mrs. Seybold

When I first joined the club, (1983), she often delivered little plants and placed them at my back door. I remember Mary Belles being one of them.

She was a good friend of my mother's (Mrs. Genung) and I remember when I was about 12 she would visit our home and tell stories of her life in Germany. To me, it was like a fairyland that she described.

She was a very charming woman with lots of energy. She had twins, a boy (Denton) and a girl. I remember having several long-term houseguests. One was the artisan from Stueben Glass and the other a man that later married her daughter. Denton was killed in a war – which must have been the Korean War.

Before WWII, she had come on a visit to the US and it was then she met Dr. Seybold. She never returned to Germany. During WWII, despite the fact she was German, she worked in a US factory for the war effort. She was no supporter of the Nazis.

Crescent Avenue Historic District

Crescent Area Historic District

Post Office: Plainfiled
Zip: 07060

Hillside Avenue Historic District
Van Wyck Brooks Historic District

The Crescent Area Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Portions of the text below were adapted from a copy of the original nomination document. [] Adaptation copyright 2013, The Gombach Group.

Prior to the arrival of the white man, the Lenni-Lenape Indians, part of the Algonquin Tribe, lived in this area of New Jersey. The Ice Age had endowed this area with a protective terrain, productive farmlands and forests and "wonderful pure air and springs." Indian trails became the highways and streets still in use in Plainfield today.Watchung Avenue located in the heart of the Crescent Area Historic District was once one of those trails. Remains of an Indian village and burial grounds have been found in the locality of First, Second and Third Place which are within the boundaries of the Crescent Avenue Historic District.

The first white settlers from Scotland and Holland arrived in the area in the 1680's. The first permanent settler was Thomas Gordon whose home was on Cedarbrook Road adjacent to Crescent Avenue, and whose land holdings covered most of what is present-day Plainfield. The enthusiastic letters back home detailing the healthful climate, plentiful game, fish and fowl, good soil and water brought other settlers to New Jersey, in spite of the "Flee by the salt marshes, most troublesome in the summer." These elements continued through the years to attract new residents.

During the Revolutionary War, patriots from area families served in militia regiments as foot soldiers and officers. An important battle, the Battle of the Short Hills, was fought in the area in June of 1777 and was instrumental in repelling the British in New Jersey. Some of the homes of those who supported the cause of the Revolution still exist today: The Drake House Museum, where Washington rested and briefed his officers, and the Vermule Homestead, where the officers were quartered.
Following the war, industry and transportation began to grow and take on added importance, contributing to the economic prosperity. Plainfield became officially recognized on April 1, 1800 with a population of 215. The Gordon Gazetteer in 1834 gave a glowing account of all the rich resources in Plainfield and noted that "the society is moral and religious."

It was in Plainfield in 1847 that the model for the public school system for the state was devised. Through the efforts of Dr. Charles H. Stillman, Plainfield physician, the New Jersey Legislature empowered the city to raise money by taxation in order to establish a public school system. An account of the day declares, "No one can measure the effect of this enlightened policy in extending the fame of the city and building up its prosperity." Many of the people who were active in education and cultural activities lived within the bounds of the Crescent Area Historic District.

The most influential force to the development of Plainfield was the railroad, which brought about a change in the social and economic character of the town. When a direct connection was made between Plainfield and New York City, c.1850, Plainfield became a commuter town.

During the Civil War, many local residents were involved in the fighting. General Sterling, a general on McCleland's staff, built his home and settled on First Place after the War.

Job Male, a philanthropist, who became known as "Plainfield's Grand Old Man", settled in Plainfield in 1867, following the Civil War. An inventor, he had simplified the loading of ferry slips with a patented leveling device. He purchased with Evan Jones, twenty four acres of land "in the suburbs and laid it out in village lots and streets and erected twenty substantial residences of fine architectural design, drawing the plans for them all himself." He was his own contractor and owned a greater part of the land that includes Crescent Avenue and Watchung Avenue. He designed a particularly distinctive style of architecture "stucco-walled, Mansard roofed, still standing today." He continued to build homes in different parts of the city until his possessions included more than one hundred Plainfield houses. His obituary notice in 1891 noted that "his purse always ready to respond to the calls of deserving charity." He was a public benefactor, making possible the Public Library and the Job Male Art Gallery, and donating the land for the hospital, the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, and the Unitarian Church.

A Central New Jersey Times account in 1870 of "Our Town Improvements" wrote, "The improvements in building is the expression of a spirit that leads to progressive movements in other directions. The old houses are not recognizable with tints of brown and cream and olive, their plain roofs metamorphosed by pediments, fancy gables and cornices, their primitive simplicity converted into modern beauty by wings, bay windows, recessed projections and every variety of architectural development." The writer further comments on the "new houses, with their aspiring towers, French roofs and cupolas." It was the kind of community that led the Elizabeth Herald in May of 1888 to write, "The bustling activity of the city of remarkable." And to conclude, "The next move in Plainfield, no doubt, will be the horse cars."
Plainfield had become a fashionable summer resort and eventually attracted many wealthy New York businessmen to settle here year 'round. The Gas Light Age evokes memories of Plainfield with theatricals, minstrel shows, roller rinks and other forms of entertainment. The site of many hotels, the Netherwood was reputed to be one of the "most healthful, comfortable and accessible inland summer resorts in the country."

By 1890, with substantial wealth and improvements, Plainfield continued to advance and prosper, attracting people of substance to live here. As successful businessmen and their families settled in the Crescent Avenue area, they became active in the cultural, religious, and educational affairs of the city. James W. Jackson, William D. Murray both served as presidents of the newly-formed YMCA. Henry C. Squires established the Hope Chapel on January 1, 1888 as a branch of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Augustus Baldwin worked closely with Job Male in establishing the first free public library and the art gallery. In 1883 some of the first subscribers to "the last word in modern efficiency," the telephone, lived in the District: George Goddard, F.O. Herring, Leander Lovell, and the Dumond family. Many served as members of the Common Council.

After Job Male's death, Plainfield continued to be a highly desirable neighborhood and remained that way until the 1930's, when many of the large homes were converted to apartments. This process continues with single family residences almost non-existent today. The alterations for the most part are tastefully done and are not detrimental to the basic style and charm of the original building. This makes for a particularly fine collection of buildings appropriate to an Historic District.
Notes on Recollections of Long-time Residents of the Area
Longtime residents of Plainfield have been interviewed regarding their recollections of famous residents of this area. Those persons interviewed were Mrs. Lawrence Heely, Mrs. Henry Noss, Mrs. Dorothy Wills, Mrs. Helen Mygatt, Mr. John Harmon, Miss Gwen Cochran, Mrs. Dorothy DeHart, Miss Dorothy Leal, Mr. Alfred Genung, Mr. Alex Kroll, Mr. A.L.C. Marsh, Mrs. Hendrick Van Oss and others.

Many people have lived there who were outstanding in cultural fields, education and politics, as well as very successful professional and business men, active both locally and in New York City. Also educators and statesmen lived here.

John Carlson, a renown artist and member of the National Academy lived on 3rd Place as did Alex Seidel who achieved international fame for his designs for Steuben Glass. Another prominent artist who lived here was Thomas Hart Benton whose brother lived for many years on Crescent Avenue. Also William Gilbert, a well known illustrator, lived on Crescent Avenue.

The author of the White Cliffs of Dover, Alice Duer Miller, A. Van Dorn Honeyman, the famous historian, lived on 9th Street, and also Van Wyk Brooks another well-known author. Ernest Ackerman, a representative in U.S. Congress in the 1870's and his brother Marion Ackerman, who lived on Crescent Avenue, founded the Lone Star Cement Company and were deeply involved in many large national important financial and industrial enterprises.

The famous opera singer, Mario Caruso, married a Goddard and was frequently a visitor to Plainfield to the Goddard House at 213 East 9th Street. This family had a profound influence on the musical advancement of the entire area.

The area abounded in lawyers, judges and politicians, including four Mayors of Plainfield, and people in the foreign service for 25 years, such as Hendrick Van Oss, most recently served as ambassador to Madagascar and other countries.

The Crescent Avenue area was truly the heart of the town and boasted the most important and influential people of the period 1860 through 1920. The homes of these people reflect their taste, affluence and are a tangible piece of architectural history reflecting a glorious past.

The Crescent Area Historic District is a great deal more than a lot of old houses. It is probably one of the finest collections of Victorian architecture in the country. The term Victorian is all inclusive and embraces numerous styles that echo tastes and decorative devices of other periods of architecture from other countries and other times than the one in which the present buildings were constructed. The majority of these have what in architectural terms is referred to as Italianate which stems from the architectural styles popular in Italy going back as far as Byzantine derivative styles, and 15th century Venetian palaces. These variety of design styles result in the sudden surge of interest in European cultures and an attempt by the suddenly successful and new class of wealthy businessmen who were anxious to reflect their success in the work of finance in their homes. These interests were stimulated by their travels abroad and what they had seen, which was considered elegant. Thus we have Tuscan towers, Italian villas, Palazzo's with loggia and arcaded window and arches, Renaissance, Egyptian motifs, classical elements, and finally the exuberant eclectic styles throwing the more American traits of Carpenter Gothic and Stick style in for good measure. English architecture is also reflected with half timber, projecting gables, Eastlake influence, Queen Anne and Edwardian styles. The detail photos of these buildings reflect the painstaking craftsmanship of the builders and imaginative design abilities of the architects. It is truly a tangible record of the past which should be preserved as close to its original state as practical, in their new role of many being converted for multi-family use.

The Crescent Area Historic District is one of the finest collections of suburban Victorian architecture in New Jersey. Developed as a speculative real estate venture in the 1870's by Job Male, the buildings are an impressive presentation of Italianate and Second Empire style architecture of the mid to late 19th century. The houses were primarily designed for wealthy businessmen and, consequently, visages within the district still retain a fine elegance in their total ambiance of buildings and their association with landscaping, rustic streets, sidewalks, and trees.

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September 11, 2013 "September Charms" Horticulture Show

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Thursday, December 17, 1964 The Courier News

Plainfield Garden Club Meets in Lee House, Scotch Plains

The Plainfield Garden Club was entertained yesterday in historic Lee House, home of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Elliott at 11 Black Birch Rd., Scotch Plains.

Two new members were welcomed by Mrs. Wayne J. Holman, president. Co-hostesses were Mrs. Victor King and Mrs. James R. Bird.

Mrs. Bird introduced the program of readings on "The Symbols and Legends of Christmas" given by Mrs. A. D. Seybold and Mrs. King. As the symbols were describe, they were displayed b Mrs. Benson Wigton Jr.

A letter of congratulations from Mayor Robert C. Maddox to the club member Mrs. Alden DeHart has received a state award in the "Green Thumb Competition" of the New Jersey Tercentenary Commission for her work as chairman of the grounds committee of Drake House.

A member of the Plainfield Historical Society, she supervised outdoor plantain at the museum with funds for the planting donated by the Plainfield Garden Club. She also was awarded a special rose bush which will be planted at Drake House in her name in the spring.

Presiding at the tea table were Mrs. Holman, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart, Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux and Mrs. Charles H. Detwiller.

Thursday, December 17, 1964 The Courier News

The Courier-News
Plainfield, N. J., Thursday, December 17, 1964

Garden Club Entertained at Historic Lee House

(Club Member)

The Plainfield Garden Club was entertained yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. William P. Elliott in the historic Lee House, located at 11 Black Birch Rd., Scotch Plains.

The ghosts of the historic homestead must be rattling their skeletons with joy this Christmas season because at last, through the efforts of the owners, the house has achieved the charm and beauty it deserves.

The guests stepped over the threshold to a scene of great charm. In the center hall stood a Christmas tree on which members hung gifts of candy, wrapped as ornaments. Later the gifts were taken to Lyons Veterans Hospital where for many years the club has contributed greens and gifts at Christmas.

The president, Mrs. Wayne J. Holman, conducted the meeting and welcomed two new members. The hostess, a member of the club, was assisted by Mrs. Victor King and Mrs. James R. Bird.

Stormy History
A varied and sometimes stormy history has characterized Lee House since 1725, when the original small structure was built at the corner of Cooper and Terrill Rds., by the Lee family. During the Revolutionary War, the house was on the line of march of both British and Colonial armies, and many a tired soldier warmed his feet at its open fires.

The little house was moved to Raritan Rd. in 1828, to be joined to another farmhouse built in 1750 by Moses Frazee. One hundred thirty-five years later, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott had the house moved to its present location. Barns and other small buildings were moved also, and now are grouped around Lee House in companionable symmetry.

The Elliotts have added a wing to the house and restored the old brick and stone, the ceiling beams and original floor boards to keep it authentic Early American home.

The program was announced by Mrs. Bird. Readings on "The Symbols and Legends of Christmas" were given by Mrs. A. D. Seybold and Mrs. King, with incidental music played on the harp b 12-year old Joyce Heiman. As the symbols were described, they were displayed by Mrs. Benson Wigton Jr.

The first of the symbols, an "Advent Wreath," was made of evergreens with four white candles, which are traditionally lighted one at a time on each of the four Sundays during the Advent Season.

Gold Angel
A gold angel brought from Oberammergau, Germany by Mrs. Seybold, was displayed as the second symbol. The reading explained that angels are used throughout the world in forms varying from rough clay figures to the finest of wood carvings and porcelains.

Among symbolic Christmas greens are holly, ivy and mistletoe. Long ago it was thought that holly was the man's plant, ivy the woman's and the one brought into the house first indicated which sex would rule the house that year.

Bells, used to proclaim the joyful tidings, were shown and that beloved yuletide symbol, the Christmas Tree. According to one story, Martin Luther in 1528 cut down a small evergreen tree and carried it into his house, where he fastened candles to the branches and lighted them to share with his family the wonders of the Christmas sky.

A beautiful creche was shown as the most holy and revered symbol. The program ended with angelic tones of the harm and the beloved Christmas blessing, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Afterwards guests adjourned to the dining room to exchange greetings before the centuries old fireplace. The tea table was decorated with brilliant red poinsettia massed in an old brass milk pan. Brass candlesticks and an antique samovar, from which coffee was served, completed the picture of early American hospitality.

Presiding at the tea table at intervals were Mrs. Wayne J. Holman, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart, Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux and Mrs. Charles H. Detwiller Jr.

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

1990 Application for the GCA Zone IV Historic Preservation Award: Marge Eillott

1990 Application for the GCA Zone IV Historic Preservation Award: Marge Elliott

April 7, 1984 "Belles and Beaux" Scotch Plains Tercentennial Fashion Show & Luncheon

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1973 - 1974 Member At Large

1974-1975 Directory

Wednesday, May 24, 1972 Courier News

Twenty volunteers took part in a "Plant-In" at the Madison-Park tract in Plainfield yesterday, sponsored by the Plainfield Beautification Committee. This group plants along the Front Street sidewalk.

(Mrs. Seybold is in the center)

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia From the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

This is a sampling of materials saved by Barbara Sandford in her "Plainfield Historical Society" file.

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia

Index (73 pages)

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Photos from the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford ca 1980's

Photos from the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford ca 1980's

These photos are of a floral design workshop held in Barbara's home, 1275 Denmark Road, conducted by PGC member Marge Elliott. One photograph shows Jeanette Morse, Anne Marie Seybold and Peg Brook.

Jeanne Turner writes the following:

3 ladies I knew fairly well... Lady on left is J Morse ( Jeannette)
I believe, who was a great friend of Barbara. If the deer were kind I still have a plant She gave me. Lady in middle is Anne Marie Seybold who use to tell us fascinating Stories of growing up in Germany in a time when her family were part of the Royal Connection..we saw each other every Thursday as we restored costumes in the tower Room at The Drake House. Lady on right was Peg Brook who at one time was Treasure at the Historical Society Of Plainfield and had a home near Barbara in Wolfeboro, NH.

1989-1990 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1989-1990 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Ed Samek is next to the tree. Anne Marie Seybold is to Ed's right. Beverly Reid is in the foreground facing the photographer.

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Evie Madsen on left

Dr. Seybold. Elisabeth Loizeaux remembers: "at one time they had a German grand-niece visiting from Germany, maybe the long haired girl is her?"

1984-1985 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1991-1992 Year Book of the Garden Club of America

1988-1989 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club

1988-1989 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1990-1991 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club

1965-1985 History of the Plainfield Garden Club by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

Ways and Means

In 1982 the Executive Board chose a "Rosemary Topiary" for the Club's official logo, adapted from an original drawing by Alex Seidel, staff artist for Steuben Glass. After considerable work done by Mrs. Bruce Reid, assisted by Mrs. A. D. Seybold and with the professional advice of Mr. Victor R. King, the Club became incorporated in March, 1983

1987-1988 Annual Report


1940 Census: Denton V. Seybold

Denton V. Seybold in the 1940 Census
First Name: Denton
Middle Name: V.
Last Name: Seybold
Age at Time of Census: 6
Gender: Male
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Est. Birth Year: 1934
Birth Location: New Jersey Map
Enumeration District: 20-79A
Residence: Ward 2, Plainfield, Plainfield City, Union, NJ Map
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Other People in Household:

Arthur Seybold
37 yrs, Male
Ann Seybold
35 yrs, Female
Ann Seybold
6 yrs, Female
Alexander Seidel
42 yrs, Male
Marital Status: Single
Language: English
Genealogical Society Number: 005462191
NARA Publication Number: T627
NARA Microfilm Roll Number: 2387
Line Number: 75
Sheet: B
Sheet Number: 10
Collection: 1940 U.S. Federal Population Census

1940 Census: Ann M. Seybold

Ann M. Seybold in the 1940 Census
First Name: Ann
Middle Name: M.
Last Name: Seybold
Age at Time of Census: 35
Gender: Female
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Est. Birth Year: 1905
Birth Location: Germany Map
Enumeration District: 20-79A
Residence: Ward 2, Plainfield, Plainfield City, Union, NJ Map
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Other People in Household:

Arthur Seybold
37 yrs, Male
Denton Seybold
6 yrs, Male
Ann Seybold
6 yrs, Female
Alexander Seidel
42 yrs, Male
Marital Status: Married
Language: English
Genealogical Society Number: 005462191
NARA Publication Number: T627
NARA Microfilm Roll Number: 2387
Line Number: 74
Sheet: B
Sheet Number: 10
Collection: 1940 U.S. Federal Population Census

1940 Census: Arthur D. Seybold

Arthur D. Seybold in the 1940 Census
First Name: Arthur
Middle Name: D.
Last Name: Seybold
Age at Time of Census: 37
Gender: Male
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Est. Birth Year: 1903
Birth Location: Michigan Map
Enumeration District: 20-79A
Residence: Ward 2, Plainfield, Plainfield City, Union, NJ Map
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Other People in Household:

Ann Seybold
35 yrs, Female
Denton Seybold
6 yrs, Male
Ann Seybold
6 yrs, Female
Alexander Seidel
42 yrs, Male
Marital Status: Married
Language: English
Genealogical Society Number: 005462191
NARA Publication Number: T627
NARA Microfilm Roll Number: 2387
Line Number: 73
Sheet: B
Sheet Number: 10
Collection: 1940 U.S. Federal Population Census

1940 Census: Alexander Seidel

Alexander Seidel in the 1940 Census
First Name: Alexander
Last Name: Seidel
Age at Time of Census: 42
Gender: Male
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Est. Birth Year: 1898
Birth Location: Germany Map
Enumeration District: 20-79A
Residence: Ward 2, Plainfield, Plainfield City, Union, NJ Map
Relationship to Head of Household: Friend
Other People in Household:

Arthur Seybold
37 yrs, Male
Ann Seybold
35 yrs, Female
Denton Seybold
6 yrs, Male
Ann Seybold
6 yrs, Female
Marital Status: Single
Language: English
Genealogical Society Number: 005462191
NARA Publication Number: T627
NARA Microfilm Roll Number: 2387
Line Number: 50
Sheet: B
Sheet Number: 62
Collection: 1940 U.S. Federal Population Census

1924 Michigan Ensian

1924 Arthur Denton Seybold

1933 Wedding Announcement in The Michigan Alumnus

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Arthur Denton Seybold, '27m. to Anne-Marie Von Der Groeben of Hanover, Germany. The wedding will be an event of next July. Following hospital service in Rochester and New York City, Dr. Seybold has been practicing in Plainfield, New Jersey.

1995-1996 Annual Report

September 1971 Plainfield Beautification Committee

Slide converted from the Barbara Tracy Sandford memorabilia.

Slide stamped: SEP71

Woman on far right is perhaps Esther Barlow Perkins. Woman in the center may be Anne Marie Seybold. Woman bending over is unidentified.

September 1971 Plainfield Beautification Committee

Esther Perkins red pants; Anne Marie Seybold flowered top

January 13, 2014 Release of the 1970 slides from Barbara Tracy Sandford

If you were living in Plainfield in 1971, you may have driven a new Datsun 1200 Sports Coupe that would have cost you $1,866 and paid for gas at .33 cents a gallon. Perhaps you would have driven to the movies to see Love Story or The French Connection. A movie ticket would have cost you $1.50.

In 1971 Barbara Sandford was making great strides in beautifying the eyesore that was Madison Park and other areas of town. Compared to the images from 1967 and 1968, she was enjoying quite a bit of success. Barbara's friends in the Plainfield Garden Club were also hard at work. Never-before-seen photos of Esther Perkins and Anne Marie Seybold have been discovered. Does anyone recognize the other women?

1971 Plainfield

January 18, 2014 release of the 1972 Slides from Barbara Tracy Sandford

January 1972 was the beginning of the Watergate scandal and the end of President Nixon, thanks to our own Plainfield Garden Club's Mrs. Cox's son (more on that later in '73 and '74) Barbara Sandford was busy in town planting trees, shrubs and flowers. These images capture the '72 fire department and "Chief for a Day" event; more Netherwood improvements; and other shots of the Queen City. Enjoy!

1972 Plainfield New Jersey

Anne Marie is photographed working on the Madison Park Beautification project.