Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Myers, Mrs. Jared Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15

1919 Address: 139 East 7th Street, Plainfield

1922 Directory: Not Listed

Died in 1920

Related to founding PGC member Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) Mead '15

Mary Ann Stillman Myers

Founding Member 1915

Daughter of Plainfield Mayor Dr. Charles H. Stillman

Sister-in-law to Founding Member Mrs. William M. Stillman (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15

Doctor Charles Henry Stillman, Mayor of Plainfield

Mary Ann Stillman Myer's father

Mary Ann Stillman

Mary Ann Stillman
Born: 30 Sep 1844
Place: Plainfield, NJ
Died: 22 Sep 1920
Place: Plainfield, NJ
Married: Jared Kirtland Myers
Born: 10 Nov 1843
Place: Plattsburgh, NY
Died: 26 Nov 1906
Place: Plainfield, NJ
Date Married: 19 Apr 1871

World War I efforts



Organization and growth of Vacation Association War Relief–Flotilla Committee and its wonderful work– Militia of Mercy–Needlework Guild of America– Committee for Men Blinded in Battle–Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania–Committee of Mercy and its contribution of over $2,000,000–Hudson River War Relief– League of the Allies-League of Catholic Women– Mercy Committee of New Jersey.

The story of the organization and growth of the Vacation Association, Incorporated (New York), is full of interest. Just twenty-seven days after the outbreak of the war the Vacation War Relief Committee of this organization was started. The Vacation Association is an integral part of the Woman's Department of the National Civic Federation, and its name is derived from its initial purpose, which was to enable self-supporting girls and women to save money for proper and healthful vacations. One of the most helpful branches of the work undertaken by the War Relief Committee was a free employment bureau for the benefit of those who had lost their positions because of war conditions. As it was found that many of these girls, who had previously earned good wages and were in no way charity cases, had been made practically destitute, it was decided to open temporary workrooms where a tide-over wage of seventy-five cents a day could be paid on garments made for the European emergency hospitals and war refugees. The War Relief Committee came into being in September, 1914, with Miss Gertrude Robinson Smith, chairman. Immediately a number of existing organizations cooperated. These included the Department of Correction, the Woman's Auxiliary to the Tuberculosis Clinic of the Department of Health, the Association of Catholic Charities, the Charity Organization Society, the State Charities Aid, the New York Association of Women Workers, and the Department Store Education Association. Results accomplished were remarkable. The Special Case Committee investigated all the destitute cases, and all those needing special relief or medical attention. During the first five weeks of its existence the Bureau registered 849 girls, of which number 188 were placed immediately.

In the first year's work of the Committee three principles were outlined as being the main object of the Committee: first, to meet here in America the very serious industrial situation resulting from the outbreak of the war; second, to further in every possible way the sending of the much needed supplies to the European war sufferers; third, to seek cooperation wherever possible with other organizations. So strikingly successful has been the work of this Committee that it has had the cordial cooperation of some of the most important organizations in America. These include the Association for Improving the condition of the Poor, the Federated Employment Bureau for Jewish Girls, the League of Catholic Women for Social and Civic Reform, the Mayor's Committee on Unemployment, the New York Association of Women Workers, the State Charities Aid Association, Women's Conference Society for Ethical Culture, Young Women's Christian Association, American Fund for French Wounded, and many other foreign relief societies.

Mrs. Coffin Van Rensselaer, as chairman of the Employment Bureau, has done excellent work. Two experiments were in progress in the fall of 1917. One has to do with vocational help to children at the point of leaving school, and the other is a health project for the benefit of wage earning girls. The latter is operated in connection with the Woman's Municipal League, a free clinic, the immediate object of which is to make examination and to suggest changes in habits, diet, kind of work, etc., when they are desired. Girls needing medical or surgical care are encouraged to go to the special physicians or dispensaries suitable to their needs. The achievements of the workroom committee have been equally notable. In fifteen months orders amounting to more than $126,000 passed through the order department, of which Miss Maude Wetmore, is chairman.

Of especial interest is the work of the Flotilla Committee organized in November, 1915, as the result of an urgent appeal sent by Mrs. Edith Wharton for surgical motors for the advanced trenches. These formations of flotillas, completely equipped, cost $12, 000 and consist of five cars each, one carrying a portable operating room with radioscopic apparatus requiring only two hours to set up; another a powerful electric lighting and heating installation; a third, a laundry capable of handling six hundred pounds of soiled linen at a time; the fourth, a drying van and the fifth, an installation for douches, disinfection, destruction of vermin, sterilizing of drinking water and shelter tanks.

The first contribution received was from Mrs. Daniel Guggenheim, who contributed $12,000, and the first Flotilla was sent to the Secours aux Blessιs Miltiaires in December, 1915. This generous contribution greatly stimulated other donations, $32,437 being raised in a month.

Madame Emma Calvι offered to assist in organizing a French Flotilla Benefit at the Metropolitan Opera House. The benefit took place on January 4, 1916, and was an enormous success.

A Militia of Mercy organized in 1916 in New York City to care for the children afflicted by infantile paralysis has used its large and powerful organization in the most effective way for war work. Its first activity was the care of the families of the Navy Militiamen. The Comforts Committee sells wool at a little more than the wholesale price to the public. The profit is used to cover running expenses, and what remains is placed in the Special Fund, which is used to purchase wool for women who have the time to knit but who cannot afford to pay for the wool. An old lady in Brooklyn sent to the Militia of Mercy a scarf which had been knitted for her husband who was a sea captain. He died twenty years ago and she had cherished this scarf in his memory. Being very poor and wanting to do her bit she sent the scarf in the hope that it might help some man in the Navy.

The Militia of Mercy appreciated the spirit of the gift and sent it with an explanatory letter to the commander of an American battleship and the scarf was given to an American sailor.

Another organization which was doing beautiful work when war was declared and which turned the current of its effort to war relief is the Needlework Guild of America, a "Bridge from the Island of Waste to the Island of Want." This society has 400 branches scattered over the United States and its large membership includes 25,000 directors whose duty it is to collect and distribute new, plain suitable garments to meet the great need of hospitals, homes and other charities. During the flood and tornado devastations of 1912 and 1913 the Needlework Guild rendered a superb service as it has done in many other disasters since it was organized thirty-two years ago. Prior to the outbreak of the European War, a branch had been established in Lyons, France, which immediately upon the declaration of hostilities took up war relief work. Its first assistance was the clothing of Belgian refugees, and as the result of an appeal to the members in the United States, $20,000 was sent to France in December, 1914, with which workrooms were opened in Lyons. More than 300 women were given employment and 25,000 garments were distributed to the hospitals for the wounded. Nearly 1,000,000 garments and surgical dressings have been distributed in France and sent to her Allies by 173 branches of the Needlework Guild in America. This splendid organization was founded by Mrs. John Wood Stewart of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and Mrs. Levi P. Morton,of New York City is honorary president.

The National office is in Philadelphia and the organization is affiliated with the American Red Cross and the General Federation of Women's Clubs and is a member of the National Conference of Charities and Correction and the National Council of Women of the United States. Mrs. Truman H. Newberry, of Detroit, Michigan, is national president, and the national vice presidents are Mrs. George Fales Baker, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Mrs. Robert . Harding, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Samuel Semple, Titusville Pa. and Miss Julia M. Wolbert, Tacoma, Wash. Mrs. Oliver S. Keely is recording secretary, Mrs. Heber Smith, treasurer and Miss Rosamond K. Bender, corresponding secretary. Mrs. John Wood Stewart is chairman of the War Relief Department, and other officers include Mrs. Joseph Guedy, secretary; Mrs. Oliver S. Keely, trustee and Mrs. W. A. Nichols, Wayne, Pa.; Mrs. Isaac Gimble, New York City; Mrs. William Spencer, Erie, Pa.; Mrs. H. J. Harris, Glen Ridge, New Jersey; Mrs. William T. Barber, Detroit, Mich. and Mrs. Hoffman Atkinson, New York City. The War Relief Office is at 70 Fifth Ave., New York City.

The Committee for Men Blinded in Battle was the outcome of the New York Association for the Blind, organized in 1906. Its headquarters are at Light House No. 1 in New York. The building was officially opened by the President of the United States and the work was conducted under the presidency of the late Honorable Joseph H. Choate. The Committee for Men Blinded in Battle was the first organization to be formed to aid the war blind. It has assisted in various ways, 3,000 men, including eight different nationalities, and instruction has been given to more than 300. More than 8,000 gifts have been made to the war blind, and these unfortunate men have been taught and aided in over 50 hospitals. A number of these pupils have already taken their places in the sighted world as competent wage earners. Among the professions taught in the light house are handicraft, languages, typewriting, stenography, commerce, music, modeling, etc. The Committee succors and relieves the blind whenever possible and gives re-education to such as are fitted to profit by its teaching. Mr. John H. Finley,acting president and the vice presidents are Miss Winifred Holt, William Howard Taft, Charles E. Hughes. The honorary chairman is the Bishop of New York, the secretary is Mrs. Peter Cooper Hewitt, the treasurer, Mr. William Forbes Morgan, Headquarters, 111 East 59th St., New York.

One of the most far-reaching organizations for war relief in the United States is the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania, which, with 59 associate organizations and branches, 33 of which have been formed since March 1, 1917, comprises more than four thousand members. The central committee, of which Mrs. A. J. Cassatt, the chairman, has 26 separate committees, the work of each of which is distinct and which results in the carrying of relief to virtually all the Allied countries, meeting many and diverse needs and covering practically the entire gamut of war relief enterprise. The Emergency Aid is also engaged in valuable domestic activities. In all, a total of nearly $2,000,000 had been received The vice chairmen are Mrs. Edward Browning, Mrs. John C. Groome, Mrs. George Q. Horwitz, Mrs. J. Willis Martin, Mrs. Cornelius Stevenson, Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury,Mrs. Barclay H. Warburton, Mrs. Thomas Robins,secretary, Mrs. Edward K. Rowland, corresponding secretary and Mrs. J. Norman Jackson, treasurer. Headquarters, 1428 Walnut St., Philadelphia.

The Committee of Mercy was established in October, 1914, with the approval of President Wilson, to help the women and children and other noncombatants made destitute by the war. Associated in the Committees formation were Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, Miss Katharine B. Davis, Norman Hapgood, John Moffat and T. C. Glen-Coats, Mr. Elihu Root,honorary president, and the vice presidents include Dr. Charles W. Eliot,Harvard University, John Purroy Mitchel, ex-Mayor of New York, Miss Katharine B. Davis, chairman, Parole Commission of New York, and Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, Mr. August Belmont,treasurer. The Committee of Mercy, up to the summer of 1917, had collected more than $2,065,000. In addition to the relief administered through reliable agencies in France, Russia, Armenia, Serbia, Montenegro and Poland, considerable sums have been raised for other relief committees. Headquarters, 360 Madison Ave., New York City.

Immediately upon the declaration of war Mrs. H. Fairfield Osborn, organized the Hudson River War Relief Committee and sub-committees, and sewing and knitting socials were established in the small towns and villages along the Hudson River. Associated with Mrs. Osborn, are Mrs. Cornelius R. Agnew, Mrs.

Vincent Astor, Miss Grace Bigelow, Miss Catherine S. Burton, Mrs. Charles DeRahm, Miss Madeline I. Dinsmore, Mrs. Cleveland H. Dodge, Mrs. Martin H. Glynn, Mrs. Levi P. Morton, Miss Mary Haidane, Miss Irene M. Hedges, Miss Gertrude L. Hoyt, Mrs. Robert P. Huntington, Mrs. Ogden Mills, Mrs. Archibald Rogers, Mrs. James Roosevelt, Mrs. Samuel Sloan, Mrs. Clarence Page Townsley,Mrs. Frederick W. Vanderbilt, Headquarters, Room 65, 18 West 34th St., New York City.

The League of the Allies, 360 Madison Ave., New York City, has for its object relief for the sufferers in all the countries affiliated with the Entente in the prosecution of the war against the Central Empires. Money has been raised chiefly by the great Allied bazaars held in the Grand Central Palace in New York in 1916 and 1917. Among the prominent women identified with the work are Mrs. Charles B. Alexander, Mrs. Gertrude Atherton, Mrs. H. R. Beckwith, Mrs. William Astor Chanler, Lady Colebrooke, Mrs. William H. Crocker, Mrs. C. C. Cuyler, Miss M. L. de Sadeleer, Mrs. C. H. Ditson, Mrs. Newbold Leroy Edgar, Mrs. Jeanne L. Etty, Mrs. William Faversham, Mrs. Marshall Field, Jr., Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson, Mrs. Benjamin Guinness, Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, Mrs. Ernest Iselin, Lady Lister Kaye, Mrs. Maurice Kozminiski, Mrs. Charles H. Marshall, Miss Elsa Maxwell, Mrs. Walter E. Maynard, Miss Margaret Mayo, Mrs. Potter Palmer, Mrs. Gifford Pinchot, Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Mrs. James Lowell Putnam, Mrs. Ralph Sanger, Mrs. J. H. Sears, Mrs. William Payne Thompson, Mrs. H. J. Whigham,Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, Mrs. Michael Gavin is secretary and Mrs. Andrew W. Dougherty is treasurer.

The League of Catholic Women is a New York State organization with branches in various cities. Miss Teresa R. O'Donohue,is president. Mrs. Nicholas F. Brady, Mrs. Alfred C. Chapin, Miss Elizabeth Marbury, and Mrs. Francis Burrall Hoffman are vice presidents. Mrs. P. J. Gallagher offered her residence, 154 East 38th Street, New York City, as headquarters for the League of Catholic Women for the duration of the war. The League cooperates with other Catholic organizations and supplies hospital garments and other articles made according to Red Cross and French standards. Twenty-seven organizations of Catholic women are uniting in one great powerful committee which is doing nation-wide war work along all lines. Headquarters, Woodward Bldg., Washington, D. C. Father Louis J. O'Hearn is General Chairman.

The Mercy Committee of New Jersey, since the war began, has sent abroad approximately 70,000 garments and more than $10,000. The junior branches have also made bandages and have sent a large number to Europe through the Red Cross Surgical Dressings Committee. The Committee's work is now largely devoted to the equipment and reconstruction of the military hospital located at Iselin. Mrs. Charles D. Freeman is president, Mrs. Fred H. Albee, Mrs. J. Kirtland Myers and Mrs. Jabez Gilbert are vice presidents and Mrs. Chapman Fiske is secretary. Headquarters Iselin.

In February, 1917, Columbia University mobilized and sent out enrollment blanks to all men and women connected in any way with the University. About eight thousand women answered and a separate Committee of Women's War Work was formed which opened its Information Bureau on April 6, 1917. This Committee registers for volunteer or paid war work, any woman who is or has been connected with the University. It supplies information as to course and needs in war activities. It furnishes volunteer workers and fills paid positions. It is in close touch with other War Organizations in the city and with various departments at Washington. Its headquarters are in Room 301, Philosophy Hall, Columbia University, New York City; chairman of the Committee on Women's War Work, Virginia C. Gildersleeve, executive secretary, Virginia Newcomb.

139 East 7th Street: Myers Residence

November 27, 1906 New York Times Obituary

Jared Kirtland Myers, Vice President of the American Bank Note Company, died suddenly at Plainfield, NJ last night of apoplexy. He was a Director of the City National Bankn of Plainfield. Mr. Myers was 63 years of age an was a native of Plattsburg, NY. He was prominent in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church and a number of local institutions. He leaves a widow.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Von Boskerck

From the Plainfield Library

Jared Kirtland Myers

Jared K. Myers was born in 1843 in Plattsburg, New York. His father, Lawrence, was a merchant; he had five brothers. His great grandparents, the Van Moyers, came from Holland to America through Perth Amboy, and settled in Herkimer, NY. The Kirtland side of the family came from England and settled in Connecticut; their descendants were patriots in the Revolutionary War.

Jared Myers attended the public schools in Plattsburg, and then worked for several years in his father's store there. He moved to New York City in 1864 and was employed as a banker in the office of I. B. Kirtland. Mr. Myers eventually settled in Plainfield, NJ in 1867, where he became a prominent citizen. He married Miss Mary A. Stillman in 1871. Miss Stillman was the daughter of Dr. Charles Stillman, the second Mayor of Plainfield who also founded its public school system. The couple resided at 139 East Seventh Street, and did not have any children.

Mr. Myers was on the original board of directors that helped to establish the Plainfield Public Library in 1881. He was also a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the Masonic Order, the Union County Country Club, and a trustee of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. He died suddenly on November 26, 1906 of apoplexy; he was 63 years old.

Items of Interest

Dr. Charles Stillman

Plainfield's public school system

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church

Myers Obituary from the Plainfield Daily Press

Tuesday, November 27, 1906 The Daily Press

J. Kirtland Myers Dead

Vice President of American Bank Note Succumbs Suddenly

Former Councilman

Director of City National Bank and a Mason – Funeral Services Tomorrow Afternoon

Following an illnes of little more than a week with rheumatic trouble, Jared Kirtland Myers died suddenly at his home on East Seventh street at 6 o'clock last night. He had been improving during the day and was in unusually excellent spirits when a blood clot formed a the base of teh brain and death followed within a very short time. Mrs. Myers was at his bedside when the end came. Apoplexy is defined as the cause as it came primarily.

Mr. Myers was vice president and one of the trustees of the American Bank Note Comnpany of New York and was born in Plattsburg, N.Y. in 1843. The VonMoyers, his great-grandparents, came from the Hague, Holland, in colonial times, and landing at Perth Amboy, located in Herkimer, N.Y. The Kirtlands, the mother's family, came to American from England in Colonial times and settled near Baybrook, Conn. Their descendants were patriots in the Revolutionary struggle.

Lawrence Myers, the father of J. Kirtland Myers, was a merchant for half a century in Plattsburg, where he resided until his death in 1871. The mother died in 1864. William W. Myers of Watchung Avenue is the only surviving brother.

J. Kirtland received his education in the public scools of his native city and subsequently spent several years in his father's store and office Plattsburg. In 1864 he went to New York city and entered the office of J. B. Kirtland, banker, on Pine street, where he remained until 1869, when he commenced the bank note business. He removed to this city in 1867 and at the outset manifested an interest in all its affaris. He was recognized as a prominent and useful citizen and at all times was ready to bear his share of official duties. He served as a member of the Common Council and antagonised a certain element by doing all in his power to make Plainfield a no-license city. In 1871 he married Miss Mary A. Stillman, daughter of the late Dr. Charles H. Stillman, who was looked upon as one of Plainfield's foremost citizens and the man who perfected its school system. He leaves no family.

Mr. Myers was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the Masonic order, and when it was in existence, was a member and enthusiastic supporter of the Union Count Country Club. He was a member of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian church and was a trustee for many years.

He was, for years, a member of the board of directors of the Public Library, retiring to the late eighties. He was a member of Alert Home Company, at the timne it went out of existence. He was a director of the City National Bank.

The funeral will be held a this late home on East Seventh strett tomorrow afternoon at 2:30.

November 14, 1895 New York Times

New York Times November 14, 1895


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

Photo by Dan Damon

Hillside Cemetery
October 20, 2011

Jared Kirtland Myers
1843 - 1906
His Wife
Mary A. Stillman
1844 - 1920


Plainfield CC

New York Times August 18, 1901


Results of Weekly Marches at Hillside and Park Clubs.

PLAINFIELD, N. J. Aug. 17 – Notwithstanding the warm weather, there was a good attendance at the links of the Hillside Golf Club today. In the contest for the Mellick Cup, played this morning, Miss Maude Van Boskerck carried off the honors, the scores being: Miss Maude Van Boskerck 116, 12 - 104; Miss Herwarden, 110, 4 - 106, Miss May Holly, 137, 30 - 107; Miss May Wharton, 150, 35 - 115; Miss Louise Holly, 172, 25 - 137.

In the play for the Golf Committee Cup on the Hillside links, T. R. Van Boskerck led W. L. Glenny today by three points. The scores were: T. R. Van Boskerck, 92, 12 - 80; W. L. Glenny, 88 6 - 83; Walter Peterson, 99, 15 - 84; W. C. Faber, III, 27 -84; C. W. Abbott, 94, 8 - 86; C. A. Stevenson, 116, 24 - 92; C. C. Burke, Jr., 111, 19 - 92; E. W. Hedges, 115, 22-93; J. W. Sandford, 107, 13 -94; E. W. Newkirk, 122, 27 - 95; H. C. Tracey, 123, 17 - 96; L. H. Van Buren, 113, 15 - 98; J. R. Blake, 118, 18 -100; H. C. Munger, 114, 12 - 102; R. Rushmore, 127, 20 -107.

There was a comparatively small field in the weekly competition for the President's Cup at the Park Golf Club, and first and second honors went to Joseph L. Myers and Charles L. Nichols, respectively, who are newcomers in the race, while Charles B. Morse took third place. Senator Charles A. Reed still leads for the trophy.

The score cards better than 100 were: Joseph L. Myers, 117, 30 - 87; Charles L. Nichols, 119, 30 - 80; Charles B. Morse, 107, 15 - 92; William R. Faber, 113, 21 - 97; H. G. Phillips, 124, 25 - 90; Henry C. Wells, 118, 19 - 99.


1901 Directory of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

1. Continental Chapter - Plainfield
Organized January 23, 1896; Members, 36 (New York, 2; Kentucky, 1)

Regent, Mrs. C. W. McCutchen
1st Vice-Regt., Mrs. Rowland Cox
2nd Vice-Regt., Miss Eliza E. Kenyon
Secretary, Mrs. J. Kirtland Myers
Treasurer, Mrs. J. G. Foster
Registrar, Mrs. D. H. Rowland

Residence of Mrs. Wm. W. Myers and Miss Martine, 1100 Watchung 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

November 16, 1909 New York Times

MYERS – Suddenly, at Plainfield, N.J., on Sunday, November 14, 2909, Laetitia M., beloved wife of the late Lawrence Myers, Esq. Services at her late residence, (Sunnyside) 537 East Front Street, Plainfield, N.J., on Wednesday, November 17th, at 3 P.M. Carriages will meet express train leaving West 23d Street at 1:50 and foot of Liberty Street, N.Y. City, at 2 o'clock, C. R. R. of N.J.

SEE: Member: Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

Daughters of the American Revolution North Plainfield Chapter

Elizabeth Snyder-Continental Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)


Mrs. Ruth Ryno, Chapter Regent
Mail: 77 Willow Avenue, North Plainfield, N.J. 07060

Phone: (908) 561-4236
Holly Jean Dunbar, Vice Regent
Dorothy Ryno, Chaplain
Karen Miller, Secretary
Margaret Edythe Risberg, Treasurer
Susan Dobrinsky, Registrat
Lynda Pasko, Historian
Nancy Ryno, Librarian

Founded in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

Membership in the DAR is open to women 18 and over who can trace their descent from a man or woman who aided the cause of American independence.

As the most inclusive lineal society in the country, the DAR boasts 168,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally.

Elizabeth Snyder-Continental Chapter meetings are held in the evenings on the second Monday of the month, September through December, and March through May; meeting location varies. Meetings include a program on a topic of interest. Prospective members are welcome to attend.

Locally, the DAR offers scholarships to students, sponsors contests for students in American history, hosts the Junior American Citizens division of the annual Somerset County 4-H Fair, supports our troops overseas, provides gifts for hospitalized veterans, participates in local patriotic events and more.

DAR members may also participate in a variety of state and national programs and events.

If you have an ancestor who served in the American Revolution and would like more information on joining the DAR, please contact the chapter.


Elizabeth Snyder Chapter
Organized December 19, 1925

The Elizabeth Snyder Chapter was organized on December 19, 1925 in the North Plainfield home of Mrs. Charles Banks, who at the time served as State Regent of the New Jersey Society. There were 13 members present, and Miss Samma Gertrude VanWinkle was elected Organizing Regent.

Originally know as the North Plainfield Chapter, the name Elizabeth Snyder was adopted at the request of the Registrar General. Elizabeth Snyder was born Elizabeth Mann at Schoharie, N.Y., in 1722. She was the daughter of a well-known patriot. In 1741, she married Captian Peter Snyder. In the old history of Schoharie County, N.Y., it states: "While the enemy were discharing their cannon (during the Battle of Schoharie, September 1780), Mrs. Synder exposed herself to the fire of the enemy by going to the soldiers and passing them biscuits and rum sweetened with gunpowder - as the old records say - "to divert them from fear." Peter Snyder, her husband, was presented with a cannonball to acknowledge the bravery of his wife. It came from the rafters of the church where the Americans had been under siege. The histories also state: "Among the women at the fort whose courage was undaunted was the wife of Captain Snyder, whose assistance and encouragement were worthy to receive homage from the descendants of that noble band that none can reflect upon but with patriotic admiration." Elizabeth Snyder's two sons and sons-in-law also served in the Revolutionary War. (Excerpts from "History of Chapter Names of the New Jersey State Society of the DAR, 1891-1985," Mrs Ruth DeBruin, editor.)

Throughout the years, the Chapter actively supported DAR objectives through community service. This service includes the sponsorship of Native American students, students at DAR schools and local youth organizations. The Chapter supported the DAR occupational therapy program at Ellis Island, and more recently the restoration work and sponsorship of a DAR room in the Museum there.

The Chapter remained active in community activities to mark patriotic events and milestones, has supported our troops in times of war, and recognized many individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society.

Continental Chapter
Organized January 23, 1896

Continental Chapter was organized on January 23, 1896 as the 14th DAR chapter in New Jersey. Mrs. J. Kirkland Myers served as Organizing Regent.

The chapter is named for "These three regiments, who constituted New Jersey's enlistments to the heroic Continental Army, whose sacrifices, hardships and consecration to the cause of Liberty no pen has ever described."

In 1912, the Chapter had a marker placed at Washington Rock State Park, with a tablet that reads: "From this rock Gen. George Washington watched the movements of the British forces during the anxious months of May and June 1777."

In 1936, the Chapter placed a granite boulder with a plaque in Greenbrook Park in Plainfield to mark the site of the Outpost Camp that guarded Washington and his troops at Morristown in the winter of 1777.

Continental Chapter continued its mission to mark and preserve local sites of historical interest. The Chapter supported the preservation of the Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, and at one time provided furnishings for the second floor of this historic home that was built along the York Road in 1745 by Isaac Drake for his son, Nathaniel. George Washington met his officers there during and after the Battle of the Watchungs, fought in the Plainfield area, June 25-27, 1777. (Excerpts from "History of Chapter Names of the New Jersey State Society of the DAR, 1891-1985," Mrs Ruth DeBruin, editor.)

Mrs. Charles Banks, a member of Continental Chapter, served as New Jersey State Regent 1923-1926. During that time, she helped to organize Elizabeth Snyder Chapter. Mrs. Banks went on to serve the National Society as Vice President General 1926-1929.

On July 2, 2002, Elizabeth Snyder Chapter, based in Dunellen, and Continental Chapter, based in Plainfield, merged to form Elizabeth Snyder-Continental Chapter. On February 5, 2005, the official location of the chapter was changed to Green Brook. Current members reside in North Plainfield, Green Brook, Dunellen, Warren, South Plainfield and Long Hill Township.

November 16, 2013

Celebration of the Life of Barbara Tracy Sandford

Dr. Charles L. Mead married Evie Madsen's daughter, Nancy Hance, December 2, 1968.

Perhaps Rev. Mead was a relation to "our" Mrs. Mead?

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead donated one of the stained glass windows in the church:

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

Frederick, being of course her husband, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers were Mrs. Mead's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Myers were also founding member Mrs. Jared Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) Myers '15 in-laws.

There were many Stillmans in the Club:

Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

Woman's National Farm and Garden Association - 1918 - ‎World War, 1914-1918

January 4, 2014 Researching Golestan

January 4, 2014

Several members and the Plainfield Historical Society have now jumped into the ring in the quest to find the Very Old Statue. Nothing yet to report, but many of you have asked for more information about the estate and the Stillman family. To learn more, click on the individual member files:

Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15

January 2, 2014

Dear Members,

We have been invited to solve a mystery!

A very prestigious professor from the University of Chicago, has written to us as he is researching Stillman Gardens in Plainfield.

The Stillman Garden apartment complex sits on the former Persian consulate estate called "Golestan" along Front Street and Leland Avenue. About ten years ago, the PGC documented this garden and submitted it to the Smithsonian Archives (see link).

In particular, the professor, Matthew W. Stolper, is interested in a statue which we described at the time of submission as a Japanese girl, carved in 1691. (It is not clear in the documentation if the statue was actually seen.)

Within the grounds of the apartment complex, there are several noticeable remnants of the Golestan garden. In addition, members are aware of Plainfield residents that have in their possession different items from the estate. So it stands to reason that we, as a group, may know where this statue is – if not on the grounds of the Stillman apartment complex . . .

Would anyone be willing to take a stroll through the complex and search for the statue? Bring your cameras and lets photograph the garden! The Smithsonian likes to have updated photographs.

If you would like to visit the garden or have any information on the garden or the Stillmans, please write back to

January 31, 2015 Correspondence

Dear Ms. Nichols,

My sincerest apologies for getting back to you so late. Our website had an "issue" with emails and I am just figuring it out.

Unfortunately, the only thing I would know about your family are the things posted on for Mrs. Mead:

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead was relating to other members of the Plainfield Garden Club:

Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42
Joy, Mrs. James R. (Emma Prentice McGee) '33
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Susan M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47

I do recommend you contacting the genealogy department of the Plainfield Library 908-857-1111 as they would be more likely to help you further. Also, there may be information to be found at the Fanwood Library

Best of luck to you –

Susan Fraser
Communications Chair
Plainfield Garden Club
Founded 1915

December 27, 2014

My mother, Sandra Shepard Wright, was an only child and the great grand-daughter of Agustus D Shepard and Johanna Elizabeth Mead. I am looking for any information regarding great aunt Winifred Prentice Kay, and also Marie Riis [aka Rees] who was married to Agustus D. Shepard Jr. -Thanks!

Winifred Ohrstrom Nichols

Detwiller blueprints 139 East Seventh Street

August 8, 2015

Library offers trove of vintage Plainfield home blueprints for sale

Plainfield homeowners and history buffs are getting a one-of-a-kind opportunity as the Plainfield Public Library prepares to offer upwards of 3,000 blueprint originals from its Detwiller Collection for sale to the public.

The blueprints offered for sale are part of a trove of many thousands recovered from a dumpster at City Hall by the late Plainfield architect and artist Charles Detwiller.

While many of Plainfield's grand homes and mansion are among the blueprints (though fewer than originally, owing to some 'fingering' before strict controls were put in place), the appeal of the collection will be stronger for those who live in or admire the more modest vintage homes from the turn of the 20th century to the World War II era.

These homes include many classic Tudors and other 'cottage' and 'revival' styles, as well as 'foursquares', ranches and Cape Cods and more contemporary stules.

These represent the bulk of Plainfield's building stock from its most expansive period and they were often enough improved or expanded – giving rise to the need for plans showing the original building and the proposed alterations to be filed with the City's inspections department.

It is those blueprints, which have now been cataloged and digitized, that are being offered for sale. In library parlance, they have been de-accessioned, meaning that they no longer need be kept permanently by the Library and are available for dispostion to private parties.

The Library has a portal to the Charles Detwiller Blueprint Collection on its website (see here) and has made a complete list of the blueprints for sale also available online (see here).

The list is alphabetized by street name, and then number. However, I would advise reading the Library's instructions closely so you make the proper notations for your request (see here) – easing the staff's task in finding the item(s) in which you are interested. Paying attention to the suggested time frames needed and numbers of items per request will help you avoid headaches. So, please read and follow the instructions carefully – as carpenters like to say, 'measure twice, cut once'.

The sale will run from September 1 to November 13, 2015 in a two-step process –

You check the offerings to find items that interest you, making careful notations; and

You and the Library work out a pick-up appointment, at which you will be able to view the actual items and make a final decision on your purchase.

Single-page blueprints are priced at $50 each and multiple-page sets at $100. Cash or credit cards are fine, but the Library will not accept personal checks.

Proceeds of the sale will be used to finance the further digitization of the blueprint collection – meaning that we can look forward to another offering of materials at some future point.

The Detwiller Collection is absolutely unique in its size and scope, covering decades of Plainfield history and thousands of buildings throughout the city. Plainfield residents owe Charlie Detwiller a debt of gratitude for his perspicacity that cannot be repaid.

And we owe a debt of gratitude to Library Director Joe Da Rold for the vision that saw in these rescued documents an invaluable resource for the community, and devised means and methods of ensuring these fragile records would be available to Plainfield residents permanently through having them digitized.

Mr. Detwiller is the late husband of PGC Honorary member Cath Detwiller. Mr. Detwiller's Aunt Laura was a long-time member of the PGC and a very talented botanical artist. Read about the Detwiller family here:

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

Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29

And Mr. Detwiller's in-laws:

Campbell, Mrs. William Hall (Mabel C. Raper) '28

Davis, Mrs. F. Edgar (Dorothy or "Dottie" Campbell) '60

February 24, 2016 Email exchange with Stillman Family Descendent

Received this today:

You've received a new submission from your "contact us" through your "Plainfield Garden Club" Andy's Web Tools web site.

name: Mrs. Thomas B. Stillman Quarles (Carolyn)
email: xxxxxx
phone: xxxxxxx


In researching the Stillman family I saw a photo titled "A Group of Friends at the Home of Thomas B. Stillman 1860. " This was on your website while searching "Member: Stillman, Mrs. William Maxon (Elizabeth B. Atwood) "15. page 5. I would like to know the photo's provenance and whether a copy is available. Your website is very impressive. I appreciate your help.

Our response:

Dear Carol,

Thank you for writing in to us. The photo you reference was taken from a Google search years ago that had a site listed as The link to this site no longer works. We recommend contacting the Plainfield Library has they have extensive genealogical records for the founding families of Plainfield.

Please make sure you take a look at all our Stillman and Quarles members:

Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

Does anyone remember any of these members?!

UPDATE: February 27th:

Many thanks for your prompt reply. I am receiving help from Jane Thoner at the Public Library. My husband Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles and I lived in Plainfield from 1954-57 after he graduated from Harvard Business School and worked in Union, NJ. We lived at 520 W. 7th Street and I was introduced to all the living Stillmans then–especially Aunt Dinny (Mrs. Albert Leeds Stillman and their estate Gulestan. I was busy with our first son, Kenneth, who was born at Muhlenberg Hospital in 1955. Aunt Ethel, the second Mrs. William Maxon Stillman, was our neighbor. Tom's mother, Anita Mary Stillman, taught me much family history, but Tom (90) and his sister Mary ( 88) both died in 2013 and I have no more contacts in Plainfield. I really enjoyed reading your membership lists and recognizing familiar names of the influential citizens who made Plainfield such an exceptional place. I remember once helping Aunt Dinny weed the Shakespeare Garden!

There is one disturbing error in your excellent club records: Anita Mary Stillman's husband was EMMET Augustus Quarles–not Ernest. Our third son is named after EAQ and was born on his birthday May 22. Our Rob is very proud of his heritage and especially the spelling of Emmet (one "t"). I hope it may be possible to correct this name. The Quarles family also has a distinguished southern history. Emmet's father was a professor of Moral Philosophy at Washington and Lee University in 1905.

You can see that I have a busy job trying to collect this genealogy for posterity and hope that at my age (86) I will have enough time! Fortunately I am reasonably "digitally savy" but
my fingers are not as facile as they once were in my secretarial days. I most appreciate a phone call–xxxxxxxxxx. Our home has been in xxxxxx since 1970. The address is xxxxxxxxxx.