Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Edwin J. (Elizabeth "Betty" Chisholm Roney) '55

1970 - 1990 Address: 1734 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Plainfield

1984 - 1989: Active
1990 - 1991: Deceased

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

August 23, 1981 New York Times Wedding Announcement of Edwin J. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Amy L. Hornsby Bride of Edwin J. Fitzpatrick Jr.
Published: August 23, 1981

The marriage of Amy Louise Hornsby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. William Hornsby of Concord, Calif., to Edwin J. Fitzpatrick Jr. took place yesterday at the home of the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, in Plainfield, N.J. The Rev. Richard L. Van Deusen performed the Presbyterian ceremony.

Christine Hornsby was maid of bridegroom's father served as best man. Mrs. Fitzpatrick, a systems engineer with the International Business Machines Corporation in New York, was graduated in 1976 from the University of Maryland.

Her father is senior auditor with Standard Oil of California in San Francisco.

The bridegroom, a vice president of Shearson-American Express, was graduated from Boston University and received a J.D. degree from a combined program at the University of Miami and New York University. His father, now retired, was formerly a general partner in Orvis Brothers & Company, members of the New York Stock Exchange.

From the Corresponding Secretary file

This paper is not dated but presumed to be circa 1980

Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick (Betty)
1734 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Plainfield
07060 201-756-6507
G.C. of Plainfield

Zone IV Director

December 20, 1982

1987 Archives

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Contributors in Marge Ladd's Memory for the Shakespeare Garden

Mrs. Philip Nash
Mrs. Lawrence Heely
Mrs. Richard Eckert
Mrs. Webster Sandford
Mrs. June [not legible]
Standish Ave and Wood Ave
Mrs. Bruce Reid
Mrs. Northrop Pond
Mrs. Alden De Hart
Mrs. E. J. Fitzpatrick
Mrs. William Elliot
Mrs. Charles Eaton Jr.
Mrs. William Shepherd

Total $445.00

1987 Archives

1987 Archives

1988 Archives

Contributions for the Polly Heely Memorial Fund

Mrs. Murray Rushmore
Mrs. E. J. Fitxpatrick
Mrs. F. Gregg Burger
Mrs. Philip Nash
Mrs. Frederic Pomeroy
Mrs. Alexander Kroll
Mrs. C. Northrop Pond
Mrs. Theodore Budenbach
Mrs. Homer Cochran
Mrs. Dabney Moon
Mrs. Webster Sandford
Mrs. Alden Loosli
Mrs. Robert Loughlin
Mrs. Robert de Graff
Horse Shoe Rad, [not legible] NY 11765
Total $430.00

From the Corresponding Secretary File, Jane Craig

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Elizabeth Loizeaux

Here is the check to be sent to the GCA Endowment Fund earmarked for Interchange Fellowship – in memory of Betty Fitz –

sent 2/22/91

from the Corresponding Secretary file

not dated, presumed to be 1991

Elizabeth –

These are the people who contributed to the PGC in memory of Betty Fitzpatrick.

One list is for your reference – I guess letters need to be written.

One list is for the Fitzpatrick family – Send it to the Sleepy Hollow address and I'm sure they will get it. Anne

From the Corresponding Secretary file

from the Corresponding Secretary file

from the Corresponding Secretary file

1734 Sleepy Hollow Lane

Plainfield Public Library
Detwiller Archives

Collection Detwiller
Title Kitchen Alteration to Residence
Description Proposed alterations to kitchen in residence. Includes multiple layout options.
Building Type Residence
Work Type Alteration and/or Addition
Elevation Yes
Blueprint ID D-9751
Permit NOP477
Year of Permit 1954
Microfilm Roll 0214
Microfilm Frame 0123
Address 1734 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Historic District
City Plainfield
Architect Charles H. Detwiller Jr.
Architect Firm
Owner E.J. Fitzpatrick
Business Owner

1984 Questover Designers Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

April 24 - May 30, 1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showhouse

Many PGC members were also members of the Muhlenberg Auxiliary that staged amazing designer homes in Plainfield in an effort to raise money for the hospital.

In 1988, the designer showcased home was Cedar Brook Farm which had also been the home of a PGC member, Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, PGC President 1958 - 1960

To see the progam and learn the history of the house, click these links:

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Cover to Page 25

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 26 to 50

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 51 to 75

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 76 to End

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

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."

June 13, 2012 Frederic Detwiller sent in this photo ca. 1965

Taken at his mother's home (Cath Detwiller) 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

1734 Sleepy Hollow Lane

Mrs. Fitzpatrick

1997 Mansions of May

1734 Sleepy Hollow Lane

Situated on a sunny 3 1/2 acre lot, this Greek revival home with imposing two-story columns and massive stone facade was built in 1931 and renovated by noted Plainfield architect Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. in 1958. After entering through the stately exterior, visitors will find a comfortable family home that features an abundant interplay of light. The dining room is of special interest, incorporating "hidden" cabinets and a large bay window overlooking the patio, pool and extensive gardens. Boasting three fireplaces, a traditional paneled library, and a 1997 kitchen renovation, this home combines both the elegance and the comfort of a true family home.

In Memoriam

Elizabeth Roney Fitzpatrick
October 14, 1990

Elizabeth Roney Fitzpatrick, always known just as Betty – or if you will, and just as affectionately, referred to as Betty Fitz – was a ver special person, bubbling with enthusiasm, humorous, able and loving. She grew up in Miami, living there until she married Edwin Fitzpatrick, but typical of Betty, after forty years away she still had close Miami friends.

In 1950, the couple moved to Plainfield and Betty immediately became involved in the life of this community. She was an enthusiastic and capable volunteer in whatever task she took on, and at the time of her death she had been a dedicated director of the Plainfield Foundation for many years.

Betty Fitz was our President for two terms, from 1972 to 1974, and under her leadership we staged a very successful garden tour and sale called "Spring Potpourri."

She was asked to work for the Garden Club of America. Twice she was a member of the Zone IV Interchange Fellowship Committee and one year was the Zone IV Chairman. She also was a member of the GCA Board of Associates. She co-chaired the mammoth luncheon for all the delegates to the GCA Annual Meeting in 1987.

One of Betty's greatest pleasures was her garden and she worked in it many hours. She delighted in showing it to her many friends and they in turn, were always rewarded not only by enjoying its charm, but also by enjoying Betty's enthusiasm, her knowledge and above all her love of flowers.

In the passing of Betty Fitzpatrick Plainfield has lost a great citizen and we have lost a great friend. We send out deepest sympathy to her children, Anne and Win, for the loss of their mother, and to Elizabeth, her grandchild.

NOTE: June 1, 2013. Phyllis Alexander handed Susan Fraser this letter preserved in a plastic cover. Phyllis is cleaning out her home as she is moving from what was once Betty Fitzpatrick's home on Sleepy Hollow Lane. Phyllis believes that perhaps Barbara Sandford wrote this tribute. It is traditional for a fellow PGC friend of the recently deceased PGC member to write and read a tribute of that member at a meeting, followed by a moment of silence.

Chisholm Family Tree

(Much of this research was contributed by Everett David Chisholm Sutherland)

John Chisholm
m. Isabel Duke

George Chisholm b. 1801 (Bap. August 25, 1801 in St. Nigeans Parish, County of Forfar, Scotland)
d. November 13, 1846 in Manchester, England (Rusholme Road Cemetery)
m.Susannah Bagnall b. ___ d. April 17, 1865
married September 30, 1828 in St. Mary's Church, Manchester, England

Isabela Chisholm b. July 10, 1829 in the Twp. of Chorlton-Upon-Medlock
George Chisholm b. January 4, 1832 in the Twp. of Chorlton-Upon-Medlock d. January 1,1835
Susannah Chisholm b. May 16, 1834 (Borough of Salford) d. April 28, 1863 at Stockport
John Chisholm II b. September 14, 1836 (Patricroft) d. June 16, 1899
m. Mary Ann Wainwright b. January 17, 1836
Mary Ann Chisholm
m. R.W. Nutall
George Chisholm
William Chisholm
Harriet May Chisholm
m. William Walker Collinge
Doris May Collinge b. November 6, 1897
m. John William Cheetham
married March 29, 1921 in St. John's, Cheetham, Manchester
Humphrey Collinge Cheetham (bap.) January 25, 1925
Alexander Chisholm b. September 15, 1839 - Twp. of Chorlton-Upon-Medlock d.December 9,1846
William Chisholm b. February 3, 1842 in the Twp. of Hulme
David Chisholm b. November 6 (Twp. Hulme, Manchester) d. May 14, 1920 (Berwyn, Pennsylvania)
m. Rachel Cooper b. November 3, 1844 (Manchester) d. April 4, 1889 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
married December 5, 1905 in Church of the Venerable St. Bede, Jarrow on Tyne, Durham County
Milton Chisholm b. April 12, 1867 (Sheffield, England) d. November 12, 1867 (Sheffield)
William Milton Chisholm b. December 3, 1868 (Sheffield) d. December 9, 1936 (Philadelphia)
m.(1) Kate Seeback b. August 20, 1875 (Baltimore, MD) d. December 6, 1909
married February 20, 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
m.(2) Elsa Hoyt Claflin b. December 3, 1875 d. December 1, 1943
married December 12, 1912 in Manilla, Phillipine Islands
Milton George Chisholm b. July 26, 1915 (Cambridge, MD) d. September 29, 1932 (Phila.)
Rachel Ada Chisholm b. September 10, 1870 (Sheffield) d. October 14, 1946 (Philadelphia)
m. Alexander Sutherland b. June 6, 1863 (Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, Scotland)
d. July 6, 1936 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
married February 11, 1891 in Pavonia, Camden County, New Jersey
John Spotts Sutherland b. February 3, 1892 (Philadelphia) d. May 13, 1892 (Philadelphia)
Elsie Chisholm Sutherland b. October 19, 1894 (Philadelphia) d. December 27, 1931 (Phila.)
m. Theodore Chandler Junkins
married August 26, 1924 in New York City
Everett David Chisholm Sutherland b. April 22, 1901 (Philadelphia) d.
m. Emily Claire Newport b. January 18, 1903 d.
married March 28, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
George Chisholm Sutherland b. May 23, 1903 (Philadelphia) d. July 15, 1914 (Philadelphia)
Frank Edward Chisholm b. June 20, 1873 (Philadelphia) d. October 10, 1949 (Yeadon, PA)
m. Idella Warburton b. March 16, 1876 (Philadelphia) d. August 25, 1925 (Philadelphia)
married November 23, 1898 First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Idella Warburton Chisholm b. September 22, 1901 d. July 20, 1902 (Philadelphia)
Elva May Chisholm b. June 18, 1903 (Philadelphia) d.
Harry Ralph Chisholm b. April 29, 1875 (Philadelphia) d. May 31, 1936 (Philadelphia)
m. Grace Taylor b. August 10, 1876 (Alexandria,VA) d. January 25, 1958 (Philadelphia)
married April 28, 1909, in Camden, New Jersey
Ernest David Chisholm b. August 9, 1877 (Philadelphia) d. September 3, 1935 (Philadelphia)
m. Lillian Florence Worrell b. May 10, 1891 d.
married April 19, 1917 in New York City
divorced September 2, 1930
Florence Chisholm b. February 1, 1880 (Philadelphia) d. January 5, 1966 (Willow Grove,PA)
m.(1) Harry Justus Koch b. October 14, 1880 (Philadelphia) d. November 23, 1923 (Philadelphia)
married December 5, 1905 in Kensington, Philadelphia
m.(2) Henry Franz, Jr. b. February 15, 1871 (Philadelphia) d. November 2, 1950 (Rydal, PA)
Florence Beatrice Koch b. August 6, 1911 (Philadelphia) d. November 8, 1988 (Doylestown)
m. William Henry Davies II b. September 9, 1911 (Philadelphia) d. May 18, 1988 (Lansdale, PA)
Irene Chisholm b. February 18, 1882 (Philadelphia) d. April 1, 1939 (Philadelphia
m. Fred Eugene Dyer b. July 4, 1884 (Norristown, PA) d. October 10, 1924 (Philadelphia)
Gertrude Chisholm b. January 28, 1884 (Philadelphia) d. September 3, 1965 (Miami Beach,FL)
m. Newton Benjamin Taylor Roney b. January 20, 1883 (Camden,NJ) d. September 8, 1952(Phil.)
married January 25, 1907 in New York City
Elizabeth Chisholm Roney b. September 13, 1913 (W.Collingswood,NJ) d.
m. Edwin Joseph Fitzpatrick b. April 15, 1910 (NY City) d.
married July 5, 1940 in Miami Beach, Florida
Edwin Joseph Fitzpatrick, Jr. b. August 23, 1949 (Plainfield, NJ)
Anne Roney Fitzpatrick b. August 23, 1949 (Plainfield, NJ)
Elsie Chisholm b. June 16, 1888 (Philadelphia) d. September 22, 1967 (Plainfield, NJ)

October 29, 2013 Email with Sandy Furman

Hi Susan,

And here is a 1970 picture I took of my mother with some of her closest friends: "Dodi" Roome, Betty Fitzpatrick, "Dot" Genung, and Charlotte Montgomery, the Good Housekeeping columnist who lived in Westfield.

I've also included one of my mother with the poet and writer Adele DeLeeuw, who lived a few doors down from us on Oakland Avenue with her illustrator sister, Cateau.

By the way, Hazel Lockwood and her husband Fritz were my godparents. They also lived on Oakland Avenue.


Click here to see a larger photograph Furman Family Archives

UPDATE: Sally Genung Booth has written to say that is not her mother. Can anyone identify the lady in the white dress?

1970 Betty Fitzpatrick

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Saturday, April 29, 1961

City Garden Club Planning Tour

The Plainfield Garden Club is holding a tour of members' gardens, for members only, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday with Wednesday the rain date. Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart is general chairman of the tour and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick is vice chairman.

Hostesses who will open their gardens for the tour are: Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, 1215 Prospect Ave.; Mrs. Harry Brokaw Smith, 676 W. Eighth St.; Mrs. William P. Elliott, 822 Arlington Ave.; Miss Elsie Harmon, 437 Randolph Rd.; and Mrs. James H. Whitehead, 1340 Watchung Ave.

Thursday, May 5, 1961 Spring's Beauty Displayed on Tour of 6 Gardens

by Jill Koehler

Small gardens are oases from heat-reflecting streets and traffic's din. They're as individual as the people who plan and lovingly nurture them.

That was evident yesterday in the Plainfield Garden Club's tour, for members and their guests, of six members' gardens.

Hostesses in their gardens were: Mrs. Harry Brokaw Smith, 676 W. Eighth St.; Mrs. Victor R. King, 826 Arlington Ave.; Mrs. William P. Elliott, 822 Arlington Ave., Miss Elsie Harman, 437 Randolph Rd.; Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, 1215 Prospect Ave.; and Mrs. James H. Whitehead, 1340 Watchung Ave.

Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart, Jr. was general chairman and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick, vice chairman. Mrs. F. Gregg Burger was in charge of publicity.

Covers 3/4 of Acre

The Smith property, which include the horticultural interests of both Mr. and Mrs. Smith, is a series of gardens covering three-quarters of an acre. These contain plantings of ornamental trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs, perennials and a few annuals.

Winding through a small woodland of wild flowers and shrubs is an Enoch's walk, named from the verse about the patriarch in Genesis.

Standing watch over a patterned medieval herb garden is a statue of Fiacre, after whom the first cabs in Paris were named. While surrounded by a rock garden is a rustic pool a-glitter with its whippet swimming goldfish.

Among the hundreds of interesting plantings is: A Swiss mountain pine more than 25 years old that stands less than a foot high; the hinoki cypress that grows just two or three inches a year; Mediterranean heather that blooms all Winter; enkianthus, the bellflower tree with blooms shaped like small Dutchman's pipes.

15-foot Holly

Now a majestic 15-feet is the English holly, "Olive Smith," a seedling raised by Mr. Smith. Just before reaching the shaded walk is a wide swath of grass centered by a huge apple tree with its arms reaching to the birds and sky.

Surround the King garden on three sides is a French chestnut fence that is planted with 11 varieties of clematis.

Heavily shaded in most areas by large maples, white birches and dogwood, the basic planting is evergreen interspersed with such plantings as rhododendron, azalea, cherry laurel, yew, andromeda and recently, as an expedient, three camellia japonica from Oregon.

Early flowering Spring tulips still nod their heads in greeting. White primrose pertly face up at the edges of some beds and gerrymander edges the rose bed in the only sunny spot . . . .

Herb Garden

Planted in the protection of the house is the herb garden which includes sweet woodruff, the herb used by the Germans to make May wine.

Green plantings for shade, enhanced by the use of brick and ironwork, are the features of the Elliott garden.

A lead figure of a young girl called "Growing Things" stands near a pink wall of brick and stucco. The wall is a backdrop for the Fashion roses whose blooms will soon blend with the pink.

Once a glaring white, a mauve colored garage wall now sets a peaceful tone as it catches the shadows of fluttering leaves and is reflected in the pool in front of it.

Ironwork grilles on the pink wall were once horse stall dividers. A grille over the garage window was once a gate an ironwork snow eagles on the edge of the garage roof are from an old Pennsylvania house.

Additions this year include a brick walk to the gate-enclosed compost heap; the steel curbing in the driveway where new plantings have replaced three overgrown cedar trees.

Other Plantings

Among the many plantings are Delaware Valley azaleas, magnolia and flowering cherry trees, skimmer, cotoneaster, jasmine and clematnis.

Visitors to Miss Harman's garden first viewed it as they stepped from living room to terrace. To the right of the terrace is the cryptomeria tree, a native of Japan, that could well be an inspiration to an artist. The texture of its bark is of . . . .and the branching of its arms is unusual.

The large expanse of lawn is gracefully framed by a border of ten varieties of shrubs. Another tree of note is the pine oak, while dogwoods gently branch out over pink and violet tulips.

The path follows a series of "rounds" from an old millstone at the foot of the terrace steps; to a sundial, more than 100 years old, from an English estate; to the Moon Gate with spider web at the end of the garden.

Sandstone Birdbath

Near the terrace is the figure of "Dancing Girl" and an old Jersey sandstone birdbath, probably originally used as a horse trough.

The Lawton garden 60 by 176 feet, contains 48 trees, 94 shrubs, 10 climbing and 22 shrub roses and 102 kinds of herbaceous perennials, not including those in the rock garden.

Stretching its branches gracefully and colorfully is a generous sized crabapple tree that casts comfortable shadows over Summer luncheon spot of the Lawtons.

Fitting in decorously among the many trees is an unusual and Slimly Tall Japanese cherry tree. A silver bell tree over the pool still drinks in refreshing rain for its promised future bloom. While nearby the wild crocus blossomed and sang farewell in March.

Many of the late arriving jonquils still spread their petals wide and the dainty blue flowers of the anchusa dot the ground here and there.

A lush growth of myrtle grown from a few shoots from the garden of Mrs. Lawton's great-grandmother, covers the driveway bank.

Formal Garden

The Whitehead garden of 75 by 200 feet gives one a vista of the more formal English type garden. Designed and maintained by her, until recently, it opens to box hedged rose beds flanking the garden walk.

It is a garden of serenity, a Spring garden with bulbs, anchusa and bleeding hearts followed by white azaleas, lilacs, peonies and pink and white hawthorne trees.

In June the roses will give a delightful contrast to the verdant rich carpet of grass and in the Summer it will become a cool and shady spot.

To the visitor there is the pleasant surprise of a garden within a garden on a right angle at the rear. Focal point of this banked garden, framed with shrubs and flowers, is its pool . . .

1961 Barbara Tracy Sandford Archives from the GCA trip to Hawaii and Japan

The following documents contain photos of menus, vintage postcards, letters, books on Ikebana and much more from Barbara's trip in April through May 1961 to Hawaii and Japan. Barbara, and her dear friend Hazel Lockwood, were delegates to the Garden Club of America's annual meeting in Hawaii. An optional trip to Japan was added on after the meeting. Barbara had described this trip as one of the most fantastic experiences in her life.

1961 Barbara Tracy Sandford photographs from Japan

1961 Barbara Tracy Sandford trip to Hawaii and Japan: PART 1

1961 Barbara Tracy Sandford trip to Hawaii and Japan: PART 2

1961 Barbara Tracy Sandford trip to Hawaii and Japan: PART 3

1961 Barbara Tracy Sandford trip to Hawaii and Japan: PART 4

Inside these archives is a funny card from Betty to Barbara wishing her well.

April 23, 1965 Garden Club History Reviews Past 50 Years

A history of the Plainfield Garden Club was presented to members Wednesday by Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd at the club's annual meeting in the home of Mrs. Edgar F. Davis, 1080 Rahway Rd. Mrs. Alexander Kroll was co-hostess.

The history has been published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Garden Club, which was formed in 1915.

The first part of the history was written by a charter member, now deceased, Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck. The second part, covering the years from 1940-1965, was written by Mrs. Gerald Furman, and highlights the accomplishment of all the departments of the club.

Special emphasis is given to the three continuing projects: the Shakespeare Garden started in 1927; the Dogwood Collection, sponsored since 1946; and the Iris Garden begun in 1932; all in Cedar Brook Park. These three gardens have received national recognition and many awards for excellence.

The Union County Park Commission has just named the dogwood planting, "The Harriette R. Halloway Cornus Collection," in appreciation of the club's many years of service to park activities. Miss Halloway, 90, is the Garden Club's oldest living member and an authority on cornus and iris.

Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick, nominating chairman, present the slate of officers which was elected as follows: President, Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr.; first vice president, Mrs. David Sanders; second vice president, Mrs. F. Gregg Burger; treasurer, Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr.; recording secretary, Mrs. C. Northrup Pond; and corresponding secretary, Mrs. C. Benson Wigton Jr.

Mrs. Holman and Mrs. Sandford will attend the annual meeting of the Garden Club of America in Cleveland, Ohio from May 10-14. Mrs. Holman will present a resume of recent program given by members of the Plainfield Club on the botanical background of the mallow plant family.

Mrs. John Wells of Valley Road, Watchung, said the club will again give scholarships to the Audubon summer camps or the N. J. State School of Conservation at Stokes Forest, as has been done since 1941. School teachers and scout leaders are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

A colored movie, entitled "Wings Over Blitzen," was shown, picturing wildlife in its natural state in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore.

Tea followed the meeting. Mrs. C. Benson Wigton and Mrs. Blanche P. Nash presided at the tea table, which was decorated with an arrangement of white spring flowers.

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

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1973-1974 President

1974-1975 Directory

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

1987 Correspondence and Documents from the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

This is just a small sampling of meeting minutes, correspondence and notes from the memorabilia of Barbara Tracy Sandford. Barbara was the Garden Club of American Zone IV (NJ) Director in 1987. 1987 is the same year Zone IV hosted the Annual Meeting of the Garden Club of America.

Also mentioned assisting with the planning and execution of the Annual Meeting are PGC Members: Kroll, Hackman, Hunziker, Fitzpatrick, Reid, Vivian, Madsen, Booth, Tyler and King.

1987 Documents From the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

October 30, 2013 Furman Family Sends in Memorabilia

October 30, 2013

Sandy Furman sent her last two garden club photos and for the first time, we have a nice photo of Shirley Clark Barnhart '48.

October 29, 2013

Sandy Furman has sent in four more photos from her mother's momentos and they are worth taking a peek. She included a 1970 photo with three other PGC members: Dodie Roome; Betty Fitzpatrick; and Sally's mom, Dot Genung! UPDATE: Sally has just written to say that is not her mother . . . can anyone identify the lady in the white dress? Click here.

Also hilarious are two photos of Mrs. Furman dressed up for that crazy period-costume 1962 bake sale at the Drake house.

October 28, 2013

Another family contacts the PGC! Mrs. Furman's daughter has just stumbled across the website and was thrilled to see her mother's virtual scrapbook and has added to it – including a great photograph! See: Mrs. Gerald S. (Victoria Houck) Furman '62.

Mrs. Furman is particularly important to the PGC as it was she who wrote the incredible 50th Anniversary History in 1965. Betty Hackman had shared her copy and it is this document that began the research project into the 250-plus former members of the Club.

When informed of this huge contribution, Mrs. Furman's daughter was not surprised for it seems Mrs. Furman was a well known published author. She is most famous for penning a book on sleep-away camp titled Five in a Tent. It remains a childhood favorite for many.

So it is no wonder that the 50th Anniversary History is so well done – it was written by a published free lancer (Mrs. Furman) and illustrated by the well known artist and PGC member, Mrs. Acomb.

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

1989-1990 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Cocktail party circa 1984

18 photographs were taken from negatives found, unmarked, at the Plainfield Library March 22, 2013.

Martie Samek was instrumental in helping to identify many of the attendees. Location unknown as well as date.

Jack Roome on left with wife Dodie in pink. Ned King (Victor...son of Elizabeth King) speaking to Betty Fitzpatrick. Ned's former wife, Ysmina, has her back to the photographer.

The party was held at the home of Mrs. Reid:

Reid, Mrs. Bruce A. (Beverly Paulson or "Bev") '61, President 1981 - 1984 on Clarke's Lane in Scotch Plains. The Garden was documented for the Smithsonian by the Club in 1999.

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Bev Reid, Betty Fitzpatrick, Ned and Yamina King, Dodie and JAck Roome

1988-1989 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1990-1991 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club