Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Flanders, Mrs. Helen Irons '49

1948 - 1949 Treasurer Book, Active: "new" Mrs. Helen I. Flanders – no notation of payment or date

1949 - 1950 Treasurer Book, Active: Flanders, Mrs. Helen June 23, 1949 June 30, 1950 1951 June 1952

1970 Address: 40 Columbine Road, Milton, Mass 02186
NOTE: Listed as a "Sustaining Member"

Most likely related to:

Middledith, Mrs. James F. (Sarah Augusta Flanders) '20
Irons, Mrs. Henry Clay (Helen B.) '15 (mother)

Husband: William David Flanders

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

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.

Plainfield Public Library Archive


GARDEN CLUB TO HOLD FAIR – Mrs. Webster Sandford, special events chairman, sets marker for display of the Plainfield Garden Club Fair May 14-15 at Crescent and Park Aves. Looking on (left to right) are Mrs. Edward H. Ladd, windowbox arrangements; Mrs. H. I. Flanders, plant materical chairman; Mrs. Victor King, club president, and Mrs. Morris F. Benton, fair chairman.

1958 Check Book

No,. 1289
Jan. 23, 1958
Helen I. Flanders


1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

April 16, 1954

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Alice Flanders Jeffries

DARTMOUTH – Alice Flanders Jeffries, 85, of Padanaram Village, South Dartmouth, died Friday, March 10, 2006, at home after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was the widow of John Amory Jeffries of Milton and former wife of William Beekman Bodine.

Born and raised in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Helen Irons and William David Flanders, who also maintained a home at Salters Point, South Dartmouth, where the family summered for 50 years. She co-authored "A Brief History of Salters Point" with childhood friend Rita E. Steele, late librarian of Millicent Library in Fairhaven, that was republished in 1990 by the Navigator Book Shop of Padanaram Village.

A resident of Padanaram since 1982, she was an active volunteer and supporter of her community. She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in the Padanaram, where she served as Deacon, chairman of the Christmas Fair, Sunday School teacher, and on the Women's Committee.

She received a citation from then New Bedford Mayor John Bullard for her years as president and promoter of the Walking Tour Guides of historic New Bedford and as a docent of the Whaling Museum, where she excelled in children's tours.

Mrs. Jeffries was expert at needlepoint and petitpoint, and enjoyed traveling with her family. She also enjoyed her devoted Maltese, Curly. She was a generous and loyal friend to many.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara B. Reideler and her husband, Terrence, of South Dartmouth; a son, William Beekman Bodine Jr., of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Nancy F. Sharples of Tiverton, R.I.; numerous nieces and nephews; and several members of the Jeffries family.

She was the sister of the late Helen F. Holmes of South Dartmouth, Elizabeth F. Mercer, formerly of Fairhaven, and Hannah F. Doran of San Diego.

She was cremated and burial is private in Milton Cemetery, Milton, Ma.

Remembrances may be made in her name to the Humane Society-SouthCoast, 31 Ventura Drive, Dartmouth, Ma. 02747

Related to the Yerkes Family

1904 Chronicle of the Yerkes Family

February 23, 2015 Email to the Club

name: Margot Mercer Northcutt
email: xxx
phone: xxx


Dear Ladies: I found this website and found a wealth of information on my great grandmother and great grandfather, Mrs. Henry Clay Irons. I'm so thankful for this. It confirms everything my mother, Elizabeth Irons Flanders told me. So Greatful. Margot Northcutt, Georgetown Tx. - I was born in Plainfield.

February 24, 2015 Email from Anne Morrell Shepherd

In answer to your email. Mrs Irons was a friend of my grand mothers, Mrs Helen Flanders a friend of my aunt, Helen Clark, Ruth Clark Bird's (ex President of PGC and my cousin). mother. I knew of Helen Flanders. She was a single mother ( divorced or widower I don't know.) She had daughters, maybe five. I remember this because one year two or maybe three were married within months of each other. The bridesmaids wore the same green velvet dresses to each of the weddings adorned with different head pieces and different colored flowers. One was at Christmas with red flowers, one in February with red and white flowers and valentine shaped head pieces. I am sure there was a third but don't remember the color theme.
One of the daughters lived in Montpelier, Vt. in 1949 or 50 and had me over for supper. I was at Vermont College in Montpelier. Mrs. Helen Flanders lived on the north side of Watchung Ave. between Hillside and Woodland. I can picture the house but don't know number My grandmother (Ruth Lounsbery) loved to attend weddings. In those days church weddings were open to any church member and she would take me along.