Plainfield Garden Club

Member: His, Mrs. Georges Jean (Mary Rose Eaton) '44

1943 - 1945 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. George J. His 6/29/44 Pd. 1/10/45 Pd. 3/15/46 8/46 Pd $6.50 July 1, 1947 July 15, 1948 July 1949 July 9, 1950 June 1951 June 1952

1953 Address: Valley Road, Watchung

1970 Address: 201 Valley Road, Watchung

1975 - 1978 Address: Box 126, Plainfield

1984 - 1985: Sustaining

Related to PGC Members:
Eaton, Mrs. Charles A. (Mary Winifred Parlin) '15
Eaton, Mrs. Charles A., Jr. (Helen Howatt Macdonald) '45
Corey, Mrs. Ella J. '15

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

Sally Booth's memories of Mrs. His

January 5, 2010. Sally remembers Mrs. His being well known as an excellent violinist. She would often visit schools and play for the children.

Book about Watchung by David B. Page

Follow link for family photo of Eatons, His, and Corey families

Courier News articles for "His"

His Georges Jean wife Mary Rose (Eaton) 11/4/1940 News
His Georges Jean wife Mary Rose (Eaton) 11/11/1958 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 1/26/1932 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 11/3/1932 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 1/28/1933 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 5/25/1935 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) husband Georges Jean 11/4/1940 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 11/16/1944 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 10/6/1945 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 5/6/1950 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 9/16/1954 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 1/9/1957 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 11/4/1958 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) husband Georges Jean 11/11/1958 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 10/15/1962 News
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 8/28/1984 Annotation death
His Mary Rose (Eaton) 11/9/1984 News

Plainfield Library Archives

April 27, 1956

25TH ANNIVERSARY – A dogwood tree commerating the 25th anniversary of Cornus Arboretum was planted yesterday in Cedar Brook Park by the Plainfield Garden Club. Ralph H. Carver, chief forester of the Union County Park Commission, is turning a spade of earth. Left to right are: Mrs. W. K. Dunbar Jr., horticulture chairman; Mrs. Georges J. His, chairman of the Cornus Arboretum Committee; Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, chairman of the 25th anniversary project and past chairman of the Cornus Arboretum Committee; Mrs. Victor R. King, retiring president; Miss Harriette R. Halloway, founder of the Cornus Arboretum who served as its chairman for eight yeras, and Mrs. Frederick Lockwood, incoming president. Mrs. Thomas VanBoskerck, one of the original committee members, is not shown here.

Plainfield Library Archives

1984 Bev Reid's party

1984 Bev Reid's party

Evie Madsen in the long floral dress stands talking to two women. The woman on Evie's left is Mrs. His.

In the far right of the photo, facing away from the camera in a blue and white print dress is Fanny Day.

David Page book Watchung

The "Gnutchaw Club." Some girls belonged to the "Gnuhctaw Club" c. 1915 which is Watchung spelled backwards. Helen Schmidt got the members together, including Helen MadDonald, Mary Rose Eaton, Marie Merrill, Margaret Demler, Ruth Kennedy, and Tiby Liebenow. The enjoyed hiking and camping trips.

Sally Booth's memory of Mary Rose His April 1, 2013

Played the cello.

Mary Winifred Parlin Eaton

Father: Captain William D. Parlin
Mother: Mary Brown
Born: Natick Massachusetts

Married: June 26, 1885 to Reverend Charles Aubrey Eaton


1. Marion Aubrey Eaton, b. 29 Mar 1896, Toronto, Ontario
Married William Russell Burwell. Children: Robert Winsor Burwell, Anstis Manton Burwell, Richard Eaton Burwell

2. Margaret Evelyn Eaton, b. 1 Aug 1897, Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts
Married Douglas Wilson Demier. Children: Douglas Wilson Demier, Jr., Mary Evelyn Demier

3. Frances Winifred Eaton, b. 18 Feb 1899, Toronto, Ontario , d. Jun 1961
Married Frederick Daniel Corey. Children: Winifred Wilma Corey, Anne Kennedy Corey

4. Charles Aubrey Eaton, Jr, b. 10 Sep 1901, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Married Helen Howatt MacDonald. Children: Charles Aubrey Eaton III, MacDonald Eaton, Janice Field Eaton.

5. Mary Rose Eaton, b. 29 Oct 1904, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Married: George Jean His. Children: Georges Noel His, Nina Sybilla His

6. Catherine Starr Eaton, b. 6 Apr 1910, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey
Married: William Emery Hyde. Children: Hester Ann Hyde
Married: Edward Warren Sawyer. Children: Parlynn Chistiani Sawyer, Penelope Starr Sawyer

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook


Caption: GARDEN CLUB GIFT – Mrs. Albert L. Stillman, chairman of the Shakespeare committee of the Plainfield Garden Club, places identification card on English hawthorne in Cedar Brook Park. Watching, left to right, are: Mrs. Morris S. Benton, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd and Mrs. C. Sidney Trewin, club members. (Coronet, Photo by E. T. Wiggins)

100 Attend Open House at Shakespeare Garden

About 100 persons attended an informal tour of the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park yesterday afternoon. The outdoors open house marked the 30th anniversary of the garden, one of about a dozen in the United States.

Mrs. Robert F. MacLeod of 11 Brook Lane, president of the Plainfield Garden Club, and members of the club's Shakespeare committee, headed by Mrs. Albert L. Stillman of 73 Leland Ave., described to visitors the 100-odd varieties of plants and shrubs in the garden.

The Garden Club, the Shakespeare Club and the Union County Park Commission established the garden 30 years ago. It now consists of 17 beds and two long borders in a park area of about 150 by 40 feet, located off Randolph Rd.

The ideas was to include all the plants and shrubs – there are 44 of them, Mrs. Stillman said – mentioned by Shakespeare in his plays and sonnets.

Other Plants Included

But the garden was so large, Mrs. Stillman said, that it was agreed upon to include other plant varieties in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

All of the 44 varieties mentioned in the bard's works are labeled by markers, which include the particular Shakespearean quotations referring to them.

The garden was laid out 30 years ago by a landscape architect from Olmsted Brothers of Boston. The Garden Club and the Park Commission split the cost. The garden is cared for by a Park Commission gardener, and supplemental work is done by the Garden Club's Shakespeare committee.

Mrs. Samuel T. Carter Jr. of 940 Woodland Ave., the club's first Shakespeare committee chairman was unable to attend the outdoors open house yesterday.

Termed "Second Finest"

Mrs. Carter, author of the book, "Shakespeare Gardens," has termed the Plainfield garden the second finest in the nation. She has said top honors belong to a Shakespeare garden in Rockefeller Park in Cleveland, Ohio. Established in 1915, the Cleveland garden was one of the first to be planted in the United States.

Mrs. Stillman said Shakespeare gardens bring together flowers grown in England in one period of garden history from being lost to U.S. gardens. The projects also add beauty to public parks and provide a place where Shakespeare poetry is illustrated with living plants and shrubs.

Mrs. Stillman's Shakespeare committee includes Mrs. Morris F. Benton, Mrs. C. Sidney Trewin, Mrs. Victor R. King, Mrs. William P. Elliott and Mrs. George J. His.

Mrs. Edward H. Ladd 3rd, horticultural chairman of the club, was also among those who pointed out features of the garden to guests.

The hospitality committee included Mrs. Henry DeForest, Mrs. Benton, Mrs. Ladd, Mrs. His and Mrs. King.

Punch was served by Mrs. William P. Elliott, Mrs. Trewin and Mrs. His.

50th Anniversary Party 1965

Mr. and Mrs. His

Taken Friday April 27, 1956

Mrs. Georges J. His

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Tea to Honor Pioneer in Planting of Dogwood

Almost as though it had the power of imagination, the dogwood in Cornus (Dogwood) Dr., Cedar Brook Park, is expected to reach its annual stage of flowering beauty this week.

For tomorrow, at 4 p.m., members of the Plainfield Garden Club and its Cornus Arboretum Committee will hold a tea and reception to honor two pioneers in the 25-year-ago development of what has become the most outstanding horticultural display in this section of the country.

They are Mrs. Thomas van Boskerck and Miss Harriette R. Halloway and the tribute will be paid to them in the Field House of Cedar Brook Park, with Mrs. Robert T. Stevens acting as chairman, assisted by Mrs. Georges J. His and Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr.

Commission Cooperated

Mrs. Van Boskerck suggested the planting of a vacant space in Cedar Brook park – then under development – with dogwood, in 1931, a suggestion which aroused immediately the interest of the Garden Club members. Support came from Miss Halloway and the then club president, Mrs. Henry Wells. Cooperation of the Union County Park Commission was obtained.

In 1940, plans were made for an extended planting, with Mrs. William A. Holliday and Mrs. William Tyler as co-chairmen. They approached the Park Commission and that body furnished a large boulder and suitable tablet for the drive entrance.

The 1931 planting had included 78 white and 17 pink dogwoods. In 1940, another 110 were added, on both sides of the drive. The Park Commission added a background of evergreens to make the setting even more attractive.

Plantings Expanded

The suggestion of W. R. Tracey of the commission led, in 1946, to further expansion of the plantings into a full arboretum. In its development, the advice and cooperation of Ralph H. Carver of the commission, was an important factor.

There are now 45 varieties of dogwood in the Arboretum, and some young trees are grown to add to the arboretum in the commission's nurseries. So extensive was the local display grown that it now is necessary to exchange with other arboretums in the nations, since the average nursery no longer has the capacity to supply rare and beautiful varieties.

By request, articles on the Cedar Brook Arboretum have been written for the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America and the Bulletin of the Arboretum organization in Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Donald Wyman, head of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., has listed the Cedar Brook plantings in his authoritative "Arboretums and Botanical Gardens of America," a unique distinction.

One rare species is the "Cornus Nuttalli," native of the West Coast from British Columbia to Seattle, Wash. Told that it had once held a single bloom here, Dr. Wyman was astounded.

This year, the rare tree, planted by Miss Halloway, has nine buds.

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

Ralph H. Carver, Mrs. William K. Dunbar Jr., Mrs. Georges J. His, Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, Mrs. Victor R. King and Mrs. Frederick Lockwood

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Evie Madsen in long floral dress
Back of Fanny Day far right.

In front of the woman with the blue floral dress is a glimpse of Joan Hunziker

Mary Rose His standing to Evie's left.

1949-1950 Program

This small brochure was found in the bottom of a box belonging to Barbara Tracy Sandford '50. 12/22/13

1949-1950 Program

Cornus Arboretum

From the 1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

Our beautiful dogwood trees stand on what was once the city dump. The story of this evolution of beauty began in 1929 when Mrs. Charles Eaton presented 50 dogwood trees to Cedar Brook Park from her own woods. In 1931, with Mrs. Henry Wells as Chairman, 45 dogwood trees, white and pink, were donated by the Plainfield Garden Club and were planted on one side of the drive entering from Park Avenue. Nine years later, (1940), under the guidance of Mrs. Thomas R. Van Boskerck and Mrs. William Holliday, 110 trees were added to extend the first row and to form another on the opposite side of the road. Since this planting coincided with our own 25th anniversary, a large boulder bearing a bronze marker was placed near the entrance.

In 1946, the Park Commission, a group of progressive and dedicated gentlemen, asked our Club if we would sponsor a Cornus Arboretum, using the Dogwood Drive as a foundation. We accepted – indeed, yes! A committee was formed with Miss Harriette R. Halloway as Secretary and Advisor, whose goal it was to include every Cornus, Specie and Cultivar, which was obtainable and which would thrive in this climate. Through the years, chairmen have included Mrs. R. T. Stevens, Mrs. George His, and Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler. As in our other gardens, the Park Commission has planted, raised seedlings in their nursery and provided maintenance.

Through purchases, gifts and exchanges with other Arboretums, 26 varieties were planted in the next five years. By 1948, there were 219 trees, giving masses of beautiful spring bloom as well as fall display of foliage and berries. Thousands of visitors walked or drove through this fairyland of beauty, surely the better for having seen it.

Today, through the inspired leadership of Miss Halloway, the Cornus Collection contains more than sixty varieties, some quite rare. All the others being horticultural selections of "clones" (cultivars). Experts consider the Cornus Collection to be the outstanding horticultural and civic achievement of our Club. It was highly gratifying in 1957, when officials from the New York Botanical Garden came out to see it.

Prof. Benjamin Blackburn, in a recent article in the American Horticulture Magazine says, 'It does not appear that a comparable collection exists. The Cornus Collection offers an admirable example of cooperation between groups interested in the cultural and horticultural riches of a municipality . . . none other is known to the writer to be existing elsewhere in the country."

To quote Miss Halloway, "each year the trees continue to be beautiful and a joy, if not forever, at least for many years."

Written by Victoria Furman

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

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