Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Hyde, Mrs. Charles Livingston (Elizabeth Kepler) '17

1919 Address: 1416 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Address: 1416 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield

1932 Directory*: Not Listed
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.

related to PGC Members:

Mrs. Frank DeL. Hyde (no date)
1919 Address: Hydewood Hall, North Plainfield

Miss Helen Hyde '17
who later became Mrs. Austin L. Fleming '17

January 23, 1912 New York Times article about Hydewood Hall

This article is about Mr. Louis K. Hyde, the son of the late Charles Hyde who made a fortune in the oil fields of Pennsylvania and who left his three sons, besides Mr. Louis K. Hyde, and a daughter, now Mrs. Everett Colby, wife of the ex-State Senator and leader of the new reform movement in New Jersey politics, real estate holdings which give to the family title to the greater part of North Plainfield.

Mr Hyde, whose home, Hydewood Hall, is one of the show places among the large estates that surround this town (Plainfield) covering many acres on the west slope of the Watchung Mountains.

January 23, 1912 New York Times article

Charter members of the Plainfield Shakespeare Society target=dlink>Plainfield Library Archives

Crawford County, Pennsylvania Bio of Louis Kepler Hyde

Louis Kepler Hyde. - -In every flourishing community there are certain men, who by their enterprise, straightforward business methods and public spirit maintain the prosperity and progressiveness of the place, and among such citizens of Titusville no one is more worthy than he whose name forms the heading of this brief tribute to his merit. His paternal grandfather came to this section of Pennsylvania from Lebanon, Connecticut, about 1820, and from that time to the present the Hydes have been representative citizens of the western part of the Keystone state. In 1633 William Hyde, the progenitor of this family in the United States, arrived on these shores from England, his native land. (See Chancellor Walworth's Genealogy of the Hyde Family.) The maternal great-grandfather of Louis Kepler Hyde, a Mr. Kepler, came here from Wurtemberg, Germany, and was very highly educated, speaking six languages.

The parents of the subject of this outline are Charles and Elizabeth (Kepler) Hyde, the former widely and favorably known throughout this portion of the country as a merchant, lumber dealer, oil producer, etc., in addition to which varied enterprises he has been president of three national banks and president of the New Orleans & Northwestern Railway Company. As a financier and business man he has been remarkably successful, and the same qualities which have wrought out his prosperity seem to have been inherited, in a notable degree, by his son.

Louis Kepler Hyde, the last of the Hyde family name born in Hydetown. Crawford county, is now in the prime of early manhood, his birth having occurred July 30, 1865 In 1867 his parents removed to Titusville, and from 1868 to September, 1887, he was a resident of Plainfield, New Jersey, to which attractive suburb of New York City his parents moved in 1868 Eleven years ago he returned to Titusville, where he has since made his home. He was given excellent educational advantages; from 1874 to 1879 he attended Charlier Institute, at No. 158 West Fifty-ninth street, New York; for the succeeding four years he was a student under the tutelage of Dr. Pingry, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Mr. Leal, of Plainfield, same state, for three years and one year respectively. He then entered the academic department of Yale College, in New Haven, Connecticut, and in June, 1887, he was duly graduated at Yale. Many of the pleasant associations of his college days he keeps up through his club relationship, as he is identified with Chapter Phi (mother chapter) of the D. K. E. Society at Yale; the Plainfield Yale Club; the D. K. E. Club of New York; and the University Athletic Club of New York. Besides, he belongs to the Prentiss Club, of Natchez, Mississippi; the Thistle Club and the Canadohta Club, both of Titusville; and the Tourilli Fish and Game Club of the Province of Quebec, Canada.

His happy school days finished, Louis Kepler Hyde settled down to the serious business of life, and in the fall after his graduation at college he assumed the duties of the vice-presidency of the Second National Bank of Titusville, and also became assistant cashier of the Hyde National Bank, of that city. In March, 1889, he was installed as cashier of the Second National Bank, and has ever since served in that capacity. In August, 1888, he became the junior member of the firm of Charles Hyde & Son, which firm of bankers succeeded the Hyde National Bank. In 1890 Louis Kepler Hyde was made vice-president of the New Orleans & Northwestern Railway Company; the following year its president, and in 1892 was appointed receiver and general manager for the railroad. He continued to acceptably fill this responsible position until March, 1898, when he was elected vice-president and general manager of the railroad, with headquarters at Titusville, and as such he is still acting.

In the multiplicity of his business cares he never neglects his duties as a citizen, and is one of the most active and interested members of the Titusville Relief Association and the Titusville Industrial Association, of the latter being one of the board of managers. He is also one of the trustees and treasurer for the Titusville Tannery. In politics, he stanchly upholds the Republican party platform, believing in protection for American industries and sound money.

June 30, 1891, Mr. Hyde married Miss Verna Emery, and their only child, Helen Hyde, was born November 18, 1892. Mrs. Hyde is a daughter of the late Hon. David Emery and Susan Angeline Emery, the former an extensive oil producer and merchant of Crawford county for many years, and known far and wide throughout this region as a man of unusual ability and judgment.

August 26, 1894 New York Times article

Plainfield City of Homes

July 11, 1901 New York Times article

Owners of Charles Hyde's Estate form a Company

agent is Charles A. Reed, husband of Plainfield Garden Club Member.

Stockholders are:

Elizabeth Hyde
Dorsey N. Hyde
Edith L. Hyde, Plainfield
Charles L. Hyde, Tuxedo Park, NY
Louis K. Hyde
Francis De L. Hyde, Titusville, PA

June 23, 1903 New York Times Wedding Announcement

Another wedding of interest to many New Yorkers will take place on Tuesday afternoon in Plainfield, NJ and will be that of Miss Edith Hyde, daughter of Mrs. Charles Hyde and Everett Colby of Orange, NJ. The ceremony will be performed at 4:30 o'clock in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Mis Hyde will ahve Miss Edith Smalley of Plainfield as her maid of honor and two littel nieces of the bride, Miss Dorothy Hyde, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Hyde of New York, and Miss Helen Hyde, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hyde of Titusville, Penn., are to be the flower girls. Charles Hyde of this city will escort his sister to the alter and will give her away. Howard A. Colby will be his brother's best man, and the ushers are to be Sherman Day, Dr. Parker Syms, Gerard P. Herrick, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and Robert G. Mead of New York; John Tenney of Philadelphia and Stanley McCormick of Chicago. A reception at Edgewood, Mrs. Hyde's residence on Front Street, Plainfield will follow the ceremony.

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

Fleetwood Museum, North Plainfield

The Fleetwood Museum which is located in the Vermuele Mansion, once known as the VanDeventer-Brunson house, contained two large maps that depicted lands from circa 1900 and 1894 of "Charles Hyde" These properties were large tracts of land running along the Green Brook or what is now Route 22.

Fleetwood Museum

Fleetwood Museum

Fleetwood Museum

Fleetwood Museum

Hyde Lodge Gate House

Plainfield Library Photo File

C-20999 Collier Hyde Lodge Gate House Hyde Lodge Gate House on Mountain Avenue. Photo taken from across the street.

Hydewood Hall

Plainfield Library Photo File

# Photo ID Year Image Creator Title Address Description District
1 C-10924 Y Collier Hyde Estate Gatehouse The gatehouse to the Hyde Estate, corner of North Dr. and Mountain Ave., N. Plainfield
2 C-20999 Collier Hyde Lodge Gate House Hyde Lodge Gate House on Mountain Avenue. Photo taken from across the street.
3 C-21458 Collier Reynold's House, Hyde Park #1 Construction of Reynold's house, Hyde Park #1 with signs for local contractors nailed to tree in front yard.
4 C-21459 Collier Construction of Reynold's house, Hyde Park #2 Construction of Reynold's house, Hyde Park #2 with signs for local contractors nailed to tree in front yard. Note: This negative was too badly damaged to yield an image.
5 L-1825 Y Lawrence Hyde's Lodge Mountain Avenue and North Avenue Hyde's Lodge, North Plainfield, corner of Mountain Avenue and North Avenue, view facing clock tower.
6 T-2020 Y Thorn Park Country Club The clubhouse, caption reads: Park Country Club Later Hydewood Golf Club Location was adjacent to the present Route #29.
7 U-4131 Hyde Estate After the Fire Hyde Estate after the fire. Hydewood Hall on west side of Watchung Mountains
8 U-4132 Hyde Estate After the Fire Hyde Estate after the fire. Closer view. Hydewood Hall on west slope of Watchung Mountains.
9 V-7264 Squires Rustic Bridge int he Grounds of Mr. Charles Hyde Magic Lantern Slide #53 (Plainfield Camera Club)

Hydewood Hall

Hydewood Hall

Charter Member of the Shakespeare Society 1896 - 1998

History of the First Presybterian Church of Plainfield

"The Close of the First Century

N October 20, 1892, a call was extended to the Rev. Charles
E. Herring, of New York City, where he had been ordained
totheministry by the Presbytery of that city, January 19, 1888, the
same year, it is pleasant to note that the church that he was des-
tined to serve as pastor for 29 years, was built. He received
the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy from Columbia University
in 1887, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from New York
University in 1907; but the honor that he most craved, but reso-
lutely awaited for it to be honorarily conferred, namely, that of
Doctor of Divinity, was received by his widow, Alice Miller
Herring, a few days after his death at Muhlenberg Hospital,
Plainfield, May 26th, 192 1, he having been stricken while preach-
ing his usual sermon Sunday morning, May 15th, at 11:40

This incident was one of the most tragic in the history of this
church. It was a bright sunshiny Spring morning and the church
was well filled when, after greeting the children in Sunday school
as was his wont before entering the pulpit, the congregation
assembling for worship saw him in his pulpit as usual.

No hint of anything amiss occurred until, after being well
started upon his sermon, the text of which was "Moses, my ser-
vant, is dead," he paused and said:

"I cannot go on with the sermon. It is all right." When, in
sinking to his chair, he said to the treasurer of the church, Howard
W. Satterfield, who, sitting close to him, was first to grasp the
full extent of the minister's distress, "I want to go home. Brother
Manning, will you dismiss the people?"

Dr. N. W. Currie and Mrs. Herring, both of whom were sit-
ting in the gallery, hurried to the study as tender hands lifted
the stalwart but now limp frame of the pastor irlto the room
where his wife and physician awaited him, while Elder J. H. Man-
ning, with a benediction, dismissed the congregation.

Nine days later Dr. Herring passed away in Muhlenberg hos-
pital and was buried, after a double funeral service, in Hillside
cemetery, this city.

The services in tribute to the pastor, thus suddenly taken from
the leadership of his congregation, were held on successive days.



On, a Sunday evening a few weeks before he was stricken, the
church was filled to capacity with the masonic fraternity of Plain-
field and friends as a tribute to the long years as Chaplain in
Jerusalem Lodge No. 26 F. & A. M. and also as a public testi-
monial of their appreciation of Dr. Herring as a citizen and

Dr. Herring remarked to friends after the service that it was
the first time in many years that the full capacity of the church
had been taken at an evening service.

Little did the genial minister realize that within a very short
time the same fraternity and the same friends would again fill
the church to a point where the capacity of the edifice was to be
exceeded to the extent even that many of every color and creed
who sought to pay tribute to his memory had to be turned away,
for there was a genuine feeling "that he belonged not alone to
the sorrowing wife and sister but to the whole community."

The Rev. R. F. Y. Pierce, Baptist minister, and a Chaplain of
the New York Police Department, presiding over and voicing
the people's tribute at that service, summed up the public's ap-
praisal of Dr. Herring's character and citizenship in these words
during his address on the subject, "I Live," before an enthralled
audience :

"Our brother. Dr. Herring, embraced an ideal of an ennobled
life and wrought a glorious manhood which made him a prince
among his fellow men. His gentleness, kindness, sympathy,
strength of character, genial spirit, broad charity and virility of
Christian manhood made him to be revered as one of God's

"He lived, not for himself, but with the mind of the Master,
he sought to lift the burdens from the hearts of others, to speak
words of cheer to those fainting and faltering on Life's weary
way. His was the joy to wipe sorrow's tears from everflowing
eyes; to sow the seeds of truth In hearts of age and youth; to
lead the wanderer home ; to teach the world about Christ, and to
be a friend of man.

"His memory will ever be a precious legacy, not only to the
loved ones of his heart and home, but to all who came within the
circle of his Influence."

In strict accordance with a plan for his funeral which he
had prepared some years before and was discovered among his
papers after his death, the body lay in state in the church he



loved and served well nigh three decades, lovingly guarded by
representatives of the Session, Deacons, Trustees, officers of his
church and Masonic brethren in the persons of: A. W. Dunning
and A. V. Searing, Jr., until midnight; Allen E. Beals and G. F.
Murphy until 3 o'clock; F. O. Dunning and John S. Johnston
until 6 A.M. and George B. Wean and W. H. Abbott until 9 A.M.
He was borne to his last mortal resting place on the beautiful
slopes of Hillside cemetery by Alvin E. Hoagland, Isaac L. Wil-
liamson, John H. Johnston, Dr. N. W. Currie, John G. Bicknell
and Allen E. Beals.

There are many today who pay to Dr. Herring the encomium
so richly earned that his great gift to the First Presbyterian
church of Plainfield was the deep-seated spirit of Brotherly Love
that has embued the members of this church body over so many
happy years.

It was during the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Herring that an
incident occurred which resulted in enriching the church with its
beautiful onyx baptismal font, the first two children to be bap-
tised at which were the great-grandchildren of the Rev. Lewis
Bond, first pastor of the church, Bessie Wright and Clarence
LesHe Bond, children of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Eugene Bond.

Dr. Herring was invited on a certain occasion to deliver a
sermon at Crescent Avenue church. In the audience was Mr.
Charles L. Hyde
, who listened with great interest to what Dr.
Herring had to say. After the service he made inquiry as to
who that preacher was and, upon being told it was the Rev. Dr.
Herring of the First Presbyterian church, he declared:

"That is the kind of a preacher I like and we will worship in
his church hereafter."

During his attendance upon public worship in Dr. Herring's
church, Mrs. Hyde noticed that there was no suitable font for
the baptism service, whereupon, making further inquiry, she
arranged to present to the church the beautiful example of the
stone cutter's art that graces the front of the auditorium to the
left of the pulpit.

Other notable baptisms at this font were: Irving Bond Hin-
man, Kenneth Russell Hinman, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Grove
Porter Hinman; Gordon Van der Vere Bond, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Alexander Russell Bond, descendants of the first pastor of
the church; and Harold Deforrest and Donald Deforrest Beebe,
sons of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Beebe, direct descendants of Pier-



pont Potter, one of the founders of the Presbyterian church of

Hyde Mausoleum

Hillside Cemetery
September 14, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

General Manager at Hillside said the Hyde building is beginning to deteriorate due the fact is built from marble.


Hillside Cemetery
September 14, 2011


Hillside Cemetery
September 14, 2011

Hyde genealogy

New York Times November 17, 1901 Mausoleum to Cost $22,500

Mrs. Charles Hyde Will Erect it at Plainfield, N. J.

Special to The New York Times

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Nov. 16 – Charles Hyde, late President of the City National Bank in this city, who died last June is to rest beneath a magnificent mausoleum that is to cost $22, 500. A few days ago Mrs. Elizabeth Hyde, his widow, contracted with Shepway & Brother of New York to erect an imposing mausoleum to be constructed of marble and granite, to be built in Hillside Cemetery at once. This will without doubt be one of the handsomest and most costly structures of the kind in the State, excepting, possibly, the mausoleum for the late Vice President Hobart, now building at Paterson.

After Mr. Hyde's death the estate was formed into a coporation, which has since had charge of the affairs of the late millionaire. Mrs. Elizabeth Hyde, the widow, will, however, have full supervision as to the construction of the mausoleum, which is to be built after her ideas.

Book by David B. Page

Follow link to see photos

The Hyde Mansion. Louis K. Hyde, son of Charles Hyde, then president of City National Bank, constructed a lavish mansion in 1911 at the top of the First Mountain on Johnston Drive. He spent $35,000 to build a private road, Mountain Drive, using crushed rock obtained from Wilson's Quarry. The Hyde mansion was converted to a nursing home before it was destroyed by fire.

Hydewood Hall. Just below Johnston Drive, Hyde built a magnificent home for one of his children. Nearby was the Hyde's private nine-hold golf course, which later became Hyde Park Golf Club. Regency Village occupies the site of Hydewood Hall, which was gutted by fire in 1963.

New York Times January 23, 1912


Agent of Louis K. Hyde, Big Realty Owner, Has Been Absent Since Nov. 2.

Accounts Are Straight

Business and Social Associates Can Assign No Cause for the Disappearance – Family Belive Him Alive.

PLAINFIELD, N.J. – Jan. 22 – Meredith Dryden, a prosperous business man of this place, and confidential associate of Louis K. Hyde, for whom he has acted as secretary and manager of the Hyde estate, has been missing from his home for nearly three months. Membes of his family have conducted private searches for him, and Mr. Hyde, as well as they, have emplyed private dectectives to locate the missing man. Not a trace of him has been found, but so quietly has the search been conducted that many of Dryden's acquaintances here have not been aware that he was missing until now, when the family have almost abandoned hope of ever finding him, without a public appeal to the police.

Dryden was last seen on Nov. 2. He left his home at 130 De Lacy Street, North Plainfield, driving his own motor car. His wife bade him good-bye at the door, and so far as the family can learn, she was the last person in this town or North Plainfield to see him. His automobile was found later standing outside of his office at 149 North Avenue, but Dryden was not to be seen, and the office was closed.

Dryden's absence was noted first by his employer, Mr. Hyde. The latter is a son of the late Charles Hyde, who made a fortune in the oil fileds of Pennsylvania, and who left to his children, three sons, besides Louis K. Hyde and a daughter, now Mrs. Everett Colby, wife of the ex-State Senator and a leader of the new reform movement in New Jersey politics, real estate holdings which give to the family title to the greater part of North Plainfield. It has been part of Mr. Dryden's work to attend to this property, and accordingly Mr. Hyde, who spent the early Fall abroad, cabled to Dryden some two weeks before the latter's disappearance that he would return to Plainfield on Nov. 2. It was the day that Dryden disappeared.

Mr. Hyde, who home, Hydewood Hall, is one of the show places among the large estates that surround this town, covering many acres on the west slope of the Watchung Mountains, reached there on the morning of Nov. 2, and soon afterward motored to his office. It was he who found Mr. Dryden's automobile standing at the curb. The office was closed and locked, however, and Mr. Hyde, admitting himself with his own key, decided to await the return of Dryden, who, he supposed, must be somewhere nearby, having left his car standing outside.

But the moments passed, with no appearance of Dryden, and Mr. Hyde utilized the time in examining Dryden's accounts. He said tonight that every single penny which had passed through Dryden's hands was accounted for in neatly tabulated statements which he found arranged in the office. In nothing connected with his stewardship could the reason be found for Dryden's absence, said Mr. Hyde.

While Mr. Hyde waited in the office Mrs. Dryden was waiting in her home for the retunr of her husband. When he kissed her and left after breakfast it was with the parting promise that he would return early for lunch.

"I have only an hour or two of work at the office," he had said.

Still his failure to appear for luncheon did not really alarm Mrs. Dryden, as she imagined him rushed with unexpected business. her anxiery began when he failed to appear for dinner. Mr. Hyde had become anxious too by this time, and presently wife and employer consulted together, each expecting that Dryden was with the other.

Then a quiet inquiry through the town was started by Mr. Hyde. He was surprised to discover that no one seemed to have seen Mr. Dryden. There was none whom he could find who had seen the man alight from his automobile a tthe office. From the moment he left his home he seemed to have dropped completely out of sight.

Then began days of worry for Mrs. Dryden and for Mr. Hyde, which lengthened into weeks and then into months, without one word from the missing man or from any one who could have seen him. How he left town, even, could not be learned, for no one seemed to have seen him go. At last his family and his friends forced themselved to consider the possiblity of his having killed himself. There was no reason, all agreed, but searching parties scoured the Watchung Mountains and streams and lakes near by were dragged. Every effort was mad eto discover his body, if not the man alive, but each one proved futile.

Mrs. Dryden is now at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. J. Paul Nolting, wife of a well-to-do paper manufacturer, with a home at 318 West Seventh Street here. Mrs. Nolting is the sister of Dryden and the two women encourage each other in the hope that the man is alive. Mr. Nolting and Mr. Hyde believe also that Dryden is still lving. His business affairs and his home life were perfectly ordered. There was no reason for his suicide or his voluntary absence from home they say, and in absence of another explanation they believe that the man's mind was affected, perhaps by his business cares, adn that he has wandered away unconscious of his own identity. Some time they hope, the haze will clear form his mind, and he will hasten back to Plainfield.

Dryden was about 42 years old, and has been married fifteen years. He had no children.

135 Mountain Avenue, Plainfield

Historic gatehouse of famous Hyde Estate...old world charm blended w/just enough updates for today's conveniences.Newer kit.New half bath. Roof '07. CAC. Updated electric. Basement completely redone.
2011-10-12 listed for $299,000

Lot Features
Lot Dimensions (90 x 135)
Interior Features
Bedroom 2 Dim (17 x 14)
Bedroom 3 Dim (16 x 12)
Dining Room Dim (12 x 10)
Kitchen Dim (16 x 12)
Living Room Dim (16 x 12)
Main Bedroom Dim (18 x 15)








1930 Blue Book List

Hyde, Mrs. (Francis de Lacy), "Hydewood Hall," Mountain avenue, Plainfield, N.J.
Hyde, Mr. & Mrs. Francis de Lacy, Jr., "Hydewood Hall," Plainfield, N.J.

Hyde, Mr. & Mrs. Louis K., Johnson dr., N. Plainfield, N.J.

Hyde House, Titusville, PA

Hyde House - Titusville, PA
in NRHP Historic Districts - Contributing Buildings
Posted by: Szuchie
N 41° 37.699 W 079° 40.415
17T E 610488 N 4609359
Quick Description: This historic structure was built in 1865.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 6:23:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM3DH8
Published By: JimmyEv

Long Description:
According to the NRHP Archive, the Hyde House is Italianate Style, 2 stories, brick, low pitched roof, wide eaves lined with modillions and paired brackets, cupola with eyebrow cornices, eyebrow window heads, flat-roofed open porches, carved panels over doors. The house was built c. 1865 by Isaac Canfield, brother-in-law of Col. Edward A. D. Roberts, on the original Jonathan Titus property. Louis K. Hyde was the first owner, and in 1866, his farther Charles W., occupied the residence with him. Charles W. Hyde was the president of the Second National Bank, organized in 1865, and later the Hyde National Bank, established in 1880. He was also a stockholder in the Tidioute and Warren Oil Co. Louis K. Hyde was also prominent in the Titusville business community, being a director of the Industrial Association in 1896 and subscriber in the amount of $10,000.

John Fertig purchased the house from the Hyde family. Fertig was involved in all aspects of oil production, having operations in 6 area counties and over 2,000 wells and was head of the National Oil Company. The home was donated to the YWCA and is now used for rooming and administrative offices. A large white oak tree stands at the southeast corner of the house that is approximately 400 years old.

Hyde House, Titusville, PA

Hyde House, Titusville, PA

Hyde House, Titusville, PA

Hyde House, Titusville, PA

Titusville Herald, February 7, 1955

Founder of Second National Bank
Came Early to This Region
(First of a Scries)
Although many men may have an idea, the
one who carries it out deserves the credit.
Thus, while several men were interested in
establishing a bank in Titusville in 1864-65
and put up their money, the man who is
rightfully called the founder is Charles Hyde.
Born in the southern part of New York
state in 1822, Charles Hyde came with his
family to Cherrytree Township, Venango
County, some two miles south of Titusville
about 1837-38. He and his father and three
brothers farmed and conducted lumbering
operations. The Hydes eventually bought the
two Titus lumber mills, one located in Hydetown
and the other on Oil Creek above the
The family moved to that community,
which was then called Oil Creek. The name
was not changed to Hydetown until several
years after the oil boom started and when
the Hyde family had become wealthy.
Charles Hyde's sister, it is of interest to
note, married Samuel Ridgway, the distinguished
proprietor of Ridgway's Sanitarium,
which was for years a Hydetown landmark,
a great attraction for persons seeking to regain
their health. Charles' brother, William,
was Oil Creek's first postmaster when the
office was established about 1856.
Charles Hyde himseH was described as "patient,
persevering, thrifty and indefatigable
in his efforts to better his condition." How
well he did improve his lot in life will be told
in this space tomorrow."
As for now, it is sufficient to state that
when, the Drake Well started the petroleum
industry in 1859, Charles Hyde was 37 years
old, a leading lumberman and merchant at
Hydetown. He knew about petroleum, having
gathered it from the surface of Oil Creek,
used it as a lubricant on his machinery and
sold it as a medicinal substance in his store.
Lumber was his principal business, however,
although the Hyde mills were just two of
the many mills in the region. Pine was the
favorite lumber and was found in abundance
along Oil Creek and its tributaries as far
down the creek as Titusville. But Mr. Hyde
was soon to forget lumber for far more remunerative
interests, as tomorrow's account
will disclose.

History of the Standard Oil Company

A young doctor who had buried himself in the wilderness saw his chance. For a song he bought thirty-eight acres on the creek, six miles below the Drake well, and sold half of it for the price he had paid to a country storekeeper and lumberman of the vicinity, one Charles Hyde. Out of this thirty-eight acres millions of dollars came; one well alone- the Mapleshade-cleared one and one-half millions. On every rocky farm, in every poor settlement of the


region, was some man whose ear was attuned to Fortune's call, and who had the daring and the energy to risk everything he possessed in an oil lease. It was well that he acted at once; for, as the news of the discovery of oil reached the open, the farms and towns of Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania poured out a stream of ambitious and vigorous youths, eager to seize what might be there for them, while from the East came men with money and business experience, who formed great stock companies, took up lands in parcels of thousands of acres, and put down wells along every rocky run and creek, as well as over the steep hills. In answer to their drill, oil poured forth in floods. In many places pumping was out of the question; the wells flowed 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 barrels a day-such quantities of it that at the close of 1861 oil which in January of 1860 was twenty dollars a barrel had fallen to ten cents.

Fleming Oil Creek Refinery

In December 1863, Ann Davidson and Alexander Davidson quit claimed to J. W. Sherman for $20,000 the remainder of their interest in the farm sold to Hyde and Egbert. In short, Alexander and Ann Davidson's one–twelfth interest in the oil went to J. W. Sherman.984 The lucrative Maple Shade Well was specifically mentioned in this deed.

Hyde and Egbert's 1860s oil developments turned the small 38 acre tract into one of the most lucrative regions on Oil Creek. For its size, the Davidson Farm, or Hyde and Egbert Farm, was perhaps the most lucrative in Oil Creek valley. Two of the famous flowing wells were the Coquette, flowing over a 1000 barrels a day when oil was struck in the spring of 1864, and the Maple Shade, also flowing over 1000 barrels a day in August 1863.985 According to Henry (1873), page 356: "The fabulous product of this farm, gave it a world–wide notoriety, and brought untold wealth to its fortunate owners."

Hydewood Hall

1915 postcard from the Plainfield Library Hydewood Hall

Hydewood Hall

Twin Brooks Country Club

The club is locared on the former Ackor farm and was orginally built in 1926 by members of the Hydewood Golf Club and named Watchung Valley. On March 9, 1945, the Colonial-style clubhouse at Twin Brooks was damaged in a fire. The northwest wing which included the kitchen and a silo were leveled by the blaze.

Photo by Diana Madsen

Hillside Cemetery
October 20, 2011

Photo by Dan Damon

Members of the Plainfield Garden Club outside the replica of Hyde Hall – the Hyde mausoleum at Hillside Cemetery

Photo by Diana Madsen

Westfield Leader 1944

PLAINFIELD SAVINGS BANK, Louis K. Hyde Pres, Asa F. Randolph V-Pres, Harry B. MacDonald V-Pres-Sec-Treas, Austin W. Hutchinson Asst Sec-Asst Treas 102 E. Front (Plainfiled), Tel Plainfield 0742

PLAINFIELD TITLE & MORTGAGE GUARANTY CO., Harry H. Pond Pres., DeWitt Hubbell and John A. Gaffney V-Prests, Frank E. Chobot Sec, F. Irving Walsh Treas, H. Douglas Davis Asst Treas 119 W. Front (Plainfield), Tel 6-1300 (See page 29 Buyer's Guide)

August 26, 1894 New York Times Article: Plainfield, City of Homes

Some of the others who do business in New York and have handsome homes here are . . . ; Charles Hyde, the millionaire;

Courier News articles for "Hyde"

Hyde Carolyn Knowland husband Francis DeLacy 8/27/1959 Obituary
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October 13, 1895 New York Times

New York Times October 13, 1895


Entertainment by the Dorcas Society – Monday Afternoon Club

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 12 – A social event of the last week was the entertainment given by the Dorcas Society, King's Daughters, at the home of Miss Maude Lowrie, in Park Avenue, Monday evening. It was titled "The Circulating Library," and was given for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of the poor of the city. The guests on arriving were given a blank catalogue, with only numbers on it, and they were to guess the titles of books represented. The Reception Committee was composed of Miss Bowers, Miss Brown, Miss Lowrie and Miss Langdon. Those presiding at the talbes were Mrs. Crane and Miss Wyckoff, assisted by Mrs. Clark, Mrs. C. T. Pond, Miss Minnie French, Miss Green, Miss Ella Blish, and Miss Maltly. In the library were Miss Crane, Miss Cornwell, Miss Lou French, Miss Millie Landgon, Miss Etta BLish, Miss Alice Hayners, Miss Bessie Titsworth, and Miss Kline.

S.E. Hull of Duer Street has returned from Broadway, where he spent the Summer.

The Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield's leading woman's club, held it sifrst meeting of the Fall. On account of repairs being made at the Casino or the Union County Country Club, where the meeings are usually held, the ladies gathered in the parlors of the Congregational Church. The subject upon which papers are to be read for the coming year is "Some Great Florentines and Their Times." Two papers were read Monday – one by Mrs. Josiah Brown and the other by Mrs. Robert Lowry. Next month the paper will be read by Miss Kenyon, Principal of the Young Ladies' Seminary.

H. M. Stevens of Fanwood gave a reception at the Fanwood Clubhouse Friday evening.

Miss Nellie Saums of Ricefiled is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Saums of Clinton Avenue.

George Barton has returned to Keyport after a visit with Mrs. Barton of Madison Avenue.

Edward Hooley of Rockview Avenue has gone to Atlanta.

The Rev. E. L. Hyde of Hyde Park, Mass., is visiting friends in Plainfield.

The Misses Anthony of Crescent Avenue have returned from Europe.

Miss Bessie Booker of Richmond, Va., has been visitng Miss Dryden of West Seventh Street.

James Smith of Elmwood Place has returned from Amesbury, Mass.

Miss May Haberle, who has been visitng her cousin, Miss Lillie Haberle, has returned to her home in Orange.

Miss Mary Ryder of Brooklyn, who has been visiting at the home of Robert Lucky of Fifth Street, has returned home.

Charles L. Case and family of Central Avenue returned this week from their European trip.

Miss Lydia Duffert of Morris County is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Van Dyke of East Front Street.

Mr. and Mrs. John Burnett of Brookyln have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doane of Fifth Street.

Charles Potter of West Seventh Street has returned from Philadelphia.

Mrs. Florence Howe Hall of Madison Avenue is in Massachusetts delivering a course of lectures.

Miss Mary and Miss Grace Shreve of New York are guests of B. J. Shreve of Grove Street.

Miss Agnes Baldwin of Brooklyn is the guest of Miss Haviland of Washington Park.

Benjamin Terry of Bridgeport is the guest of the Misses Livergey of Park Avenue.

Thomas H. Keller of East Front Street left this week for a trip South.

C. C. Burke and family have left for their Winter home in New York, after spending the Summer at the cottage on Ravine Road Netherwood.

William Tyler of West Eigth Street has gone to Europe.

David Krymer of West Second Street has gone to Baltimore.

Dr. Frank Searles and Mrs. Searles have returned to Bayonne, after a visit with Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Lourie of Park Avenue.

Dr. John H. Carman and fmaily of Somerset Street returned this week from the Adirondacks.

Dr. B. Van D. Hedges of Watchung Avenue is home from his outing in Maine.

Miss Caroline Fitz Randolph, daughter of ex-Mayor L. V. F. Randolph of East Front Street, sailed Saturday for Europe.

The Charles L. Hyde Estate

The Charles Livingston Hyde estate designed by James Brown Lord c. 1899 in Tuxedo Park, New York. Hyde, member of the defunct banking firm of Hyde & Jackson, was president of the Brunswick and Birmingham Railroads and vice-president of the New Orleans and Northwestern Railroad. Hyde's daughter would marry Darragh Park of Old Westbury, NY and their daughter Edith would marry Alastair Martin, son of Bradley Martin of 'Knole' also in Old Westbury. The residence burned in 1962.

Charles L. Hyde Estate

The Ancient said...
From "Their Gilded Cage":

Charles Livingstone Hyde (1863-1925), banker and railroad president. Hyde was an 1886 graduate of Yale. He was vice president of the New Orleans and Northwestern Railroad and president of the Brunswick and Birmingham Railroads. His first wife, a daughter of Charles Godfrey, died in 1904. Three years later he married Kathlyn Berrien Stryker, daughter of General Willliam Scudder Stryker [and Elizabeth Atterbury]. Their daughter was Dorothy, Mrs. Darragh A. Park of Westbury, Long Island, and their son was Louis K. Hyde. He died in Plainfield, New Jersey.

Charles L. Hyde Estate

Charles L. Hyde estate

Charles L. Hyde Esate

July 1, 1903 New York Times


In a decision just handed down by Justice O'Gorman of the Supreme Court, in the suit of Charles L. Spier, President of the Staten Island Midland Railroad, against Charles Livingston Hyde and William R. Garrison, the Justice severely arraings Mr. Hyde. Both of the defendants are members of the Tuxedo Park colony and are reported millionaires.

According to Mr. Spier, he brought a typesetting machine to the attention of Messrs. Hyde and Garrison in November, 1898, and induced them to agree to finanace the project, provided the control of the company owning the machine could be obtained, which Mr. Spier said he accomplished. A new company was formed, with a capital of $5,000,000.

Mr. Spier, continuing, said that Mr. Hyde, realizing the enormous profits likely to be be made by the pool, sent for him on May 8, 1899, "and upon false representations to the effect that the bankers had made such exactions as to leave but a small profit to the credit of the pool, induced me by these false representations to modify my interest to the extent of accepting about one-third less than I was actually entitled to, and also inducing me to reduce my interest in the foreign patents about one-half." He sought $150,000 damages.

Justice O'Gorman, deciding in favor of Mr. Spier, says:

"I have concluded to accept the plaintiff's version of the disputed conversation and incident that preceded the paper writing of May 8. The statements made by the defendant, Hyde, were representations of fact and not mere expressionis of opinion. They were untrue, deliberately made with knowledge of the falsity, and with the intention to mislead and deceive the plaintiff, who in fact relied thereon. All the elements of fraud were present, and make invalid the agreement of that date."

Assorted links from the NYT:

(Mr Hyde is probably not related to Mark Zuckerberg.)

(Back in the first Gilded Age, cheaters may have been punished with more regularity.)

(At the very least, on the death of his first wife, he lost his daughter to her maternal grandparents.)

May 2, 2012 1:46 PM
The Ancient said...
James Brown Lord

Other buildings by Lord:

(Dilettante – There's a picture here for you.)

Lord's obit:

(He was unlucky in his neighbors to the end.)

May 2, 2012 5:29 PM
The Ancient said...
The house burned in 1962, but the stables are probably still extant –

May 2, 2012 6:11 PM
The Down East Dilettante said...
Interesting about the Henning cottage. No one seems to know anything about it–where it was intended to be, let alone if it was ever built–nor do the old Society columns ever report Mrs. Henning in Bar Harbor, although they do find her in Tuxedo.

May 2, 2012 10:35 PM
The Down East Dilettante said...
Incidentally, the company selling the print is a source of great irritation to me, apparently pretending that the awful hand color job, which ruins the engraving in my estimation, is rare original intent.

May 2, 2012 10:40 PM
Anonymous said...
Amazing how so many of these wonderful structures "burned down".

May 3, 2012 12:16 PM

New York Times June 2, 1905


C.L. Spier, Who Has a $50,000 Judgment, Goes to Bankruptcy Court

Friends of Charles L. Hyde, formerly of New York and Tuxedo, now of Plainfield, N.J., will be surprised to learn that an order of involuntary bankruptcy has been obtained against him in the United State District Court at Trenton, N. J. He himself said last night that he, too, was suprised to hear of it. He also delcared that he had not been served with any order in such a case.

The order in involuntary bankruptcy, which marks the climax of litigation that has been in the courts for nearly five years, was obtained by Snowden H. Marshall of the firm of Battle & Marshall of 170 Broadway, at the instance of Charles L. Spier, who is President of the Staten Island Midland Railroad and a Director and officer of a number of other coporations interested in traction and land enterprises in Richmond.

Mr. Hyde, who was a member of the banking firm of Hyde & Jackson, now defunct since 1900, has been a defendant in various actions brought by Mr. Spier, who had been interested with Mr. Hyde and William R. Garrison, son of Commodore Garrison, in a typesetting machine. Mr. Spier in that year brought suit against Hyde in the Supreme Court in this city, under the allegation that Hyde had failed to render a propert accounting regarding the profits realized in the enterprise, and in fact had appropriated all the profits to his own uses, in all some $150,000, of which Mr. Spier cliams one-third.

Mr. Spier one the case and a judgment was then issued against Hyde for $50,642 and $1,132 costs. A judgment was also issued against Garrison for $6,770.

In the involuntary bankruptcy petition it is alleged that Hyde, shortly after the judgment had been obtained against him, mortgagaed his Tuxedo house, valued at $150,000, to his father-in-law, C. R. Godfrey, who is a member of the firm of Drexel, Morgan & Co., and that soon after the death of his wife, a year ago, he sold it to Henry B, Redmond, a Wall Street banker and moved to Plainfield, after first covering up all his assets in this State.

Mr. Hyde is considered wealthy. He is the sone of a man who made a fortune as a pioneer in the oil industry, and for whom Hydesville, Penn., was named. From him Mr. Hyde is said to have inherited real estate valued at $500,000 and personal property valued at about $400,000.

New York Times August 3, 1914


Engaged to Darragh A. Park, Member of Meadow Brook Club

Special to The New York Times

SOUTHAMPTON, N. Y., Aug. 2 – Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Godfrey have announced the engagement of their grandaughter, Miss Dorothy Hyde, to Darragh A. Park. Miss Hyde is the daughter of Charles Livingston Hyde and his first wife, Miss Edith Godfrey, and ince the death of her mother has made her home with her grandparents in New York and Southampton. She is the niece of Mrs. W. Rossiter Betts and Mrs. Everett Colby, and of Henry Fletcher Godfrey and Edwin Drexel Dofrey.

Mr. Park is the son of the late William Gray Park and Mrs. Park of Westbury, L. I. He is a graduate of Harvard and a member of the Meadow Brook Club. The wedding will take place in St. Andrew's Dune Church, Southampton, early in October.

Edith Godfrey Hyde

Born to Charles H Godfrey. Edith married Charles Livingston Hyde and had 2 children. She passed away on 1904.

New York Times September 7, 1904

HYDE – On July 24th, at Vitzman, Switzerland, Edith Godfrey Hyde, wife of Charles Livingston Hyde of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Godfrey of New York.

Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas's Church, 5th Av. and 53rd St, on Thursday, Sept. 8th, at 12 o'clock. Interment private.

New York Times May 8, 1902

Edith G. Hyde has sold the four-story dwelling 117 West Fifty-seventh Street, 20 by 100.5.

January 7, 1890 New York Times



A pretty and fashionable wedding was that at high noon yesterday in the Church of the Heavenly Rest of Miss Edith Godfrey, daughter of Charles H. Godfrey and Charles Livingston Hyde. The handsome Christmas decorations of the church were still in place, and their dark-green tints formed a perfect background for the banks and clusters of white roses and chrysanthemums that made up the wedding decorations.

The bride wore an eleaborate Worth gown of cream white satin and point lace, adorned with orange blossoms. The veil of silk tulle was caught with a diamond crescent, the groom's gift, and she wore in her corsage a brooch of rose diamonds that once formed part of the French Crown jewels. Her bridesmaids were Miss Minnie Wanamaker, daughter of the Postmaster General; Miss Helen Brice, daughter of Calvin S. Brice; Miss Lizzie Glendenning of Philadelphia, and Miss Bertha N. Robinson of this city. They wore dainty frocks of white French wool and lace and broad-brimmed hats of white and green. Two of the maids of honor – Miss Ada Godfrey, sister of the bride, and Miss Marie Leech – were similarly appareled, and they carried bunches of lilies of the valley. The third maid of honor was Miss Edith Hyde, a little sister of the groom, who wore a picturesque costume of white silk, embroidered in silver, and a large white hat covered with white ostrich plumes. The groom's brother, Louis K. Hyde, was best man, and the ushers were another brother, Frank De Lacy Hyde; Henry F. Godfrey, brother of the bride; Frank Cunningham, and Frank Plummer.

A wedding breakfast followed the ceremony at the bride's home, at 42 West Fifty-seventh street, which was served by Sherry at small tables in the dining and two drawing rooms. The guests, who were limited to both families and some seventy-five intimate friends, included Mr. and Mrs. Wanamaker, Mrs. and Mrs. J. Hood Wright, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Plummer, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin S. Brice, Col. and Mrs. Shepard, Miss Shepard, Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Leech, Mr. and Mrs. Grosvenor P. Lowrey, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Drexel of Philadelphia, J. F. Clausen, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. David C. Leech, Mr. and Mrs. William B. Choate, Mrs. E. M. Robinson, and Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Shepard.

Mau 17, 1903 New York Times

The engagement is announced of Miss Edith Hyde, daughter of Mrs. Charles Hyde of Plainfield, N.J., to Everett Colby of Oldsteau Hall, Orange. Mr. Colby is well known as a polo player and is a member of a number of New York clubs. Miss Hyde's mother was Miss Elizabeth Keplet and their home is Edgewood at Plainfield.

October 19, 1919 New York Times


Miss Helen Hyde, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kepler Hyde, was married to Austin Floyd Fleming, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Fleming of Toronto, Canada, at Oakmond, the home of the bride's parents, at Hydewood Park, Plainfield, N.J. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. Charles A. Eaton, former pastor of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and the Rev. John Moment.

The bride in white tulle and pearls, was attended by her cousin, Miss Carolyn Hyde, as maid of honor. The bridesmaids were the Misses Agnes Fleming, a sister of the bridegroom, and Edith Hyde Colby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Colby. They were in cream lace over yellow chiffon. Young Miss Ann Colby, another cousin of the brid, was the flower girl.

Russell Fleming acted as best man for his brother. The ushers were Oliver Edward Hyde, Francis de L. Hyde, Louis K. Hyde, Jr., Murray P. Fleming, Godfrey Hyde, and Goldwin O. Fleming.

Mr. Flemings's father was four times Mayor of Toronto. During the war Mr. Fleming saw service in France, Egypt and Palestine as Captain in the Royal Air Force. The bride is grandaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hyde. They will reside in Toronto after a honeymoon trip by motor.

Anne Gordon Colby Vanderbilt, daughter of Edith Hyde

Anne Gordon COLBY was born on 24 MAY 1909 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. She appeared in the census on 20 APR 1910 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 5 JAN 1920 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 23 APR 1930 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. She died on 27 FEB 1974 at New York City, New York County, New York.
Mrs. Anne Vanderbilt dies at 65 in New York

Mrs. Anne Gordon Colby Vanderbilt, former wife of ex-Gov. William H. Vanderbilt, died of a stroke yesterday at her Park Avenue home in New York City. She had been in poor health for years. She was 65 years old.

After her marriage in 1929 to Gov. Vanderbilt, then a state senator from Portsmouth they made their home at Oakland Farm, a large estate on East Main Road, extending from St. Mary's Churchyard to Union Street. Mrs. Vanderbilt became active in social affairs on Aquidneck Island and then took part in her husband's political career that led to his election as Republican governor in 1938. After the governor's defeat in 1940, the Vanderbilts moved to Williamstown, Mass. In the late 1940s, they sold Oakland Farm.

Mrs. Vanderbilt was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Colby of West Orange, N.J. She graduated from Foxcroft School in 1925 and made her debut in 1927. Her marriage took place in New Jersey in December, 1929. It was Mr. Vanderbilt's second marriage. His marriage to Miss Emily O. Davies in 1923 ended in divorce in 1927.

During World War II while the former governor was serving as a captain in the Naval Reserve, Mrs. Vanderbilt helped to found the Ships Service Committee in New York City.

For her political campaigning in Rhode Island, she was made an "achievement guest" by the Women's National Press Club.

The Vanderbilts were divorced in 1969. The following year, the former governor married Mrs. Helen Cummings Cook of Williamstown, Mass.

Mrs. Vanderbilt leaves a son, William H. Vanderbilt Jr. of Vashon, Wash., twin daughters, Mrs Samuel A. Hartwell and Mrs. Andrew W. G. Newburg of New York, a step-daughter, Mrs. Jeptha Wade of Bedford, Mass., a brother Everett Colby Jr. and 12 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in St. James' Episcopal Church in New York City.
Newport, (R.I.) Daily News, Thursday, February 28, 1974.

Parents: Everett COLBY and Edith HYDE.
Spouse: William Henry VANDERBILT III. William Henry VANDERBILT III and Anne Gordon COLBY were married on 27 DEC 1929 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. They were divorced in 1969. Children were: Elsie French VANDERBILT (twin), Edith Hyde VANDERBILT (twin), William Henry VANDERBILT.

Everett Colby

Everett COLBY was born on 10 DEC 1874 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He appeared in the census in 1880 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census on 20 APR 1910 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. He served in the military on 1 OCT 1918.
The Baltimore News, Tuesday, September 24, 1918.


(New Jersey Political Reformer Enlists As Private)

(From the New York Sun)

Everett COLBY, pioneer Progressive of New Jersey, has enlisted as a private in the Tank Corps and will leave his home at Llewellyn Park, West Orange, October 1, for Gettysburg, where he will start training.

Essex county has always been mighty proud of Mr. COLBY, even the youngsters on the street know him, and but little was talked about by his friends and neighbors yesterday except that he had given up his extensive law practice, his work as an assistant to Mr. HOOVER, to spread the gospel of food saving to the American people and the pleasures of his social position to do his part in the war.

The first intimation that Mr. COLBY would become a "buck private in the tanks" was dropped by former Mayor Farnham YARDLEY at a meeting of the West Orange Liberty Loan executive committee in the Essex County Country Club Saturday afternoon and later Mr. COLBY modestly confirmed the news, which he had been holding back from his friends for some time.

He is 44 years old. His wife was Miss Edith HYDE, a member of a wealthy Plainfield family. They have two sons and two daughters.

In 1910 he went to England to aid Lloyd George in his campaign.

Mr. COLBY is reputed to be wealthy and his home is one of the show places of Llewellyn Park.

He appeared in the census on 5 JAN 1920 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. He appeared in the census on 29 APR 1930 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. He died on 19 JUN 1943.
Everett, Washington is named after him.


Everett and Snohomish County History

The lush and verdant peninsula at a site named Port Gardner Bay was for centuries home to Native Americans of the Snohomish tribe. Following the Indian Wars in the 1850s, the Snohomish and other local tribes restructured as the confederation known as Tulalip and were moved to a reservation established at Tulalip Bay.

Settlers came to the peninsula in response to government granted homesteads and in hopes of extracting the area's natural resources of timber and ore. Nearby mills such as ones at Port Gamble and Utsalady found this location provided easy access for cutting and transporting timber, and for two decades the area was logged.

More change came in the fall of 1891 when work crews began clearing land to build an industrial boomtown supported, planned and built by wealthy east coast and regional investors who expected this spot to be where the Great Northern Railroad would first touch western tidewater. Named after the son of investor Charles Colby, Everett was planned with a diverse economic base that, in the beginning, included a paper mill, a nail factory, a bargeworks and a smelter to refine ores expected to come from the town of Monte Cristo, located in the Cascade mountains. Lumber and shingle mills began filling in at waterfront sites.

Everett was incorporated in the spring of 1893. Development was scarcely underway when the country plunged into serious depression. Everett's boom was curtailed by the Panic of 1893. During the next five years, many community services such as hospitals, schools and libraries grew and solidified in response to need.

A new economic boom in 1900 solidified Everett's form as an industrial city. By design, Everett set aside most of its waterfront for industry that now included lumber and shingle mills, wood products manufacturers, iron works, shipbuilders, fisheries, and canneries. There was even a brewery and a shoe factory. New expansion coincided with the arrival of immigrants, and the city's population tripled over the next decade, moving from around 8,000 in 1900 to 24,000 in 1910. Though Canadian and German newcomers accounted for the greatest number, the Scandinavian community seemed most cohesive, creating a network of support, often arranging housing and jobs for arriving relatives and friends.

By World War I, Everett was dominated by the lumber-shingle trade, and by the 1920s, the city's importance as a regional and international waterfront port was well established. But problems of extractive industry proved major in an ecological sense, and cities cast in industrial modes found the next decades difficult. Tied to Everett's economic base, Snohomish County was one of the hardest hit counties in the state during the years of the Great Depression. Lumber-shingle predominance eventually gave way to the papermaking era of Weyerhaeuser, Scott and the Lowell Paper Mill, and as the timber economy began to wane regionally, the city welcomed a shift to the arrival of Boeing and aerospace in the 1960s.

Though Boeing was not able to provide the recession proof industry it hoped at its outset, it has remained an important, dominant and stable presence in Everett. The arrival of electronics corporations such as John Fluke Mfg. and Intermec spurred economic growth in the ‘80s but downsizing and layoffs took their toll in the ‘90s.

Everett's past is present today in many buildings and residences that still stand. Restoration and rehabilitation has given new life to older neighborhoods and Everett's central business district. Structures such as the Monte Cristo Hotel, the Culmback and Krieger buildings, various structures along Hewitt Avenue, several residential areas and the city's public library and City Hall are examples of successful adaptation of city landmarks. New construction has added a Center for the Performing Arts which takes its place alongside the historic Everett Civic Auditorium and the original Everett Theater.

Today Everett supports a healthy economy, utilizing the pluses of aerospace, telecommunications, computer technology, electronics, health care, tourism, education and government business, the paper products industry of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and numerous small businesses. In the 1990s, government plans for a Navy homeport came to fruition. Though scaled back in size from original plans, the Everett homeport is modern in size and design and commands a prominent place on the city's waterfront.

Parents: Charles Lewis COLBY and Anna Sims KNOWLTON.
Spouse: Edith HYDE. Everett COLBY and Edith HYDE were married about 1903. Children were: Edith Hyde COLBY, Anne Gordon COLBY, Everett COLBY Jr., Charles L. COLBY.

Edith Hyde Colby

Edith HYDE was born on 21 JUN 1876 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. She appeared in the census on 20 APR 1910 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. She appeared in the census on 5 JAN 1920 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. She appeared in the census on 29 APR 1930 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey.
Spouse: Everett COLBY. Everett COLBY and Edith HYDE were married about 1903. Children were: Edith Hyde COLBY, Anne Gordon COLBY, Everett COLBY Jr., Charles L. COLBY

Ann Gordon Colby (Mrs. William H. Vanderbilt III)

1908 - 1974
Artist: Ellen Emmet Rand
Date Created: 1939
Owner/Location: Vanderbilt University
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions: 42" x 33"
Materials/Media: oil on canvas
Condition: Excellent

Description: Mrs. Vanderbilt is seated in chair with white coat draped over the back. She is wearing a white evening gown with a gardenia pinned at the bosom.

History of Work: Portrait came to the University in 1982 through the bequest of William Henry Vanderbilt III.
Notes: Ann Gordon Colby was married to William H. Vanderbilt III from 1929 - 1969.

Emily O'Neill Davies Vanderbilt Thayer Whitfield

William H. Vanderbilt III's first wife

September 20, 1914 New York Times

Miss Dorothy Hyde
Bride of D. A. Park

Daughter of Charles L. Hyde Married in St. Andrew's Dune Church, Southampton, L. I.

Rev. H. Shipman Officiates

Reception Held at Nighbrink, Summer Home of Mrs. Park's Grandparents – Wedding Attendants

The wedding of Miss Dorothy Hyde, daughter of Charles Livingston Hyde of this city, and Darragh A. Park, son of the late William Gray Park and Mrs. Park, was solemnized at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon in St. Andrew's Dune Church, Southampton, L. I. The Rev. Herbert Shipman, rector of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, this city, performed the ceremony.

The bride wore a gown of soft white satin with a court train, and her veil of tulle was edged with rare old lace which belonged to her grandmother, Mrs. Charles H. Godfrey. She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley and gardenias.

There were two bridesmaids, Miss Edith Mortimer, daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mortimer of Rosyln, L. I., and Miss Elsie S. Park, a sister of the bridegroom, whose engagement has just been announced. They wore gowns of yellow chiffon with touches of brown, topped with dark brown velvet hats, with feathers to match, and each carried a bouquet of tea roses.

The flower girls were the little Misses Betty Neilson, a niece of the bridegroom and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Neilson, and Ann Colby of West Orange, N.J. They were in frocks of pale blue, with picture hats, and carried baskets filled with tea roses.

James Park acted as best man for his brother. The ushers included H. Pratty McKean, George von L. Meyer, Jr., Thomas Frothingham, J. Griswold Webb, P. Erskine Wood, C. H. Davis, Humphreys Parsons, Samuel M. Felton, Walter Tufts, Carleton Burr, Lewis Park, and H. Godfrey Hyde.

The church was decorated with yellow chrysanthemums and white dahlias with festoons of oak leaves. The bride walked down the nave with her father, who gave her in marriage.

After the church ceremony a reception was held at Nighbrink, the summer home of the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Godfrey, with whom she had lived since the death of her mother. The couple received the congratulations of their relatives and friends under a bower of autumnal flowers in the drawing room. The house was decorated with clematis and oak leaves.

Later Mr. Park and his bride left in their motor on their honeymoon trip. They will leave in Old Westbury, L. I., on their return.

The bride is a niece of Mrs. W. Rossiter Betts and Mrs. Everett Colby and of Henry Fletcher Godfrey and Edwin Drexel Godfrey. Mr. Park's grandfather on the maternal side was Gen. J. B. Sweitzer of civil war fame.

Darragh Anderson Park III

Darragh Park (July 24, 1939-April 17, 2009) was an American Artist,[1] and the literary executor of the estate of Pulitzer-prize winning poet James Schuyler. Perhaps best known for his book cover illustrations, Park painted landscapes as well as cityscapes in the style of Fairfield Porter. He was based in Bridgehampton, NY and his works were on exhibit at the Parrish Art Museum.[2] and at the Guild Hall in East Hampton.[3]

Darragh Anderson Park III was born in New York City to Darragh A. Park Jr. and the former Sally Mellon. His father was a founder and chairman of the Wall St. municipal bond firm of Park, Ryan Inc.[4] His grandfather Darragh Park, Sr. was a banker in New York, and was married to Nona Park,[5] owner of a well-known couture house who advised and supplied Jacqueline Kennedy [6]

Mr. Park attended St. Mark's School, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in French literature with a minor in art history. He later earned a masters degree at Columbia University. He studied painting with artist Robert Dash and launched his own career as an artist, with his work garnering positive reviews in many art journals and shown extensively at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City.[7]

R. P. R. Neilson estate in Old Westbury

The Raymond Perry Rodgers Neilson Sr. estate designed by Algernon Bell c. 1910 in Old Westbury. Neilson was a well know portraitist and recipient of numerous art awards. He was also an instructor at the National Academy of Design. The home has since undergone renovations.

"Raymond Perry Rodgers Neilson, a New York City portraitist, still life painter, and art instructor, was born in 1881 in New York and grew up in Far Rockaway, Long Island. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1905 and three years later resigned to pursue his art career; however, he was reinstated as a lieutenant during World War I and served overseas. Neilson married Mary Park (daughter of Pittsburgh steel manufacturer, William Gray Park) in 1906 and they had two children, Raymond Jr. and Elizabeth. Neilson was remarried in 1940 to Inglis Griswold.

"Neilson studied with William Merritt Chase and at the Art Students League with George Bridgman and George Bellows. He continued his art education in Paris, studying at the Académie Julian, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Académie Colarossi, and the Academie Grande Chaumière.

"Neilson was a well-known portraitist who painted many prominent figures, including Admiral William Halsey, Robert P. Patterson, and Dr. Francis Blake. Many civic organizations and corporations commissioned portraits to be presented at ceremonies honoring the subjects.

"Neilson was widely exhibited and won many awards for his paintings, including those from the Paris Salon, National Academy of Design, Currier Gallery of Art, and Academic Artists Association. His works are in the collections of the Luxembourg Museum, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, and Yale and Princeton Universities, among other institutions.

"Neilson was also an art instructor at the Art Students League from 1926-1927 and at the National Academy of Design from 1928-1938. He served as the recording secretary of the National Academy of Design council from 1937-1946 and as a council member for Allied Artists of America. Neilson died March 1st, 1964 in New York City at the age of 82."


The Original Hamptons Summer Colony
7 Gin Lane, 1882

Nighbrink, meaning "near the edge," was aptly named for its location and must have been quite a sight. Perched on the western edge of Lake Agawam with views across to Wooldon Manor, The Dunes and out to the Atlantic Ocean to the south, it benefitted from sweeping views while also providing a healthy glimpse of itself to passersby as they ventured around the dramatic bend in the road at the foot of the Town Pond.

Nighbrink, lost in the 1928 hurricane, was orginally a smaller, more modest cottage. After C. Wyllys's death it was given to his nephew, Whyllys Rossiter. In 1900, he sold it to his in-laws, Charles H. and Emma L. Godfrey who transformed it into a rare two-and-a half story Colonial Revival residence mimicking high-style Georgian and Adam predeccessors. The fact that the house, which would eventually transform the physical landscape at this corner, was not built for a Betts should be obvious, as its character is so much more formal than any of the other Betts cottages. Its centered front gable projected out slightly beyond a side-gabled main volumne, both of which are accented by pilaster and dentil moldings. Its main entrance stood below a Juliet balcony with a Palladian window composition all centered in the gable end. Symmetrically arranged black-shuttered, double-hung windows and arched roof dormers completed the whole before wings extended out to each side. To the west was a two-story bedroom wing and to the east a three-story porch, open on top, with the second level enclosed in glass, a wonderfully appropriate feature that concludes the end of the building and makes the most of its breathtaking 270-degree vistas. In contrast to the Bettses, the Godfreys clearly believe the character of their cottage needed to express the prominence of their particular rank in society, as well as their knowledge that the Shingle style was going out of fashion at the time.

Charles Henry Godfrey (1840-1928) was a banking partner in the prominent Philadelphia firm of Drexel, Morgan & Company. In 1868, he married Emma Louise Bennett (b. 1844, d. after 1910) and had three children, two sons – one of whom sadly killed himself in 1905 – and a daughter Ada, who married Wyllys Rossiter Betts in 1899. After Charles' retirement from banking 1884, he and Emma lived in Tuxedo Park whil he became active on the boards of several railroad companies.

In 1920, Mrs. George Gosman DeWitt purchased Nighbring from Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey for $42,000 and would be its single occupant until 1935. Ella R. (Flagg) DeWitt became a widow in 1912 when her husband passed away at the age of sixty-six.

The Clovers (Blue Heaven), Mocomanto, The Mallows and Bonnie Bourne, all on First Neck Lane; A-Weel-Y-Moor on Meadown Lane; and The Gables on South Main Street, were the other Betts cottages to have been built nearby. Nine of the eleven still survive.

"Oakmont," Residence of Louis K. Hyde, Hydewood Park

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

"Hydewood Hall," Residence of Mrs. Francis de L. Hyde, Hydewood Park

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

Hydewood Golf Club

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

Residence of Joseph B. Egan, Hydewood Park

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

July 5, 1896 New York Times


Mrs. Rowland Cox Gives a Tea in Honor of Her Daughter

PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 4. – Mrs. Rowland Cox of West Seventh Street gave a tea Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 7 to the friends of her daughter, Miss Fanny Dox. She was assisted in receiving by Miss Lucy Talmadge and Miss Edith Hyde.

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. C. L. Hyde
1416 Watchung Avenue

August 26, 1894 New York Times

Plainfield, City of Homes
Attractive Features of This Old New Jersey Town

One of the prettiest homes in North Plainfield is that of R. F. M. Chase. Edgewood, as he calls it, is on the edge of the first mountain on an altitude of about 400 feet above sea level. His grounds are handsomely laid out. The house was formerly a "water-cure retreat."

Yale 1920

Charles Hyde, 530 Woodland Avenue, Plainfield, N. J. (Fin.)

December 2, 1888 New York Times

R. F. M. Chase's Accident

R. F. M. Chase, the wealthy New York capitalist, who while trap shooting Thanksgiving morning at his country place, Edgewood, near Plainfield, N. J., had the misfortune to lose his right eye by the explosion of a cartridge, is rapidly recovering from the effects of the operation performed by Dr. Herman Knapp.

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1919 Meeting Minutes

David Page book on Watchung 2001

The Hydewood Hall Fire. On July 26, 1963, fire gutted Hydewood Hall, located at the base of the First Watchung Mountain, north of Route 22. The building had been slated for demolition.

1915 Meeting Minutes

Plainfield Garden Club
Minutes of regular meetings
May 12, 1915 to March 20, 1918
From its origination

May 12 – 1915

Minutes of the 1st General Meeting

First general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Conner on Wednesday, May 12th at 3.30 o'clock.

President in the chair. Roll call showed 39 members present.

During the meeting rain began to fall to everyones regret making a tour of Mrs. Conner's garden impossible.

A few ? of congratulations on the formation of the Club by the President was followed by some notices given, and request to have members offer to exchange plants when possible.

We then listened to a most comprehensive talk on perennials given by Mr. Maurice Field of New York which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the members. He brought specimens of many plants showing how to divide and separate grubs and other garden enemies.


All felt stimulated and helped by his talk and as the rain prevented us from going in the garden his lecture of two hours ?? too long.

After a cup of tea the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy

May 26, 1915

Minutes of the 2nd General Meeting

Second general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Barrows on Wed. May 26th at 3 oclock.

President in the Chair.

Roll call showed 33 members present.

Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

Giving to the inclement conditions of the weather the meeting was held indoors. ?? later on the sun came out and a visit to the garden was enjoyed by all.

Mrs. E. Yarde Breeze of Raritan ? Garden Club gave a very delightful paper on foreign gardens.

A letter was read from Mrs. W. S. Tyler giving notice of sale of garden things for the benefit of a young boy that she and some others were especially interested in.

It was noted ?? bring out of town guests and the Hostess. Plainfield friends After enjoying the hospitality of the hostess tea being served the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert secy

June 2 – 1915

Minutes of the 3rd general meeting

The third general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Dumont on Wednesday June 9th at three oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Miss R. E. Zimmerman of Brooklyn gave a most interesting and helpful talk in "L?? garden flowers."

It was noted to have a "Bird talk" during the year and also to have Mr. Maurice Field give a course of lectures during our next season beginning in April.

It was a most glorious June day and the garden most beautiful which was enjoyed and appreciated by those present who strolled about among the flowers. Tea was served in the tea house. The meeting then adjourned.

Ella M. Gibert Secy

June 23 -1915

Minutes of the 4th general meeting

The fourth general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Runkle, on Wednesday June 23rd at 3 oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present.

Minutes of the former meeting were read and approved.

Mrs. L. A. Brown of Shedvira?? Garden Club Garden City L. I. read a most useful and interesting paper on color harmony in gardens she also answered very pleasantly all questions asked regarding plants and flowers.

July 14 – 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club was held on July 14 in the garden of Mrs. Fleming.

The day was a perfect summer one and we were addressed by Mr. L. V. F. Randolph who read an original paper on "What Some Plants Feel and Think."

An interesting discussion followed after which we took a stroll in Mrs. Fleming's charming garden and then were refreshed with fruit punch and cakes served under a ?? on the lawn. After a delightful afternoon meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
Per H. B. H.

September 15 – 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Garden Club was held at the delightful farm of Mrs. Eaton on Valley Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 15th. The President presiding.

In the absence of the Secy, Mrs. Patterson called the roll and heard the minutes of the last regular meeting. The Pres. Welcomed the members of the Club after the separation of the summer & suggested that some slight expression of gratitude for the please we had enjoyed at the Garden Club meetings or shown by a gift of 100 glasses of jelly to the Fruit & Flower ?ision. This idea was approved by the members present in that 2 glasses of fruit jelly from each member may be sent to the house of the Pres. For this purpose. A letter was read from Mr. Chester Jay Hunt extending a warm invitation to the Garden Club to visit his tulip gardens next spring and make a picnic of the day there. We then listened to a delightful talk on "Roses" by Mr. Geo. H. Peterson of Fair Lawn, N. J. and were afterwards ?? with fruit punch and cakes in an arbor on the grounds.

A visit to the farm buildings & flower garden brought to a ?? a delightful day.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
From H. B. H.

September 22 – 1915

Minutes of the 7th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the Bungalow of Mrs. Mellick on Wednesday Sept. 22nd at three o'clock.

Mrs. E. J. Patterson acting as Sec'y in the absence of Mrs. Gilbert.

The afternoon was given up to a talk on "Birds in Our Gardens" by Mr. Bucher S. Bowdish – Secty v ?? of the ?? State Audubon Society of was felt greatly moved by the pleasure of Mrs. William Dra??? Who has done so much for the conservation of Bird Life in America. The Club was entertained delightfully by Mrs. Mellick after which we adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert – Secy
Per H. B. H.

Oct 13 – 1915

Minutes of the 8th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. H. N. Stevens on Wednesday Oct 13th at 3 o'clock. Pres. In chair. After roll call & minutes of last meeting read to approved, a letter was read from our lecturer on "Birds" of the meeting before. Minutes were approved by two of the members. The day was like one in June and all enjoyed the interchange of ideas and the informal talk of our garden troubles. The lecturer of the day was Mr. Otto Shilow Sec'y & Treas. Of the Duer ? Co. who gave us a most instructive and helpful talk on "the care of our gardens." All had so many questions to ask that after a long ?? it was difficult for Mr. Shilow to get a cup of tea before his departure for Philadelphia.

All expressed the wish that we might have the pleasure of having him again. After a social gathering about Mrs. Stevens tea table, the club adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert, Secy
Per H. B. H.

NOTE: This next entry follows in the order the Meeting Minute notebook was photographed, however the date is "1916" – not sure if this entry is from 1916 or was not recorded correctly as "1915" which seems unlikely.

Oct. 27, 1916

Minutes of the 9th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. E. T. Barrows on Wednesday Oct. 24? At 3 o'clock.

The Pres. In the chair. After the roll call and the minutes of the previous meeting read & approved, the Pres. Brought up the subject of the mid winter lecture, to be held in the evening and for which an admission should be charged.

After some discussion it was decided to have Mr. Shilow give his illustrated lecture "Flowers From Snow to Snow" admission to be 50 center and each member to be responsible for two tickets.

The time and place was left to be determined.

The Pres. Expressed our great sorrow in the death of Mrs. Louis Hyde – the members of the Club all standing and moved that a note of condolence be sent to Mr. Hyde and his family.

The Pres. Announced that Mrs. Ackerman and Mrs. Ivins had provided a lecture from Mr. Field for the . . . instead of having a meeting of their homes this year. He then spoke to us on "Bulbs.: Late in the afternoon tea was served & the meeting adjourned.

Lucy Van Boskerck
Secy pro tem

1915 - 1918 Meeting Minutes

May 15, 2013 Old Westbury Gardens

Plainfield Presbyterian Church Ledger - Marriages, 1844 to 1899

Green & Green Architectural Drawings Archived at Columbia University

Louis K. Hyde House in Plainfield, NJ

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

As we learned in the recently discovered 1941 article by Mrs. Smith, it is no coincidence that some of the best trees are found in former PGC members' gardens . . . or in this case, by their graves.

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

Under Mrs. Hyde's Umbrella Pine. Peter, head of the Plainfield Shade Tree Commission, agrees that this one is one of the largest specimens around. Umbrella Pines are notoriously slow growing. And this one, boasts beautiful pinecones which Peter said he had never seen before. Be sure to look for branches on the table tomorrow.

To learn more about Umbrella Pines, click here (from our friend Margaret Roach): Sciadopitys verticillata

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

The Hyde Marble Mausoleum

Mrs. Hyde built this mausoleum in 1901 and it was so lavish, that it earned an article in The New York Times. Its cost was $22,500. How much would that be now? Some inflation calculators put that amount at $635,000 in today's currency. Anyone that has done some remodeling can tell you that is probably about right.

Mrs. Hyde was rich to be sure. Click a link to her photo album to see a few photos of her estate, Hydewood Hall. The Gatehouse alone would be a beautiful house in which to live.

Mrs. Charles Livingston (Elizabeth Kepler) Hyde '17

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

The Hyde Marble Mausoleum

There was a wreath on the door. Do you think a relative still comes by to place it there?

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Dorsey W. Hyde

Charles Hyde 57, head, banker, b. Conn., father b. Conn., mother b. England
Elizabeth Hyde 41, wife, b. Pa, parents b. Pa
Dorsey W Hyde 27, son, musical student, b. PA
Charles L Hyde 17, son, attends school, b. PA
Louis K Hyde 15, son, b. PA
Francis D Hyde 10, son, b. NJ <+++++++
Edith Hyde 4, daughter, b. NJ
Minnie Jones 20, servant
Catharine Harrold 21, servant
Anna Mccue 30, servant

72 E Front

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Plainfield, Union, New Jersey; Roll: 801; Family History Film: 1254801; Page: 421A; Enumeration District: 183; Image: 0245.

Monday Afternoon Club Membership