Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Hyde, Mrs. Frank de Lacey (Carolyn Knowland) '19

Listed in the 1919 Plainfield Garden Club Directory

1919 Address: Hydewood Hall, North Plainfield (1919)

1922 Directory: Not Listed

related to PGC Members:

Mrs. Charles L. (Elizabeth Kepler) '17
1919 Address: 1416 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield

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

Book of North Plainfield by Caruso, Ryno and Kohler

Photos of Hydewood Hall in this publication

In 1911 Louis Hyde, son of Francis Hyde, built a mansion on top of the mountain. Mr. Hyde decided to have an approach to this mansion from Norwood Avenue and had a "gate house" built of stone, complete with a clock tower. The long drive up the mountain was called Hyde's Drive.

Early in 1900, Francis DeLacey Hyde built "Hydewood Hall" at the foot of the Watchung Mountains. The approach was from Westervelt Avenue. Mrs. Hyde entertained Teddy Roosevelt in this home. Regency Village now occupies this property.

Hyde's Lodge, NORTH PLAINFIELD. NJ In 1911, Louis Hyde, son of Francis Hyde, ... Early in 1900, Francis DeLacey Hyde built "Hydewood Hall," at the foot of ...

June 3, 1903 New York Times engagement announcement

Miss Edith Hyde. daughter of Charles Hyde, to Everett Colby, Orange, at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Frank Hyde's gold operation in Humbug, Arizona

Prehistory



Small pottery shards and matate fragments indicate previous habitation by Native Americans, but most evidence is gone.



- 1882 -



Charles Champie and family arrived and began mining gold on the Llano Claim. He excavated a shaft and tunnel, built two stone houses, mill site, well, and smelting furnace. The Llano workings produced about 2,000 ounces of gold.

He then developed a tunnel on the Sidewinder Claim about a mile east, recovering about 1,000 ounces of gold.



On the Mountain Chief Claim (later renamed El Pero Bonito) south of the Sidewinder, a pocket produced 5,000 ounces of gold.

At this point, Champie & Co. left Humbug and moved about two miles south to Columbia, where he continued gold mining and milling in Swilling Gulch and along Humbug Creek. Here he owned a steam powered mill. The boiler still resides next to Humbug Creek. He also mined at Copperopolis and the Golden Aster before starting a ranch on French Creek. The Champie Ranch and small community of Champie are still in operation today, though the Champie family lost the ranch during the depression.

Charles Champie House Photo by: Neal Du Shane

- 1920 -



Pat Fogarty was living and mining at Humbug when Frank Hyde, a wealthy easterner, was looking to invest in gold mining. They struck a partnership, with Hyde supplying the operation with a substantial infusion of capital. He built half a dozen new buildings, including a large house for himself and his family, miner's quarters, mess hall, assay office, and a cottage for Pat Fogarty, who was getting old.

Hyde's mining operation produced about $50,000 in gold, silver, copper, and lead. This included a 1,000 oz gold pocket from the Little Annie Claim. Production was not sufficient to cover expenses, however, and mining was discontinued in 1934.


- 1940 -


Newt White came to work for Frank Hyde about 1940 after having worked many years for the Champie Ranch and other jobs including miner, mill operator, cowboy, wrangler, mechanic, etc. He stayed on at Humbug as caretaker after Hyde moved to Tucson in the 1950's. Newt died in 1997 and is buried in the Humbug Cemetery.


- 1970 -

Frank Hyde's daughter, Carolyn, formed a small corporation called Humbug Gold, Inc. with equal stockholders herself, Newt White, and Dr. Robert Hurt, a Phoenix dentist, for the purpose of gold exploration.

Humbug, Arizona

The Southern Bradshaw Mountain prospecting in the early 1860's caused miners to survey this area in search of new strikes. Humbug Creek got its name based on the promise for good strikes, only to bust. Due to the fact prospecting on the Creek turned out to be disappointing the "humbug" moniker was used to identify the creek. During the 1870's, solid placer deposits were found at Humbug and nearby Columbia. In 1884 Humbug had a mill and associated building relating to mine and mill. A post office opened in 1894 at Columbia and served Humbug and Columbia.

Photograph Courtesy: Dave Burns

Humbug is one of the most unspoiled and isolated examples of a historic Arizona mining camp. Its future is uncertain however, as one of the three partners, Ruth Gaisford of Tucson, AZ hopes is to refurbish the historic town and open it to visitors. The two other part owners want to explore the feasibility of mining the long non-operational mine and keep the property fenced off to the public. The world has a shortage of well preserved Ghost Towns like Humbug, regardless of the quest for Gold.

At that time, the owner of Humbug Gold Mines was Frances "Frank" de Lacey Hyde, a New York Stock Broker who moved to Tucson in 1932.

Due to the area's remote location, transportation and scarcity of water issues; mining operations were minimal until 1932. In 1932 the Humbug Gold Mines Inc., bought the claims. Almost instantly Humbug area became home for about 100 hardy individuals. The company had its own mill but shipped its concentrate for smelting to Miami, AZ and El Paso, TX.

Kiln at Humbug – 2005 Photo by:

Neal Du Shane

From Hyde's point of view, Humbug was not only a gold (and later tungsten) endeavor. Humbug was Hyde's definitive sanctuary. Pictured above, he built a home at Humbug and eventually brought his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Carolyn. Carolyn was known as "Tuffet," and was brought for extended stays at the mine and Tuffet became an accomplished horsewoman. In the above picture Tuffet is seen holding a Polo stick. An article in The Christian Science Monitor in April of 1944, when Tuffet was nearing her fourteenth birthday, tells of Hyde and his daughter taking nighttime rides to search for tungsten in scheelite with "mineral lamps" that utilized ultraviolet rays. On one trip it began to rain heavily, Hyde and Tuffet sought refuge in an old mine tunnel where a miner was making his home. The miner bragged of the mine tunnel's comforts, which included carbide lamp, radio and other living essentials of the era. The miner exclaimed he hadn't seen one scorpion or rattlesnake in the tunnel. Hyde turned on his blue light, scanned the tunnel, and four scorpions lit up the dark. It's uncertain the miner got another good night's sleep in his formerly secure abode, after Frank and Tuffet's visit?

During World War II, Mining at Humbug ceased. Tuffet Hyde, in 1947, was a student at the University of Arizona, brought fellow classmate Ruth Gaisford to Humbug for a visit. This was the first of many trips Tuffet and Ruth took, to the magnificence and serenity of the Southern Bradshaw's. In 1956 Frank Hyde, by then divorced, visited Humbug his last time. Frank Hyde died in Tucson in 1973 at the age of 75. Tuffet left her one-third interest in Humbug when she died in 1989, to her lifelong friend Ruth Gaisford. For Ruth, as it was for Frank and Tuffet Hyde, the town is not a mine, but a priceless retreat that must be conserved.

Humbug Entrance 2005, Photo: Neal Du Shane

In 2006, Humbug has six buildings remaining, the Hyde's' main house in desperate need of repair, a three-apartment guesthouse and foreman's residence, an assay office, the kitchen-dining building, and a stable with a corral. Humbug displays an excellent example of dry stacking stone which is rarely found. Some uses are functional, like the corral' others are decorative, like the elaborate patio and garden walls in front of the Hyde home. The ruins of several other residences dot both sides of the creek one of which is pioneer Charlie Champies' home, near the kiln.

Mill Foundation, Photo: Neal Du Shane

HUMBUG, AZ

Humbug, along with Columbia a distance of 2.24 miles down stream, following the creek, came into existence during the early 1870's as placer gold was found in Humbug Creek. A mill was constructed and the town operated until the turn of the century. A caretaker resided at the mine for years and then production started again. The town thrived and the mine was extensively worked until the early 1930's. Warner Watkins, who had worked at Humbug in its later years, told of what life was like when he had to drive to Wickenburg, a round trip distance of 69 miles every night, to get milk for the town, or how the miners would walk to Crown King (about 20 miles uphill) every weekend to go to the saloon.

The Big House – c. 1930's

Map of Humbug

F. De L. Hyde, Esq.

Plan #5798: House of F. De L. Hyde, Esq.


House of F. De L. Hyde, Esq. (Item #5798)
Location: Plainfield, NJ
Date of Publication: November 25, 1905
Architect: Walker & Morris
Condition: VG+ condition with browning around the edges and light crinkling
Price (USD): $29.00
Size (inches): 12 by 8.25 inches
Details: Photogravure. This picture is extremely hard to find. The American Architect and Building News had a very small circulation during this time and these original photogravures only appeared in a very limited number of issues that were distributed to a few prominent architects. This is from the architect Bruce Price's collection. It measures 12 by 8.25 inches. Has a mat border and foam core backing (not attached to the picture). The whole picture measures approximately 16 by 12.25 inches (with border). Extraordinary detail in this early photographic print. Shrink wrapped.

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Minutes of October 27, 1917

The last meeting of the season of 1917 was indeed a memorable one.

On October the twenty-seventh, Mrs. Francis Lacy Hyde gave the Garden Club a unique and delightful entertainment. It was the end of the season of flowers, the harvesting time of the field's yellow grain.

The invitation was for half past five.

Mrs. Hyde received the Club in her spacious hall, after which the members strolled along the high-hedged paths and across the shadowy lawn. Across the road again to reach a wide clearing in the wood at the foot of the mountain. Darkness was falling fast, and there a huge fire blazed while the approaches to it were lined on either side with cornstalks and hung with fantastic Jack o' lanterns.

Seated in a circle ‘round the roaring fire, the Club was served with a hot supper, consisting of more luxurious fare than Halloween parties usually bring forth.

As we sat in jolly mood, the splendid harvest moon rose in the sky, making the scene perfect. All were loath to leave this beautiful autumn scene, but a short business meeting must need be held, when the minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted.

The president bade the club farewell until another season and the meeting adjourned with many expressions of appreciation to our hostess for the delightful evening she had given us.

Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth Taliaferro

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, 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, has two large maps circa 1900 and 1894. Clearly on one of the maps you can see "Hydewood Hall" and the actual footprint of the house and where it is located within what must now be Watchung.

Hydewood Hall after the fire

Plainfield Library Photo File

211 U-4131 Hyde Estate After the Fire Hyde Estate after the fire. Hydewood Hall on west side of Watchung Mountains
212 U-4132 Hyde Estate After the Fire Hyde Estate after the fire. Closer view. Hydewood Hall on west slope of Watchung Mountains.


V-7264 Squires Rustic Bridge int he Grounds of Mr. Charles Hyde

Hydewood Golf Club

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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.

Hyde Estate Gatehouse

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C-10924 Y Collier Hyde Estate Gatehouse The gatehouse to the Hyde Estate, corner of North Dr. and Mountain Ave., N. Plainfield

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.

Hyde's Lodge

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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

1910 Plainfield Library postcard

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Line & Co. Hydes Lodge , Mountain Avenue., Plainfield, N.J. Hydes Lodge, frontal view of the lodge, showing the clock-tower and the pillar to the left of the driveway, the roads are unpaved.

1910 Plainfield library postcard

1900 - 1919 Plainfield Library postcard of Hydewood Hall

C-1214 Y The Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. Residence of Charles De. L .Hyde, Plainfield, N.J. Hydewood Hall, view of house from a distance on a hill behind trees.

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1915 postcard from the Plainfield Library Hydewood Hall

C-1218 Y Line & Co. Hydewood Hall, Plainfield, N.J. Hydewood Hall, view from left front showing house amidst trees, the flag is flown at full staff.

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Hyde Mausoleum

Hillside Cemetery
September 14, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

General Manager of the cemetery reported that the Hyde building is beginning to deteriorate mostly because it is built from marble.

Hyde

Hillside Cemetery
September 14, 2011

Hyde

Hillside Cemetery
September 14, 2011

Social Register 1915

Mrs. Francis de Lacy (Carolyn Knowland)
Juniors Miss Carolyn – at Masters School
Juniors Msrs Francis deL & Oliver E - at Hill School
Phone No. 182
"Hydewood Hall" Plainfield NJ

September 10, 1910 New York Times

PLAINFIELD BANKER SHOOTS HIMSELF; F. De Lacy Hyde's Wife and Children Hear the Shot and Find Him Dead in His Room. ILL FOR SEVERAL YEARS Kept His Suffering Hidden from His Family and Remained Cheerful to the End – Prominent in Many Clubs.

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PLAINFIELD, N.J., Sept. 8. – A revolver shot in Hydewood Hall, the home here of Francis De Lacy Hyde, awakened Mrs. Hyde and the children early this morning and sent them running, frightened, into Mr. Hyde's room. They found him dead on his bed, a bullet wound in his right temple. His right hand still clutched the revolver.

No motive for his act is known except that of ill health. He had been in poor physical condition for several years, and frequently traveled far, hoping by this means to regain his strength.

Mr. Hyde was extremely fond of his wife and children, Francis, Jr., Edward and Carolyn, all under 13 years of age, and he managed in their presence to conceal the despondency which apparently overcame him. Yesterday he seemed in even better spirits than usual. He played with his children, and in the afternoon took them all to the golf links, where he played a round with them before supper. In the evening he gave no sign that his mind was fixed on suicide.

Mr. Hyde was 45 years old. He was born in this city in the old Charles Hyde residence in East Front Street, where his mother now lives. He prepared for college in the Leal's School in this city and entered Yale University in 1887. He was graduated four years later and went to Titusville, Penn., where he became Vice President and a Director of the Second National Bank.

He was married fourteen years ago to Miss Carolyn Knowland, daughter of the late Frederick Knowland of Plainfield, and in the Fall of 1901 he came her to live. His home in Mountain Avenue, North Plainfield, was completed seven years ago and was one of the show places of the town. He became President of the Union County Investment Company and a Director in the City National Bank, and held a prominent position in the social as well as the business life of this city.

He was a member of the Plainfield Country Club, the Park Club, the Watchung Hunt Club, and the Baltusrol Golf Club. He was conspicuous in charitable work.

Besides his immediate family and his mother, Mr. Hyde leaves three brothers, D. W., C. L., and Louis K. Hyde all prominent in social and business life here. He was a brother-in-law of ex-State Senator Everett Colby.

September 11, 1910 New York Times

HYDE – At his residence, Mountain Av., Plainfield, N.J., on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1910, Francis de Lacy, son of Elizabeth and the late Charles Hyde. Funeral private.

LIST OF THOSE ATTENDING AMERICANIZATION May 12 - 15, 1919

Mrs. Frances deL. Hyde, Y. W. O. A., Hydewood Hall, Plainfield, N. J,
F. DeL. Hyde, Mountain Avenue, Plainfield, N. J.

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Hydewood Hall

1915 postcard of Hydewood Hall

December 10, 1922 New York Times Wedding Announcement

CAROLYNE HYDE BRIDE OF WM. H. WOODIN

500 Attend Wedding of Plainfield Girl and Son of New York Fuel Administrator

The marriage of Miss Carolyne Hyde, daughter of Mrs. Frances DeLacey Hyde of North Plainfield, N.J., and William Hartman Woodin Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Woodin of 752 Park Avenue, took place at 6 o'clock last evening at the home of the bride's mother on Mountain Avenue in North Plainfield. The Rev. John H. Moment officiated, assisted by the Rev. Dr. John Kelman, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Mgr. Oraczewski of Poland pronounced a blessing at the end of the ceremony.

Many went from New York for wedding and reception, which were attended by about 500 guests.

Mr. Woodin, whose father is the president Fuel Administrator for New York State, was in the aviation branch of service during the war.

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The Pittsburgh Press Jan. 2. 1921

Mark the Passing of Old Year.

Covers were laid for 25 at the Luncheon which Mrs. James H. Lockhart of Fifth Ave. gave Friday in the Pittsburg Golf Club in honor of Mrs. Francis de Lacy Hyde of Plainfield, N.J. Mrs. Hyde is in Pittsburg to attend the wedding of Miss Elizabeth Hall Lloyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Finley Hall Lloyd of Negley Ave., and her son, Francis de Lacy Hyde, Jr., which will take place in the Shadyside Presbyterian church at 4:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The guest list included the out-of-town visitors who have come on from the wedding and the mothers of the bridal party.

Photo by Diana Madsen

Hillside Cemetery
October 20, 2011

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;

Francis de Lacey Hyde commits suicide

"A revolver shot in Hydewood Hall, the home here of Francis De Lacy Hyde, awakened Mrs. Hyde and the children early this morning and sent them running, frightened, into Mr. Hyde's room. They found him dead on his bed, a bullet wound in his right temple. His right hand still clutched the revolver."

New York Times October 25, 1920

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ENGAGEMENTS

Mr. and Mrs. Finley Hall Lloyd of Pittsburgh have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Hall Lloyd, to Francis De Lacy Hyde, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis De Lacy Hyde of Hydewood Hall, Plainfield, N.J. The wedding will take place this Winter.

New York Times October 3, 1922

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Hyde - Woodin

Mrs. Francis de Lacy Hyde of Hydewood Hall, Plainfield, N.J., announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Carolyne Hyde, to William H. Woodin Jr., a son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Woodin of 752 Park Avenue, this city, and Dune House, East Hampton, L.I.

Mr. Woodin's father is a Director and member of the Excecutive Committee of the American Car and Foundry Company, the American Locomotive Company and a number of other coporations. Miss Hyde, her mother and her brother, Oliver E. Hyde, have spent some time in India, making their headquarters at Calcutta. Not date has been announced for the marriage.

June 13, 1901 Titusville, Pa

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Obituary for Charles Hyde.

1920 US Census

1920 United States Federal Census
about Sarah L Nowland
Name: Sarah L Nowland
Home in 1920: Plainfield Ward 2, Union, New Jersey
Age: 89
Estimated birth year: abt 1831
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Sex: Female
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes

Household Members: Name Age
Sarah L Nowland 89, see above
Caroline Hyde 51, daughter, widow, b. NJ, parents b. Penna.
Francis D Hyde 21, son, b. NJ, father b. NY, mother b. NJ, bookkeeper, bank
Oliver E Hyde 15, son, b. NJ, father b. NY, mother b. NJ, student <++++++++++++++++++++++++
Caroline Hyde 13, daughter, b. NJ, father b. NY, mother b. NJ, student
Jane Mcculley 50, nurse

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Plainfield Ward 2, Union, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1071; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 122; Image: 776.

1910 US Census

1910 United States Federal Census
about Francis Del Hyde
Name: Francis Del Hyde
[Francis D L Hyde]
Age in 1910: 40
Estimated birth year: 1870
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Spouse's name: Carolyn K Hyde
Home in 1910: North Plainfield, Somerset, New Jersey
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age
Francis Del Hyde 40, head, marriage 1, married 16 yrs., b. Penna, parents b. Penna., own income
Carolyn K Hyde 40, wife, marriage 1, married 16 yrs, 3 children, 3 living 1910, b. New Jersey, parents b. Penna.
Francis Del Hyde Jr. 12, son, b. Penna.
Edward Hyde 9, son, b. Penna. <+++++++++++++++++
Carolyn Hyde 8, daughter, b. NJ
Mary Salmon 40, servant
Batie Nesset 21, servant
Christopher Madson 23, chauffeur

151 Mountain Ave

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: North Plainfield, Somerset, New Jersey; Roll: T624_908; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 121; Image: 353.

1900 US Census

1900 United States Federal Census
about Frank De C Hyde
Name: Frank De C Hyde
[Frank A C Hyde]
Home in 1900: Titusville Ward 2, Crawford, Pennsylvania
[Titusville, Crawford, Pennsylvania]
Age: 30
Birth Date: Sep 1869
Birthplace: New Jersey
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Spouse's name: Carolyn K Hyde
Marriage Year: 1894
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 6

Household Members: Name Age
Frank De C Hyde 30, head, see above, banker
Carolyn K Hyde 31, wife, b. Sept. 1868, married 6 yrs, 2 children, 2 living 1900, b. NJ, parents b. Penna.
Francis Del Hyde 2, son, b. July 1897, PA
Edward Hyde 0/12, son, b. May 1900, PA <++++++++++
Catherine Grover 46, servant

71 W. Spruce

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Titusville Ward 2, Crawford, Pennsylvania; Roll: T623_1400; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 47.

1880 US Census

1880 United States Federal Census
about Charles Hyde
Name: Charles Hyde
Home in 1880: Plainfield, Union, New Jersey
Age: 57
Estimated birth year: abt 1823
Birthplace: Connecticut
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Elizabeth Hyde
Father's birthplace: Connecticut
Mother's birthplace: England
Occupation: Banker
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age
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.

1870 US Census

1870 United States Federal Census
about Charles Hyde
Name: Charles Hyde
Birth Year: abt 1822
Age in 1870: 48
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Plainfield, Union, New Jersey
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Scotch Plains

Household Members: Name Age
Charles Hyde 48, head, banker, $200,000, $700,000, b. NY
Lizzie Hyde 31, wife, b. Penna.
Dorsey Hyde 18, son, b. Penna
Charles Hyde 6, son, b. Penna
Lewis Hyde 4, son, b. Penna
Frank Hyde 9/12, son, b. NJ <++++++++++++++
John Jobson 33, coachman
Amy Moran 19
Lucy Angleman 15

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Plainfield, Union, New Jersey; Roll: M593_891; Page: 609A; Image: 68; Family History Library Film: 552390

Frederick W. Knowland

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Death of a Railroad Official

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 11 – Frederick W. Knowland, general freight manager of the Central Pacific Railroad, died at his home in Plainfield, N.J., to-night from pneumonia.

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Social Register Summer 1917

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Hyde, Mrs. Francis de Lacy (Carolyn Knowland)
Juniors Miss Carolyn & Msrs Francis de L & Oliver E.
Hyde Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Livingston (Kathlyn B.)
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Book Dedication

CAROLYN KNOWLAND HYDE

WHO HAS BEEN A MOTHER TO ME DURING MY RESIDENCE IN AMERICA

AND WHOSE LOVE AND SYMPATHY FOR CHINA HAVE ENDEARED

HER TO MANY OF MY COUNTRYMEN, THIS MONOGRAPH

IS GRATEFULLY DEDICATED

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HAN LIANG HUANG, Ph.D.
Copyright 1918

Listed in this book:

Hyde, Mrs. Carolyn Knowland, Sociologist
Plainfield, N.J. Cs D.A.E. 1894 m Fran-
cis de Lacy ,Hvde, 2s Id; r Hvdewood
Hall, Hydewood Park.

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Thomas William Herringshaw. American elite and sociologist, a distinct cyclopedia of twenty thousand American's best families, the national social blue book. (page 64 of 133)

Humbug Arizona

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1920 Pat Fogarty was living and mining
at Humbug when Frank Hyde, a wealthy easterner, was
looking to invest in gold mining. They struck a
partnership, with Hyde supplying the operation with a
substantial infusion of capital. He built half a dozen new
buildings, including a large house for himself and his
family, miner's quarters, mess hall, assay office, and a
cottage for Pat Fogarty who was getting old. Hyde's
mining operation produced about $50,000 in gold, silver,
copper, and lead. This included a 1,000 oz gold pocket
from the Little Annie Claim. Production was not
sufficient to cover expenses, however, and mining was
discontinued in 1934. 1940 -Newt White came to work
for Frank Hyde about 1940 after having worked many
years for the Champie Ranch and other jobs including
miner, mill operator, cowboy, wrangler, mechanic, etc.
He stayed on at Humbug as caretaker after Hyde moved
to Tucson in the 1950's. Newt died in 1997 and is buried
in the Humbug Cemetery - 1970 -Frank Hyde's daughter,
Carolyn, formed a small corporation called Humbug
Gold, Inc. with equal stockholders herself, Newt White
and Dr. Robert Hurt a Phoenix dentist, for the purpose of
gold exploration.
Thank you Neal Du Shane. More of this mans work on
Humbug can be found at
http://www.apcrp.org/Humbug/HUMBUG_MASTER_Te
xt_&_Pictures.htm

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 1, 1940

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19400201&id=1cBRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=
qmkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2095,2614880

After a residence of a few years in Plainfield, New Jersey, and New York, and about ten years here, when they lived in 1043 South Negley Avenue, Mr. and Mrs. Francis de Lacy Hyde Jr. (Elizabeth Hall Lloyd), have fallen in love with the West and expect to make their permanent home in Castle Hot Springs, Arizona, where they are operating a gold mine, called "The Humbug."

They moved to Tuscon eight years ago, leaving the South Negley avenue house which is next door to the Finley Hall Lloyd home at 1045 South Negley avenue.

Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. Hyde's mother, has since then spent her winters in the West of South. This year she and her son, Finley Hall Lloyd Jr., went to Arizona to spend the holidays with the Hydes and their daughter, Carolyn.

At the end of their seven-week visit in Castle Hot Springs they went to Pasadena to visit Mrs. Page Warden, and they ended their travels with a brief stop in Santa Barbara. The Lloyds motored both ways, and are at home to enjoy a Pittsburgh winter.

Courier News articles for "Hyde"

Hyde Carolyn Knowland husband Francis DeLacy 8/27/1959 Obituary
Hyde Hetty Boyle husband Louis K. 3/18/1943 Obituary
Hyde Hetty Boyle husband Louis K. 3/31/1943 News
Hyde Kathlyn Stryker 7/7/1947 Obituary
Hyde Louis K. 1/16/1931 News
Hyde Louis K. 1/11/1940 News
Hyde Louis K. 1/15/1942 News
Hyde Louis K. 1/9/1943 News
Hyde Louis K. wife Hetty Boyle 3/31/1943 News
Hyde Louis K. 9/12/1947 Obituary
Hyde Louis K. n.d. News
Hyde Louis K. n.d. News
Hyde Louis K. n.d. News
Hyde Raymond W. 7/8/1970 Obituary

Mary Mirota (1913-1969) Mrs. Hyde's private secretary

http://genealogysisters.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/photo-of-the-week-mary-mirota-at-burn-brae-pond-sparta-nj/

Photo of the Week – Mary Mirota at Burnbrae Pond, Sparta, NJ June 4, 2012

This sweet photo of Mary Mirota (1913-1969) with the Lydecker girls was taken on September 2, 1934, at the Lydecker's summer cottage at Burnbrae Pond, alongside Morris Lake in Sparta, NJ. Mary had just turned twenty-one, and she looks poised and beautiful, and dressed so femininely, possibly in her Sunday best. Mary worked for the Lydecker family as a mother's-helper for most of the 1930s, and she loved these children. They also loved her, and called her "our dearest Meddy," in their many cards and letters sent over the years, after they were grown up and had families of their own.

A few years back I was looking at one of the Images of America books by Arcadia Publishing, Middlesex Borough (published in 2003), with my mother-in-law, and I saw a photo of the Lydecker's other house with the address. It looked so familiar, and then I realized why – it was because our family has photos of that home with Mary and the Lydecker children playing in the front yard. We drove over to see the house, and it looked much the same as it did in the 1930s. Their parents, Chester and Mary Lydecker, owned one of the oldest dwellings, a lovely old white colonial, in Middlesex, Middlesex County, NJ. Chester Lydecker had been the third mayor of the borough of Middlesex.

Before Chester and Mary Lydecker bought the home in 1932, it had belonged to her parents, Lucius and Bernice Guernsey. They had established an orchard on the property, called the old Sebring Estate. The book on Middlesex solved two mysteries for me – I finally found out the exact address Mary Mirota lived at while she worked for the Lydecker family, and also since I had an old cookbook given to Mary by a Mr. Guernsey, I now understood that connection. Here below is another picture taken of Mary, with children and kittens, in front of the Lydecker home in Middlesex, also taken in the 1930s

Later after the Lydecker children grew up, Mary enrolled in the Drake Business College in nearby Plainfield, NJ, and completed a secretarial course. She became a private secretary and traveling companion to the formidable dowager, Mrs. Francis de Lacy Hyde of North Plainfield. This turned out not quite as happy an employment for Mary, since it was said that when Mary left to marry James Doran, she was still owed money from the Hyde family.

One of Mary Mirota's nephews said of his late aunt, "Aunt Mary was love, unconditional love." What a wonderful way to be remembered!

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ancestral archaeologist, on June 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM said:
Wonderful post, and such beautiful pictures. I grew up in North Plainfield near Delacy Avenue, no doubt named after a connection of the formidable Mrs. Hyde. From what I can tell on old maps of the area, the Hyde family owned most of the east end of North Plainfield in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; by the 1930s their estates had been subdivided, although a beautiful, quirky gatehouse to one of the estates still stands a few blocks from my childhood home.

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Maryann Barnes, on June 25, 2012 at 3:19 PM said:
Thanks for your kind words, and also the extra history of the area around the Hyde estate. I have an old postcard of that gatehouse!

The Ladies of the Plainfield Garden Club, on July 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM said:
We love the information on Mrs Hyde, a former member of the Plainfield Garden Club! We have been opening our archives of late and posting them on line. Here is the direct link for Mrs. Hyde:

http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4439

To see more "formidable" women of that era, visit us on line at http://www.plainfieldgardenclub.org And if there is any more information about Mrs. Hyde, we would love to include it in her profile.

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Maryann Barnes, on July 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM said:
Thanks Ladies! My sister and I enjoyed the links about the Plainfield Garden Club and the formidable garden club women! After I gather my notes together, I'll post again about Mrs. Hyde and her daughter, Carolyne Hyde Woodin Haskell of Tuscon, Arizona. Thanks for opening your archives!

Seldomere the estate of Albert Fillmore Hyde in Morristown

Any relation to "our" Hydes?

http://www.beyondthegildedage.com/2012/03/seldomere.html

After the Central Railroad of New Jersey arrived in the middle of the 19th century, Morristown seems to have fallen into a competition with Plainfield to see which town would become the preferred NYC "millionaire's getaway." Plainfield seems to have won that up until about 1900, after which everything began to go south, as many of the children and grandchildren of the mid-century rich began to abandon New Jersey for the North Shore of Long Island.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
'Seldomere'
'Seldomere', the Albert Fillmore Hyde estate designed by Ludlow & Valentine c. 1905 in Morristown, New Jersey. Hyde, a descendent of William Hyde who emigrated here in 1633, worked in the family business of A.G. Hyde & Sons, cotton converters and later founded the Hyde Real Estate Corporation which owned numerous buildings in New York City. He also served as the head of the Eastern Division of the Red Cross during World War I. 'Seldomere' was demolished sometime between 1963 and 1970.

The Land Tax In China by Han Liang Huang, M. A.

http://libweb.uoregon.edu/ec/e-asia/read/gentle.pdf

CAROLYN KNOWLAND HYDE

Who has been a mother to me during my residence in America
And whose love and sympathy for China have endeared
her to many of my countrymen, this monograph
is gratefully dedicated

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Political Science Columbia University
New York 1918

The Land Tax in China New York 1918

http://libweb.uoregon.edu/ec/e-asia/read/gentle.pdf

CAROLYN KNOWLAND HYDE

Who has been a mother to me during my residence in America
And whose love and sympathy for China have endeared
her to many of my countrymen, this monograph
is gratefully dedicated

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Political Science Columbia University
New York 1918

Thomas William Herringshaw. American elite and sociologist, a distinct cyclopedia of twenty thousand American's best families, the national social blue book.

Hyde, Mrs. Carolyn Knowland, Sociologist
Plainfield, N.J. Cs D.A.E. 1894 m Fran-
cis de Lacy ,Hvde, 2s Id; r Hvdewood
Hall, Hydewood Park.

Summer 1919 Social Register

"Island Lodge" Wah-Wash Kesh Ontario Can

Hyde, Mrs. (Francis de Lacy) (Carolyn Knowland)
Hyde Mr. Francis de L - at Lahore India
Juniors
Miss Carolyn & Mr. Oliver E.
Hyde Mr. and Mrs. Chas Livingston (Kathyln B. Stryker)
Juniors Mr. Henry G. Stryker

"Oakmont" Phone No. 773
Johnston Dv. Plainfield NJ
Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Louis K (Callery-Hetty B Boyle)
Juniors
Louis K. Jr.

January 4, 1935 Mrs. Woodin Is Seeking Divorce

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1977&dat=19350104&id=giUiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5qMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4798,616242

TUSCON, Ariz., Jan. 8 (AP) – The marriage of William H. Woodin, son of the late secretary of the treasury, was before the divorce court here today.

His wife, Mrs. Carolyne Hyde Woodin, charged mental cruelty in a suit filed yesterday. She asked the court for $3000 a month in alimony, her share of community property and the custody of their son, William H. Woodin III.

Woodin has made his home in recent years on a desert ranch. The couple married at Plainfield, N.J., December 29, 1922.

July 13, 1953 Time Magazine: Science: Monster Doctor

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,806716,00.html

Herpetologist William H. Woodin III of Tucson, Ariz, is devoted to one of the oddest of odd scientific occupations. Last week he was scurrying round the desert taking the temperatures of Gila monsters.

Young Woodin (grandson of William H. Woodin, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first Secretary of the Treasury) is assistant director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Trailside Museum. His purpose: to explore the intimate lives of all Southwestern reptiles, a subject not well known. Since reptiles are "coldblooded" (i.e., have no built-in thermostats as mammals do), they must adjust their activities to the temperature...

Humbug Arizona 2012

http://www.apcrp.org/Humbug/2012_OPEN_HOUSE/2010_Humbug_Mast_BC_031112.htm


Frank de Lacey Hyde, a New York stockbroker, came out West on a trip and fell heads-over-heels in love with Humbug. He bought every mining claim in the district he could get his hands on, and in 1932 he built his wife, Elizabeth, and their infant daughter, Carolyn, a large adobe "mansion" that commanded a view of Humbug and its namesake creek. Hyde's "Big House" stands today, although it is showing its age, and the desert has reclaimed the lush and intricate terraced gardens planted and tended by Elizabeth.


"I love the old adobe, and I loved seeing the old Kelvinator refrigerator sitting there," Kathy Kent said of the former Hyde home. "It's such a juxtaposition to the rest of the house."

History of the National Recreation Foundation

http://www.sagamorepub.com/files/lookinside/188/pages-nrf.pdf

Board of Directors:

Mrs. Francis DeLacy Hyde, New York, NY

and a few other "familiar" Plainfield GC names:
Henry W. deForest, New York, NY
James H. Perkins, New York, NY
John T. Pratt, New York, NY
Theodore N. Vail, New York, NY
Mrs. Thomas A. Edison, West Orange, NJ

Ida Cylde Clarke American Women and the World War

http://www.ourstory.info/library/2-ww1/Clarke/Clarke40.htm

A Directory of Leading Women's Organizations Doing Defense Work

YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION–WAR WORK COUNCIL
Mrs. James S. Cushman, chairman, New York City.
Mrs. John R. Mott, vice chairman, Montclair, N. J.
Mrs. John Meigs, vice chairman, Pottstown, Pa.
Mrs. Henry P. Davison, treasurer, New York City.
Mrs. Howard Morse, secretary pro-tem, Port Washington, L. I.
Mrs. E. R. L. Gould, chairman of committee on Extension of Regular Work, New York City.
Mrs. Francis DeLacy Hyde, chairman of committee on New Centers of Work, Plainfield, N. J.Mrs. John R. Mott, Chairman of Committee on Work in Foreign Countries, Montclair, N.J.
Mrs. Robert Lovett, chairman of committee on Training of Workers, Locust Valley, Long Island.
Mrs. Robert E. Speer, chairman of committee on Non-Equipment and Social Morality Work, Englewood, N. J.
Miss Elizabeth French, chairman on committee on Junior Council, Basking Ridge, N. J.
Mrs. William Adams Brown, chairman of committee on Cooperation and Publicity, New York City.
Mrs. Herbert Pratt, chairman of committee on Finance, Glen Cove, Long Island.
Mrs. John French, ex-officio chairman of executive committee of national board, New York City.
Miss Helen A. Davis, ex-officio executive, Field Work Department, New York City.
Miss Mabel Cratty, general secretary, National Board, New York City.

October 19, 1919 New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F70C13FB3B5C1B728DDDA00994D8415B898DF1D3

FLEMING - HYDE

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.

"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

Plainfield Library: Plainfield Musical Club & Chinese Ambassador

Description

Series 3 contains correspondence from past presidents and general business correspondence. It is composed solely of paper documents. The bulk of this series are newsletters to members announcing where meeting locations and programs. Original organization included two folders labelled Correspondence, President H.D Bonnell 1931-33 and Correspondence, President Allen Weakland 1988-1991 which are now included in this series in folders 14 and 15. Programs, meeting letters, membership correspondence and board meeting minutes were removed and included in the corresponding series. Also included in this series are telegram from the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Hu Shih and a letter from Ambassador's Private Secretary to President Lambert from 1942 inviting Mrs. Francis de L Hyde as his guest for the meeting on the 17th. A handwritten note on the letter reads: " The Chinese ambassador from China to USA was invited to speak at the March 1942 meeting of the Plainfield Musical Club in an open meeting in Crescent Ave. Church in the Club's 50th anniversary year- Chinese music was featured in the program. Mr. Richard E. Lambert interviewed Mr. Hu Shih. During the meeting there was a serious fire in the neighborhood and Mr. Lambert heard the fire engines and feared that the church house just to the rear of the church was on fire while he was interviewing Mr. Hu Shih."

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

Read about Mrs. Hyde

Genealogy sisters

This lovely photograph of Mary Mirota (1913-1969), was taken when she was employed as a private secretary, in the late 1930s and early 1940s. I love her dress with the brooch, and her pretty shoes! At that time, she worked for a wealthy widow, Mrs. Carolyn Knowland Hyde (1868-1959), of Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. Mrs. Hyde's husband, Francis De Lacy Hyde, had been a banker and real estate investor. The Hyde family lived in a beautiful estate on the ridge of the Watchung Mountains, in Plainfield, called Hydewood Hall. After her husband's death in 1910, Mrs. Hyde raised their three children, and became very active in many worthy causes, serving for years as a member of the national board of the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.). Mrs. Hyde had also been the director of the Skillman Institute for Epileptics, in Skillman, NJ, and was a member of the Plainfield Garden Club – where you can read more about the Hyde family at their website. Mary Mirota had been a graduate of the Drake Business College in Plainfield, NJ, and was hired to take shorthand notes from Mrs. Hyde, attend to her confidential correspondences and files, and also at times travel with her employer. Mary Mirota was from Whitehouse, in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, NJ, and she took the train back and forth from work in Plainfield. At times she also put down Plainfield, NJ as her principal residence.

Here are two more postcards that had belonged to Mary Mirota. The first one is of the Plainfield Post Office, where Mary often had to go to post mail while working as a secretary, and the second one is of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Plainfield, where Mary worshiped while in town.

Among Mary Mirota's photos, there are a few taken with Mrs. Hyde, and her family, that are from the World's Fair in New York City, which was held from 1939-40. Since there are also photos of a parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City, it could be that the photos were taken one year before the grand opening of the World's Fair. There had been a large parade with over 200 floats on 30 April 1938 called The Preview of the Fair Parade. Below are two of the photos.

Mary Mirota also traveled with Mrs. Hyde out to Arizona, from New Jersey, during this time period. Mary always remembered how beautiful the desert countryside was between Tucson and Flagstaff. Mrs. Hyde's daughter, Mrs. Carolyne Hyde Woodin Haskell, had moved out to Tucson, Arizona, in 1930. Mrs. Hyde's two sons also had moved to Arizona, Oliver Edward Hyde lived in Tucson and Francis de Lacey Hyde, Jr., lived in Castle Hot Springs.

By the mid 1940s, Mrs. Hyde had moved permanently to Tucson, living with her daughter. Mary Mirota ended her employment as her private secretary. Here are two more of the postcards Mary kept from the time she was employed as a private secretary to Mrs. Hyde.

I would really enjoy hearing from anyone associated with the Hyde family of Plainfield, New Jersey. I'm sure there were lots of other folks employed by the family over the years, and it would be interesting to hear their stories.

Occupations are always worth noting down when recording family research and searching through records. Workday Wednesday is a daily genealogy blogging post suggested by Denise Spurlock through Geneabloggers.

East Front Street

This photo that appears in Dorothy Pollard & John Grady's book is labeled the home of John Taylor Johnston and then later, his daughter's home, PGC member Mrs. Mali.

However, written on the photo is "Hyde East Front Street"

Hyde East Front Street

Yale 1891 - 1894

FRANCIS deLACEY HYDE, son of Charles and Elizabeth Kepler Hyde, was born September 22, 1869, in Plainfield, N.J., where he was prepared for college at the John Leal School.

After graduation from college he entered the Second National Bank of Titusville, Pa., and became vice-president in 1892, his brother Louis being president. In 1905 he sold his interest and resigned as an officer and director. He was also vice-president of the New Orleans & Northwestern Railway Co., which was owned by members of his family, but sold to the Missouri Pacific System in 1901. In July of that year the Union County (N.J.) Investment Co. was incorporated, in which were invested part of the funds of the estate of his father, Charles Hyde, and of this he had been manager, acting also as president.

During 1908 he had spent six months in Mexico on account of ill health, but did not regain vigor, although he resumed active business on his return. While despondent from illness, as is supposed, he died from a self-inflicted bullet wound at his home in North Plainfield, N. J., September 8, 1910. He was nearly 41 years of age.

He married, June 5, 1894, daughter of Frederick Knowland, of Plainfield, who survives him with two sons and a daughter. Two brothers graduated from the Academical Department in 1886 and 1887, respectively.

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