Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Quarles, Mrs. Emmet Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22

1922 Address: 139 East 7th Street, Plainfield

NOTE: 1922 Address lists the following "Mrs. Emmett A. Quarles" and the second "t" in Emmett is crossed out.

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

Other notes in files had the name "Mrs. Ernest August Quarles" and we are fairly certain that reference was in error.

Mrs. Emmet Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22 is the sister-in-law to Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) Stillman '41

May be related through marriage to the following PGC Members:

First wife of William M. Stillman:
Mrs. William M. (Elizabeth B. Atwood) Stilllman '15

Second wife of William M. Stillman
Mrs. William M. (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) Stillman '42

Children of Anita Mary Stillman Quarles

Children of Anita Mary Stillman
and Ernest Augustus Quarles

James Addisson Quarles
Born: 1918
Date Married:

Francis Fields Quarles
Born: 1919
Died: 1938
Date Married:

Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles
Born: 1924
Married: Carolyn Saunders
Born: circa 1926
Date Married: circa 1949

Mary Ann Quarles
Born: 1925
Date Married:

1925 Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2013

Celebration of the Life of Barbara Tracy Sandford

Dr. Charles L. Mead married Evie Madsen's daughter, Nancy Hance, December 2, 1968.

Perhaps Rev. Mead was a relation to "our" Mrs. Mead?

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead donated one of the stained glass windows in the church:

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

Frederick, being of course her husband, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers were Mrs. Mead's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Myers were also founding member Mrs. Jared Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) Myers '15 in-laws.

There were many Stillmans in the Club:

Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles Sr.

AMHERST, Mass. - Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles Sr. passed away peacefully on June 1, 2013, five days after his 90th birthday at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, where he had been for a short time.

Born in Plainfield, N.J., in 1923 to Anita M. Stillman and Emmet A. Quarles, he was predeceased by two older brothers, Francis Field and James Addison; and a younger sister, Mary Ann, who died on March 15 this year.

He attended Evergreen Elementary School (whose alma mater song he rendered flawlessly) and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1941, followed by a post-graduate year at Phillips Academy Andover in 1942. He was a member of the unique Class of 1945W at Yale, an accelerated program interrupted by World War II. He volunteered in 1944 for service in the Naval Reserve V-5 flight training program and was discharged in 1945. He returned to Yale and completed his B.S. in industrial administration in 1947.

After graduation he joined Corn Products Refining Company as an industrial salesman and left after five years to enter Harvard Business School, earning an M.B.A. in 1954. In 1952 he married Carolyn Saunders, a Brattleboro, Vt., native whose older brother Bill was his classmate at Andover and Yale. They moved to his hometown of Plainfield, N.J., where he became district sales manager of Union Steel, producer of stainless steel pipe and tubing. One son, Kenneth, was born there in 1955.

The family moved to Needham in 1957, and added two more sons, Thomas Jr. in 1958 and Robert in 1962. In 1963, he changed careers and joined the Cambridge Trust Company in Cambridge. After graduating in 1964 from the National Trust School at Northwestern, and in 1966 from the Stonier Graduate School at Rutgers University, he became a trust officer in 1965. In 1970, he joined the First National Bank of Amherst, where he became a vice president and head of the Trust Department. In 1980, he joined the Amoskeag Bank in Manchester, N.H., as an investment officer. In 1988, he retired from Amoskeag, worked for Bank East in Manchester, and in 1992 joined Harbor Advisory Corporation in Portsmouth, N.H., as an investment counselor until 2004.

His community involvement was always wide-ranging: Plainfield YMCA Gymnastic and Boys Work Club; chairman of the Needham Conservation Commission and Town Meeting member; fund chairman, Cambridge Junior Achievement; treasurer, First Parish Unitarian, Needham; class agent for HBS and Andover; founding member in 1971 of the Kestrel Trust in Amherst (a private land trust); director of Hampshire Community United Way; Friends of Amherst College Music; Manchester Queen City and Amherst Rotary Clubs (Paul Harris Fellow).

Sports and fitness were an integral part of his life, and included squash, tennis, hiking (life member of the Appalachian Mountain Club), cycling, canoeing, sailing, skiing, and camping. He loved spending time at Carolyn's family summer home on Lake Spofford, N.H., and was seldom seen without a daily New York Times.

Music was the main thread of his long life: Beginning as a treble in an Episcopal Boys Choir in Plainfield, N.J., he participated in both vocal and instrumental activities in high school. At Yale he was president of the Glee Club in 1947, and a member of the 1947 Whiffenpoofs (a capella ensemble). In 1993 he was an original member of Whiff alumni called the SLOTS (Seems Like Old Times) which was active at Yale reunions until 2012. He sang in many choral groups and church choirs: Newton Highland Glee Club; Saengerfest Society of Boston; Manchester Choral Society and the Yankee Male Chorus.

His knowledge and love of opera was extensive. One of his special loves was Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, when as a teenager he took leading roles in professionally-directed performances during his many summers at Pocono Lake Preserve, Pa. He was a founding member of the Valley Light Opera in Amherst in 1975.

He leaves his wife of 60 years, Carolyn; sons, Kenneth (Patti), Golden, Colo., Thomas Jr. (Karen), Brookline, N.H., Robert (Linda), Sarasota, Fla.; also three grandchildren, Marissa (Brian) Dilka, Pueblo, Colo., Clayton Quarles, Salt Lake City, and Eleanor Quarles, Brookline, N.H.; and one great-grandson, Jackson Dilka.

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Mary Quarles Hawkes

Mary Q. Hawkes, a life of service to justice for women
By Sergio Reyes, Liz Curtin, Mary Roberts and Susan Jenness Phillips

ommunity Resources for Justice (CRJ) has lost a longtime and active supporter with the passing of Mary Q. Hawkes Sanders in March of this year. In 1969, Mary
joined the Board of
Directors of the Crime and
Justice Foundation, where
she was a strong, and
sometimes boisterous, voice
for programming for female
offenders. Mary was also a
member of the Board of
Directors of Massachusetts
Half-Way Houses, Inc.
(MHHI) from 1988 to 1999,
when MHHI merged with
CRJ. In 2002, she retired as
an active member of CRJ's
board, and was made an
honorary member for life.
The President of CRJ's Board
of Directors, Brian A. Callery
wrote in the organization's 2002 Annual Report: "My deep thanks go out to two longtime directors who have now left the Board. Mary Q. Hawkes' long and fruitful career in corrections, focusing on women prisoners' issues as both academician and practitioner, gave her a unique and valuable perspective, which she shared for our benefit for more than 30 years."

Mary Ann Quarles was born on December 31, 1924 in Plainfield, New Jersey. Her parents were Anita Mary Stillman and Emmet Augustus Quarles. She had three older brothers, James, Francis and Thomas. She grew up in the midst of activities related to social services for women in trouble with the law. Her mother Anita was the first female Deputy Sheriff of Union County.

In 1929, when she was only 5 years old, her mother was appointed to the Board of Managers of the New Jersey Reformatory for Women. Mary Ann would become acquainted with her mother's work and as she grew up.

When she was getting ready for college, Edna Mahan, one of the first women superintendents of a female correctional facility, became her mentor. The summer before her high school graduation she worked as an assistant at the Reformatory which she had visited as a young girl. This job would determine her life long passion about the condition of women in prison and also about the women who worked in the justice system.

Mary Ann graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 1947 with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. From there she attended the School of Social Work in Philadelphia for one semester, where she determined that social work and not science was her calling. That same year, she decided to move to Kentucky to work for the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS). Mary Ann worked providing social services administrative support. Many years later she would declare to the Townsman Correspondent newspaper in Wellesley, "I went to Appalachia in 1948 to do social work but I realized that I needed to grow up myself. I worked with the Nurses on Horseback, an organization that began in the last century after Daniel Boone opened the Wilderness Road".

Her practical experience with the FNS shifted her interest one more time, this time to the field of sociology. In a Nunn Center Oral History interview (1979) she declared "After two years of working at the Frontier Nursing Service, I realized that social work was not gonna aid me, as social work was set up at that time, it was not gonna aid me in doing work in that kind of a setting. But that sociology would. That learning the background of the people in that whole area was much was more important than the kinds of things they trained you for in social work." (p. 7)

She graduated with a Masters in Sociology from the University of Kentucky in 1950, incorporating to her academic work the experience she received while with the FNS. During her years in Kentucky Mary Ann was also influenced by another outstanding female leader, Ms. Mary Breckinridge, director of the FNS until her death in 1965.
Mary Ann remained in Kentucky until 1957. She worked as an Instructor in Sociology at Berea College from 1954 to 1957. In her curriculum vitae, Mary Ann wrote that "during the summer of 1956 she supervised five Berea College students at the New Jersey Reformatory for two months. Upon graduation from Berea College in 1957, one student returned to work at the New Jersey Reformatory for over ten years and one went to work at the Federal Reformatory for Women in Alderson, West Virginia." Clearly, Mary Ann saw her academic work intrinsically linked to work in the field.

Mary Ann married her first husband, Robert Hawkes, a Communications professor at Boston University in 1963. During this time the Hawkes set residency in Brookline, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, Robert passed away in 1967 afflicted by cancer.

During this time she also taught as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1964, she started a distinguished career as a Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College. In 1966, Mary Ann completed her Ph.D. at Boston University, in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. The title of her doctoral dissertation was "Organizational Analysis of the New Jersey Reformatory for Women in Relation to Stated Principles of Corrections, 1913-1963". She was the Rhode Island College Chairperson of the Sociology Department between 1976 and 1980. Her academic career at RIC ended in 1988, when she retired. Currently her memory remains alive at RIC through the Mary Ann Hawkes Award in Justice Studies, granted to an academically qualified graduating senior, who demonstrates recognition of and concern for national, regional, or local problems of justice and their solutions.

As if life had planned to close a circle that opened during her Kentucky years, Mary Ann would find in Massachusetts Professor Irwin Sanders, whom she knew as head of the sociology department at the University of Kentucky in the 50s. Mary Ann and Irwin, "Sandy", Sanders would get married on November 1, 1998, about 47 years after they first met. In the 1999 Townsman interview she said, " Sandy and I have common backgrounds. My grandfather taught his father at Washington & Lee. We believe in predestination." Sandy" passed away in 2005 at the age of 96.
The practical and academic work of Mary Ann in the field of justice, criminology, and community corrections deserves special attention. In her 1997 Curriculum Vitae Mary Ann wrote: "Through my 25 plus years of college teaching, I consistently taught courses dealing with corrections. I utilized numerous ACA (American Correctional Association) publications in my courses. I encourage students and colleagues to join ACA. I regularly placed students in internships in both community and institutional settings. I supervised the students in their internships, consulted regularly with their placement supervisors and visited each site. Many of my students are currently working in corrections and have made it a career. In my 1993-1995 consulting at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections I met many of my former students who are employed in the Department of Corrections which includes probation and parole."

Mary Ann continued her professional connections with the State of Rhode Island. In the 1980s she worked as a consultant for the Justice Resource Corporation. Later on she worked evaluating the programs of Justice Assistance, a private correctional service agency in Providence, Rhode Island. In the 1990s, again making a clear link between theory and practice, Mary Ann worked for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to evaluate the Associate Degree Programs for Corrections offered by the Community College of Rhode Island at the Department of Corrections.

Mary Ann wrote articles, essays and books on the subject of corrections including:
"How one women's reformatory interested students in the correctional field", American Journal of Corrections (1964),
"Rhode Island a case study in compliance", Corrections Today (1985),
"Women and corrections in the United States", co-authored by Tamara Holden and presented at the Australian Bicentennial International Congress on Corrective Services, Australia (1988),
"Women's changing roles in corrections", ACA, (1991),
Excellent Effect: the Edna Mahan Story, ACA (1994), and
"Building a Voice: The American Correctional Association, 125 years of History", co-authored by Anthony Travisono (1995).
There is also a long list of organizations that Mary Ann supported, usually for long terms, as with her tenure as a CRJ board member. Her curriculum vitae gives us an illustration of her incredible energy and passion for human rights and women's rights in the field of corrections. A few of her professional associations include:
Since 1957, American Association of University Women
1960, Chairperson Juvenile Justice Committee, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
1961-1996, American Sociological Association
Since 1961, American Correctional Association
Since 1969, New England Sociological Association
Since 1973, Sociologists for Women in Society
Since 1980, Correctional Association of Massachusetts
1983-1988, Medical Advisory Board at the RI Department of Children and Their Families
1986-1996, People to People at MCI Framingham
1988-1999, Massachusetts Half-Way Houses (MHHI)
1989-1992, Citizens Advisory Committee to Suffolk County House of Correction
1996, Coordinator Association on Programs for Female Offenders

An interesting note about her affiliation with MHHI clearly reveals the humility of this outstanding professor and scholar. This is a particular trait that was endearing to all who crossed her path, from her social service days in Kentucky to her death. As she refers to one of the houses that MHHI operated, and described it a "transition house for homeless women in conflict with the law and their children", she indicated that as a member of the Board of Directors she "worked actively with staff and residents of the house on various projects from fund raising to gardening".

Mary Ann's work was acknowledged and properly recognized by her peers, just as she made an effort to do the same to others. Among other awards, she received:
In 1980 the Rhode Island Commission on Volunteerism and Citizen Participation recognized her as "Administrative Volunteer of the Year", for conducting extensive review of policies and procedures of the Adult Correctional Institutions in the State.
In 1982, she received an award from Justice Resource Corporation in RI "in recognition of outstanding service to Rhode Island's Correctional System and Support of Justice Resource Corporation's goals and objectives".
In 1987, she received the Distinguished Service Award at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rhode Island College.
In 1989, Justice Assistance of RI granted her the Neil J. Houston, Jr. Award for Dedicated Service and Citizen Contribution Towards the Criminal Justice Profession and Public Interest".
In 1995, she was recognized at the 6th National Workshop on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders in South Carolina, "for dedicated teaching, research and service toward improving programs and services for female offenders".
In 1999, she received the distinguished E. R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award from the American Correctional Association, the highest honor granted by the ACA.
In 2001 she received the Volunteers of America's highest honor, the Maud Booth award, "in recognition of your dedicated service and leadership in
In 2004, she received the Howard B. Gill
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Correctional Association of Massachusetts, which recognized her outstanding contributions to corrections and the female offender.
Mary Ann established her own award at the Crime and Justice Foundation, the "Mary Q. Hawkes Award" to recognize individuals or groups who manifest a true and steady commitment to the betterment of treatment of the criminal offender especially females and juveniles."
After living in Newton and Wellesley, Sandy and Mary Ann decided to move to an independent and assisted facility for older, active adults. Indeed, while at Norumbega Point, Mary Ann continued her activities as much as health permitted. Ms. Sandra West, the current Director at Norumbega Point recalls, "Mary Ann shared sage advice to me as a new executive director to Norumbega Point more than 6 years ago. She confidently instructed me to create the community the resident's want, not what others "including the owner" think the residents want. "Ask, listen, do"...or "watch, do, teach" she would tell the staff. Mary Ann encouraged everyone to seize every opportunity. "Step out of your comfort zone and explore all the day has to offer!"

In 2008, as her health deteriorated Mary Ann relocated to Sudbury Pines Extended Care, in Sudbury, Massachusetts. There, Mary Ann passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at age 88. She is survived by her brother Thomas, sister-in- law Carolyn and nieces and nephews. She will also be survived by generations of people with a commitment to true justice for all, with particular attention to the condition of women involved in the justice systems. Mary Ann followed in the steps of the great women she so admired like Edna Mahan and Mary Brickenridge. We and new generations can look back at her example and learn from her work. It is, in fact, our responsibility to make sure that her legacy endures.

Partial Justice: Women, Prisons, and Social Control

Organizational Analysis of the New Jersey Reformatory for Women in Relation to Stated Principles of Corrections, 1913-1963

Bibliographic information

QR code for Organizational Analysis of the New Jersey Reformatory for Women in Relation to Stated Principles of Corrections, 1913-1963
Title Organizational Analysis of the New Jersey Reformatory for Women in Relation to Stated Principles of Corrections, 1913-1963
Author Mary Ann Stillman Quarles
Publisher Boston University., 1966
Length 380 pages


SANDERS, Mary Ann (Quarles) Hawkes 88, formerly of Newton & Weston, MA died peacefully on March 15, 2013 at Sudbury Pines Extended Care facility in Sudbury, MA. Born in 1924 in Plainfield, NJ, she was the fourth child and only daughter of Anita M. Stillman and Emmet A. Quarles. She is survived by one brother, Thomas B. Quarles, (Carolyn) of Amherst, MA. and their 3 sons: Kenneth (Patti) of Golden, CO; Thomas, Jr. (Karen) of Brookline, NH; Robert (Linda) of Sarasota, FL and two great nieces and one great nephew. Her first husband Prof. Robert W. Hawkes died in 1971, and her second husband Prof. Irwin T. Sanders died in 2005. She was predeceased by her parents and brothers James and Francis Quarles. She began her education at the Hartridge School in Plainfield, NJ, graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1947, earned a M.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1952 and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from Boston University in 1966. Her first job was as the social service secretary at the Frontier Nursing Service in Wendover, KY (1948-1953). After teaching criminal justice and sociology at several colleges including Berea, Moravian and Wheelock, she taught at Rhode Island College from 1972 to 1988, where, as Professor in the Sociology Department, she developed an interdisciplinary minor in Criminal Justice and a major in Justice Studies. She said: "My greatest contributions to corrections are my students". Many of her colleagues, co-workers, friends and family stress how vital her mentoring and support was to their careers. She was a 30+ year board member of the Crime and Justice Foundation and Massachusetts Halfway Houses, Inc. Her support in merging the two organizations was instrumental in the creation of Community Resources for Justice, a major provider of services to the developmentally disabled at-risk youth and adult offenders in several states, and its national-scale research and consulting work. A lifetime learner and avid traveler, she was an Invited Member on the 2nd People-to-People Criminal Justice Delegation to the People's Republic of China in the fall of 1981. This was the first U.S. group allowed to visit some of China's Re-education incarceration facilities. Mary Ann wrote articles, essays and books on the subject of corrections including: "Women and Corrections in the United State", co-authored by Tamara Holden and presented at the Australian Bicentennial International Congress on Corrective Services, Australia (1988); and Excellent Effect: the Edna Mahan Story, ACA (1994). Mahan was the innovative superintendent of Clinton Farms, the New Jersey Reformatory for Women. Some of the many professional organizations that Mary Ann supported include the American Correctional Association and Sociologists for Women in Society. Mary Ann was acknowledged and presented with many awards including: the Distinguished Service Award, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rhode Island College (1987); the E. R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award from the American Correctional Association, the highest national honor granted by the ACA (1999); and the Volunteers of America, Maud Booth Award "in recognition of your dedicated service and leadership in corrections" (2001). Mary Ann followed in the steps of the great women she so admired like her mother, Anita Stillman Quarles, Edna Mahan and Mary Breckinridge, founder of Frontier Nursing Service. She set an example that has benefitted many. Her body was donated to the University of Massachusetts Medical School Anatomical Gift program for medical education and research. She requested that contributions in her memory be made to Frontier NursingUniversity,, Interment will be in Lexington, KY. Memories of Mary may be posted at where additional information is available, including a more detailed review of her professionallifeandaccomplishments.

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January 4, 2014 Researching Golestan

January 4, 2014

Several members and the Plainfield Historical Society have now jumped into the ring in the quest to find the Very Old Statue. Nothing yet to report, but many of you have asked for more information about the estate and the Stillman family. To learn more, click on the individual member files:

Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15

January 2, 2014

Dear Members,

We have been invited to solve a mystery!

A very prestigious professor from the University of Chicago, has written to us as he is researching Stillman Gardens in Plainfield.

The Stillman Garden apartment complex sits on the former Persian consulate estate called "Golestan" along Front Street and Leland Avenue. About ten years ago, the PGC documented this garden and submitted it to the Smithsonian Archives (see link).

In particular, the professor, Matthew W. Stolper, is interested in a statue which we described at the time of submission as a Japanese girl, carved in 1691. (It is not clear in the documentation if the statue was actually seen.)

Within the grounds of the apartment complex, there are several noticeable remnants of the Golestan garden. In addition, members are aware of Plainfield residents that have in their possession different items from the estate. So it stands to reason that we, as a group, may know where this statue is – if not on the grounds of the Stillman apartment complex . . .

Would anyone be willing to take a stroll through the complex and search for the statue? Bring your cameras and lets photograph the garden! The Smithsonian likes to have updated photographs.

If you would like to visit the garden or have any information on the garden or the Stillmans, please write back to

January 31, 2015 Correspondence

Dear Ms. Nichols,

My sincerest apologies for getting back to you so late. Our website had an "issue" with emails and I am just figuring it out.

Unfortunately, the only thing I would know about your family are the things posted on for Mrs. Mead:

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead was relating to other members of the Plainfield Garden Club:

Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Quarles, Mrs. Emmet Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42
Joy, Mrs. James R. (Emma Prentice McGee) '33
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Susan M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47

I do recommend you contacting the genealogy department of the Plainfield Library 908-857-1111 as they would be more likely to help you further. Also, there may be information to be found at the Fanwood Library

Best of luck to you –

Susan Fraser
Communications Chair
Plainfield Garden Club
Founded 1915

December 27, 2014

My mother, Sandra Shepard Wright, was an only child and the great grand-daughter of Agustus D Shepard and Johanna Elizabeth Mead. I am looking for any information regarding great aunt Winifred Prentice Kay, and also Marie Riis [aka Rees] who was married to Agustus D. Shepard Jr. -Thanks!

Winifred Ohrstrom Nichols

February 24, 2016 Email exchange with Stillman Family Descendent

Received this today:

You've received a new submission from your "contact us" through your "Plainfield Garden Club" Andy's Web Tools web site.

name: Mrs. Thomas B. Stillman Quarles (Carolyn)
email: xxxxxx
phone: xxxxxxx


In researching the Stillman family I saw a photo titled "A Group of Friends at the Home of Thomas B. Stillman 1860. " This was on your website while searching "Member: Stillman, Mrs. William Maxon (Elizabeth B. Atwood) "15. page 5. I would like to know the photo's provenance and whether a copy is available. Your website is very impressive. I appreciate your help.

Our response:

Dear Carol,

Thank you for writing in to us. The photo you reference was taken from a Google search years ago that had a site listed as The link to this site no longer works. We recommend contacting the Plainfield Library has they have extensive genealogical records for the founding families of Plainfield.

Please make sure you take a look at all our Stillman and Quarles members:

Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

Does anyone remember any of these members?!

UPDATE: February 27th:

Many thanks for your prompt reply. I am receiving help from Jane Thoner at the Public Library. My husband Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles and I lived in Plainfield from 1954-57 after he graduated from Harvard Business School and worked in Union, NJ. We lived at 520 W. 7th Street and I was introduced to all the living Stillmans then–especially Aunt Dinny (Mrs. Albert Leeds Stillman and their estate Gulestan. I was busy with our first son, Kenneth, who was born at Muhlenberg Hospital in 1955. Aunt Ethel, the second Mrs. William Maxon Stillman, was our neighbor. Tom's mother, Anita Mary Stillman, taught me much family history, but Tom (90) and his sister Mary ( 88) both died in 2013 and I have no more contacts in Plainfield. I really enjoyed reading your membership lists and recognizing familiar names of the influential citizens who made Plainfield such an exceptional place. I remember once helping Aunt Dinny weed the Shakespeare Garden!

There is one disturbing error in your excellent club records: Anita Mary Stillman's husband was EMMET Augustus Quarles–not Ernest. Our third son is named after EAQ and was born on his birthday May 22. Our Rob is very proud of his heritage and especially the spelling of Emmet (one "t"). I hope it may be possible to correct this name. The Quarles family also has a distinguished southern history. Emmet's father was a professor of Moral Philosophy at Washington and Lee University in 1905.

You can see that I have a busy job trying to collect this genealogy for posterity and hope that at my age (86) I will have enough time! Fortunately I am reasonably "digitally savy" but
my fingers are not as facile as they once were in my secretarial days. I most appreciate a phone call–xxxxxxxxxx. Our home has been in xxxxxx since 1970. The address is xxxxxxxxxx.