Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Wigton, Mrs. William Garrigues (Ann Hayes) '55

1958 - 1993 Address: 999 Hillside Ave, Plainfield

1984 - 1991: Active
1992 - 2004: Sustaining

Related to the following Plainfield Garden Club members:

Mrs. C. Benson Wigton '45

Mrs. C. Benson Wigton, Jr. '59

Mrs. Frederick L. (Anne Wigton) Hall '68

Ann Wigton passed away December 2003.

For more information on 999 Hillside Avenue, please visit Mrs. William A. (Florence Tupper) '15 file

Ann Wigton

Shakespeare Garden
June 6, 2009

With Billy and Dede Wigton

Betty Hackman in profile in the background

1915-1965 History of the Plainfield Garden Club

999 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

"Norway maples should be banned from the United States." Bill Nierstedt, Plainfield tree guru and head of the City's Planning Division, made this xenophobic comment three years ago. I have waited in vain since then for him to be invited to repeat this hate speech for a national audience on Lou Dobbs' television program. Despairing after three years of ever seeing Bill on television, I decided to reprint his words here.

Bill is too late. The genie is out of the bottle. The horse is out of the barn. Norway maples are here. Norway maples are among the most common street trees in Plainfield. These European imports are perhaps the most numerous street trees in the eastern United States.

It has to be admitted that their bright yellow autumn foliage is quite attractive.

2007 from Gregory Palermo's Plainfield Tree Blog

999 Hillside Avenue

We had two Plainfield Garden Club members live in this home:

Founding member Mrs. William A. (Florence Tupper) Conner '15

and of course Mrs. William G. (Anne) Wigton '55

From Plainfield, New Jersey's History & Architecture by John Grady and Dorothe Pollard

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

PGC members Sally Booth, Anne Shepherd, Jeanne Turner and Phyllis Alexander (all Plainfield residents or former residents) readily remember Anne and that her house on Hillside was a replica of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's home. Cambridge, Mass.

The Longfellow House was built in 1759 by John Vassall, a wealthy royalist. In 1774, he and his family hastily abandoned their estate and fled to British protection in Boston on the eve of the Revolutionary War. Starting in July 1775, George Washington used the house as his headquarters for almost nine months during the siege of Boston. During this time he was visited by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock, and other revolutionary leaders.

In 1791 the house was purchased by Andrew Craigie, the Apothecary General during the revolutionary war. He added the side porches and extended the back of the house. He and his young wife, Elizabeth, became known for their parties. When Andrew died, he was deeply in debt, and Elizabeth had to turn her home into a boarding-house.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the renowned American poet, occupied the house from 1837 to 1882. At first, when he was a professor of languages at Harvard College, he rented rooms in the house. In 1843 he married Frances ("Fanny") Appleton, and her wealthy father bought the house for them as a wedding present. Fanny wrote to her brother about the house: "...we are full of plans & projects with no desire, however, to change a feature of the old countenance which Washington has rendered sacred.

The house was a favorite gathering place for many prominent philosophers and writers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Charles Dickens. Longfellow's descendants preserved the house and the poet's furnishings and collections until 1962, when they presented them to the nation. The Longfellow National Historic Site is now maintained by the National Park Service.

Downstairs the house is much as it was in Longfellow's time and offers an exceptional glimpse of intellectual life in the 19th century. Yet we can also imagine the 18th-century visitors to the house, conferring with General Washington in his office. The collections, extensive archives, and historic grounds make this house a unique repository of American History.

1998 PGC

The Plainfield Garden Club January 21, 1998
Photo sent in by Diana Madsen. She wrote, "This is a picture of the PGC when I was president (1996-1998). It was taken at a joint meeting with the Garden Club of the Oranges at Orange Lawn Tennis Club." January 21, 1998

Back Row, left to right:
Maryann Gonder, Jeanne Turner, Toddy Pond, Elisabeth Loizeaux, Joan Vivian, Jane Burner, Tucker Trimble, Nina Weil, Carroll Keating

Second Row, left to right:
Bernice Swain, Jane Craig, Evie Madsen, Barbara Lang, Mary Kent

Seated, left to right:
Sally Kroll, Meechy Loosli, Betty Hackman, Ann Wigton, Martie Samek, Sally Booth

Front Row, left to right:
Barbara Peek, Diana Madsen

Westfield Leader December 28, 2000

William Wigton, 86, Was Senior Partner at Brokerage Firm in New York City

William Garrigues Wigton, 86, of Planfield died on Saturday, December 23 at the Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clark.

Born in Brookline, Mass, he was a lifelong resident of Planfield.

Mr. Wigton has been a senior partner with the brokerage firm of Orvis Bros. & Company in New York City before his retirement.

He was a 1937 graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Mr. Wigton served as a Captain in the United States Army Coastal Artillery at Pearl Harbor during World War II.

He was a member of the Kambago Camp Owner's Association in Oquissoc, Ma. where he had a fishing camp. He was also a member of the Log Cabin Gun Club, the Angler's Club of New York, the Union League Club, the Yale Club and the Plainfield Country Club.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ann Hayes Wigton, a son William Benson Wigton of Scotch Plains, three sisters, Jean Stuart of Far Hills, Elizabeth Boers of Wilminton, Del, and Anne Hall of Essex, Conn and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am today, Thursday, December 28 at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Muhlenberg Foundation, Park Avenue and Randolph Road, Plainfield 07061 or to the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, 1295 Inman Avenue, Edison 08820.

Arrangements were handled by the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood.

980 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

photo from "Images of America: Plainfield" by John A. Grady and Dorothe M. Pollard
Caption reads, "Steel magnate William Garrigues built his finr brick mansion on Hillside Avenue in 1917 for a cost of $25,000. It stands today as a landmark in the Hillside Avenue Historic District."

May 17, 1957 Club Commemorates Founding of Iris Garden

Caption: GARDEN MARKER VIEWED – Standing before the marker commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park are (left to right) Mrs. Frederick Lockwood, Victor B. King, Jr., John C. Wister, Mr. Richard Tracy and Miss Harriette R. Halloway, founder of this garden. (Courier photo by E. T. Wiggins)

The Plainfield Garden Club and guests yersterday dedicated the the entranceway of the of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park.

Miss Harriette R. Halloway, found of the garden and chairman of the garden of the Iris Garden [not legible] the project was started in 1932, was presented a medal by Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood, president of the Garden Club.

The medal is [not legible] "from the grateful members of the Plainfield Garden Club Harriette R. Halloway founder and director of the Iris gardens of Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield, 1932 - 1957."

[Not legible] viewed a recently installed [not legible] tablet marking the anniversary of the garden.

"Excercise in Perfection"
Victor R. King, president of the Union County Park Commission, led the gathering [not legible] the garden display was "an excercise in perfection is [not legible]," he said.

The park commission provides the setting for the garden and have [not legible] in the project [not legible]

W. [not legible] Tracy, executive had of the Park Commission when the Iris Garden was started paid tribute to Miss Halloway for her "tireless work and painstaking effort."

Another speaker was Dr. John C. Wister of Swarthmore, Pa., president of the American Iris Society when the garden was started and author of [not legible] article about the garden in the current issue of the Journal of the New York Botanical Gardens.

Miss Halloway spoke briefly and [not legible] on the work of the [not legible] who care for the Iris Garden. She introduced Kenneth Smith, one of the largest contributors of plants to the garden [not legible]

Mrs. Lockwood presided at the program. Guests included members of [not legible] garden clubs and contributors to the garden.

The Iris Garden Committee includes Mrs. Morris E. Benton, Mrs. Alden de Hart, Mrs. Lockwood, Mrs. Donald E. Luce, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Jr., Mrs. C. Northrop Pond, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold, Mrs. John R. Wells, Mrs. Willian G. Wigton, Mrs. Robert MacLeod, vice chairman, and Miss Halloway, chairman.

Special slides [not legible] for the chairman were Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Jr., Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost ad Mrs. Edwin M. Treat, Jr.

Mrs. Victor M. King was chairman of the special committee assisted by Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux, Mrs. E. B. Newberry, and Miss Margaret Tyler. Also cooperating were Mrs. N. C. Barnhart, Jr., Mrs. William P. Elliott, Mrs. Homer Cochran and Mrs. H. I. Flanders.

Hostesses (not legible)
Other hostesses were Mrs. William W. Coriell, Mrs. Leslie E. Fort, Mrs. William A. Holliday, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. William S. Tyler. Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck and Mrs. Orville G. Waring.

The Iris Garden now has more than 1,800 named varieties properly labeled, representing all types of Iris and totaling more than 75,000 plants.

The main part of the garden is [not legible] caring Iris [not legible] and is expected to be is good blooms thorugh the rest of the month.

May 19, 1980 Board Meeting Minutes

March 18, 1981 Meeting Minutes

from the Corresponding Secretary file

not dated, presumed to be 1991


These are the people who contributed to the PGC in memory of Betty Fitzpatrick.

One list is for your reference I guess letters need to be written.

One list is for the Fitzpatrick family Send it to the Sleepy Hollow address and I'm sure they will get it. Anne

from the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

postmark 13 MAY 1993

from the Corresponding Secretary file

from the Corresponding Secretary file

May 13, 1993

Dear Elisabeth,

I am writing to you, our Corresponding Secretary, to ask you to change my membership of the Plainfield Garden Club from Active to Sustaining statis.

Since my husband's retire-ment, I find I am in Plainfield less and less, particularly during the winter months. I shall always be most interested in the Garden Club's activities and will hope to fulfill any obligations the sustainer membership requires.


Ann H. Wigton

from the Corresponding Secretary file

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report June 11, 2003

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report June 5, 2001

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report May 9, 1994

Ann Wigton

June 2002
75th Shakespeare Garden Anniversary Party at Anne Shepherd's home, Westfield.
Joan Vivian in the background

1998 Winter Party at Carroll Keating's Home

Ann Wigton, Elisabeth Loizeaux, Nina Weil and Toddy Pond

September 22, 1999 Meeting Attendance Sign In

1984 Questover Designer Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

December 14, 2011

Hillside Cemetery
Garrigues Wigton marker

April 24 - May 30, 1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showhouse

Many PGC members were also members of the Muhlenberg Auxiliary that staged amazing designer homes in Plainfield in an effort to raise money for the hospital.

In 1988, the designer showcased home was Cedar Brook Farm which had also been the home of a PGC member, Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, PGC President 1958 - 1960

To see the progam and learn the history of the house, click these links:

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Cover to Page 25

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 26 to 50

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 51 to 75

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 76 to End

May 1982 Designer Showhouse: 1127 Watchung Avenue

Cover to Page 25

Page 26 to Page 51

Page 52 to Page 75

Page 76 to Back Cover

June 13, 2012 Email from Rick Detwiller

'Glad people are enjoying these as much as we are. Attached is the jpeg of Laura C. Detwiller. For some reason it was still in PhotoShop so that explains the download problem. It should be fine this time.

I thought you'd also like to see our Swiss cousin Alfred Seiler's cartoon of the 1928 Plainfield Horse Show It shows Freddie, Dad's sister Marguerite Detwiller (Harwood) , and I think one of the Wigton girls who fell off the horse and landed in the mud puddle. Also attached is a photo ca.May-June 1954 of Krolls, Detwillers, Campbells, Wigtons and Stuarts et al watching a neighborhood horseshow. Not necessarily Garden Club, but classics!
(l. To r. Gordon Stuart, Nancy Dwinnell Kroll, Laurie Detwiller, Bill
Wigton, Steve Kroll, Rick Detwiller, Cindy Kroll, and Bill Campbell. Cath
Detwiller and Jean Stuart standing behind fence)


Rick D.

May - June 1954 Detwiller Krolls Plainfield Horse Show

June 5, 2002

Background: Phyllis Alexander (floral) and Evie Madsen (red sweater)

June 5, 2002

Peg Tyler, Bernice Swain, Mary Kent, far right, Ann Wigton, Tucker Trimble facing away

June 5, 2002

?, Tucker Trimble, Peg Tyler, Bernice Swain, Mary Kent, Ann Wigton and Mary Ann Gonder

2003 December Newsletter

This newsletter is titled "December 2003" but was emailed on January 5, 2004.

In the Presidents Message, then President Mary Kent writes: We are also feeling the loss of Ann Wigton, who passed away in December. She will be remembered at our next meeting.

In Memoriam

Ann Wigton, From the Star Ledger Monday, December 22, 2003

A memorial service for Mrs. Ann Wigton, 88, of Plainfield will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Crescent Avenue Presybterian Church, Plainfield. Arrangements are by the Memorial Funeral Home, Fanwood.

Mrs. Wigton, who died Friday in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Plainfield, was a member of the Plainfield Garden and Country Club.

She also belonged to the Colonial Dames of America and the Union League of New York.

Born in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Wigton lived in Lewistown, Pa., before moving to Plainfield in 1950. She also maintained a residence in Oquossoc, Maine.

Surviving are a son, William Benson Wigton, and two grandchildren.

2004 September thru December Board and Meeting Minutes

October 21, 2004 General Meeting Minutes

Second Vice President Tucker Trimble asked Darlene Kasten to present information on "Plainfield Partners" proposed show house in May to be held at 999 Hillside Avenue. The Plainfield Garden Club would participate by selling tickets and advertising in the program book. Mrs. Trimble recommended that we become "Gold Partners" in this project. A motion to participate was made and carried.

1957 Check Book

No. 1262
May 13, 1957
Anne H. Wigton
N. Y. Flower Show

October thru December 1999 General Meeting Minutes & Sign In Sheets

2000 January thru June General Meeting Minutes and Sign-in Attendance

2001 January thru June Executive Board Meeting Minutes

2001 January thru June Meeting Minutes and Sign in Attendance Sheets

2001 September thru December Meeting Minutes and Sign In Attendance

2002 January thru June Meeting Minutes and Sign In Sheets

2002 February thru June Newsletters

Residence of Mrs. William A. Conner, 999 Hillside Avenue

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

1995 May and June Board and General Meeting Minutes

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. William A. Garrigues
980 Hillside Avenue

1909 Plainfield City Directory

Hayes, Edward H. acountant h 1216 Denmark rd

1928 Plainfield City Directory

Mrs. Wigton

The Garden at 999 Hillside Avenue

For more photos of 999 Hillside Avenue

Click on Mrs. William A. (Florence Tupper) Conner '15profile

2007 Gregory Palermo's Tree Blog

Crescent Avenue Historic District

Application to the National Register of Historic Places

719-23 Watchung Avenue
c. 1880
Interesting gable with central square campanile tower with cross shape plan and flat roof with balustrade.

1885, the home of George R. K. Smith, "soap, N. Y." Later, also the home of C. Benson Wigton, Mayor of Plainfield

Projecting cabinet head windows, supported by small scrolled brackets – diamond shaped applied molding above the double arched window in the gable pediment – tower treatment.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

October 10, 1954

1954 Mrs. William G. Wigton Jr.


1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Ed Samek at center. Martie Samek to his right and Ned King is to Martie's right. Jack Roome is wearing the plaid jacket.

Ann Wigton is in the center, speaking with Ned King.

1984-1985 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1991-1992 Year Book of the Garden Club of America

Plainfield Library Bio Card

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

May 15, 2015

Hello Plainfield Garden Club,

I thought you might want the attached illustrations of the Conner-Wigton House and the original Longfellow House in Cambridge, MA for comparison to accompany your article on the founder's event.


Rick D.

Frederic C. Detwiller
New England Landmarks
302 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
Tel. 978-352-2819 or 617-640-4935

May 15, 2015

Hillside Historic District

August 29, 2015

Hillside Historic District has announced a new website:

They have neatly listed the homes in the district in a similar fashion to our Homes & Gardens page.

It is no exaggeration to say that the PGC helped build Hillside. In fact our first club meeting took place at Mrs. Connor's home at 999 Hillside. Take a look at our PGC Hillside Historic District resident members:

807 Hillside Avenue
Browne, Miss Elizabeth B. '37

810 Hillside Avenue
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15

816 Hillside Avenue
Zerega, Miss Bertha Virginia '23

817 Hillside Avenue
Lawton, Mrs. Richard M. (Edith Clarke) '21

832 Hillside Avenue
Yates, Mrs. Frederick Washburn (Bertha Kedzie Cornwell) '15

921 Hillside Avenue
Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29
Detwiller, Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57

922 Hillside Avenue
Atterbury, Mrs. Albert Hoffman (Emma H. Baker) '15

930 Hillside Avenue
Corey, Mrs. Ella J. '15

937 Hillside Avenue
Hunn, Mrs. John T. Sharpless (Hope Ivins) '37
Ivins, Mrs. DeWitt Clinton (Louise Morton Fox) '15
Ivins, Mrs. Clinton Fox (Marguerite Carpenter) '33

945 Hillside Avenue
Stevens, Mrs. Horace N. (Helen Coburn) '15

950 Hillside Avenue
Harlow, Mrs. Edward Dexter (Elise Cochran Martin) '15
Martin, Mrs. Francis A. (Mary Keech Turner) '22

955 Hillside Avenue
Wallace, Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) '15
deForest, Mrs. Henry Lockwood (Amy Brighthurst Brown) '33

966 Hillside Avenue
Warren, Mrs. Frank D. '15

970 Hillside Avenue
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15
Kroll, Mrs. Alexander (Nancy Dwinnell or Mrs. Prince H. Gordon) '60

975 Hillside Avenue
Runkle, Mrs. Harry Godley (Jennie Fitz Randolph) '15
Albin, Mrs. Leland D. (Jennie Hoag) '36
King, Mrs. Victor E. D. (Yasmina S.) '78
Whitehead, Mrs. James Harold (Jean Fitz-Randolph Heiberg) '43

980 Hillside Avenue
Hall, Mrs. Frederic L. (Anne Garrigues Wigton) '68
Stuart, Mrs. Linden (Jeanette W.), Jr. '52
Wigton, Mrs. Charles Benson (Garrigues) '45

982 Hillside Avenue
Baker, Mrs. Clifford Myron (Margaret Drayton) '32
Valiant, Mrs. John (Katharine Drayton) '40

985 Hillside Avenue
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P.") '15
Stevens, Mrs. Horace Nathaniel (Helen Coburn) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P."), Jr. (Edith S.) '37
Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37

996 Hillside Avenue
Wallace, Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) '15
Murray Townsend
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47

999 Hillside Avenue
Conner, Mrs. William A. (Florence Tupper) '15
Wigton, Mrs. William Garrigues (Ann Hayes) '55

1000 Hillside Avenue
Lawrence, Mrs. Chester B. (Florence B.), Jr. '22

1005 Hillside Avenue
McWilliams, Mrs. Howard (Anna Louise Waldbridge/Mrs. Paul Taylor Brown) '22

1007 Hillside Avenue
Lockwood, Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) '52
Marshall, Mrs. Henry P. (Dorothy Burke) '30

1009 Hillside Avenue
Tracy, Mrs. Evarts '22
Tracy, Mrs. Howard Crosby (Minerva Bingham Lamson) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22

1019 Hillside Avenue
Baker, Mrs. Clifford Myron (Margaret Drayton) '28

1030 Hillside Avenue
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucile Titsworth) '42

1035 Hillside Avenue
Streuli, Mrs. Alfred F. H. (Frederica Michelle Dwyer Hooper) '15

1045 Hillside Avenue
Timpson, Mrs. Lewis Gouverneur (Helen Frances Waring) '15
Waring, Mrs. Orville G. (Dorothy Fleming) '35

1046 Hillside Avenue
Genung, Mrs. Alfred Gawthrop (Dorothy or "Dot" Madsen) '69
Madsen, Mrs. John (Evelyn or "Evie" Wilson) '70

1300 Prospect Avenue
Streuli, Mrs. Alfred F. H. (Frederica Michelle Dwyer Hooper) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22

1234 Watchung Avenue
Stevenson, Mrs. E. Vickers '41

1239 Watchung Avenue
Brown, Miss Edna M. '34