Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Loosli, Mrs. Alden R. (Demetria "Meechy" Hamilton) '64

Date Unknown: Rahway Road

1984 - 1985: Active
1985 - 1999: Sustaining

1970 - 1978 Address: 927 Rahway Road, Plainfield

1980 - 1990 Address: 1313 Evergreen Ave, Plainfield

1999 Address – last year listed in the Plainfield Garden Club directory: 45 Giggleswick Way, Edison, NJ

President 1974 - 1977

Meechy Hamilton Loosli's mother was Mrs. Christie P. (Louise) Hamilton '27 and the Christies lived on Rahway Road

Passed away May 2002

May 5, 2002 New York Times obituary

Paid Notice: Deaths LOOSLI, DEMETRIA
Published: May 15, 2002

LOOSLI-Demetria. Mrs. Demetria Loosli of Plainfield, New Jersey passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 86 on Sunday, May 12, 2002. She was the widow of the late Mr. Alden Loosli and is survived by two daughters, Louise Petz of New York City and Lisle Bradley of Boulder, CO, two sons, Ben of Chambersburg, PA., and Richard of Plainfield, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey. Callers will be received from 7 to 9 P.M., on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at Higgins Funeral Home, 209 West 8th Street, Plainfield, N.J. 07060. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Loosli's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Christie Hamilton

Mr. Hamilton was Meechy's father and she moved into the house on Rahway Avenue once her parents died – Anne Shepherd

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

Sometimes older home are lost, but the replacements are gratifying. This nineteenth century structure located on Rahway Road, may have appeared quite dated in the early twentieth century. In 1930 Christie Hamilton had the hosue removed and built a spectacular period revivival confection of brick, stone and half timbering. Visible in the foreground is the old hand water pump from the original house . . . the lone sentinel harking back to an earlier time. Courtesy of Richard Loosli

1989 Annual Program Report

Our November meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Alden Loosli with Mrs. Loosli and Mrs. Arthur Seybold serving as hostesses. Mrs. Margaret Bowditch's delightful slide program "Finials, Fences and Fountains" showed the uses (and non-uses) of garden ornamentation.

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, Anne Wigton, Martie Samek, Sally Booth

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

In Memoriam Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood Died May 9, 1977

It can be said of Hazel Marshall Lockwood that, like Shakespeare's Beatrice, 'a star danced and under it she was born.' Wit, a lively imagination, a quick eye for the incongruous and the ridiculous, and a gift of laughter were her outward marks, but underlying all was her love of people, of all people – children, the very old, someone in trouble, the stranger down the street – she reached out to everybody and drew them to her and never thought of herself.

So whatever Hazel Lockwood was asked to do, she did, and did it not only cheerfully, but outstandingly well, for she was also an organizer and a leader. Joining the Garden Club in 1952, she was immediately made a member of the Board and became president in very short time, serving from 1956 to '58. Her executive ability also made her an excellent fund-raiser and her imaginative turn of mind provided that touch of difference that insured success to the events.

She new instinctively that serious business does not demand a solemn face, and her most serious reports still had room for a joke. It was Hazel, of course, who dreamed up the idea and then wrote the Zone meeting skit that showed in hilarious light the agonies we had let ourselves suffer in preparing for the meeting. She was also actress in it.

Indeed, Hazel Lockwood had many gifts and she contributed to the club in many different ways, but her greatest contribution was that of her own gay and gallant spirit. The memory of it is her legacy to us all.

Demetria H. Loosli

Read at the meeting of
The Garden Club of Plainfield
May 18, 1977

May 1980

1988 Archives

Contributions for the Polly Heely Memorial Fund

Mrs. Murray Rushmore
Mrs. E. J. Fitxpatrick
Mrs. F. Gregg Burger
Mrs. Philip Nash
Mrs. Frederic Pomeroy
Mrs. Alexander Kroll
Mrs. C. Northrop Pond
Mrs. Theodore Budenbach
Mrs. Homer Cochran
Mrs. Dabney Moon
Mrs. Webster Sandford
Mrs. Alden Loosli
Mrs. Robert Loughlin
Mrs. Robert de Graff
Horse Shoe Rad, [not legible] NY 11765
Total $430.00

From the Corresponding Secretary File, Jane Craig

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary File

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Mrs. Alden R. Loosli
45 Giggleswick Way
Edison, NJ 08820

July 1, 1999

Mrs. Robert A. Burner
Corr. Secretary
Plainfield Garden Club

Dear Jane,

After much foot draggin on my part I finally have decided to commit myself and resign from membership of the club.

As is big wrench for me to do this as I have long enjoyed the asociation with friends and the educational opportunities that the club has given me. But I can no longer return anything to this club as a way of enjoyment for all it has meant to me weak back thru years working in the Shakespeare Garden failing eyesight

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Mrs. Alden R. Loosli
45 Giggleswick Way
Edison, NJ 08820

etc. Even the friends I've made don't seem as numerous as they used to seem are they resigning too? Anyway, old age is getting to me. I'll miss you all but my best wishes will always be with you.

Yours sincerely,

Meechy Loosli

PS By the way in the list of former presidents printed each year it is Mrs. David F. SANDERS (1966 - 1968) not Saunders. I hope that can be corrected. DHL

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Mrs. Alden R. Loosli
45 Giggleswick Way
Edison, NJ 08820

September 25, 1992

Dear Ann –

I am sending this check for $25.00 to the Plfd Garden Club in memory of Marge Elliott who died yesterday Sept. 24.

Yours truly,

Demetria Loosli

From the Corresponding Secretary file

not dated, presumed to be 1991

Elizabeth –

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

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report May 29, 2000

Shakespeare Garden June 1987


Shakespeare Garden June 1987

Back of Photo

Mrs. Loosli

'Giggleswick' by Marjorie Blackman Elliott 1989

PGC Member Marjorie Blackman Elliott traces the history of the Mellick family and in particular PGC founding member Mrs. George P. (Ella Hartley) Mellick '15 and her well known estate, 'Giggleswick'

pages 14

Mrs. Elliott writes how Alden Loosli and Charles Detwiller developed the Giggleswick property into "The Woodlands"

September 20, 1999 Board Meeting Minutes page 1

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

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

Plainfield Public Library Archive

Skit prepared for the 1970 Garden Club of America Zone IV Meeting
Hazel is Mrs. Hazel Lockwood
Meechi is Mrs. Meechi Loosli


Scene: Two gals, each talking into a telephone

Voice over Public Address:
Ladies and Gentelmen, your attention please. We now take you behind the scenes of a Zone Meeting.

Hazel: You've got to be kidding. We couldn't possibly do it. We haven't got the faciliites. We've lost all our beautiful old homes. No one has any gardeners.

Meechi: Gardeners! Heavens, at that time of year we don't even have any gardens, and, you know, you get awfully tired of bittersweet arrangements.

Hazel: And dried leaves.

Meechi: We know all that, but does the GCA? Anyway, say it's our turn; we just can't go on forever going to everyone else's meetings.

Hazel: This is ghastly. Listen, I have an idea! My husband's cousin is a director. I'll see if she can square the whole thing.

Meechi: I'd just like to know how.

Hazel: Well, she could tell them we're prone to epidemics of . . . .

Meechi: Geriatrics!

Hazel: Well, yes!

Meechi: Never underestimated the power of the GCA Just engage some extra help right now and write it down. Two years from today the Plainfield Garden Club will host the Zone Meeting, come hell or high water.


Hazel: Well, a whole year has gone by and besides going to meetings where we drink Bloody Marys and eat richer foods than normally, I can't see that anything has been accomplished, except that Frankie and Laura are not speaking. and they were such old friends!

Meechi: The Zimmermans had their house painted, and Gladys resigned.

Hazel: Did you hear that Lulu almost had a nervous breakdown?
Page two

Meechi: Oh, what happened?

Hazel: She hasn't been able to find a suitable wall paper for her guest room.

Meechi: The poor dear! But I must say, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown with that printer. He just couldn't get the idea of rosemary green print on butterscotch paper.

Hazel: If you only knew what I went through trying to get members to make really fat French knots for the delegates' bags!

Meechi: Do you get the feeling that your're carrying this whole thing alone? I mean like the decisions that have to be made; for instance, should I use my mother's linen sheets?

Hazel: Oh, don't. That heavy embroidery leaves marks in the funniest places!

Meechi: Mmmm . . . What if Stan gets so cross at my obvious exhaustion he really does take off for Reno?

Hazel: You mean in that plane all the husbands have chartered?

Meechi: Yes.


Hazel: Did you hear that some guests are arriving with personal maids and chauffeurs? What are we going to do in our split-level environment?

Meechi: I'll take all the maids, but I can't see a chauffeur driving our '67 Jeep. I think I'll have another drink.

Hazel: I was thinking of having creamed fiddleheads at my luncheon. Could they possibly be on the Conservation list?

Meechi: Well, you could ask to have the Founders' Fund and the Bulletin group. I don't think they'd mind.

Hazel: I think I'll have another drink. Have you ever heard of a Zone Meeting just being cancelled

Page three

Meechi: Cabinet meetings, yes; Supreme Court, yes; Zone Meetings, no . . . .

Hazel: We've been working on a time schedule, and everybody seems to think it's a great idea, but I wonder. 50 people in the Vest Pocket Park for two hours?

Meechi: I asked Stan about that, but he didn't answer. Well, actually he hasn't spoken to me for two weeks.

Hazel: Can you imagine having the Annual Meeting?

Meechi: Right now, it I weren't so brave, I'd cry!


Hazel: All I said was that we would have been married 22 years this Thursday.

Meechi: Oh, honey, don't worry. The husbands will be back after it's all over. Only my doctor says it will be a long time before I can play golf again.

Hazel: Well, we've reached a point of no return. They're all coming tomorrow, only, where they're landing is a moot point. Somebody said the map was all wrong. They wouldn't do that on purpose, do you think?

Meechi: Did they finally find a place for Mrs. Waller's horses?

Hazel: After they were turned down by four motels, they decided to let them graze with the Loizeaux' Aberdeen Angus; the Loizeaux are awfully nice about things like that. Do you honestly think they're going to enjoy taking the Garden Walk for an our in the rain?

Meechi: It seemd a good idea when we planned it in the spring. Anyway, garden clubbers are a rugged lot.

Hazel: The Zone 8 Chairman was going to stay with us and then my ex-roomate who knows her showed her pictures from our yearbook.

Meechi: So?

Hazel: So, the next day, the chairman called me and said she wouldn't be able to come. Do you get a message from that?
Skit continues. Page 4

Meechi: Yes, you're overtied and oversensitive. Have an aspirin.

Hazel: I ticked off every detail I did . . . one, two . . . Hey! I forgt Tony was going to boarding school today, his first time away from home.

Meechi: He'll live through it . . . It's too bad what's her name is involved in the Bryant Park show, and can't come.

Hazel: Who?

Meechi: Oh, you know her name, the first vice president.

Hazel: Oh, it's Bunny Bunny? It's one of those strange foreign names.

Meechi: Oh, duPont.

Hazel: How do you spell it?

Meechi: I don't know. Do you think anything good can come out of this terrible mess?

Hazel: If you promise you won't tell anybody on the committee I'll let you in on a secret.

Meechi: O.K. What is it?

Hazel: I've really had fun.

Meechi: Me, too.


Memories by Barbara Sandford March 20, 2012

Barbara reminisced about her years in the garden club. She said she was happy being a junior member but was not happy when "they" made her move to Active member in 1954 as she was busy raising her children.

She clearly remembered the skit performed by Meechy Loosli and Hazel Lockwood for the 1970 Zone IV Meeting. She said it was very funny. She said Hazel, Meechy and Jack Roome were all entertainers. They always put on skits, especially at the Monday Afternoon Club.

Barbara spoke about her trip to Japan as our delegate. She said that was her fondest memory of being part of the club, although she paid for the trip herself.

Barbara also spoke about the demise of the famous Iris Garden and said it was two members in particular that did it in – although she would not name them.

When Etheledreda Anderegg was mentioned, she exclaimed that she had not thought her in years, but alas, we were interrupted and our walk down memory lane ceased.

October thru December 1999 General Meeting Minutes & Sign In Sheets

2000 January thru June Executive Board Meeting Minutes

2002 January thru June Executive Board Meeting Minutes

2002 January thru June Meeting Minutes and Sign In Sheets

Residence of Christie P. Hamilton, 1210 Denmark Road

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

Family Tree

Not sure if there is a familial relationship between Mrs. Loosli and notable Plainfield citizen Charles Hamilton Frost who owned "Questover" at 1060 Central Avenue. See file for Mrs. F. Willoughby (Virginia Voorhis) Frost.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

City garden club to host zone meeting

PLAINFIELD – Four national officers of the Garden Club of America, several national committee chairmen and a number of zone chairmen from all over the United States will be guests of the Plainfield Garden Club Wednesday and Thursday at a New Jersey Zone meeting here. They will join some 45 delegates from the 11 garden clubs in the New Jersey area affiliated with the Garden Club of America.

This marks the first time the 55 year-old Plainfield Garden Club, which has been a member of the national organization since 1944, has hosted a zone meeting. An extensive tour of the Garden Club's many beautification and conservation projects in Plainfield will be a major activity on the Wednesday schedule.

There also will be business, horticultural and conservation meetings and special guests speakers, tours of private gardens of two members, a garden walk along Rahway Road, a dinner at the Plainfield Country Club Wednesday evening and a cookout luncheon at the F. Willoughby Frost barn on Rahway Road Thursday.

The emphasis on the two day meetings will be conservation. Dr. E. Alan Bromely, professor of nuclear physics at Yale University, will discuss clean power and its relation to conservation efforts at the dinner Wednesday.

Other speakers will be Dr. Robert E. Loveland, associate professor of Zoology at Rutgers University, who will discuss ecology at a conservation meeting Thursday morning at a 9:30 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Alden R. Loosli, 927 Rahway Road.

Herb horticulture will be the topic Wednesday at a meeting in the Monday Afternoon Club, by Mrs. William Y. Dear Jr., a life member of the Herb Society of America.

The bus tour of Plainfield on Wednesday afternoon will include visits to the Vest Pocket garden in Park Avenue near Depot Place, which the Plainfield Garden Club planned and planted last year and cares for on a continuing basis; the Shakespeare Garden in Cedarbrook Park which was first conceived in 1927; the Iris Garden and the dogwood collection there; a number of plantings of shade trees in the downtown area and other beautification projects the club has undertaken or supported.

The garden walk, planned through gardens on Rahway Road, will take place Thursday morning from Mrs. Loosli's home at 11:30 a.m. following the conservation meeting.

The tour will include the grounds, home and gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch, Mr and Mrs. DeWitt D. Barlow Jr., Mr. and Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost, Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. David S. Foster and will conclude at the 200-year-old home of Mrs. Laurence S. Heely.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stevens will be hosts of a cocktail part for the delegates Wednesday evening, prior to the dinner at the country club at which Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood will be hosts.

Mr. and Mrs. Rausch have planned a cocktail party prior to Thursday's cookout at the Frost barn and hosts at this luncheon will be Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Holman Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders. Mrs. Holman is chairman of arrangements for the two-day meetings and Mrs. Sanders is co-chairman. Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold is president of the Plainfield Garden Club.

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

1990 Application for the GCA Zone IV Historic Preservation Award: Marge Eillott

1990 Application for the GCA Zone IV Historic Preservation Award: Marge Elliott

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1973-1974 First Vice President

1974-1975 Directory

1974-1975 President

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

Giggleswick by Marjorie Blackman Elliott, 1989

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Evie Madsen on right side. Partial view of the top of Liz Cochran's head next to Evie. "J" Morse with white long sleeved dress and pocketbook speaking to Evie.

One PGC member thinks that may be Meechy Loosli in the background facing right, with pink trimmed dress. However, another memer thinks it is Mrs. Sheble.

The woman partially blocked by the gentleman in the long light blue dress is Diddles Vivian.

Cath Detwiller far left in blue and white printed dress.

1984-1985 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1991-1992 Year Book of the Garden Club of America

Club History by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

1984-1985 History of the Plainfield Garden Club by Anne Marie v. G. Seybold

We had hardly caught our breath when we plunged into preparations for the "Christmas Cupboard" staged at the Plainfield Country Club in November, 1983. Under the watchful eye of Mrs. Alden Loosli, general chairman, plans crystalized and action was taken in all directions. Workshops were soon in full swing with amazing results and culinary delicacies as well as green thumb products accumulated. Raffle tickets promoted a completely furnished dollhouse, a hooked rug and a miniature Victorian Christmas scene under glass. Everything created by talented members for the great day! Out of town garden clubs competed in festive table settings which added to the beautifully decorated room. All in all, Christmas Cupboard was a tremendous success as well as boost to the Club's treasury.

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Heights Home Tour

Hurray! Brenda has come up with the addresses for the Netherwood Neighborhood tour on Sunday, September 14th. Listed below are the homes plus the links to the members that once lived there:

559 Belvidere Avenue

601 Belvidere Avenue
Madsen, Mrs. John (Evelyn or "Evie" Wilson) '70

661 Belvidere Avnue

750 Belvidere Avenue

1210 Denmark Road
Hamilton, Mrs. Christie P. (Louise May) '27
Loosli, Mrs. Alden R. ( Demetria "Meechy" Hamilton) '64
Van Hoesen, Mrs. Stephen G. (Eva Lemira Hamilton) '21

1236 Denmark Road

720 Dixie Lane

734 Berkeley Avenue
Hall, Mrs. Frederic L. (Anne Garrigues Wigton) '68

While strolling these streets, be sure to keep an eye out for the neighboring PGC homes:

614 Belvidere
Pond, Mrs. C. Northrup (Alethea or "Toddy" Marder) '53

630 Belvidere Avenue
Joost, Mrs. Sherman Brownell (Marie Murray) '19

633 Belvidere
Clendenin, Mrs. Edward Hume (Margaret Rowe Tyler) '44

Tyler, Miss Margaret R. '44

714 Belvidere "Henry Pearl Talmadge House"
Dunbar, Mrs. William Kuhn '17

Rock, Mrs. Robert B. '43

Runkle, Mrs. Harry Godley (Jennie Fitz Randolph) '15

Whitehead, Mrs. James Harold (Jean Fitz-Randolph Heiberg) '43

715 Belivdere
Connell, Mrs. Philip G. '74

735 Belvidere
Sanders, Mrs. David F. (Molly) '58

740 Belvidere
Coriell, Mrs. William Wallace (Emma Buckle) '25

749 Belvidere
Thomas, Mrs. Eugene P. '22

770 Belvidere Avenue
Nash, Mrs. William Bryan (Blanche Pelz) '32

777 Belvidere
Rushmore, Mrs. Townsend (Jean Betram Murray) '20

789 Belvidere
Vivian, Mrs. Richard C. (Lucille Hutchings or "Diddles") '74

792 Belvidere
Spalt, Mrs. Evan R. (Ellen F.) '71

802 Belvidere
McWilliams, Mrs. Howard (Anna Louise Waldbridge/Mrs. Paul Taylor Brown) '22

1200 Denmark Road
Coriell, Mrs. William Wallace (Emma Buckle) '25

1201 Denmark Road
Lockwood, Mrs. W. L. '25

Lockwood, Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) '52

1216 Denmark Road
Wigton, Mrs. William Garrigues (Ann Hayes) '55

1226 Denmark Road
Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance "Connie" Elena Titus) '46

1275 Denmark Road
Sandford, Mrs. Webster (Barbara Tracy) '50

1299 Denmark Road
Diss, Mrs. Albert B. (Alexandra Grosset or "Alex") '62

717 Dixie Lane
Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance "Connie" Elena Titus) '46

Furman, Mrs. Gerald S. (Victoria or "Vicky" Houck) '62

737 Dixie Lane
Gaston, Mrs. Hugh M. (Elizabeth Thomson) '54

747 Dixie Lane
Goddard, Mrs. Frederick W. '16

754 Dixie Lane
Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance "Connie" Elena Titus) '46

812 Dixie Lane
Morse, Mrs. George Maxwell Randall (Jeanette Clawson or "J" Miner) '74

724 Berkeley Avenue
Cooke, Mrs. William J. '16

737 Berkeley Avenue
Ginna, Mrs. Daniel F. (Katherine Whiting Lewis) '15

August 28, 2014

Email today from the Drake House:

There is a Netherwood House Tour on September 14, 2014, from 1-5PM. Details are on the attached flyer. [See Below]

One of the homes was designed by Evarts Tracy, architect. He also built the old Muhlenberg Hospital and the old Plainfield Police Station, and was the pioneering camouflage officer for the US government during WWI. It is spectacular on the outside.

Thank you for your support of Plainfield.

Nancy Piwowar
Historical Society of Plainfield

The Tracy Family had many many family members in the Plainfield Garden Club. They included:

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

These three women open the doors for many more familial Plainfield relations which include the Cox, Streuli and Perkins clans. The Tracy family also boasts a special architectural & artist relationship to Mrs. Mead. In fact, there should be a home tour just using these families' abodes!

The Tracy family lived at 1009 Hillside Avenue – which sits directly behind 1330 Prospect Avenue which is currently owned by Shakespeare Garden helper Virginia Carroll.

Interestingly enough, 1330 Prospect Avenue was said to have been built by Mrs. Streuli, who lived on the next block of Hillside at #1035. Mrs. Streuli also lived at 1331 Prospect Avenue. Yes, that's correct – the next house over! Mrs. Streuli's daughter, PGC member Caroline, married the Tracy boy at 1009 Hillside and well, lets just say, Caroline didn't get too far from both her PGC mother and mother-in-law. Did she have any choice about joining the PGC!?!

Eight homes in Netherwood are photographed on the flyer – does anyone know the addresses? It would be interesting for all of us to see if they once belonged to one of our members!

Netherwood Heights Tour of Homes September 14, 2014

To help you figure out WHO lived WHERE consult our "Home & Garden" page.

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

1210 Denmark Road

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Homes Tour

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership