Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Laidlaw, Mrs. Elliott Carter R. (Mary Ethel Colton) '17

1919 and 1930 address: 758 West 8th Street, Plainfield

1922 Address: 758 West 8th Street, Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 Treasurer Book Associate

1932 Directory* Address: 756 West Eighth Street
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Mrs. Elliott C. R. Laidlaw, 756 West Eighth is listed as an "Associate Member"

1937 Treasurer Book, under "Associate" Mrs. Elliot C. R. Laidlaw 1/14/37 Pd.

1938 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. Elliot C. R. Laidlaw 1/13/38 Pd 3/4/39 Pd.

1940-1941 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. Elliot C. R. Laidlaw 1/19/40 Pd. Her name is crossed off.

M. Ethel Colton Laidlaw passed away 1977.

February 5, 1909 New York Times obituary for E. C. Laidlaw

Charles E. Laidlaw, senior partner of the banking firm of Laidlaw & Co., and for twenty-five years a member of the New York Stock Exchange, died suddenly of heart failure at his home, 257 West Seventy=second Street, last night. He had been in poor health for several years, but had been engaged in active business even yesterday.

Mr. Laidlaw was born in New York City sixty-nine years ago. In 1875, with his brother, Henry B. Laidlaw, he formed the banking firm of Laidlaw & Co. He hwas a member of the New York Bankers' Association. For twelve years he was one of the Governors of the Stock Exchange.

Mr. Laidlaw leaves four sons and two daughters. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.

October 22, 1911 New York Times Marriage announcement

LAIDLAW-COLTON – At Jenkintown, Penn., Saturday, Oct. 21, by the Rev. James W. Williams, Mary Ethel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Millton Colton, to Elliott C. R. Laidlaw of New York.

758 West Eighth Street

Plainfield Library

G-627 1934 Grimstead House at 758 West Eighth Street 758 West 8th Street House at 758 West Eighth Street, no image is available, Elliott C. Laidlaw.

Hillside Cemetery

September 14, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

1984 Questover Designers Showhouse Program

Questover Program pages 1 through 55

Questover Program pages 56 through 106

Questover Program pages 107 through 131

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I was stationed in the hall with a grand staircase. I THINK it was decorated by Dootsie Laidlaw. My memory is a bit dim. Jane Burner
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Subject: 1984 Designer Show House at 1160 Central Avenue

Found yet another mystery in Anne Shepherd's archives . . . a Courier-News article dated Thursday, May 10, 1984 about a designer showcase house located at 1160 Central Avenue in Plainfield. (I think that is a misprint and the address should be 1060 Central Ave) The name of the house is "Questover" Is there any relationship to the garden club? Currently, we have no record of a member living there. Maybe a member helped decorate the house?

If you can remember any detail, please write back! Susan

Here is the direct link to the 1984 Archives. Please scroll to the bottom
to see the 4 photos of the house:

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

The program lists: Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Laidlow – which is most likely a typographical error. Related to Mrs. Laidlaw"

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.

1982 May Designer Showhouse: 1127 Watchung Avenue

Cover to Page 25

Page 26 to Page 51

Page 52 to Page 75

Page 76 to Back Cover

**RUG: Mrs. Henry Laidlaw

May 9, 1974 Spring Potpourri Guestbook

Residence of Elliott C. R. Laidlaw, 728 West Eighth Street

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

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. E. C. R. Laidlaw
758 West Eighth Street

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

1919 Meeting Minutes

Courier News Index

Laidlaw Elliott C. R. associated with Manuel J. Johnson 1/6/1940 News
Laidlaw Elliott C. R. 1/3/1942 News
Laidlaw Elliott C. R. 3/26/1960 Obituary
Laidlaw Elliott C. R. 5/28/1960 News
Laidlaw Elliott C. R. 6/7/1960 News
Laidlaw Isabella Wood associated with brother-in-law Elliott C. R. Laidlaw 1/3/1942 News
Laidlaw Mary C. father Elliott C. R. 6/7/1960 News
Laidlaw Mary Ethel Colton husband Elliott C. R. 10/28/1944 News
Laidlaw Mary Ethel Colton husband Elliott C. R. 6/7/1960 News
Laidlaw Mary Ethel Colton husband Elliott C. R. 12/2/1977 Obituary
Laidlaw Milton C. 5/?/1945 News
Laidlaw Milton C. 7/22/1954 Obituary
Laidlaw Milton C. 7/26/1954 News
Laidlaw Milton C. 11/12/1954 News

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

April 7, 1961 Courier News 25 Years Ago, 1936

Members of the Plainfield Garden Club exhibiting in the International Flower Show in New York were: Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Cornelius B. Tyler, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Miss Dorothea Tingley, Mrs. Walter M. McGee, Mrs. Arthur G. Nelson, P. Marshall, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd Jr., Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen, Mrs. Elliott C. Laidlaw, Mrs. Clinton F. Ivins, Miss Edna Brown, Mrs. Harold Brown, Mrs. Orville G. Waring, Mrs. DeWitt Hubbell, Mrs. Irwin Taylor and Mrs. Harry H. Pond.

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

1957-1959: Mrs. J. Robert Laidlaw

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

Mary Ethel Colton

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Detwiller blueprints 1345 Denmark Mr. and Mrs. Henry Laidlaw

August 8, 2015

Library offers trove of vintage Plainfield home blueprints for sale

Plainfield homeowners and history buffs are getting a one-of-a-kind opportunity as the Plainfield Public Library prepares to offer upwards of 3,000 blueprint originals from its Detwiller Collection for sale to the public.

The blueprints offered for sale are part of a trove of many thousands recovered from a dumpster at City Hall by the late Plainfield architect and artist Charles Detwiller.

While many of Plainfield's grand homes and mansion are among the blueprints (though fewer than originally, owing to some 'fingering' before strict controls were put in place), the appeal of the collection will be stronger for those who live in or admire the more modest vintage homes from the turn of the 20th century to the World War II era.

These homes include many classic Tudors and other 'cottage' and 'revival' styles, as well as 'foursquares', ranches and Cape Cods and more contemporary stules.

These represent the bulk of Plainfield's building stock from its most expansive period and they were often enough improved or expanded – giving rise to the need for plans showing the original building and the proposed alterations to be filed with the City's inspections department.

It is those blueprints, which have now been cataloged and digitized, that are being offered for sale. In library parlance, they have been de-accessioned, meaning that they no longer need be kept permanently by the Library and are available for dispostion to private parties.

The Library has a portal to the Charles Detwiller Blueprint Collection on its website (see here) and has made a complete list of the blueprints for sale also available online (see here).

The list is alphabetized by street name, and then number. However, I would advise reading the Library's instructions closely so you make the proper notations for your request (see here) – easing the staff's task in finding the item(s) in which you are interested. Paying attention to the suggested time frames needed and numbers of items per request will help you avoid headaches. So, please read and follow the instructions carefully – as carpenters like to say, 'measure twice, cut once'.

The sale will run from September 1 to November 13, 2015 in a two-step process –

You check the offerings to find items that interest you, making careful notations; and

You and the Library work out a pick-up appointment, at which you will be able to view the actual items and make a final decision on your purchase.

Single-page blueprints are priced at $50 each and multiple-page sets at $100. Cash or credit cards are fine, but the Library will not accept personal checks.

Proceeds of the sale will be used to finance the further digitization of the blueprint collection – meaning that we can look forward to another offering of materials at some future point.

The Detwiller Collection is absolutely unique in its size and scope, covering decades of Plainfield history and thousands of buildings throughout the city. Plainfield residents owe Charlie Detwiller a debt of gratitude for his perspicacity that cannot be repaid.

And we owe a debt of gratitude to Library Director Joe Da Rold for the vision that saw in these rescued documents an invaluable resource for the community, and devised means and methods of ensuring these fragile records would be available to Plainfield residents permanently through having them digitized.

Mr. Detwiller is the late husband of PGC Honorary member Cath Detwiller. Mr. Detwiller's Aunt Laura was a long-time member of the PGC and a very talented botanical artist. Read about the Detwiller family here:

Detwiller, Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57

Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29

And Mr. Detwiller's in-laws:

Campbell, Mrs. William Hall (Mabel C. Raper) '28

Davis, Mrs. F. Edgar (Dorothy or "Dottie" Campbell) '60