Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Dumont, Mrs. John Brokaw (Annie Wright Mason) '15

1919 Address: 503 Stelle Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Address: 503 Stelle Avenue, Plainfield

1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00 (Not listed in the 1928 Treasurer Book)
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address: 503 Stelle Avenue, Plainfield
*= This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. John B. Dumont 1/4/38 Pd. 1/4/39 Pd.

1940 - 1941 Treasurer Book: Mrs. John B. Dumont 1/2/40 Pd. (not legible) Nov. 19 1940

1940-1941 Treasurer Book, under "Associate" Mrs. John B. Dumont 1/1/41 Pd. 12/3/41 Pd. 11/21/42 Pd.

1942 Directory: 503 Stelle Avenue
NOTE: Mrs. John B. Dumont is listed as an "Associate Member"

1943 - 1945 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. John B. Dumont 1/25/43 Pd. 1/11/45 Pd Her name is crossed out.

Founding Member

Possibly related to PGC Member:
Smith, Mrs. Henry Brokaw '59

Possibly related to PGC Member:
Tyler, Mrs. Cornelius Boardman (Susan Tilden Whittlesey) '25

August 26, 1894 New York Times article

Plainfield City of Homes

Dumont ancestory -- much researched by John B. Dumont, Esq.

Among those who have been interested in the gen-
ealogy of this family is J. B. Dumont, Esq., of Plainfield,
New Jersey, who has most generously transmitted to the
editor the results of his long and exhaustive researches
in France, Holland and America. While he has made per-
sonal examination of the records in Kingston, New York,
among published authorities may be cited the Kingston
Church Records compiled by the Rev. R. R. Hoes. The
editor's researches, therefore, have been confined chiefly
to the immediate ancestry and descendants of Peter* Du-
mont, or, as sometimes designated, Peter H. Dumont
(Hendrick^, Peter^, Wallerand^).

July 17, 2893 New York Times article

STOCKS GO TUMBLING DOWN; DEPRESSING INFLUENCE OF THE ERIE RECEIVERSHIP. A Rush to Sell and No Support for the Market – H.I. Nicholas & Co. and John B. Dumont Forced to Suspend – Remarkable Decline in Prices – Demand from the Country for Money Continues – Sub-Treasury Drained of Its Notes of the Smaller Denominations

With the morning papers bringing the news of the Erie receivership, Wall Street could not but look for a decline in prices yesterday. The result of the day's trading, though, was a slump which for the wide range it covered and the extent of the fall in quotations has been matched by nothing in this season of tight money and successful bear campaigns.

John B. Dumont referenced

Mrs. John B. Dumont member of the American Rose Society

1918 Listing

October 6, 1892 New York Times wedding announcement

Large article on the wedding of Miss Grace Howard to G. Harry Squires.

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Dumont were in attendance as well as many other founding members of the Plainfield Garden Club.

The first Mrs. John B. Dumont dies in 1901; Mrs. J. Parker Mason is the 2nd Mrs. John B. Dumont

July 23, 1903 New York Times engagement announcement

PLAINFIELD, N. J., July 22 – Announcement is made of the engagement of Mrs. J. Parker Mason of Stelle Avenue to John B. Dumont of West Seventh Street. The wedding date has not been set. Mrs. Mason is the widow of a New York iron commission merchant, and is the daughter of J. Howard Wright of New York. Mr. Dumont is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, and for many years was President of the Plainfield Common Council. He is a vestryman of Grace Episcopal Church, a Director of the Public Library and a member of the Hillside Tennis and Golf Club. His wife died two years ago.

1904 Social Register

Listing

1918 House & Garden article and photos of the Dumont garden

reference

The Garden on the Estate of John B. Dumont, Esq.
Plainfield, NJ
C.W. Maredydd Harrison
Landscape Architect

Four black and white photos of the garden featuring a rustic gate, stone seat, large boulders and a pond and stream.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Von Boskerck

June 9, 1915 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the third general meeting is June 9th 1915

The third general meeting of the PGC was held in the garden of Mrs. Dumont on Wednesday June 9th at 3 o'clock

The President In The Chair
Roll call showed 25 members present.
Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

Miss R. E. Zimmerman of Brooklyn gave a most interesting and helpful talk on "[not legible] garden flowers."

In was noted to have a "Bird talk" during the year and also to have Mr. Maurice Field to give a course of lectures in our next season beginning in April.

It was a most glorious June day and the garden most beautiful which was enjoyed and appreciated by those present who strolled about among the flowers. Tea was served in the tea house. The meeting then adjourned. Approved Ella M. Gilbert, Secy.

Library Founder

John Brokaw Dumont
John B. Dumont was born on November 23, 1842 to Peter P. and Auletta M. Brokaw Dumont; he had one brother, Henry. John was a descendant of Peter Dumont, who was a member of the eleventh colonial assembly of New Jersey and one of the first settlers of Somerset County. Peter was the youngest son of Walleram Dumont, a Huguenot who came to America in 1657 as a corps officer of the Dutch West India Company.

John Dumont became a resident of Plainfield in 1869. He married Elizabeth Stewart Cook in 1867; she passed away in 1901. They had three children: a daughter Marion, and two sons, John Jr. and Morris. He remarried on October 6, 1903 to Annie Wright Mason. John was a New York businessman and a member of the New York Stock Exchange, serving on its governing committee for 10 years. He was a member of the Plainfield Common Council, and had been Council President for a total of 10 years (at different times) since 1874. He was the Treasurer of the first board of directors of the Plainfield Public Library, and was also a member of the Grace Church vestry. He resided at 503 Stelle Avenue, known as "The Woods," and died sometime around 1928.

503 Stelle Avenue "The Woods"

The Gardens at 503 Stelle Avenue

Grace Church

November 14, 1895 New York Times

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PLAINFIELD KIRMESS OPENED

In Aid of Muhlenberg Hospital – Good Attendance and Reason for Expecting Financial Success – The Booths.

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Nov. 13 – There was a grand opening of the kirmess at the Columbia Cycle Academy Monday night, and the building was decorated very elaborately.

Not since the charity ball have the society fold here been interested in a like event for such a worthy cause. The kirmess is given for the benefit of Muhlenberg Hospital, and, judging from the attendance at the opening night, the hospital will be greatly bettered financially.

Booths have been very prettily arranged about the academy, making an exceedingly tasty show. The equipment of the booths is as follows:

French Booth – Mrs. Albert Hoffman Atterbury, Mrs. Irving H. Brown, Mrs. Charles B. Corwin, Miss Bessie Ginna, Mrs. George C. Evans, Mrs. Charles J. Fisk, Mrs. Ellis W. Hedges, Miss E. E. Kenyon and Miss Whiton.

Florentine Booth – Mrs. I. N. Van Sickle, Mrs. David E. Titsworth, Mrs. W. M. Stillman, Mrs. John D. Titsworth, Mrs. F. A. Dunham, Miss Louise Clawson, Miss Bessie TItsworth, and Mrs. Lulu Lewis.

Gypsy Booth – Mrs. Joseph W. Reinhart, and Mrs. Howard Fleming.

Venetian Booth – Mrs. Hugh Hastings, Miss Emelie Schipper, Mrs. George A. Chapman, Miss Haviland, Mrs. Samuel Huntington, Mrs. Emil Woltman, Mrs. Samuel St. J. McCutchen, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. C. S. West, Mrs. W. E. Lower, Miss E. R. Cock, Mrs. Frank O. Herring, Miss Huntington, Miss Maud Van Bosckerck, Miss MacCready, Miss Clara D. Finley, Miss Ahrens, Miss Aynne MacCready, Miss Mondanari, Miss Graff, Miss Yerkes, Miss Gertrude Walz, and Miss Pierson.

Japanese Booth – Mrs. Charles Seward Foote, Mrs. George Clay, Mrs. S.P. Simpson, Mrs. L. Finch, Mrs. Constantine P. Ralli, Mrs. William Lewis Brown, Mrs. L. Dennis, Mrs. WIlliam Pelletier, Miss Ellis, Miss Anthony, Miss Dryden, Miss Morgan, Miss Bowen, Miss Lawrence, and Miss Rodman.

Spanish Booth – Mrs. S. A. Cruikshank, Mrs. A. T. Slauson, Mrs. J. F. Wichers, Mrs. T. H. Curtis, Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman, Mrs. T. A. Hazell, Mrs. H. L. Moore, Mrs. D. T. Van Buren, Mrs. E. H. Mosher, Miss Harriott, Miss Louise Patton, Miss Maud Lord, Miss May Kirkner, Miss Louise Van Zandt, Miss Annie Horton, Miss Titsworth, and Miss Meredith.

German Booth – Mrs. Mason W. Tyler, Mrs. Logan Murphy, Mrs. John H. Oarman, Mrs. Charles J. Taggart, Mrs. Benjamin R. Western, Mrs. J. E. Turill, Mrs. Arthur T. Gallup, Mrs. Horsley Barker, Mrs. John Haviland, Mrs. George Wright, Mrs. Amra Hamragan, Mrs. William L. Saunders, Mrs. William Wright, Miss Annie Murphy, Miss Wright, Miss Western, Miss Bartling, Miss Helen Warman, Miss Emma Adams and Miss Ann Thorne.

Stationery Booth – Mrs. John Gray Foster, Mrs. Elliott Barrows, Mrs. A. W. Haviland, Mrs. John D. Miller, Mrs. James R. Joy, and Miss Emily R. Tracy.

Parisian Flower Stall – Mrs. Harry M. Stockton, Mrs. Evarts Tracy, Mrs. Daniel F. Ginna, Mrs. W. H. Ladd, Mrs. Frederick Yates, Miss Marlon Dumont, Miss Ginna, Miss Baker, Miss Huntington, and Miss Van Bosckerck.

Refreshments were dispensed by Mrs. Orville T. Waring, Mrs. George W. Van Bosckerck, Mrs. John Bushnell, Mrs. Gifford Mayer, Mrs. George H. Goddard, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. H. P. Reynolds, Mrs. C. C. Guion, Mrs. N. P. T. Finch, Mrs. Henry McGee, Mrs. De Revere, Mrs. Ruth C. Leonard, Mrs. George W. Rockfellow, Miss Annie Opdyke, Mrs. Van Alstyne, Mrs. Utzinger, Mrs. Nelson Runyon, Mrs. Henry Tapsley, Miss Martine, Miss Edith Allen, Mrs. J. Parker Mason, Mrs. J. K. Myers, Mrs. Walton, and Mrs. H. C. Adams

January 8, 1899 New York Times

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CORLIES – Suddenly, on Friday, Jan. 6., of pneumonia, in his 23d year of his age, at the residence of his mother, at Plainfield, N.J., Howard Wright, only son of Mary B. and the late J. Edgar Corlies and grandson of J. Howard Wright

May 16, 1916 New York Times Engagement Announcement

Miss Adams to Wed R. K. Hay

The engagement of Miss Dorothy Adams of New York and Boston, a daughter of Henry C. Adams of Braintree, Mass., and R. Kingsland Hay, the son of James R. Hay of Nutley, N.J., is announced. Miss Adams is a grand-daughter of the late William Adams and a direct descendent of John Quincy Adams. Her mother, now dead, was Miss Clara Walton Corlies, a daughter of J. Edward Corlies, and she is a niece of J. Dunbar Wright of this city, and a granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Howard Wright. She is also a niece of Mrs. William C. DeLanoy of 357 Park Avenue and of Mrs. John Hussey of Plainfield, N.J.

Mr. Hay is a grandson of the late Rev. Dr. Philip Cortlandt Hay of Newark, a great grandson of Silas Condit, also of Newark, and a direct descendent of Colonel Samuel Hay, a charter member of the Society of the Cincinnati. No date has been mentioned for the wedding.

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1901 Medical Record

A Gift to Muhlenberg Hospital – Mr. J. Howard Wright of this city, has placed $10,000 at the disposal of the board of governors of Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, N. J., for the building of an operating-room in connection with the proposed new hospital. The gift is a memorial to his grandsons, Howard Wright Corlies and Parker Wright Mason, who died at Plainfield last year.

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Muhlenberg Hospital

The 1903 Operating Pavilion is at right in this postcard view.
(Postcard in the collection of Nancy Piwowar.)

Plainfield native and historic preservation champion Nancy Piwowar authored an article in the Fall 2010 issue of The Communiqué, the newsletter of the Historical Society of Plainfield on a little known architectural gem on the Muhlenberg Hospital campus, which is reprinted below. Some links to further information can be found at the end of this post.


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Another postcard view. Today, you will see a newer building on the left, built in front of the one pictured here

The Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion: Plainfield's Forgotten Gem

by Nancy A. Piwowar

Hidden behind a stockade fence, set far off Randolph Road on the Muhlenberg property, sits a red brick building with a large, arched window and a scrolled keystone. The 1903 Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion is Plainfield's forgotten gem.

A 1900 notice in the local newspaper, Plainfield Courier-News, announced the possibility of a new hospital building, and the response by the local residents was immediate. Public subscriptions for the building project were received. When the decision was made by the Muhlenberg Board of Governors to build a "new" Muhlenberg Hospital at a new site, many distinguished men offered land. James E. Martine offered a lot on Thornton Avenue. Former mayor of North Plainfield, John F. Wilson, offered a lot in North Plainfield, which could not be accepted because it was in a different county. Finally the Muhlenberg Board of Governors took an option on farm land on Park Avenue and Randolph Road at the edge of the city.

In April 1901, it was reported that J. Howard Wright gave the largest and most generous donation of $10,000 for an operating pavilion for the new Muhlenberg in memory of his two grandsons. Howard Wright Corlies died of pneumonia at the age of 23 in 1899. Parker Wright Mason died of typhoid fever at the age of 19 in 1900. J. Howard Wright was a wealthy Standard Oil businessman from New York City, and his two daughters and families resided in Plainfield for many years.

The Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion also contained a sterilizing room, an etherizing room, a room for the X-ray instrument and a recovery room, which were all considered essential for a modern hospital.

The Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion was designed by Tracy and Swartwout, a New York architectural firm. Evarts Tracy, one of the architects, grew up in Plainfield on West Eighth Street in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District. He later resided with his wife on Hillside Avenue, in the Hillside Avenue Historic District within sight of the new Muhlenberg and the Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion.

The 1903 Tracy and Swartwout Muhlenberg complex of buildings were not built squarely to face either Park Avenue or Randolph Road, but were "built squarely with the points of the compass." The purpose of this was "to have the operating room face North, so that it would have the full benefit of the North light." (Plainfield Courier-News, July 19, 1902, page one.)

The 1903 Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion retains many of its original exterior elements, including inscription; scrolled keystone; and the large, arched, north-facing window. The only evident change is the removal of the roof line skylight. This architectural gem is passed by daily on the way to the satellite emergency department without a second glance because it is now behind a stockade fence, which obscures the wall inscription. According to newspaper articles, behind the cornerstone of operating pavilion is a copper box that contains various items including local and New York newspapers, Muhlenberg Hospital annual reports, photographs of J. Howard Wright's grandsons, photographs of doctors, nurses, employees, and of the old hospital buildings, and names of the contractors.

The Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion serves as a grand monument to Mr. Wright's Plainfield family. It is one of the only known surviving separate, stand alone operating room buildings extant in New Jersey and most likely in the United States. The Muhlenberg Operating Pavilion merits preservation for its architectural and historic significance and as a a monument to the Wright family, Muhlenberg heritage and medical culture, and Muhlenberg's doctors, nurses and staff.

Social Register 1913

Corlies, Mrs. J. Edgar (Mary B. Wright) Died at Plainfield NJ Dec. 31

Social Register 1913

Corlies, Mrs. J. Edgar (Mary B. Wright) Died at Plainfield NJ Dec. 31

New York Times Obituary

CORLIES – Suddenly, at her home, in Plainfield, N.J. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1912, Mary Byrd Corlies, daughter of John Howard and Sarah J. Wright and widow of J. Edgar Corlies. Services at her late residence in Plainfield on Friday, Jan. 3, 1913, at 10:30 A.M.


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December 11, 1903

Daily Princetonian, Volume 28, Number 140, 11 December 1903 – GLEE CLUB CONCERT In Plainfield To-night. Program and List of Patronesses.

GLEE CLUB CONCERT

In Plainfield To-night. Program and List of Patronesses.

The second concert of the Glee, Banjo and Mandolin Clubs will be given in the Casino of Plainfield, N. J., to-night at 8.15 o'clock. The clubs will leave Princeton to-day at 1.21 p. m., and arrive at Elizabeth at 2.20. Leaving Elizabeth on the C. R. R. of N. J. at 2.35, they will reach Plainfield at 3.03. The men will be entertained at the homes of the Princeton alumni, and immediately after the concert adance will be given in honor of the clubs. On the return trip the men will leave Plainfield on Saturday at 9.40 a. m., reaching Elizabeth at 10.04, leave at 10.06, and arrive in Princeton at 11. The program of the concert follows: PART FIRST. 1. Old Nassau, Carmina Princetonia Glee Club. 2. A Rag Time Ball, J. H.Jennings Banjo Club. 3. 1904 Medley, Arranged by K. S. Clark Glee Club. 4. Selections from Babes in Toyland, Herbert Mandolin Club. 5. Fantasienstuck, Arranged Banjo Club. PART SECOND. 1. Step Song, Carmina Princetonia Glee Club. 2. Gondoliere, Nevin Mandolin Club. 3. The 1904 Rakion, Joseph Chapman Banjo Club. 4. Solo, Selected Mr. Truesdale. 5. Espanola Viva, Arranged Glee and Mandolin Clubs. 6. The White Crow, Paul Eno Banjo Club. PART THIRD. 1. Bedelia, Schwartz Mandolin and Banjo Clubs. 2. Selection, Arranged Glee Club. 3. Danse Caprice, Grieg Mandolin Club. 4. Triangle Song, Carmina Princetonia Glee, Banjo and Mandolin Clubs. The patronesses are as follows : Mrs. Charles F. Abbott, Mrs. Frederick H. Andrews, Mrs. Ernest R. Ackerman, Mrs. John T. Baker, Mrs. Eliot T. Barrows, Mrs. James R. Blake, Mrs. Charles I. Brooks, Mrs Howard W. Beebe, Mrs. E. H. Booth, Mrs. P. W. Bakely, Mrs. P. T. Brown, Mrs. J. Hervey Buchanan, Mrs. J. Edgar Corlies, Mrs. George A. Chapman, Mrs. J. B. Dumont, Mrs. M. E. Egerton, Mrs. Chapman Fisk, Mrs. Howard Fleming, Mrs. Walter Gaston, Mrs. Wm. T. Gaugh, Mrs. John F. Harmon, Mrs. Ellis W. Hedges, Mrs. Eugene H. Hatch, Mrs. W. E. Honeyman, Mrs. James Hayes, Mrs. Samuel Huntington, Mrs. Henry L. Hall, Mrs. Henry C. Irons, Mrs. D. C. Ivins, Mrs. William T. Kaufman, Mrs. William E. Lowe, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd, Jr., Mrs. E. L. Mack, Mrs. George P. Mellick, Mrs. H. Raymond Munger, Mrs. William H. Murray, Mrs. Henry A. McGee, Mrs. Walter Mc- Gee, Mrs. Samuel St. J. McCutchen, Mrs. Frank S. Martin, Mrs. Theodore W. Morris, Jr., Mrs. F. G. Meade, Mrs. Arthur J. Otterson, Mrs. D. W. Pond, Mrs. W. G. Peckham, Mrs. W. A. Pinto, Mrs. Joseph W. Reinhart, Mrs. David Rowland, Mrs. George S. Ring, Mrs. George T. Rogers, Mrs. Joseph M. Shellabarger, Mrs. Walter E. Stewart, Mrs. Lemuel W. Serrell, Mrs. Alfred F. H. Streuli, Mrs. Henry M. Stockton, Mrs. Joseph W. Sandford, Jr., Mrs. C. L. Sykes, Mrs. R. B. Strong, Mrs. George A. Strong, Mrs Duncan W. Taylor, Mrs. Evarts Tracy, Mrs. Lewis G. Timpson, Mrs. Mason Tyler, Mrs. Edward M. Van Buren, Mrs. George W. Van Boskerck, Mrs. A. Vandewater, Mrs. J. Vandewater, Mrs. William B. Wadsworth, Mrs. Orville T. Waring, Mrs. Lewis E. Waring, Mrs. Theodore D. Wilson, Mrs. E. Woltman, Mrs. John S. Zelie.

October 20, 2011 Hillside Cemetery

Mason Dumont Mausoleum
Founding Member Mrs. John B. Dumont aka Mrs. J. Parker (Annie Wright) Mason 1915 lived at 503 Stelle Avenue, Plainfield (1919/1942) The house had a name: The Woods

The first Mrs. John B. Dumont died in 1901; Mrs. J. Parker Mason is the 2nd Mrs. John B. Dumont.

A 1918 publication in House and Garden features the Dumont garden. The third meeting of the PGC was held in her garden.

Annie Wright Mason Dumont was a member of the American Rose Society.

John Brokaw Dumont
John B. Dumont was born on November 23, 1842 to Peter P. and Auletta M. Brokaw Dumont; he had one brother, Henry. John was a descendant of Peter Dumont, who was a member of the eleventh colonial assembly of New Jersey and one of the first settlers of Somerset County. Peter was the youngest son of Walleram Dumont, a Huguenot who came to America in 1657 as a corps officer of the Dutch West India Company.

John Dumont became a resident of Plainfield in 1869. He married Elizabeth Stewart Cook in 1867; she passed away in 1901. They had three children: a daughter Marion, and two sons, John Jr. and Morris. He remarried on October 6, 1903 to Annie Wright Mason. John was a New York businessman and a member of the New York Stock Exchange, serving on its governing committee for 10 years. He was a member of the Plainfield Common Council, and had been Council President for a total of 10 years (at different times) since 1874. He was the Treasurer of the first board of directors of the Plainfield Public Library, and was also a member of the Grace Church vestry. He resided at 503 Stelle Avenue, known as "The Woods," and died sometime around 1928.

Photo by S. Fraser

October 20, 2011 Hillside Cemetery

October 20, 2011 Hillside Cemetery

New York Times February 5, 1895

SOCIAL JOTTINGS FROM PLAINFIELD

Entertainmnets Which Have Helped to Make the Week Pass Pleasantly

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Feb. 16 – On Wednesday evening a cotillion was danced at the home of ex-Mayor Q. V. F. Randolph of East Front Street.

Herman Simmonds of Watchung Avenue has gone to Florida, to remain until Spring.

Mrs. Dudley Insley of Tacoma and Miss See of Sing Sing are guests of Mrs. E. E. Runyon of Madison Avenue.

Mrs. Howell of Chester, who has been visiting her sister Mrs. F. D. Whiting of East Sixth Street, has returned home.

Next Tuesday evening the ladies of the Monroe Avenue Chapel will hold their annual supper.

Mrs. Robert Downy of Madison Avenue gave a tea this afternoon from 4 to 7.

By far the largest and most brilliant social function that has ever been given in this city was the Ackerman reception at the Casino on Monday night. About 500 guests were present, the largest number that has yet gathered in that pretty clubhouse and ballroom. Mrs. J. Hervey Ackerman received, assisted by Mrs. Robert Rushmore, Mrs. Ernest R. Ackerman, and Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman.

Plainfield Countil of the Royal Arcanum celebrated the addition of the two hundredth member to its ranks Monday night with an entertainment.

William C. Ayers, one of Plainfield's oldest residents, celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday Tuesday. He was born on Feb. 12, 1809, on the same day as Lincoln.

Wednesday evening the ladies of the Seventh Day Baptist Church held a sale and supper in the church.

An interesting meeting of the Monday Afternoon Club was held in the parlors of the Crescent Avenue Church Monday, at which David P. Hall gave a talk on parliamentary usage.

The Third Regiment Cadet Corps of this city will go to Bound Brook on Washington's Birthday to take part in the parade of that place.

Several new members were received into the Plainfield Bicycle Club at a meeting Monday night.

On Thursday evening, Feb. 21, a Martha Washington tea will be given in the First Presbyterian Church.

Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Bowers of Franklin Place entertained the Musical Club.

The Ladies Committee of the Young Women's Christian Association met Tuesday afternoon and elected the following officers: President – Mrs. Henry M. Maxson; Vice-President – Mrs. J. Wesley Johnson; Treasurere – Mrs. J. H. Manning; Secretary – Miss Embury.

Next month Miss Fannie Westphal will be married to George Gray of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman of West Seventh Street gave a dinner in honor of her guest, Miss Cox of New York. The guests present were Miss Gertrude Waly, Miss Cox, Miss Marion Dumont, Miss Waldron, Miss Lawrence, Miss Carey, Harry Munger, Laurens Van Buren, Fred Waly, Dr. B. Van D. Hedges, Mr. Waring and Mr. Wharton.

A union meeting of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Societies of the Crescent Avenue and First Presbyterian Churches as held Tuesday afternoon at the latter church. The subject discussed as "China," papers being read by Mrs. M. E. Dwight, Mrs. Luchey, Mrs. Cornelius Schenck, Mrs. Pruden, and Mrs. Wyckoff.

Next Saturday Mrs. Henry McGee of Washington Park will give an afternoon tea. The hours will be from 4 to 7 o'clock.

During the week Miss Florence Honneger of New Brighton, S. I., has been the guest of Mrs. J. R. Hill of Belvidere Avenue.

Plainfield's handsome new Young Men's Christian Association Building was formally opened Tuesday night. Addresses were made by Mayor Alexander Gilbert, the first President of the association; the Rev. Dr. William R. Richards and William D. Murray, the present President. The building cost about $50,000.

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Photo by Dan Damon

Photo by Dan Damon

August 26, 1894 New York Times Article: Plainfield, City of Homes

Some of the others that do business in New York and have handsome homes here are . . . .; John B. Dumont, a broker;

April 12, 2012

The Library of Congress will make Frances Benjamin Johnston's photographs of gardens accessible online on Friday. Capturing the Gardens of America

Library of Congress Prints and Photography

Biography of Frances Benjamin Johnston

Although your editor does not have the time to spare to confirm her suspicion, this world renown GCA photographer was most likely related to our own member Frances Johnston Mali.

Excerpt:
Garden photography evolved with professional landscape architecture at the turn of the 20th century. Johnston produced her first landscape and garden images while photographing The White House in the late 1890s. In 1903, she photographed the northern California ranch designed by Albert C. Schweinfurth for education reformer Phoebe Apperson Hearst. Then, in October 1904 Country Life in America published Johnston's photographs of the Mission Revival house and garden. The magazine was a mainstay for the photographer's work before the 1920s when The Garden Magazine, The House Beautiful, House & Garden* and Town & Country became leading clients.

The two photographers formed a professional partnership in 1913, the year twelve garden clubs founded The Garden Club of America. As part of its mission to promote garden design, in 1914, the club began a collection of photographs of member gardens. Already established as photographers through their published images of Daniel W. Langton's Princeton, New Jersey garden for Moses Taylor Pyne; J. Pierpont Morgan's Cragsland estate along the Hudson River; and Long Island North and South Shore houses, Johnston and Hewitt produced a large body of work for the club's photography initiative. They worked in black and white and autochrome, an early color process. The Glen Cove garden of George D. Pratt, designed by James L. Greenleaf, the Southampton garden of Colonel Thomas H. Barber designed by the Olmsted firm and Gray Gardens in Easthampton by author Anna Gilman Hill were among Johnston and Hewitt's work from this period.

*We had two members who had their gardens photographed for Home & Garden magazine:

Mrs. John Brokaw (Annie Wright Mason) Dumont '15

Mrs. George Phelps (Ella Hartley) Mellick '15

At first glance, these gardens do not look as if they were photographed by Frances.

"The Woods," Residence and Adjoining Garden, Mrs. John B. Dumont, 503 Stelle 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

"The Woods," Residence and Adjoining Garden, Mrs. John B. Dumont, 503 Stelle Avenue

Residence of Robert W. Wright, 984 Woodland 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

July 12, 2008 Old Doc's Potpourri blog

I work at Muhlenberg and am puzzled and curious about a plaque on the old OR building. It reads as follows:
"The Muhlenberrg Operating Pavilion
MDCCCCXII
ERECTED BY
J. HOWARD WRIGHT
IN LOVING MEMORY OF HIS 2 GRANDSONS
HOWARD WRIGHT CORLIES
PARKER WRIGHT MASON"
Do you know anything about who these people were ? I realize it was way before your time,but nobody at Muhlenberg seems to know anything and that is sad.
Thanks,
Peg

July 12, 2008 10:00 AM

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

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1915

June 9 Mrs. Dumont
Mgsr R. E. Zimmerzman (?) "Some Garden Flowers"

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1918 Meeting Minutes

1919 Meeting Minutes

1915 Meeting Minutes

Plainfield Garden Club
Minutes of regular meetings
May 12, 1915 to March 20, 1918
From its origination

May 12 – 1915

Minutes of the 1st General Meeting

First general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Conner on Wednesday, May 12th at 3.30 o'clock.

President in the chair. Roll call showed 39 members present.

During the meeting rain began to fall to everyones regret making a tour of Mrs. Conner's garden impossible.

A few ? of congratulations on the formation of the Club by the President was followed by some notices given, and request to have members offer to exchange plants when possible.

We then listened to a most comprehensive talk on perennials given by Mr. Maurice Field of New York which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the members. He brought specimens of many plants showing how to divide and separate grubs and other garden enemies.

Continued.

All felt stimulated and helped by his talk and as the rain prevented us from going in the garden his lecture of two hours ?? too long.

After a cup of tea the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
Approved.


May 26, 1915

Minutes of the 2nd General Meeting

Second general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Barrows on Wed. May 26th at 3 oclock.

President in the Chair.

Roll call showed 33 members present.

Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

Giving to the inclement conditions of the weather the meeting was held indoors. ?? later on the sun came out and a visit to the garden was enjoyed by all.

Mrs. E. Yarde Breeze of Raritan ? Garden Club gave a very delightful paper on foreign gardens.

A letter was read from Mrs. W. S. Tyler giving notice of sale of garden things for the benefit of a young boy that she and some others were especially interested in.

It was noted ?? bring out of town guests and the Hostess. Plainfield friends After enjoying the hospitality of the hostess tea being served the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert secy
Approved


June 2 – 1915

Minutes of the 3rd general meeting

The third general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Dumont on Wednesday June 9th at three oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Miss R. E. Zimmerman of Brooklyn gave a most interesting and helpful talk in "L?? garden flowers."

It was noted to have a "Bird talk" during the year and also to have Mr. Maurice Field give a course of lectures during our next season beginning in April.

It was a most glorious June day and the garden most beautiful which was enjoyed and appreciated by those present who strolled about among the flowers. Tea was served in the tea house. The meeting then adjourned.

Ella M. Gibert Secy
Approved

June 23 -1915

Minutes of the 4th general meeting

The fourth general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Runkle, on Wednesday June 23rd at 3 oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present.

Minutes of the former meeting were read and approved.

Mrs. L. A. Brown of Shedvira?? Garden Club Garden City L. I. read a most useful and interesting paper on color harmony in gardens she also answered very pleasantly all questions asked regarding plants and flowers.


July 14 – 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club was held on July 14 in the garden of Mrs. Fleming.

The day was a perfect summer one and we were addressed by Mr. L. V. F. Randolph who read an original paper on "What Some Plants Feel and Think."

An interesting discussion followed after which we took a stroll in Mrs. Fleming's charming garden and then were refreshed with fruit punch and cakes served under a ?? on the lawn. After a delightful afternoon meeting adjourned.


Ella M. Gilbert Secy
Per H. B. H.


September 15 – 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Garden Club was held at the delightful farm of Mrs. Eaton on Valley Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 15th. The President presiding.

In the absence of the Secy, Mrs. Patterson called the roll and heard the minutes of the last regular meeting. The Pres. Welcomed the members of the Club after the separation of the summer & suggested that some slight expression of gratitude for the please we had enjoyed at the Garden Club meetings or shown by a gift of 100 glasses of jelly to the Fruit & Flower ?ision. This idea was approved by the members present in that 2 glasses of fruit jelly from each member may be sent to the house of the Pres. For this purpose. A letter was read from Mr. Chester Jay Hunt extending a warm invitation to the Garden Club to visit his tulip gardens next spring and make a picnic of the day there. We then listened to a delightful talk on "Roses" by Mr. Geo. H. Peterson of Fair Lawn, N. J. and were afterwards ?? with fruit punch and cakes in an arbor on the grounds.

A visit to the farm buildings & flower garden brought to a ?? a delightful day.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
From H. B. H.


September 22 – 1915

Minutes of the 7th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the Bungalow of Mrs. Mellick on Wednesday Sept. 22nd at three o'clock.

Mrs. E. J. Patterson acting as Sec'y in the absence of Mrs. Gilbert.

The afternoon was given up to a talk on "Birds in Our Gardens" by Mr. Bucher S. Bowdish – Secty v ?? of the ?? State Audubon Society of was felt greatly moved by the pleasure of Mrs. William Dra??? Who has done so much for the conservation of Bird Life in America. The Club was entertained delightfully by Mrs. Mellick after which we adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert – Secy
Per H. B. H.


Oct 13 – 1915

Minutes of the 8th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. H. N. Stevens on Wednesday Oct 13th at 3 o'clock. Pres. In chair. After roll call & minutes of last meeting read to approved, a letter was read from our lecturer on "Birds" of the meeting before. Minutes were approved by two of the members. The day was like one in June and all enjoyed the interchange of ideas and the informal talk of our garden troubles. The lecturer of the day was Mr. Otto Shilow Sec'y & Treas. Of the Duer ? Co. who gave us a most instructive and helpful talk on "the care of our gardens." All had so many questions to ask that after a long ?? it was difficult for Mr. Shilow to get a cup of tea before his departure for Philadelphia.

All expressed the wish that we might have the pleasure of having him again. After a social gathering about Mrs. Stevens tea table, the club adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert, Secy
Per H. B. H.


NOTE: This next entry follows in the order the Meeting Minute notebook was photographed, however the date is "1916" – not sure if this entry is from 1916 or was not recorded correctly as "1915" which seems unlikely.


Oct. 27, 1916

Minutes of the 9th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. E. T. Barrows on Wednesday Oct. 24? At 3 o'clock.

The Pres. In the chair. After the roll call and the minutes of the previous meeting read & approved, the Pres. Brought up the subject of the mid winter lecture, to be held in the evening and for which an admission should be charged.

After some discussion it was decided to have Mr. Shilow give his illustrated lecture "Flowers From Snow to Snow" admission to be 50 center and each member to be responsible for two tickets.

The time and place was left to be determined.

The Pres. Expressed our great sorrow in the death of Mrs. Louis Hyde – the members of the Club all standing and moved that a note of condolence be sent to Mr. Hyde and his family.

The Pres. Announced that Mrs. Ackerman and Mrs. Ivins had provided a lecture from Mr. Field for the . . . instead of having a meeting of their homes this year. He then spoke to us on "Bulbs.: Late in the afternoon tea was served & the meeting adjourned.

Lucy Van Boskerck
Secy pro tem

1915 - 1918 Meeting Minutes

Tracy-Streuli

PLAINFIELD, N. J., June 28. Miss Caroline Frederica Streuli, daughter of H. Alfred Streuli of Hillside Avenue, a New-York silk manufacturer, was married at high noon to-day to Evarts Tracy, son of J. Evarts Tracy, a New-York lawyer, who lives in West Eighth Street here. The ceremony was witnessed by a large and fashionable gathering, which entirely filled the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. William R. Richards officiated.

The bride wore a beautiful gown of white satin with old lace trimmings. Miss Kathryn Yates was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Miss Bessie Ginna, Miss Marion Dumont, Miss May Tracy, Miss Margaret Tracy of Plainfield, Miss Lillian Brooks of New-York, and Miss Sidney Wharton of Pittsburg. Percy A. Stewart was best man. The ushers were Lewis S. Haslan of New-York, Yale Kneeland of Brooklyn, Wallace D. Simmons of St. Louis, Henry M. Sage of Albany, and Alfred Streuli and Robert S. Tracy of Plainfield.

House & Garden volume 33

The Garden on the Estate of John B. Dumont, Esq.
Plainfield, N. J.
C. W. Maredydd Harrison
Landscape Architect
Photography by Edwin Lewis

Naturalisim is the keynote everywhere. The play of light and shade under the trees brings ??? the full effectiveness of the ??? work and planting.

One of the features is the stone seat – one might almost call it a throne. The slate which forms its are so slanted as to afford perfect comfort

Home & Garden Volume 33

Water has been skillfully incorporated in the landscaping scheme. The pools are ???? about by boulders at irregular size and shape in the nooks and corners of which grow ferns and rock plants. A tiny stream trickles from level to level.

Home & Garden Volume 33

Rustic work that is out of ??? with its surroundings in the intimate corner of garden ????, but in a situation like that below it is admirably effective. The owner's initial has been ingeniously included in the design of the simple little gate.

Home & Garden Volume 33

Home & Garden Volume 33

History of Union County, New Jersey

John B. Dumont

John B. Dumont is a descendant of Peter Dumont, member of the eleventh colonial assembly of New Jersey, and one of the first settlers in Somerset county, New Jersey, in which county John B. was born, in 1842. Peter Dumont was the youngest son of Walleram Dumont, a Huguenot who came to American in 1657, as an officer in the corps sent by the Dutch West India Company to Governor Stuyvesant, and he afterward settled in Kingston, New York.

Mr. Dumont became a resident of Plainfield in 1869, before it was incorporated as a city, and has always taken an active interest in its affairs. He is a member of its common council, and has been president of that body at different periods since 1874, covering in all ten years. He has been treasurer of the Plainfield Public Library from the time of its organization, in 1881.

For twenty-five years he has been a member of the vestry of Grace church, Protestant Episcopal, and for twenty-three years a delegate from said church to the convention of the diocese of New Jersey. Mr. Dumont is engaged in business in New York, as a member of its Stock Exchange, in which he has served on the governing committee for ten years.

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership