Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Heely, Mrs. Augustus Vanderhoef (Jessie Ross) '15

1919 Address: 321 West 8th Street, Plainfield

1922 Address: 321 West 8th Street, Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book May 8th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active April $5.00
1930, 1931 Treasurer Book Active

1930 residing at 321 West 8th Street

1932 Directory* Address: 321 West Eighth Street

* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: The name "Mrs. Augustus V. Heely, 321 West Eighth Street" is crossed out by hand.

1932 Treasurer Book: Heely, Mrs. A. V. 1/32 Pd. Deceased

Mother-in-law to Mrs. Laurence Sturdivant (Pauline Mary "Polly" Gates) '52

June 4, 1922 New York Times wedding announcement

For Mrs. Heely's son, Laurence Sturdivant Heely

1905 Bankers Magazine

references Augustus V. Heely along with other husbands of Plainfield Garden Club Members

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

321 West Eighth Street

Plainfield Library

G-507 1934 Grimstead House at 321 West Eighth Street 321 West 8th Street House at 321 West Eighth Street, image is not available. Van Wyck Brooks

Frank B. Bennett Company 1912

The Plainfield Trust Co.

On the fourth day of June, ten years ago, the Plainfield Trust Company of Plainfield, N.J., opened for business in an unpretentious store on one of the principal streets on that city. In three years, when by its aggressive methods it had acquired a deposit line of one and a half million dollars, it moved into its handsome building on Park avenue which it now occupies, and which is not only the most imposing edifice in Plainfield but is one of the finest banking houses in the State of New Jersey. In its new home the business of the institution has continued to prosper under the efficient management of its energetic and capable staff of officers until today the company reports deposits of four millions of dollars and a surplus and undivided profit account of two hundred and forty thousand dollars, or nearly two and a half times the amount of its capital.

In addition to the four million of deposits, the company has in its custody a million and a half of trust funds which are kept separate and apart from its assets. This trust business is but another indication of the confidence which the institution has won during the comparatively short period of its existence – a confidence that is based on the character of the service which has been rendered but on the personnel of its directors, all of whom are representative men in the community and who bring to the business the inspiration of some New York City's most important business activities as may be seen from the following:

and their connections: J. Herbert Case, vice-president Franklen Trust Co., Brooklyn; Frederick Geller, attorny and counseller-at-law, New York; Augustus V. Heely, vice-president The Farmers' Loan and Trust Co., New York; James W. Jackson, executor of the Jesse Hoyt Estate, New York; Edward H. Ladd, Jr. & Wood Bankers, New York; Charles W. McCutchen, Holt & Co., Commision Merchants, New York; Henry A. McGee, Standard Oil Co., New York; Walter M. McGee, Vacuum Oil Co., New York; Charles A. Reed, attorney and counsellor-at-law, New York; Isaac W. Rushmore, dairy products, New York; Frank H. Smith, register Union County, Elizabeth, N.J., Samuel Townsend, president Peoples National Bank, Westfield, N.J., Cornelius B. Tyler, Tyler & Tyler, attorneys, New York; Lewis E. Waring, Edward Sweet & Co., bankers, New York; and Orville T. Waring, Standard Oil Co., New Jersey.

Mr. H. H. Pond, secretary of the company, assumed this position two years ago, and during his uncumbency the deposits have increased from about $2,750,000 to $4,000,000. Mr. Pond has also been president of the New Jersey Bankers Association during the past year and in that capacity has won many friends both for himself and for the institution which he represents.

The Plainfield Trust Company conducts a banking trust, special, safe deposit and "banking by mail" department. Through the latter the institution has extended its operation all over New Jersey, and there are few towns in the state in which some of its deposits may not be found.

Courier News articles for "Heely"

Heely Agustus Vanderhoef 1/29/1937 Obituary
Heely Agustus Vanderhoef n.d. Clipping (nonCN)
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 10/26/1934 News
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 11/30/1934 News
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 6/8/1935 News
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 6/21/1938 News
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 6/19/1939 News
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 1/22/1940 News
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 1/24/1940 News
Heely Allan Vanderhoef 7/9/1959 Obituary
Heely Allan Vanderhoef n.d. News

Memories of Allan Vanderhoef Heely

Monthly Archives: January 2012
Find Me Whole
Posted on January 12, 2012 by admin
Frederick Buechner is one my favorite writers. I'm reading his latest book (written/compiled at the ripe old age of 80), The Yellow Leaves. It's really less a book and more just a collection of remembrances and unfinished thoughts.

Chapter Five is titled "Fathers and Teachers." It opens with a story about the first funeral he ever presided over a former French teacher of his from Lawrenceville named George Rice Woods. With each page he introduces someone new. Rod Emory from East Paris, Maine a history professor. Tom Johnson, the chairman of the English department. All people with whom he crossed paths. All people who impacted him and left him changed. Better.

The chapter ends with Allan Vanderhoef Heely, school headmaster. Buechner's description of him deserves repeating.

Allan Vanderhoef Heely, the headmaster, was in his forties when I first met him. He was the most articulate man I have ever known and in many ways the most elegant. Whether he was delivering a baccalaureate address or making conversation at a dinner party or discussing life with a small boy at a baseball game, he always spoke in sentences. He loved words, loved especially discovering new ones–I remember to this day the pleasure it gave him to introduce me to "abdominous"–and used them with skill and verve but always for the purpose of saying precisely what he meant rather than just for effect

[He] did not let himself be known easily, but somehow or other he managed to have all of himself present in everything I ever heard him say or saw him do. You always came upon him whole, and when he gave you his attention, the gift was complete No matter how briefly you saw him, he left you with the feeling that you had genuinely met.

While reading his descriptions, I could picture each person so clearly (which, I guess, is a sign of good writing). When I read his account of Allan, not only could I picture him, but I wanted to be like him. I think I have moments when I'm fully present. Moments when others come upon me whole. Moments when my attention is freely and wholly given. But they are fleeting at best.

Not only do I, personally, want to be like this but also corporately. As a community of faith. I wonder what that would look like. Something tells me it would be good.

Allan V. Heely, Headmaster of The Lawrenceville School

Unintended Consequences for Advanced Placement
The Nov. 23, 2004 Wall Street Journal writes that "Elite High Schools Drop AP (Advanced Placement) Courses," thus taking me back to 1943, when I guess I started the idea now being dropped.

The then Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, Allan V. Heely, came around to Yale to visit recent graduates in their college freshman year. For secondary school principals that would, in itself, be quite a novelty today. We certainly considered it a novelty to have him actually buy us a beer, since six months earlier we would have been instantly dismissed from school without hope of appeal, just for one provable beer. The alcohol issue to one side, I can see in retrospect that the Head Master made a serious effort to socialize with his senior students, inviting them to tea every afternoon, and coffee after Sunday chapel. What might sound like quaint Victorian ceremonies to an outsider were in fact conscious efforts to create a role model of the mythical Renaissance Man. He and the school chaplain played piano duets and sang witty songs of their own composition. He brought in famous guests from New York and Philadelphia, and made them perform as conversationalists. Jacques Barzun was a memorable example. I can even see in retrospect he was displaying his elegant talented wife as an example of the sort of woman we were urged to marry. To visit his graduates in their early formative years in college was entirely in keeping with his concept of education as the basis for character development. There was even a quote from J. P. Morgan: "Brains don't make success, character does."

Well, for all his effort to be friendly, when the Head Master visits you at college it's a little hard to know what to talk about. So, to be helpful, I pointed out that the science courses were not smoothly integrated between secondary school and college. An example was the contrast between my roommate (Peter Max Schultheiss, now Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Yale) and me. Pete had scored 100 – no mistakes on any quiz, all year – in both Chemistry and Physics, whereas I had not taken either course at Lawrenceville at all. Yet, here were both of us in the same Freshman introductory courses at Yale, required before more advanced courses could be taken. Naturally, Pete had an easier time of it, but at the end of the year we were at the same point, and we both felt he had wasted his time taking the same courses twice. Why couldn't Lawrenceville make an arrangement with Yale to waive the requirement for some introductory courses, saving educational time for something else?

Mr. Heely did a lot better than that. At that time, ninety seniors from Lawrenceville went to Princeton every year, a hundred seniors from Andover went to Yale, and about the same number went from Exeter to Harvard. A pleasant dinner was arranged for the three headmasters and the three University presidents, at the conclusion of which the deal was done. Advanced placement was put into effect. As I understand it, the AP system gradually spread, and last year 14,900 secondary schools offered Advanced Placement courses. You could play around with those numbers and conjecture several million college person-years of education were put to better purposes over the last 62 years. It's a real nice feeling to believe that one twenty minute conversation by two eighteen year old boys could have such a useful effect.

So, now what's the problem with these elite high schools, that want to drop AP courses? It's hard to speak on their behalf, but I'm in a unique position to know the original idea has twisted out of shape a little. The original purpose was to eliminate mandatory repetition of introductory college courses, but nowadays competition for admission is so ferocious that repetition is considered a very smart thing, to beat the system. It works up and down the educational system, awarding a high score for coasting through a course the second time. Advance placement thus becomes a bribe not to do that, and the power of the bribe is prestige for admission to some higher level. With 15,000 high schools (like Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon) claiming to provide superiority, there has to be accreditation, and for that there has to be a standardized test. Before long, the curriculum is dominated, not by what the teacher thinks is superior, but by what is likely to be on the accreditation test. In effect, we get a French-like system in which the bureaucracy dictates what is best for the Leaders of Tomorrow. That's quite different from the time when outstanding secondary schools produced an unusually good product, and colleges were asked to recognize it. It's hard to say who's been corrupted here; probably everybody, because it's mass-produced accreditation. If you want to evaluate whether to permit more or fewer waivers for a certain school, you need to evaluate earlier waivees when they reach Junior or Senior level in whatever college had previously done some waiving. Only at that longitudinal point in the process is it possible to conclude whether the waiving of repetitious introductory courses had been useful or harmful.

Underneath all of this is the self-fulfilling prophesy that graduation from a handful of elite colleges will assuredly lead to success in life. If what we need are leaders who are vicious competitors, practiced in circumventing hurdles on the way to getting to the top, credentialism is perhaps a regrettable necessity. But if, as Mr. Morgan said, it's character that matters, gaming the system is not a completely ideal way to promote it.

Frances "Pattie" Thompson Heely

Pattie Heely World War II Collection: Finding AidThe Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives
Pattie Heely World War II Collection: Finding Aid
Call Number: DC003

Table of Contents
Summary Information
Biographical/Historical note
Scope and Contents note
Arrangement note
Administrative Information
Controlled Access Headings
Collection Inventory
Files by Class Year
"Thank You" Letters

Summary Information
The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives
- Collector
Heely, Frances Thompson (Pattie)
Pattie Heely World War II collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1941-1945
Date [inclusive]
11.68 Linear feet (30 boxes)
Preferred Citation note
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pattie Heely World War II collection, Box and Folder Number; The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives.

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Biographical/Historical note
Pattie Heely was born Frances Thompson in Andover, Massachusetts on. She married Allan V. Heely in June of 1927. Mrs. Heely arrived at The Lawrenceville School in November of 1934 after her husband became the fourth Head Master of the school.

At the outbreak of World War II, Pattie Heely saw a need to maintain a strong connection between the school and the alumni in the armed forces. She corresponded with servicemen and solicited information. She then compiled this information and distributed newsletters to the Lawrentians in military service. After the war, Mrs. Heely compiled many of the quotes of interest from her correspondence and included them in a booklet entitled "Bons Mots Militaries". She also created The Lawrenceville War Memorial book which honored alumni who were killed in action. She remained in service to the school until her husband's death in 1959. Her interest in the school continued until her passing. She passed away on July 11, 1978.

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. A. V. Heely
321 West Eighth Street

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1908 Commercial and Financial Chronicle The Plainfield Trust Company

The Plainfield Trust Company

Augustus V. Heely, Vice-Pres. the Farmers' Loan and Trust Company, New York

Frances Torrey Thompson Heely

1914 National Society of the Colonial Dame

Mrs. Augustus Vanderhoef (Jessie Ross)
321 West 8th Street
Plainfield, NJ

Jessie Heely's children

1. Heely, Stafford Ross - Birth/Chris: ... 1892 at ...
2. Heely, Laurence Sturdivant - Birth/Chris: ... 1894 at ...
3. Heely, Allen Vanderoef - Birth/Chris: ... 1897 at

Married 1889

By National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey

Descendants of Francis Le Baron of Plymouth, Mass

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