Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Huntington, Miss Florence '15

1919 Address: 324 Franklin Place, Plainfield

1922 Address: 324 Franklin Place, Plainfield

1932 Directory*: Not Listed
* = This directory is not dated and presumed to date from the year 1932.

Sister-in-law (?) to Mrs. Howard (Agnes Fales Strong) Huntington '19

Also related to PGC member Miss Bertha Virginia Zerega '19

July 8, 1894 New York Times article

PLAINFLELD'S SOCIAL HAPPENINGS.; An Invitation Tennis Tournament the Chief Event of the Week.

PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 7. – The pretty clubhouse and grounds of the Hillside Tennis Club were thronged with society people Wednesday afternoon. Tea was served from 4 to 6 on the grassy lawn between the clubhouse and tennis courts. There was an invitation tournament played, and it was watched with much interest.

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

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

November 14, 1895


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

New York Times June 24, 1897


Arnold-di Zerega Nuptials Celebrated at Westchester with a Large Attendance of New York Society


St. Peter's Church Was Hansomely Decorated with Flowers – Reception at Island Hall, the Home of the Bride's Grandmother

The wedding of Reginald H. Arnold, son of Surrogate J. H. V. Arnold, and Miss Violet di Zerega, was celebrated in St. Peter's Church, Westchester, at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. A large number of prominent society people of this city attended.

The church was beautifully decorated. The chancel was filled with palms and ferns, while the main aisle was made a floral archway of evergreens and honeysuckly. Every seat was occupied by 3:30 P.M., the hour set for the nuptials, but it was nearly 4 o'clock before the bridal party arrived. They were proceeded up the main aisle by the church band of choristers, who sang the Lohengrin Wedding March music appropriate words composed and arranged by Mrs. John di Zerega, aunt of the bride.

Following the choristers came the ushers. They were Messrs. Edward due Vivier, Grenville B. Winthrop, Howard Constable, Marshall Gasquet, Frederick Huntington, Mortimer Arnold, Horace Barnared, Jr., Frederick Wombwell of England Baron de Brabant, and Dr. Louis di Zerega. Two little maidens, nieces of the bride, and dressed as flower girls, followed the ushers, scattering flowers from baskets which they carried. Then came the bridesmaids, who were Miss Martha di Zerega of Washington, the bride's cousin; Miss Estelle Arnold, sister of the bridegroom; Miss Lita and Miss Constance Berry, cousins of the bride; Miss Beatrix Bennett, and Miss Florence Huntington of Plainfield, N.J. They wore gowns of violet crepon, trimmed with tulle and huge Gainsborough hats, trimmed with violet and violet plumes.

The maid of honor, Miss Elise di Zerega, the bride's sister, walked alone after the bridesmaids. She wore a gown of green and violet crepon. All the bridesmaids and the maid of honor wore violet-shaped enameled pins studded with diamonds, gifts of the bride.

The bride, who came last, leaning on her father's arm, wore the conventional gown of white satin, trimmed with rare old family lace and embroidered with pearls. The long veil, fastened with a wreath of orange blossoms, was of point lace.

Mr. Arnold and his best man, Mr. Lester M. del Garcia, met the bride as she ascended the chancel steps. During the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Dr. Frank M. Clendenin, rector of St. Peter's Church, the choir sang "O Perfect Love." The ceremony ended, the bridal party proceeded to the vestry room, where they signed the marriage register. Then the choristers, sihging the recessional hymn "Lord, Who at Cana's Wedding Feast," proceeded down the main aisle, followed by the bridge leaning on her husband's arm, and by the rest of the bridal party.

Some 200 of the guests were driven in carriages and stages, following the bridal party, some four miles to Island Hall, Zerega's Point, on the Sound, the residence of the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Augustus di Zerega, who although eighty-seven years old, was present at both the church ceremony and the reception. The house was tastefully decorated with flowers, and in the main drawing room Mr. and Mrs. Arnold stood, surrounded by their bridesmaids and ushers, to receive the congratulations of their friends. The Hungarian Band played during the reception, and an elaborate collation was served. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold will sail for Europe on a two months' drip on Wednesday next.

Among the guests at the ceremony and reception were Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Tailer, Mrs. Henry L. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thebaud, Miss Gilber, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marie, Miss Marie, Mrs. George Place, Miss Livor, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver J. Wells, Mrs. Roswell Hitchcock, Mrs. Grenville Winthrop, Miss Winthrop, Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Hurry, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Coster, Miss Julia Coster, Miss Thorne, Mr. and Mrs. Adee, Mr. and Mrs. Collier, Mr. and Mrs. John di Zerega, Misses Berry, Mr. and Mrs. Berry, Miss Barclay, Baron Schlippenbach, and Messrs. Dwight Braman, Roger Foster, F. Pease, and Louis di Zerega

August 20, 2012 Neltje Doubleday

Email from Mary Kent to Susan Fraser:

I am forwarding you a question from Marian Hill about Neltje Doubleday. I do not recall the name. I was sure if anyone knew it would be you.

Best, Mary

Email from Marian Hill (GCA President) to Mary Kent:
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Subject: Re: Neltje Doubleday
Date: August 18, 2012 8:50:04 PM EDT
To: Mary Kent <>

Dear Mary,

I have a quick question: Was Neltje Blanchan Doubleday a member of your garden club. Thank you for verifying this for me. She is one of my favorite authors.

Hope you are enjoying these last wonderful summer days,

Susan Fraser's Response to Mary Kent:

Hi Mary,

I do indeed know that name and really wish we had more time to get over to the Plainfield Library and crack open our vault of records. Sadly as of today's date, I don't believe Neltje was a member. However, I am fairly certain she was the niece of founding member:

Mrs. James Wilde (Carrie T. Milliken) deGraff '15

I also think she was related to MANY of our Plainfield Garden Club members. Her son's wife, the famous Robert deGraff, sent in a memorial fund for Polly Heely in 1988. She was a local Plainfield girl and must have known Polly – perhaps grew up with her?

Neltje was part of the elite of Plainfield (and Plainfield Garden Club) both through her family and her husband, Frank Doubleday. Frank worked at first for Scribner publishing and his relative, Maxwell Perkins (related to MANY Plainfield GC ladies) was the very, very famous editor at Scribner's – he helped publish Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe and many more famous authors. (No coincidence that Scribners was the publishing company for Neltje.)

You can read about Maxwell here at this direct link:

Mrs. Seymour, Jr. (Esther Moody Barlow) Perkins '49

Neltje's daughter married a Babcock, a very prominent Plainfield family, and that puts her in the same family of Tabby Cochran, Somerset Hills GC through Tabby's husband.

Other Plainfield GC members that Neltje was related to are listed below. Most notably Archibald Cox – whose mother was a Plainfield Garden Club member. Jennifer Gregory who lives in the Cox home has promised me that one day we can come for a tour! Susan

Huntington, Miss Florence '15
Huntington, Mrs. Howard (Agnes Fales Strong) '19
Cox, Mrs. Archibald (Frances Perkins) '25
Nash, Mrs. Philip Wallace (Helen Babcock) '57
Nelson, Mrs. Arthur G. '32, President 1936 -1937, 1940 - 1942
Cochran, Mrs. Homer P. (Elisabeth Nash) '52 (Tabby's mother-in-law)
Harlow, Mrs. Edward Dexter (Elsie Cochran Martin) '15
Stewart, Mrs. Percy Hamilton (Elinor DeWitt Cochran) '15

Mrs. de Graff's son, Robert Fair de Graff, was the famous creator of paperback books! It was his wife that sent the memorial for Mrs. Heely in 1988.

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

By Greg Hatala/The Star-Ledger on May 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM, updated June 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

PLAINFIELD – Shown here is an undated photo of the Wardlaw School on Central Avenue in Plainfield. The 1896 Georgian Revival mansion, adjacent to the Van Wyck-Brooks Historic District, is the current home of Van Emburgh/duCret School of Fine and Industrial Art. According to the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, the building was originally the home of the Leal School for Boys, founded in 1882 and serving male students from first grade through their senior year of high school. In 1916, teacher Charles Digby "Pop" Wardlaw purchased the college preparatory school and changed its name to Wardlaw School. In 1959, the school was renamed the Wardlaw Country Day School. In the late 1960s, the Wardlaw Country Day School started a gradual move to a campus on Inman Avenue in Edison. By 1975, the Wardlaw Country Day School completed its move to Edison. In 1977, students would again walk the halls of the Plainfield mansion when the building became home to the duCret School of Art, a major center for the development of artistic talent in New Jersey. The school was founded in 1926 as the Van Emburgh School of Art by artist and teacher Marjorie Van Emburgh, who held classes in a carriage house on Sycamore Avenue and later in the Babcock Building, both in Plainfield. In 1964, the school was acquired by Dudley V. duCret and became the Van Emburgh/duCret School of Fine and Industrial Art. DuCret School art classes continue to be held at the 1030 Central Ave. location.

If you would like to share a photo that provides a glimpse of history in your community, please call (973) 392-5950 or send an e-mail to

Elizabeth M. Baker

Lakeview Terrace Retirement...
February 13, 1987
ELIZABETH M. BAKER, 95, Lakeview Terrace Retirement Center, Altoona, died Wednesday. Born in Plainfield, N.J., she moved to Altoona from there in 1983. She was a Presbyterian and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors: son, Dudley DuCret, Mount Dora; two grandchildren. Rehbaum-Harden Funeral Home, Mount Dora.

Crescent Avenue Historic District

Application to the National Register of Historic Places

332-34 Franklin Place
c. 1880
Some Job Male characteristics
61' x 210'
House size is 30' x 30'

Porches: Original removed and an inappropriate treatment of entry and front door has been added.

Projecting segmental arched window heads – double verge board and cornice with applied decorative molding.

With the removal of the porch and the modern door treatment, this Italianate house has been unfortunately altered without regard to the original style of the building or the prevailing manner of the District.

October 1979

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership