Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Irons, Mrs. Henry Clay (Helen B.) '15

1919 Address: 452 West 8th Street, Plainfield

1922 Address: 452 West 8th Street, Plainfield

NOTE: In the 1922 Plainfield Garden Directory, Mrs. Henry C. Irons '15 was listed and then crossed out by hand.

1932 Directory*: Not Listed
* = This directory is not dated but thought to be from the year 1932.

Related to Member (daughter) Mrs. Helen Irons Flanders '49

December 9, 1921 New York Times article on H.C. Irons

French Government asks structural engineer Henry D. Irons of Plainfield to help rebuild devastated French villages.

Director of the Oppenheimer Treatment for Alcoholism

on the Board of Directors, Henry C. Irons
Seaboard Realty Company

June 13, 1909 New York Times article on horse show

Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Irons in attendance as well as many other Plainfield Garden Club women with their husbands.

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

452 West Eighth Street

Plainfield Library

G-514 1934 Grimstead House at 452 West Eighth Street 452 West 8th Street House at 452 West Eighth Street, image is not available, W.H. Anthony, Jr. Van Wyck Brooks

452 West 8th Avenue, Plainfield

Photo by S. Fraser
2011/09/27

452 West 8th Avenue, Plainfield

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.

Plainfield Library Courier News Index

Irons Allan W. 2/13/1962 News
Irons Allan W. 11/23/1971 Obituary

Residence of the Late Henry C. Irons, 452 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. H. C. Irons
452 West Eighth Street

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

Van Wyck Brooks Historic Districk

History and Significance
The Van Wyck Brooks Historic District is a cohesive neighborhood of early suburban architecture significant in the historical development of Plainfield as wealthy commuter railroad suburb during the late 19th century. The structures within the district represent fine individual examples of residential building from the 1875 - 1925 period. A number of the residences were designed by New York architects and some, like A.L.C. Marsh, who specialized in "country homes," lived in Plainfield. At least seven houses in the district were featured in the Scientific American between 1893 and 1905. Other homes were singled out in the area were singled out in various publications promoting Plainfield.

A wide range of of late 19th and early 20th century styles is represented in the district, including Italianate, Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Stick Style, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, Colonial Revival and Tutor Revival. These are large upper-middle class dwellings, conspicuous symbols of wealth, which are notable for their quality of construction and for their ornamental detailing. The highest overall design quality is exhibited in the Queen Anne and Shingle Style/Colonial Revival houses in the district.

The district is named after the Pulitzer Prize winning author Van Wyck Brooks who spent his formative years at 564 West Eight Street, a home built by his grandfather Ames. In Scenes and Portraits Memories of Childhood and Youth, published in 1954, Brooks refers to Plainfield as the Wall Street Suburb and observed there were over one hundred millionaires living in Plainfield.

In 1982 the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District was designated by the City of Plainfield as a certified local Historic District subject to the city's History Review Ordinance. This designation was part of a continuous trend in recognizing the quality of Plainfield's special housing stock.

Architecturally, the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District represents a cross section of the residential building history of Plainfield. The oldest structure in the district, the Stelle Farmhouse, is a survivor of Plainfield's earliest days as a rural farming village. The majority of buildings date from the 1875 to 1925 period and are representative of Plainfield's heyday as a wealthy commuter railroad suburb. Substantial single family residences designed in the Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Shingle Style and Colonial Revival predominate.

There are five key structures in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District:

The Orville T. Waring House
The Craig Marsh House
The W.B. Wadsworth House
The Van Wyck Brooks House
The Manning Stelle Farmhouse

The W.B. Wadsworth Mansion on West Eight Street.

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1908 Harvard

Willard Wadsworth, 452 West 8th Street, Plainfield NJ

1898 New York Times Golf & Tea at Plainfield

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Williard Wadsworth

1909 Plainfield Directory

WADSWORTH JOSEPH T., h. 452 W 8th
WADSWORTH WILLIAM B., broker, h. 452 W 8th
Wadsworth Williard, h 452 W 8th

Irons Henry C, real estate, h 538 W 7th

August 2, 1903 New York Times

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OPEN-AIR Life AT Rangeley

Mrs. William B. Wadsworth, Miss M. J. Wadsworth and Joseph Wadsworth of Plainfield, N.J., and Miss Hazel King of San Francisco, their friend, are to be joined soon by Mr. Wadsworth. They have a fine little launch and take many trips on the lake.

1922 Princeton University

B. VanD. Hedges '88
Henry C. Irons '89

H. C. Irons to Rebuild France

Henry C. Irons, one of the city's wealthiest

Irons Brothers Found Engineering Scholarships 1928

Two new scholarships for students in the School of Engineering at Princeton have been endowed by Henry C. Irons, Jr., '21 and his brother William G. Irons, II '22, in memory of their father, the late Henry Clay Irons '89, a leading construction engineer of New York City. They will be known as the Henry Clay Irons Memorial Scholarships.

One of these scholarships is to be awarded to a Junior and one to a Senior in the School of Engineering each year by a committee consisting of the donors, the Dean of the School of Engineering, and the Secretary of the University.

The awards are to be based primarily on the general Rhodes Scholarship requirements, but no student lower than third group standing will be eligible. The awards are to go to students who would find it difficult to complete their course at Princeton without this scholarship aid. The stipend of each scholarship is $450.

1954 Princeton Alumni Weekly

Class of 1951

Congratulations to Harry and Pat Irons on the birth of Henry Clay Irons II, who was born on his father's birthday, April 16?

Young "Clay" is named after his grandfather, Class of 1921, and he is the first grandchild of his mother's parents, her father Mr. G. Chester Doubleday, being Class of 1929.

April 25, 1924 Harrisburg, PA

M. R. Plank and Barbara Plank re Robert H. Irons, of 1625 North Front street, are again scurrying off, this time to attending a wedding. It is that of Miss Katherine Brooks, of Plainfield, N. J., who, you will recall, spent some time here at the Irons' home in February, and William G. Irons, II, a cousin of Robert Irons, and who also lives in Plainfield. The wedding, which takes place persons will be expected Jater ior turned from Washington where they tea. .

February 19, 1943

Afternoon Bridal for Alice Flanders

Miss Alice Rogers Flanders, third daughter of Mrs. H. Irons Flanders of Watchung Avenue, Plainfield and Salters Point, Mass, and the Lieutenant Commander William David Flanders, U. S. Navy, of New York was married at 4:30 pm Saturday to William Beekman Bodine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Priestly Bodine of Pittsfield Street. The wedding took place at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, and the Rev. John Moment, pastor of the church, performed the ceremony. The wedding was the third in the bride's family within the last seven weeks and was followed by a reception at Mrs. Flanders' home.

The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, William G. Irons, of Bronxville, NY. Like her two sister brides, she wore her mother's wedding gown of ivory satin and princess lace. Her tulle veil was fastened to a coronet of orange blossoms and she carried a Colonial bouquet of Eucharist lilies and white violets. She was attended by her four sisters, Mrs. Charles Trimmingham Holmes, the former Mrs. Helen Yerkes Flanders, wife of Lieutenant Holmes of New York and Pine Camp, Watertown, NY who was married last December; Mrs. William Henry Mercer, the former Miss Elizabeth Irons Flanders of Plainfield who was married on January 17, and the Misses Hanna and Nancy Flanders.

Charles L. Simms 3d of Cranford was best man. Ushers were William H. Mercer, Plainfield; Leonard Marsac and Thomas MacMeekin, Cranford, and Arthur Wiley, Arlington, Va.

The bride attended the Hartridge School in Plainfield. Mr. Bodine was graduated from Fishburne Military School and was a member of the class of '38 at Duke University, Durham, NC where he was elected to Phi Psi fraternity. He is with New Jersey Bell Telephone Company in Elizabeth. The couple departed for Ormond Beach, Fla. where the bride's family has a winter home. They will live in Plainfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Priestly Bodine of Cranford entertained for the son's bride and the wedding party at a dinner after the rehearsal Friday nigth. Also entertaining for the bride were Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Simms 3d of Cranford.

March 7, 1954

The Independent Record, Helena, Mont. Sunday, March 7,1954 Bltvra Mary Doubleday To Marry ^Henry C. Irons Mr. and Mrs. G. Chester Double?day of Upper Brookville, L. I., an ·nounce the engagement of their ..'daughter, Miss Mary Patricia Dou ^bleday to Henry Clay Irons, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Irons of New York City and Or ^nond Beach, Florida. Miss Doubleday is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Francis Kelley of Manhasset, L. I., and of George Doubleday of Ridge field, Conn. She attended the Greenvale school, Greenvale, L. I., graduated from the Ethel Walker school in 1952 and is attending Vassar college. Miss Doubleday made her debut at a dinner dance at the home of her maternal grandparents in Man hasset in September, 1952, and was a member of the Junior Assemblies. Mr. Irons graduated from Hill school in 1945, served two years in the United States navy and attended Princeton university in the class of 1951. He is a member of the Princeton club, Greek club of Locust Valley, and the Racquet and Tennis club, N. Y. He is associated with the advertising firm of Benton and Bowles.

1920 New York Times

N.Y. MEN ASKED TO REBUILD FRANCE; Henry C. Irons Selected to Take Charge of World's Biggest Construction Job. MAY BUY MATERIALS HERE Electrical and Lumbar Departments Feel Latest Price Turn–Cement Shipments Beat 1920.
PERMISSIONS
[ DISPLAYING ABSTRACT ]

Possibilities of a great building material export movement loomed upon the Eastern market Saturday when it was learned that Henry C. Irons, formerly of Irons Todd, builders of the $11,000,000 Canard Building here, had been invited to take full charge of the rebuilding of devastated France, according to the current Dow Service Daily Building Reports.

1927 Princeton

The great Henry C. Irons himself has developed into one of the world's most prominent younger builders, not of morals, unfortunately, but of homes for the wealthy. He is just about finishing a very large and successful cooperative apartment on 57th Street near the East River and has purchased another piece of property on Fifth Avenue upon which construction will be started in the reasonably near future. The reorganized firm of Irons & Hoover is doing very well, and his affairs at home seem to be getting along in quite good shape in spite of the fact that he and the Mrs. have the responsibility of an heir named Henry C. Irons, Jr.

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Alice Flanders Jeffries

DARTMOUTH – Alice Flanders Jeffries, 85, of Padanaram Village, South Dartmouth, died Friday, March 10, 2006, at home after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was the widow of John Amory Jeffries of Milton and former wife of William Beekman Bodine.
Born and raised in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Helen Irons and William David Flanders, who also maintained a home at Salters Point, South Dartmouth, where the family summered for 50 years. She co-authored "A Brief History of Salters Point" with childhood friend Rita E. Steele, late librarian of Millicent Library in Fairhaven, that was republished in 1990 by the Navigator Book Shop of Padanaram Village.

A resident of Padanaram since 1982, she was an active volunteer and supporter of her community. She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in the Padanaram, where she served as Deacon, chairman of the Christmas Fair, Sunday School teacher, and on the Women's Committee.

She received a citation from then New Bedford Mayor John Bullard for her years as president and promoter of the Walking Tour Guides of historic New Bedford and as a docent of the Whaling Museum, where she excelled in children's tours.

Mrs. Jeffries was expert at needlepoint and petitpoint, and enjoyed traveling with her family. She also enjoyed her devoted Maltese, Curly. She was a generous and loyal friend to many.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara B. Reideler and her husband, Terrence, of South Dartmouth; a son, William Beekman Bodine Jr., of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Nancy F. Sharples of Tiverton, R.I.; numerous nieces and nephews; and several members of the Jeffries family.

She was the sister of the late Helen F. Holmes of South Dartmouth, Elizabeth F. Mercer, formerly of Fairhaven, and Hannah F. Doran of San Diego.

She was cremated and burial is private in Milton Cemetery, Milton, Ma.

Remembrances may be made in her name to the Humane Society-SouthCoast, 31 Ventura Drive, Dartmouth, Ma. 02747

Related to the Yerkes Family

1904 Chronicle of the Yerkes Family

May 9, 1982 New York Times

Henry Clay Irons Jr. Marries Constance E. Howard
Published: May 9, 1982

At the Church of St. Christopher-by-the-Sea in Gibson Island, Md., yesterday, Constance Elaine Howard, daughter of Charles Earle Howard Jr. of Pasadena, Md., and Mary Louise Howard of Baltimore, was married to Henry Clay Irons Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Irons of Oyster Bay, L.I. The Rev. Walter J. Paulits performed the Roman Catholic ceremony.

Anne Trumpower and Corinne Louise Howard, sister of the bride, were matron and maid of honor.

George Chester Irons was his brother's best man.

The bride, an alumna of Catonsville (Md.) Community College, attended Salisbury (Md.) State College. Her father is a materials manager with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Baltimore.

Mr. Irons, who was graduated from the University of Arizona, is an associate with Holland & Associates Real Estate in Vail, Colo. His father is an insurance consultant with the Lambert M. Huppeler Company in New York.

June 11, 1919 Princeton Alumni Weekly

The Princeton Ward at U.S. Army General Hospital No. 3
Colonia, NJ

Where they are buried

April 2, 1961 Daytona Beach Morning Journal

Old Irons Home in Ormond is Sold

393 John Anderson Drive, Ormond Beach, FL

The former Henry Clay Irons home on John Anderson Dr., Ormond Beach, was sold last week to Mr. and Mrs. John Hager.

The sale of this landmark which dates back to the gay old days before World War I was the leading transaction in a week that was slow for higher priced homes but brisk for the medium high category.

The one time Irons residence, 393 John Anderson Dr., was built by H. C. Irons of Irons and Reynolds Construction Co., New York City.

He was a friend of John D. Rockefeller and often entertained the leading industrialists at the house. He willed it to his three sons and Henry C. Irons Jr. bought out the interest of the other two. He and Mrs. Irons lived there part of the time for many years and sold it in 1955 to Robert J. Burke, a retired Ford agency owner. The Irons now have a home at 1845 John Anderson Dr.

Burke and his wife occupied the house some of the time and reportedly recently built a new luxury home near Atlanta. In the sale to Mr. and Mrs. Hager, the Burkes kept some of the original estate, which ran from the river to the Fire Trail. The Hagers have 200 feet of frontage on John Anderson Dr. running east 320 feet. Hager is in personnel work with the Volusia County School Board.

The new owners paid $28,500 for the big residence. It brought $40,000 ix years ago when Burke bought it, but included river frontage and more land on the east side.

Elaborately landscaped in Japanese gardens, the one story U shaped house has five bedrooms and five baths. There are two dens with fireplaces, a large living room, dining room overlooking the river, kitchen and butler's pantries. An extra room, perhaps used as a bedroom now is a recreation room for the Hagers' two sons. Servants' quarters consist of three bedrooms and two baths. There's a swimming pool behind the house and an orange grove as well.

October 2013 Ormond History

Henry Clay Irons was a builder in the New York City area in the late 1800s and 1900s. In 1902, he and two partners built the beautiful 12-story Aberdeen Hotel near Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The hotel was built in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, with elaborate scrollwork, brick, limestone brackets, and balconies. The pictures shows it today as a La Quinta Hotel.

in 1910, Mr. Irons built Tea House Gardens on John Anderson Drive as a surprise wedding gift to his bride. Portions of the 26-room house were built in Toms River, New Jersey, then shipped by rail car and barge for assembly and completion in the Triton Beach area of Ormond.

Records tell of a planned golf course on the property, which at that time stretched from the river to the ocean. A portion of the original tract is now part of Oceanside Country Club Golf Course. Henry Flagler and John D. Rockefeller were guests at the estate in the early 1900s. The backyard included over an acre of canals with walkovers, gazebo, plus a swimming pool; see pictures below.

Mr. and Mrs. Irons willed the house to their three sons. One of the Irons' nephews married Betty MacDonald, daughter of Billy MacDonald, of Billy's Tap Room and Grill.

After the sons, there were several owners. In 1990, a portion of the home was opened as a bed and breakfast inn, known as the Tea House Gardens.

The Ormond Beach Historic Landmark Preservation Board placed the house on the local Landmarks List years ago.

Unfortunately, the house was not occupied for several years, and deteriorated to the point that a recent inspection report classified the house as uninhabitable.

The house had been on the market, but because of its condition, the Historic Landmark Preservation Board recently granted a request to remove the house from the Local Landmarks List.

Dr. Philip Shapiro, OBHS Board Member and Chair of the Historic Landmakr Preservation Board, says this is the first time the Board has approved the removal of a property from the list.

The house and gardens were demolished in the last half of June – what a loss.

Tea House Gardens, Ormond Beach, FL

Tea House Gardens, Ormond Beach, FL

Tea House Gardens, Ormond Beach, FL

Tea House Gardens, Ormond Beach, FL

Aberdeen Hotel, Fifth and Broadway, NYC

Census of 1920

First Name: Helen D Last Name: Irons Age: 51 Estimated Birth Year: 1869 Place of Birth: New York State: New Jersey County: Union Head of Household's First Name: Henry C Head of Household's Last Name: Irons Relationship to Head of Household: Wife Marital Status: Married Spouse's First Name: Henry C Spouse's Last Name: Irons Spouse's Place of Birth: New Jersey Gender: Female Ethnicity: American Race: White Can Read: Yes Can Write: Yes

Pilgrim's Society Connections

4) Henry Clay Irons (birth? Death? Pilgrims 1949) I chose this one to show I can cite an example with little detail, yet fairly significant. I don't find him in any Who's Who version so far, and there's very

little info found on him on the web. He appears to be another instance of a Pilgrims Society member named after the infamous Henry Clay, a major backer of the second United States Bank and he was a bitter antagonist of General and President Andrew Jackson. Harper's Magazine, volume 111, 1905 shows a Henry C. Irons associated with Seaboard Realty Company. This link mentions "the great Henry C. Irons, one of the world's prominent builders of homes for the wealthy" and mentions the firm Irons & Hoover. This may be the father of the H.C. Irons from the 1949 Pilgrims roster. This link shows H.C. Irons residence in Plainfield, New Jersey and that he was active in real estate. Reading further at this link indeed shows there was a Henry Clay Irons Senior, described as "a leading construction engineer of New York City." The link lists several sources and news items on H.C. Irons Senior and Junior and a brother, William G. Irons II. The Henry Clay Irons Memorial Scholarships are mentioned (Princeton University) with the note that "the awards are to be based on the general of Rhodes Scholarships requirements." The RS are a direct Pilgrims Society subsidiary and an extensive series of reports could be done on the RS alone, and demonstrate substantially that RS has had many times the impact on the USA than Skull & Bones Society. This link says H.C. Irons as "one of the city's wealthiest citizens." The Irons family was linked by marriage to the Doubleday book publishing family. Irons Senior graduated from Princeton in 1889, so he may have been born around 1867, and around age 82 when his name appeared in the 1949 Pilgrims roster–assuming it was his name, rather than Henry

Clay Irons (Junior). In any event, the New York Times, October 17, 1921, front page, had this story, "NY Men Asked to Rebuild France; Henry C. Irons Selected to Take Charge of World's Biggest Construction Job," we read an excerpt–
"Possibilities of a great building material export movement loomed upon the Eastern market Saturday when it was learned that Henry C. Irons, formerly of Irons Todd, builders of the $11,000,000 Canard Building here, had been invited to take full charge of the rebuilding of devastated France."
"Canard Building" should read "Cunard Building," of the shipping and passenger line of ocean going ships, founded in 1840; another Pilgrims Society interest. That's it for Henry Clay Irons! But that's enough–another Pilgrims society member, of this nearly unknown organization, which has operated for more than a century at the highest levels of world business, trade, construction, diplomacy, banking and central banking, insurance, industries, real estate, educational spheres and more. So much of the modern world has been influenced by these Pilgrims Society members that their impact literally beggars description. How much money was made in rebuilding France after World War One? Very likely, an immense sum. Who rebuilt France and Europe after The pilgrims second sponsored World War? Ahh–it would be more Pilgrims Society owned interests, once we in our research trajectory, finally bump into those details! Image of a French city after World War One damage, caused by The Pilgrims Society, and profited on again by
The Pilgrims Society in the reconstruction thereof– (hazy smoke seen at upper left) –

January 9, 2013 William G. "Bill" Irons

William G. "Bill" Irons, 84, of Altoona, Florida passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013. Bill was born in Bronxville, New York; June 19, 1928 to Katherine and William G. Irons, Sr. He attended the Hill School in Pottstown, PA and Trinity College in Hartford, CT. After college Bill served in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Eaton's Neck, Long Island for four years. Bill went into his family construction business, Irons & Reynolds, in NYC and built many hospitals and commercial buildings for the next 15 years. His next stage of life brought him back to his childhood roots of Ormond Beach, Florida, where he and his wife of 40 years, Betty MacDonald, raised their four daughters. Bill continued in the construction business for 20 years in Florida. His projects included building condos, apartments and homes. For twelve years Bill was a Hospice volunteer in Volusia County. His other interests included tennis, wood working, furniture making, model ship building, calligraphy and foremost scuba diving with his girls and friends on dive trips through the Bahamas. With the death of his 1st wife he was blessed with a second marriage to Patsy Irons. They moved to Altoona, Florida and for the next twenty years their adventures began. Traveling in their RV they went to Alaska twice, Mexico, 48 of the United States and all the Canadian Provinces. They always looked forward to returning to their beloved "Round Tuit Ranch." There they raised a menagerie of animals: horses, goats, chickens, ducks, guinea hens, pheasants, turkeys, rabbits and Bill's beloved cats. Bill was gem of a man. His quick sense of humor brought many heart felt laughs. He was a true gentleman and honest as the day is long. His character and integrity are qualities his family admired. We were blessed to have him as a father, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was greatly respected and deeply loved. Bill will be remembered by the many life lessons he taught us. Bill is survived by his wife, Patsy Irons, Altoona, FL; his daughters: Katherine Irons Kite (Keith Kite) Vero Beach, FL, Elizabeth Jan Gillespie (Chris Gillespie) Pensacola, FL, Patricia Irons Davis (Norman Davis) Marietta, GA, Lynn Irons Draper (Steve Draper) Cumming, GA, step-son, Kelly P. Kite, Vero Beach, FL and six grandchildren: Kelly P. Kite Jr., William Gillespie, Patricia Gillespie, Kyle Kite, Kollin Kite and Hannah Katherine Draper. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church at Eustis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/FLN/index.aspx, 4237 Salisbury Road, #406, Jacksonville, FL 32216 or to the First Presbyterian Church of Eustis, 117 S. Center Street, Eustis, FL 32726. Online condolences may be made at www.beyersfuneralhome.com. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-journalonline/obituary.aspx?n=william-g-irons-bill&pid=162239815#sthash.ycc43P2p.dpuf

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February 23, 2015 Email to the Club

name: Margot Mercer Northcutt
email: xxx
phone: xxx

message:

Dear Ladies: I found this website and found a wealth of information on my great grandmother and great grandfather, Mrs. Henry Clay Irons. I'm so thankful for this. It confirms everything my mother, Elizabeth Irons Flanders told me. So Greatful. Margot Northcutt, Georgetown Tx. - I was born in Plainfield.

February 24, 2015 Email from Anne Morrell Shepherd

In answer to your email. Mrs Irons was a friend of my grand mothers, Mrs Helen Flanders a friend of my aunt, Helen Clark, Ruth Clark Bird's (ex President of PGC and my cousin). mother. I knew of Helen Flanders. She was a single mother ( divorced or widower I don't know.) She had daughters, maybe five. I remember this because one year two or maybe three were married within months of each other. The bridesmaids wore the same green velvet dresses to each of the weddings adorned with different head pieces and different colored flowers. One was at Christmas with red flowers, one in February with red and white flowers and valentine shaped head pieces. I am sure there was a third but don't remember the color theme.
One of the daughters lived in Montpelier, Vt. in 1949 or 50 and had me over for supper. I was at Vermont College in Montpelier. Mrs. Helen Flanders lived on the north side of Watchung Ave. between Hillside and Woodland. I can picture the house but don't know number My grandmother (Ruth Lounsbery) loved to attend weddings. In those days church weddings were open to any church member and she would take me along.

August 4, 2020 Calling All Photographers!

The GCA Bulletin will be featuring club projects relating to Frederick Law Olmsted in the Fall 2021 issue. Read here:

Dear Zone IV Bulletin Club Chairmen,
I hope you all have received your Summer 2020 issue of the Bulletin and have had a chance to look through it. †There is an article on Frederick Law Olmsted that is of particular interest because the Bulletin Committee is planning to highlight some of his gardens in the Fall 2021 issue. †The gardens we are planning to focus on must have these 2 criteria: †they must be a public park, and there must be a "passionate connection" to your club or to a club member. Do you know of any gardens that fit this criteria? †We want to identify these gardens fairly soon so that photographs may be taken of them in all the seasons. †Please let me know and we can brainstorm together to consider if it could fit the requirements.
Thank you so much for all you do, and I hope all good things for you in these beautiful August days.
Tucker Trimble Zone IV Bulletin Rep


Well, dare we say there is another club in GCA that has a more "passionate connection" to an Olmsted garden in a public park??

Photography Committee Chair Lisa Appel will be assisting us in coordinating some excellent photographs of the garden. We are please asking all members to take out their high resolution cameras (if you have them) and start photographing the garden. Yes, we do have some excellent photos from years past, but current ones would be much appreciated.

The Bulletin does accept iPhone photos, please just make sure you forward them in "Actual Size" so they have the highest resolution. All photos can be sent directly to Tucker @tjtrimble@aol.com but please also CC: plainfieldgc@gmail.com.

This is an excellent socially distanced activity and with not much happening in the garden club world at the moment, please embrace this excellent project!

News: The Garden Club of America to Support "Olmsted 200"

Check out the Olmsted Job Map (here) and see the local Olmsted design projects. They include:
Plainfield
1. Henry C. Irons [Mrs. Henry Clay (Helen B.) Irons '15]
2. Green Brook Park
3. Dr. F. C. Ard [Mrs. Frank C. (Idah Catherine Chappelle) Ard '17]
4. Library Square
5. Kenyon Gardens – extension of Cedar Brook
6. Cedar Brook Park
7. Mali Estate [Mrs. Pierre (Frances Johnston) Mali '18]

Westfield
1. Fairview Cemetery
2. A. R. Rule in Wychwood

Others
1. Rahway River Park
2. Watchung Reservation
3. Baltusrol Golf Club
4. Union County Park Commission
5. Warinanco Park

August 4, 2020 Local Olmsted Properties

Calling All Photographers!

The GCA Bulletin will be featuring club projects relating to Frederick Law Olmsted in the Fall 2021 issue. Read here:

Dear Zone IV Bulletin Club Chairmen,
I hope you all have received your Summer 2020 issue of the Bulletin and have had a chance to look through it. †There is an article on Frederick Law Olmsted that is of particular interest because the Bulletin Committee is planning to highlight some of his gardens in the Fall 2021 issue. †The gardens we are planning to focus on must have these 2 criteria: †they must be a public park, and there must be a "passionate connection" to your club or to a club member. Do you know of any gardens that fit this criteria? †We want to identify these gardens fairly soon so that photographs may be taken of them in all the seasons. †Please let me know and we can brainstorm together to consider if it could fit the requirements.
Thank you so much for all you do, and I hope all good things for you in these beautiful August days.
Tucker Trimble Zone IV Bulletin Rep


Well, dare we say there is another club in GCA that has a more "passionate connection" to an Olmsted garden in a public park??

Photography Committee Chair Lisa Appel will be assisting us in coordinating some excellent photographs of the garden. We are please asking all members to take out their high resolution cameras (if you have them) and start photographing the garden. Yes, we do have some excellent photos from years past, but current ones would be much appreciated.

The Bulletin does accept iPhone photos, please just make sure you forward them in "Actual Size" so they have the highest resolution. All photos can be sent directly to Tucker @tjtrimble@aol.com but please also CC: plainfieldgc@gmail.com.

This is an excellent socially distanced activity and with not much happening in the garden club world at the moment, please embrace this excellent project!

News: The Garden Club of America to Support "Olmsted 200"

Check out the Olmsted Job Map (here) and see the local Olmsted design projects. They include:
Plainfield
1. Henry C. Irons [Mrs. Henry Clay (Helen B.) Irons '15]
2. Green Brook Park
3. Dr. F. C. Ard [Mrs. Frank C. (Idah Catherine Chappelle) Ard '17]
4. Library Square
5. Kenyon Gardens – extension of Cedar Brook
6. Cedar Brook Park
7. Mali Estate [Mrs. Pierre (Frances Johnston) Mali '18]

Westfield
1. Fairview Cemetery
2. A. R. Rule in Wychwood

Others
1. Rahway River Park
2. Watchung Reservation
3. Baltusrol Golf Club
4. Union County Park Commission
5. Warinanco Park