Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15

1919 Address: 970 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Directory: not listed

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00

1947 -1948 Treasurer Book, Associate: Barnhart, N. C. – no notation of date or payment June 8, 1949

1950 - 1951 Treasurer Book, Associate: Barnhart, Mrs. N. C. May 29, 1950 May 1951 June 1952

1958 Address: 810 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

Susan Stevens Barnhart passed away in 1964.

Mother-in-law to Mrs. Noah C. Barnhart, Jr. '48

Most likely also related to these PGC Members:
Griswold, Mrs. Merton (Mary Vic Stevens) '44
Stevens, Mrs. Horace N. (Helen Coburn) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John P. '15
Stevens, Mrs. John P., Jr. (Edith S.) '37
Stevens, Mrs. Robert T. '37, '47

October 28, 1988 New York Times Obituary for Noah C. Barnhart Jr.

Noah C. Barnhart Jr., Executive, 80
Published: October 28, 1988

Noah Chisholm Barnhart Jr., a retired business executive, died Wednesday at the Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. He was 80 years old and lived in Winchester.

Mr. Barnhart was born in Plainfield, N.J., and educated at the Salisbury (Conn.) School. He was a 1931 graduate of Princeton University. He taught school for a short while before joining J.P. Stevens & Company in Manhattan. He was secretary of the company for 22 years before retiring in 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and a sister, Susan Holstein of Newport Beach, Calif.

June 3, 1897 New York Times wedding announcement

1922 Muhlenberg Hospital, Corresponding Secretary


Correspondence between Mrs. Barnhart and Alice Stevens

970 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

970 Hillside Avenue provides another example of a mature tulip tree.

2007 from Gregory Palermo's Plainfield Tree Blog

970 Hillside Avenue Residence: Barnhart

810 Hillside Avenue Residence: Barnhart

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

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

New York Society List and Club Register 1885 - 1915


Barnhart, Mr. and Mrs. Noah C. (Susan Stevens) 970 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield, N.J.
Clubs 87

June 3, 1897 New York Times Wedding Announcement for McFadden - Stivers

PATERSON, N. J., June 2 – At the Church of the Redeemer, this afternon, Miss Martha Wilcox Stivers was married to Dr. George Howard McFadden of Hackensack.

The bride walked to the altar leaning upon the arm of Vice President Garret A. Hobart, who gave her away.

The bridegroom was attended by H. P. Whitney of New York as best man, and the ushers were Noah C. Barnhart of New York, Harry E. Robbins of Pittsburg, J. Elliott Haring of Hackensack, Daniel Barkalow, Dr. J. W. Williams and Hobart Tuttle of Paterson. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. David Magie, pastor of the church.

Gov. Griggs was present at the wedding and at the reception, which took place at the home of Mrs. Martha A. Wilcoz, opposite the church.

Hillside Cemetery

September 14, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

Susan Barnhart is buried in the Horace Nathaniel Stevens plot, in a different corner of the cemetery from John Peters "J.P." Stevens, Jr.

Hillside Cemetery

September 14, 2011

970 Hillside Avenue

Plainfield Public Library
Detwiller Archives

Collection Detwiller
Title Kroll Kitchen Alteration
Description sketch of kitchen from two angles; floor plan; cabinet and appliance placement
Building Type Residence
Work Type Alteration and/or Addition
Condition Acceptable
Blueprint ID D-9624
Permit NOP219
Year of Permit 1964
Microfilm Roll 0213
Microfilm Frame 0270
Condition 1003
Address 970 Hillside Avenue
Historic District
City Plainfield
Architect Charles H. Detwiller Jr.
Architect Firm
Owner Mr. & Mrs. A. Kroll
Business Owner
City of Plainfield
Planning Department
Historic District Addresses
Address 959-971 Hillside Avenue
Block 815
Lot 19
Year Built 1898
Architectural Style Shingle
Historic District Hillside Avenue

1925 Meeting Minutes

April 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

1919 Meeting Minutes

1997 Mansions of May

Almost a century ago, noted architect John P. Benson designed an resided in this triple-shingled house. A gambrel roof and finely paneled double front doors are distinguishing exterior features, but the true allure of this home lies within its interior. The main staircase features intricately-turned spindles and recessed wainscoting, distinctive mantels grace the home's six fireplaces, and an expansive sunroom overlooks the terrace and garden. The home's many architectural details are set off by the extensive Latin American art collection that the current owners have acquired during their many years living abroad. A recent kitchen renovation echoes the Latin American themes with the incorporation of the Mexican tile work. The home is truly a work of art.

2007 Gregory Palermo's Tree Blog

July 27, 2013 Pot made by Mary Vic Griswold

Bernice has another interesting blog: A Garden Cutie

When describing her pretty floral container, Bernice writes: "The very small pot was created by Mary Vic Griswold, who was a potter as well as a philanthropist and is remembered very fondly by many Plainfielders."

Mary Vic Stevens Griswold was a member of the PGC and part of the large Stevens clan. Mary Vic's mother (founding member), aunt (founding member) and cousin-in-law were all notable members of The Club.

Other Stevens relatives/PGC members (also notable!)included:
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15 (aunt)
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm, Jr. (Shirley Clark) '48 (cousin-in-law)
Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37 (cousin-in-law)

Frederick Kendal Barnhart Obituary

Uncle to Noah C. Barnhart of Plainfield
Not Dated
Oswego, VA

George Meade Holstein Princeton Class of '17

1968 Princeton Weekly

Mrs. Barnhart's son-in-law

Meade Holstein died April 5, 1969 at his winter home in Palm Springs, Cal., at the age of 74. Meade was born in Pulaski, Va. Mar. 9, 1895. He prepared at Lawrenceville. At Princeton he took an active part in undergraduate activities, being especially interested in basketball. In World War I he was a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Engineer Corps attached to the 73rd Artillery which fought at St. Michiel and in the Meuse-Argonne sector. Following his marriage to Susan Barnhart in Sept. 1920 he moved to the west coast and subsequently settled in Newport Beach, Cal. He was one of southern California's first licensed contractors. He established his building firm in Los Angeles in 1923 and built many of the Beverly Hills homes occupied by movie stars of the 1920s and 1930s. Since 1949 his firm built thousands of homes in southern California and in Las Vegas, Nev. An avid golfer he was one of the founders of the Thunderbird Country Club near Palm Springs. Survivors include his wife, Susan of 308 Avenida Cumbre, Newport Beach, Calif., his two sons, George M. 3rd and William, and five grandchildren. To them we extend our deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1917

July13, 1986 Death Takes Home Builder G. M. Holstein

Mrs. Barnhart's grandson

George M. Holstein III, pioneer Southern California home builder and developer, died July 2 at his Newport Beach home following a lengthy battle against cancer. He was 64.

In addition to the construction of thousands of dwellings throughout Orange County, the Holstein firm, founded in 1923 by his father, built scores of homes in Beverly Hills for the early motion picture stars. George Holstein succeeded his father in 1949 and later developed the bench-mark Sandpiper community in the Palm Springs area, forerunner of scores of other desert condominium projects.

George Meade Holstein Princeton Class of '17

Mining and Metallurgy - Issues 157-168 - Page 48 - Google Books Result
1920 - Mineral industries

George Meade Holstein Jr., Plainfield, N. J.
Present position – 1919 to date: Sales Engineer, American Radiator Co.
Proposed by Frank W. Iradell, C. Q. Payne, George M. Holstein
Born 1895, Pulaski, Va. 1913 - 17, Princeton Univ., C. E. 1917-19, U. S. Army

George Meade Holstein, Jr. Princeton University Yearbook Class of 1918

George Meade Holstein, Jr., 1327 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, N. J.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Hillside Historic District

August 29, 2015

Hillside Historic District has announced a new website:

They have neatly listed the homes in the district in a similar fashion to our Homes & Gardens page.

It is no exaggeration to say that the PGC helped build Hillside. In fact our first club meeting took place at Mrs. Connor's home at 999 Hillside. Take a look at our PGC Hillside Historic District resident members:

807 Hillside Avenue
Browne, Miss Elizabeth B. '37

810 Hillside Avenue
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15

816 Hillside Avenue
Zerega, Miss Bertha Virginia '23

817 Hillside Avenue
Lawton, Mrs. Richard M. (Edith Clarke) '21

832 Hillside Avenue
Yates, Mrs. Frederick Washburn (Bertha Kedzie Cornwell) '15

921 Hillside Avenue
Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29
Detwiller, Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57

922 Hillside Avenue
Atterbury, Mrs. Albert Hoffman (Emma H. Baker) '15

930 Hillside Avenue
Corey, Mrs. Ella J. '15

937 Hillside Avenue
Hunn, Mrs. John T. Sharpless (Hope Ivins) '37
Ivins, Mrs. DeWitt Clinton (Louise Morton Fox) '15
Ivins, Mrs. Clinton Fox (Marguerite Carpenter) '33

945 Hillside Avenue
Stevens, Mrs. Horace N. (Helen Coburn) '15

950 Hillside Avenue
Harlow, Mrs. Edward Dexter (Elise Cochran Martin) '15
Martin, Mrs. Francis A. (Mary Keech Turner) '22

955 Hillside Avenue
Wallace, Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) '15
deForest, Mrs. Henry Lockwood (Amy Brighthurst Brown) '33

966 Hillside Avenue
Warren, Mrs. Frank D. '15

970 Hillside Avenue
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15
Kroll, Mrs. Alexander (Nancy Dwinnell or Mrs. Prince H. Gordon) '60

975 Hillside Avenue
Runkle, Mrs. Harry Godley (Jennie Fitz Randolph) '15
Albin, Mrs. Leland D. (Jennie Hoag) '36
King, Mrs. Victor E. D. (Yasmina S.) '78
Whitehead, Mrs. James Harold (Jean Fitz-Randolph Heiberg) '43

980 Hillside Avenue
Hall, Mrs. Frederic L. (Anne Garrigues Wigton) '68
Stuart, Mrs. Linden (Jeanette W.), Jr. '52
Wigton, Mrs. Charles Benson (Garrigues) '45

982 Hillside Avenue
Baker, Mrs. Clifford Myron (Margaret Drayton) '32
Valiant, Mrs. John (Katharine Drayton) '40

985 Hillside Avenue
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P.") '15
Stevens, Mrs. Horace Nathaniel (Helen Coburn) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P."), Jr. (Edith S.) '37
Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37

996 Hillside Avenue
Wallace, Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) '15
Murray Townsend
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47

999 Hillside Avenue
Conner, Mrs. William A. (Florence Tupper) '15
Wigton, Mrs. William Garrigues (Ann Hayes) '55

1000 Hillside Avenue
Lawrence, Mrs. Chester B. (Florence B.), Jr. '22

1005 Hillside Avenue
McWilliams, Mrs. Howard (Anna Louise Waldbridge/Mrs. Paul Taylor Brown) '22

1007 Hillside Avenue
Lockwood, Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) '52
Marshall, Mrs. Henry P. (Dorothy Burke) '30

1009 Hillside Avenue
Tracy, Mrs. Evarts '22
Tracy, Mrs. Howard Crosby (Minerva Bingham Lamson) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22

1019 Hillside Avenue
Baker, Mrs. Clifford Myron (Margaret Drayton) '28

1030 Hillside Avenue
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucile Titsworth) '42

1035 Hillside Avenue
Streuli, Mrs. Alfred F. H. (Frederica Michelle Dwyer Hooper) '15

1045 Hillside Avenue
Timpson, Mrs. Lewis Gouverneur (Helen Frances Waring) '15
Waring, Mrs. Orville G. (Dorothy Fleming) '35

1046 Hillside Avenue
Genung, Mrs. Alfred Gawthrop (Dorothy or "Dot" Madsen) '69
Madsen, Mrs. John (Evelyn or "Evie" Wilson) '70

1300 Prospect Avenue
Streuli, Mrs. Alfred F. H. (Frederica Michelle Dwyer Hooper) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22

1234 Watchung Avenue
Stevenson, Mrs. E. Vickers '41

1239 Watchung Avenue
Brown, Miss Edna M. '34

November 30, 2015 Missing Portrait

November 30, 2015

Another art mystery to be solved!

We received an email today from a descendant of the Stevens family in search of an elusive portrait painted by famed PGC member Geraldine Acomb.

If you do not know about Mrs. Acomb, please take a moment and look through our scrapbook about this very talented member: Acomb, Mrs. Frederick G. (Geraldine de M. Goutiere) '62

According to the email [See Below] Mrs. Acomb painted a mother-daughter portrait of one of the many Stevens' women. One could say that the PGC was built on the foundations of the Stevens clan. Here are all the members that we know of from that family:

Stevens, Mrs. Horace N. (Helen Coburn) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P.") (Edna Ten Broeck) '15
Stevens, Mrs. John Peters ("J.P."), Jr. (Edith Stevens) '37
Stevens, Mrs. Robert Ten Broeck (Dorothy Goodwin Whitney) '37
Barnhart, Mrs. Noah Chisholm (Susan Stevens) '15
Barnhart, Mrs. N. Chisholm, Jr. (Shirley Clark) '48
Griswold, Mrs. Merton Lyman (Mary Victoria "Vic" Stevens), Jr. '44

If any of you would know where to search for this painting or whom to ask, please write in to

To read about the last painting we found for someone in 2014: Barlow, Mrs. DeWitt Dukes (Mary Lee Brewer), Jr. '65

Email Received from Edward Stevens Gottfried:

I am contacting you as I see the Plainfield Garden Club has a rather extensive posting about the works of one of its late members, Geraldine Acomb. My mother was lucky enough to inherit the portrait Mrs. Acomb painted of my grandmother, and she recently told me that there was a second, later portrait that Mrs. Acomb painted of my grandmother and aunt which was never sold to the family but was instead exhibited. I'm trying to track it down in the hopes of either purchasing it as a gift for my aunt, or (if that is not possible), to have it photographed. Is there any chance that you have a record of the painting, or any other information regarding Mrs. Acomb's works which might lead me in the right direction? Is there any record of her children, so that I might contact them?

For what it's worth, my grandmother was Mrs. Christina Stevens (née Schmidt), and, so far as the family can remember, the portrait was of her and my aunt, Helen Stevens, and was likely taken sometime in the mid-1960's. I figure this is a long shot, but certainly worth a try!

Edward Stevens Gottfried

UPDATE: November 30, 2015 Email from Rick Detwiller

Hello PGC,

I don't know where the Stevens' portrait might be, but attached is the portrait of my mother Catherine Campbell Detwiller by Gerry Acomb that I promised to send back in 2012. Apparently you already have the photo of her with the portrait taken when she was 96. She is now living in Westwood, MA, going on 100 and just celebrated Thanksgiving with us all at our brother Chip's house in Groton MA.


Rick D.

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