Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

1916 Address: (National Tubercolosis Society) "Sunnyside", Plainfield, NJ

1919 Address: 537 East Front Street, Plainfield

1922 Address: 537 East Front Street, Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book June 9th $10.00
1929 Treasurer Book Associate April $10.00
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 Treasurer Book Associate

1932 Directory* Address: 537 East Front Street
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Mrs. Frederick G. Mead, 537 East Front Street is listed as an "Associate Member"

1937 Treasurer Book, under Associate: Mrs. Frederick G. Mead 1/8/37 Pd.

1938 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. Frederick G. Mead 1/6/38 Pd 1/5/39 Pd 2/9/40 Pd. 1/16/41 Pd. 11/27/41 Pd. 12/12/42 Pd. 1/27/44 Pd. 11/29/44 Pd. 12/6/45 June 8, 1946 May 29, 1947

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mead, Mrs. Frederick Oct. 26 – her name is then crossed off

1942 Address: 537 East Front Street
NOTE: Associate Member

Sister-in-law to
Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Also related to
Huntington, Mrs. Howard (Agnes Fales Strong) '19
Laidlaw, Mrs. Elliott Carter R. (Mary Ethel Colton) '17

1910 New York Observer article


Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church is gifted two new stained glass windows. The first window "Presentation at the Temple" has been donated by Mrs. Frederick Mead and is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers.

1904 Social Register


Listed living at "Sunnyside" in Plainfield:

Mrs. Frederick G. Mead (Marie L. Myers)
Miss Margaret P, Mead
Miss Frederica R. Mead
Mrs. Lawrence Myers

Belle Mead, New Jersey

Belle Mead is a census-designated place which straddles Montgomery Township and Hillsborough Township in the U.S. state of New Jersey.[1]

Up until about 1875, Belle Mead, then named Plainville, was part of Harlingen. It was a quiet farming region when about that time a New York City contractor named Vanaken bought up all the local farms and set out to develop a city. He had the farms laid out into lots, some streets put through and named after the style of New York. He donated land for the railroad station that had a dining room underneath (the station was torn down in February, 1940). There is an abandoned train station in Belle Mead. When Vanaken went broke, the property was sold to a U.S. Senator, John R. McPherson, who changed the name from Vanaken to Belle Mead in honor of his daughter, Edna Belle Mead McPherson, according to one popular story[2].

Woods Tavern in Belle Mead was a popular stop for travelers for more than 100 years and played an important social and political role. Horace Greeley spoke there in 1872 as part of his campaign for President of the United States. The tavern burned down in 1932[2].

James Baldwin, the 20th-century author and civil rights advocate, lived in Belle Mead in the early 1940s.

The abandoned train station is said to have been built circa 1913, and was removed from service in the early 1980s. Since then, restoration projects have been announced, however, not one has progressed any further than cleaning up tree debris and graffiti.

The Belle Mead section straddles the northern portion of Montgomery Township and the southern portion of Hillsborough Township. For many years residents of Belle Mead had been serviced by the Belle Mead Post Office located on Route 206 in Montgomery Township having zip code 08502. In the late 1990s Hillsborough Township was granted its own post office servicing the entirety of its residents (zip code 08844), including that section of town formerly serviced in the Belle Mead area. Since that time the Belle Mead post office and its associated zip code (08502) services only the remaining area of Belle Mead located in the northern section of Montgomery Township.

October 9, 1897 New York Times obituary for US Senator John McPherson

November 28,1916 New York Times obituary

San Francisco, CA. Frederick G. Mead, son of the late Robert G. and Harriet N. Mead, Ossing, NY

March 2, 1902 New Yor Times article

Frederick Mead tells court he cannot make the 9 AM appointed trial time as he is going out with Prince Henry.

Frederick G. Meade on East Front Street

A pair of photographs from Plainfield and Vicinity in Pictures with postcard views of similar vintage. The Green Brook was a popular postcard subject and today, examples are eagerly sought by collectors, often exclusively. Every crossing of the brook boasted its own bridge design, no two alike. The postcard view focues on Leland Avenue's rustic bridge. The photograph captures the grounds of Frederick G. Meade on East Front Street. Courtesy of Courier News - Bridgewater

From Plainfield, New Jersey's History and Architecture by John Grady and Dorothe Pollard

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

November 14, 1895 New York Times

New York Times 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 Havbiland, Mrs. Samuel Huntingont, 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

December 11, 1903

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


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.

New York Times obituary November 16, 1909

MYERS – Suddenly, at Plainfield, N.J., on Sunday, November 14, 2909, Laetitia M., beloved wife of the late Lawrence Myers, Esq. Services at her late residence, (Sunnyside) 537 East Front Street, Plainfield, N.J., on Wednesday, November 17th, at 3 P.M. Carriages will meet express train leaving West 23d Street at 1:50 and foot of Liberty Street, N.Y. City, at 2 o'clock, C. R. R. of N.J.

Photos of the Mead family circa 1917 - 1919

Includes beautiful photographs of Sunnyside as well as Mrs. Mead.

Yale Divinity School

Guide to the Lawrence Myers Mead Papers

Biographical Sketch
Lawrence Mead was born in Plainfield, New Jersey on September 21, 1888. He attended The Hill School and graduated from
Princeton University in 1911, with a BA, majoring in English. He entered Union Theological Seminary in 1911, but dropped
out midyear with a severe infection. In 1912 he joined the International YMCA, and in 1913 was sent to China to become a teacher of English in the YMCA schools there, serving in Shanghai and Hangchow. In the summer of 1916 he returned to
the US for additional graduate study. During World War I he enlisted in the US Army medical coprs and was stationed at the
base hospital at Camp Shelby, Miss. He married Eleanor Machado of Ottawa, Canada in June 1917.
In the fall of 1919 Mead returned to Beijing, China with the YMCA, together with his wife and first born child. In Beijing he
taught English language, composition, and phonetics in the YMCA's Commercial School from 1920 until he came home
furlough in 1926. During his two years in Canada and the US he received an MA in English from Columbia University, which
included special training in Phonetics at London University in England.
In the summer of 1928 he returned to Beijing with his family (wife and now five children) to join the faculty of Yenching
University, where he taught English, with the emphasis on spoken English. All entering Freshmen had to take his course in
spoken English. While at Yenching, Mead became the unofficial "official" photographer for the University. He returned to the
US with his family in the summer of 1939.
In 1940 Mead and his wife, Eleanor, became co-directors of the International Student Association of Greater Boston, located
in Cambridge, MA. This organization, supported by the schools and colleges in the area, served the 2000 plus foreign
students caught by World War II in the Boston area. Lawrence and Eleanor Mead retired to Cornwall, CT in 1952. Mead died
in Cambridge, MA on September 28, 1954.

Fredrick G. Mead

ID: I37859
Name: Frederick G. Mead
Sex: M
Birth: 14 OCT 1871

Ancestry Hints for Frederick G. Mead

8 possible matches found on

Father: Frederick St. J. Mead b: 10 DEC 1849
Mother: Hannah M. Avery b: 16 APR 1849

Family Tree for Rutherford B. Hayes

Frederick Goodhue Mead was born on 19 March 1848 in Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT. He died on 21 May 1890. Parents: Larkin Goldsmith Mead and Mary Jane Noyes.

Spouse: Marie Louise Myers. Marie Louise Myers and Frederick Goodhue Mead were married on 29 April 1886. Children were: Margaret Platt Mead, Lawrence Myers Mead, Frederica Rutherford Mead.

Their children:
1. Margaret Platt Mead (private). Parents: Frederick Goodhue Mead and Marie Louise Myers.

2. Lawrence Myers Mead was born on 21 September 1888. He died on 28 September 1954. Parents: Frederick Goodhue Mead and Marie Louise Myers.
Spouse: Eleanor Whitman Machado. Children were: Lawrence Myers Mead, Eleanor Esmond Mead, Margaret Louise Mead, Elizabeth Bradford Mead, Machado Mead

3. Frederica Rutherford Mead (private). Parents: Frederick Goodhue Mead and Marie Louise Myers.

Spouse: Walter Garfield Hiltner. Children were: Frederick Mead Hiltner, John Rutherford Hiltner.

William Rutherford Mead

William Rutherford Mead (August 20, 1846 – June 19, 1928) was an American Architect, and was the " Center of the Office" of McKim, Mead, and White, a famous Gilded Age architectural firm, per Stanny by Paul R. Baker.

He was born in Brattleboro, Vermont. His sister, Elinor, later married novelist William Dean Howells, and his younger brother Larkin Goldsmith Mead became a sculptor. Per Baker: William Mead was handsome, authoritative and quiet. His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother was the sister of John Humphrey Noyes, the Oneida Utopian. Mead attended Norwich University for 2 years, graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in the class of 1867, and later studied architecture under George Fletcher Babb in Russell Sturgis's office in New York City.

In 1872 he wisely partnered with Charlie McKim, a fellow New York architect, but Mead's talent was more for running an office, than designing one. This collaboration with Charles Follen McKim produced one of Mead's only known commissions- a house for Amherst classmate, Dwight Herrick, from Mead's hometown of Chesterfield, New Hampsire. Mead's cousin was President Rutherford B. Hayes, and hence his middle name. A new firm, McKim, Mead and Bigelow was created around Dec. 1877 at 57 Broadway. William Bigelow was the elder brother of McKim's new wife, Annie Bigelow. In 1879, Bigelow withdrew, but they were joined by Stanford White to form McKim, Mead, and White. Per Baker, Mead was the MM&W partner who "hired and fired", "steered the ship", and spent his time "trying to keep the partners from making damn fools of themselves."

In 1883, Mead married Olga Kilyeni (c1850-1936) in Budapest, Hungary. In 1902, King Victor Emmanuel conferred on Mead the decoration of Knight Commander of the Crown of Italy for his pioneer work in introducing the Roman and Italian Renaissance architectural style in America. In 1902, Amherst College conferred upon Mead the honorary degree of LL.D. In 1909, he received a degree of M.S. from Norwich University in Vermont. In 1913 he received the gold medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and retired in 1920. He died in 1928 in a Paris Hotel room, per Baker. NY Times, said, "Paris, June 30, William Rutherford Mead, a distinguished American architect, died in a hotel here today from a heart attack after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Mead accompanied her husband and attended at his bedside."

William and Olga had moved to Rome, Italy, where he was the President of the American Academy in Rome (McKim's favorite project and legacy) until his death. William was an AAR Charter Member with McKim, AAR Trustee 1905-1928, and its President 1910-1928.

Mead was the last of the firm's founding partners to die: Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909), and Stanford White (1853–1906). "His widow receives all the estate of about $250,000 left by William R. Mead, New York architect, it was revealed yesterday when Mr. Mead's will was filed with Probate Clerk Killoran in the Surrogate's Court." per NY Times November 27, 1928 article.

After William died, Olga moved in with her sister in New York City, and died in 1936 in New York City. Per NY Times, April 23, 1936, "Mrs. Olga Kilenyi Mead, widow of the architect, William Rutherford Mead of McKim, Mead White, who died in her apartment in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on April 10, last, bequeathed her entire estate to the trustees of Amherst College, Amherst, Mass."

The money was used to build the Mead Art Building, which was designed by James Kellum Smith of McKim, Mead and White. The building was completed in 1949.

Stanford White

Stanford White (November 9, 1853 – June 25, 1906) was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed a long series of houses for the rich and the very rich, and various public, institutional, and religious buildings, some of which can be found to this day in places like Sea Gate, Brooklyn. His design principles embodied the "American Renaissance".

In 1906, White was murdered by millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw over White's affair with Thaw's wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit, leading to a trial which was dubbed at the time "The Trial of the Century".[1]

Stanford White was the son of Shakespearean scholar Richard Grant White and Alexina Black Mease (1830–1921). He began his architectural career as the principal assistant to Henry Hobson Richardson, the greatest American architect of the day, creator of a style recognized today as "Richardsonian Romanesque". In 1878, White embarked for a year and a half in Europe, and when he returned to New York in September 1879, he joined Charles Follen McKim and William Rutherford Mead to form McKim, Mead and White.

White designed the second Madison Square Garden (1890; demolished in 1925), The Cable Building–the Broadway cable car power station (611 Broadway, 1892), Madison Square Presbyterian Church, the New York Herald Building (1894; demolished), the First Bowery Savings Bank, at the Bowery and Grand Street, 1894, Washington Square Arch (1889), Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square, and the Century Club, all in New York City. He helped develop Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower (his last design). White designed the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland (1887), now Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. He also designed the Cosmopolitan Building, a three-story Neo-classical Revival building topped by three small domes, in Irvington, New York, built in 1895 as the headquarters of Cosmopolitan Magazine. He built Cocke, Rouss, and Old Cabell halls at the University of Virginia and rebuilt The Rotunda (University of Virginia) in 1898 after it burned down three years earlier (his re-creation was later reverted back to Thomas Jefferson's original design for the United States Bicentennial in 1976). He also designed the Blair Mansion at 7711 Eastern Ave. in Silver Spring, Maryland (1880), now being used as a restaurant. He was also responsible for designing the Boston Public Library and the Boston Hotel Buckminster, both still standing today. In 1902, he designed the Benjamin Walworth Arnold House and Carriage House in Albany, New York.

McKim, Mead and White also designed the American Academy in Rome, which crowns the Gianicolo hill, and looks across the city to the Villa Medici and the Borghese gardens. An imposing edifice, the American Academy is built in the style of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the north and south wings of which McKim, Mead, and White designed in 1911.

In the division of projects within the firm, the sociable and gregarious White landed the majority of commissions for private houses.[2] His fluent draftsmanship was highly convincing to clients who might not get much visceral understanding from a floorplan, and his intuition and facility caught the mood. White's Long Island houses have survived well, despite the loss of Harbor Hill in 1947, originally set on 688 acres (2.78 km2) in Roslyn. White's Long Island houses are of three types, depending on their locations: Gold Coast chateaux, neo-Colonial structures, especially those in the neighborhood of his own house at "Box Hill" in Smithtown, New York (White's wife was a Smith), and the South Fork houses from Southampton to Montauk Point. He also designed the Kate Annette Wetherill Estate in 1895.

Among his Newport, Rhode Island, "cottages", Rosecliff (for Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs, 1898–1902) adapted Mansart's Grand Trianon, but provided this house built for receptions, dinners and dances with fluent spatial planning and well-contrived dramatic internal views en filade.

In his "informal" shingled cottages, there were usually double corridors for separate circulation, (illustration, right) so that a guest never bumped into a laundress with a basket of bed linens. Bedrooms were characteristically separated from hallways by a dressing-room foyer lined with closets, so that an inner door and an outer door give superb privacy (still the mark of a really good hotel). White lived the same life as his clients, not quite so lavishly perhaps, and he knew how the house had to perform: like a first-rate hotel, theater foyer, or a theater set with appropriate historical references. White was an apt designer, who was ready to do a cover for Scribner's Magazine or design a pedestal for his friend Augustus Saint-Gaudens' sculpture. He extended the limits of architectural services to include interior decoration, dealing in art and antiques, and even planning and designing parties. He collected paintings, pottery, and tapestries. If White could not procure the right antiques for his interiors, he would sketch neo-Georgian standing electroliers or a Renaissance library table. Outgoing and social, he possessed a large circle of friends and acquaintances, many of whom became clients. White had a major influence in the "Shingle Style" of the 1880s, on Neo-Colonial style, and the Newport cottages for which he is celebrated.

He designed and decorated Fifth Avenue mansions for the Astors, the Vanderbilts (in 1905), and other high society families. His Washington Square Arch still stands in Washington Square Park, and so do many of his clubs, which were focal points of New York society: the Century, Metropolitan, Players, Lambs, Colony and Harmonie clubs. His clubhouse for the Atlantic Yacht Club, built in 1894 overlooking Gravesend Bay, burned down in 1934. Sons of society families also resided in White's St. Anthony Hall Chapter House at Williams College, now occupied by college offices.[3]

Muhlenberg Hospital

Incorporated in 1877, and moved to this 17-acre location at Park Avenue and Randolph Road in 1903, Plainfield's Muhlenberg Hospital, now known as Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, was one of the oldest hospitals in the state when it was closed in 2008.

The historic 1903 core of the existing hospital complex is one of the earliest known extant complexes of buildings designed by the notable New York architectural firm of Tracy & Swartwout. The partners in the firm, Evarts Tracy and Egerton Swartwout, were both Yale graduates who met while working for architectural masters McKim, Mead & White

Mrs. Evarts Tracy is a member of the Plainfield Garden Club.

School One on Park Avenue designed by Stanford White

SCHOOL DAYS…The original School One building on Park Avenue in Scotch Plains in 1905. The building was lost to an arson fire in 1984. The "new" School One Elementary is located on Willow Avenue.

In June of 1889, the town leaders convened to discuss the construction of a new school for Scotch Plains and Fanwood children. In his address to the group, Dr. J. Ackerman Coles acknowledged the desires of the people of Fanwood to have the new building onstructed in a place "somewhat convenient to them."

The original School One was a grand structure designed by prominent architect Stanford White, famed for designing the original Madison Square Garden, as an adaptation of Romanesque architecture. It stood at the corner of Park Avenue and Westfield Road, with the
grounds extending back to Forest Road.

The school – two stories, five rooms – was built in 1890 (the same year that school tuition was abolished) at a cost of $18,000. The first floor housed three classrooms and the Principal's office. The second floor contained two classrooms and the auditorium.

With a capacity of 250 pupils, School One opened as an elementary school, with three teachers and one principal. At the time, the average teacher's salary was $515 annually.

Rutherford Hayes writes of his Mead family relations . . .

The following is an extract from a letter written by President Hayes in February, 1870, when he was Governor of Ohio :

"My father came to Ohio in 1817, thus separating from all his New England relations, and died before my birth, so that I have not had an opportunity to learn much of his family, * * * there is an impression in the family that Grandmother Chloe Smith Hayes was a very superior woman, having real genius.

The Meade family, all having a talent as artists, trace their faculty to grand-mother. The most distinguished member of the family is Larkin G. Meade, a sculptor of wide reputation. You may have heard of him as the boy who made the snow statue in Brattleboro, Vt., twelve or fifteen years ago. He is the sculptor and architect of the Lincoln Monument, at Springfield, Illinois, and his studio in Florence probably receives as many orders as that of any artist."

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) was the 19th President of the United States (1877–1881). As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction and the United States' entry into the Second Industrial Revolution. Hayes was a reformer who began the efforts that would lead to civil service reform and attempted, unsuccessfully, to reconcile the divisions that had led to the American Civil War fifteen years earlier.

Through both his father and mother, Hayes was of New England colonial ancestry.[5] His earliest American ancestor emigrated to Connecticut from Scotland in 1625.[6] Hayes's great-grandfather, Ezekiel Hayes, was a militia captain in Connecticut in the American Revolutionary War, but Ezekiel's son (Hayes's grandfather, also named Rutherford) left his New Haven home during the war for the relative peace of Vermont.[7] His mother's ancestors arrived in Vermont at a similar time, and most of his close relatives outside Ohio would continue to live there. John Noyes, an uncle by marriage, had been his father's business partner in Vermont and was later elected to Congress.[8] His first cousin, Mary Jane Noyes Mead, was the mother of sculptor Larkin Goldsmith Mead and architect William Rutherford Mead.[8] John Humphrey Noyes, the founder of the Oneida Community, was also a first cousin.[9]

Larkin Goldsmith Mead

Larkin Goldsmith Mead (January 3, 1835 – October 15, 1910) was an American sculptor, working in a neoclassical style

He was born at Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and was a pupil (1853-1855) of Henry Kirke Brown. During the early part of the American Civil War he was at the front for six months, with the Army of the Potomac, as an artist for Harper's Weekly; and in 1862-1865 he was in Italy, being for part of the time attached to the United States consulate at Venice, while William Dean Howells, his brother-in-law, was consul. He returned to America in 1865, but subsequently went back to Italy and lived at Florence where he died.

His first important work was a statue of Agriculture, designed to top the dome of the Vermont State House at Montpelier, Vermont. This work proved so successful that he was soon after commissioned to sculpt a statue of Ethan Allen for the State House portico.

Other principal works are: the Lincoln Tomb, a sepulchral monument to President Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois; Ethan Allen (1876), National Statuary Hall, United States Capitol, Washington; a heroic marble The Father of Waters, Minneapolis City Hall; Triumph of Ceres, made for the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, and a large bust of Lincoln in the Hall of Inscriptions at the Vermont State House.

His brother William Rutherford Mead (1846-1928) was a well-known architect, the Mead of McKim, Mead, and White.

Another Mead relation

Augustus D. Shepard - Architect 1868-1955

Augustus Dennis Shepard was born on February 4, 1868 in Scotch Plains, Union County, New Jersey. He was the second eldest child born to Augustus Dennis (Gus) Shepard Sr. and his wife Joanna Elizabeth Mead Shepard. The family home in Plainfield, Fanwood Twp., Union County, New Jersey was known as The Gables.


Lawrence Myers Mead and Eleanor Whitman Machado's Wedding day

Frederica Rutherford Mead, Margaret Platt Mead, Marie Louise Myers Mead, Eleanor Whitman Machado Mead and Lawrence Myers Mead


The end of May 1917 - in our wedding clothes (minus veil, train & hats)

NOTE: Most likely taken at Sunnyside. Note the large Rhododendron in background.

The two women on the left are guessed to be Mrs. Mead's daughters Frederica and Margaret.


On her wedding day, Eleanor Whitman Machado Mead

Most likely taken at Sunnyside. Note large Wisteria in the background


caption: fall of 1917 or early spring 1918

Eleanor Whitman Machado Mead and her husband, Lawrence Myers Mead

Most likely standing on the porch at Sunnyside.

During World War I he (Lawrence Myers Mead) enlisted in the US Army medical coprs and was stationed at the base hospital at Camp Shelby, Miss.


On the porch at Sunnyside, Eleanor Whitman Machado Mead and Lawrence Myers Mead


caption: Mother Mead, Amy Knox, Miss K, Larry + I

Eleanor Mead holding her son, Lawrence Myers Mead, Jr. Amy Know and Miss K and Marie Louise Myers Mead

Most likely taken at Sunnyside


caption: 1918-Larry Mead Jr. w/ Grandma Mead


caption: 1918 - Larry at Sunnyside


caption: Larry Mead Jr.

Unidentified gentleman. Frederick Goodhue Mead died 1890. Another Mead relative? A Myers relative?


caption: Larry Mead Jr. w/ father L.M. Mead
Larry Mead Jr. w/ father L.M. Mead

Sunnyside, Plainfield NJ

Sunnyside, Plainfield NJ


Sunnyside, Plainfield, NJ

comment left on Flickr:
Larry: the bridge goes over a little creek that was dammed to provide a swimming hole. the dam isn't there any more.

Note bridge in the background.

Sunnyside, Plainfiled, NJ

Sunnyside, Plainfield NJ


caption: The bridge & waterfall, Sunnyside


caption: On the terrace at Sunnyside, Plainfield NJ

Lower left: Marie Louise Myers Mead holding her grandson, Lawrence Myers Mead, Jr. Above is Mrs. Mead's daughter Frederica Mead. Sitting one over is Eleanor Whitman Machado Mead, Mrs. Mead's daughter-in-law. One of the other women is most likely Mrs. Mead's other daughter Margaret.


Most likely Lawrence Myers Mead, Jr. at Sunnyside


caption: Margaret L. Mead at Sunnyside.

December 27, 1919

caption: Dec. 27, 1919
"Wasn't Santa good to Larry? If you look hard enough you'll find some things he left for his mother and daddy too. Dec. 27, 1919."



caption: 1922 at Sunnyside

Lawrence Myers Mead Jr. on the steps and his baby sister in the pram.


caption: 1922 at Sunnyside

Eleanor and Lawrence's second child.


caption: 1922 at Sunnyside?

Marie Louise Myers Mead



Letter to Fred Mead from Rutherford B. Hayes

ALS signed "R. B. Hayes," one page, 4.5 x 7, November 11, 1881. Letter to Fred Mead. In full: "Mrs. Hayes wishes me to apologize for not sooner acknowledging the receipt of your kind word of the 24th Oct. The photograph seems to be excellent - as good as we ever see of oil paintings. Present our best wishes to the Kinfolk." Double cloth matted and framed with a portrait of Hayes to an overall size of 16.25 x 13.25. In fine condition, with scattered toning, and some stray ink marks and soiling over portion of signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RRAuction COA.

Plainfield CC

New York Times August 18, 1901


Results of Weekly Marches at Hillside and Park Clubs.

PLAINFIELD, N. J. Aug. 17 – Notwithstanding the warm weather, there was a good attendance at the links of the Hillside Golf Club today. In the contest for the Mellick Cup, played this morning, Miss Maude Van Boskerck carried off the honors, the scores being: Miss Maude Van Boskerck 116, 12 - 104; Miss Herwarden, 110, 4 - 106, Miss May Holly, 137, 30 - 107; Miss May Wharton, 150, 35 - 115; Miss Louise Holly, 172, 25 - 137.

In the play for the Golf Committee Cup on the Hillside links, T. R. Van Boskerck led W. L. Glenny today by three points. The scores were: T. R. Van Boskerck, 92, 12 - 80; W. L. Glenny, 88 6 - 83; Walter Peterson, 99, 15 - 84; W. C. Faber, III, 27 -84; C. W. Abbott, 94, 8 - 86; C. A. Stevenson, 116, 24 - 92; C. C. Burke, Jr., 111, 19 - 92; E. W. Hedges, 115, 22-93; J. W. Sandford, 107, 13 -94; E. W. Newkirk, 122, 27 - 95; H. C. Tracey, 123, 17 - 96; L. H. Van Buren, 113, 15 - 98; J. R. Blake, 118, 18 -100; H. C. Munger, 114, 12 - 102; R. Rushmore, 127, 20 -107.

There was a comparatively small field in the weekly competition for the President's Cup at the Park Golf Club, and first and second honors went to Joseph L. Myers and Charles L. Nichols, respectively, who are newcomers in the race, while Charles B. Morse took third place. Senator Charles A. Reed still leads for the trophy.

The score cards better than 100 were: Joseph L. Myers, 117, 30 - 87; Charles L. Nichols, 119, 30 - 80; Charles B. Morse, 107, 15 - 92; William R. Faber, 113, 21 - 97; H. G. Phillips, 124, 25 - 90; Henry C. Wells, 118, 19 - 99.

October 14, 1966 Harriette Halloway Obituary

1948 Check Book

No. 730
Sept. 9, 1948
Harriette R. Halloway
Iris Garden

No. 731
Oct. 19, 1948
Interstate Printing Corporation
Postals for Sec.
Printing & Postage

No. 732
Oct. 19, 1948
Interstate Printing Corp.
Painting tickets
Madame Arai Benefit

In left margin:

Dues – Munger – Hubbell $25.00
Dues (Mrs. Mead) $15.00
less Mrs. E. H. Ladd's ck
deposit in November -9.00

1949 Check Book

No. 754
Feb. 9, 1949
A. V. Searing
Program Com

No. 755
Feb. 9, 1949
Garden Club of America
California Slides
Program Com

No. 756
Feb. 9, 1949
Garden Club America
Redwood Grove Fund
in memory of Mrs. Mead

Residence of Mrs. Wm. W. Myers and Miss Martine, 1100 Watchung 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

"Runnymeade," Residence and Grounds of Mrs. Frederick G. Mead, 537 East Front 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

From the New York Times: Lawrence Mead Jr., Aerospace Engineer, Dies at 94

Published: August 30, 2012
Lawrence Mead Jr., the aerospace engineer who led the design team for the A-6 Intruder, the bulky twin-engine jet that served as the Navy's primary attack bomber for more than three decades, died on Aug. 23 in New Haven. He was 94. His son Lawrence Mead III confirmed his death.
photo credit: Olin Mills
Lawrence Mead Jr., a senior vice president of the Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman).
Lawrence Mead Jr., a senior vice president of the Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman) and design chief for the A-6 Intruder in the late 1950s. His son Lawrence Mead III confirmed his death.
Mr. Mead, a senior vice president of the Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), was named design chief for the A-6 Intruder in the late 1950s. Five years after its introduction in 1960, the A-6 was flying bombing missions off aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.
"Not sleek, never beautiful, the A-6 would soon prove itself to be a masterpiece of aeronautical engineering," Grumman World, a company publication, wrote in 1992 when the last A-6 was delivered to the Navy. Equipped with a pioneering digital navigation system, it "became the Navy's workhorse bomber and the Marines' primary ground support aircraft in Vietnam."
Weighing approximately 25,000 pounds, with a wingspan of about 50 feet, the A-6 was capable of cruising at about 500 miles an hour while carrying up to 18,000 pounds of bombs. "That was a tremendous amount," said Joshua Stoff, curator of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y. "That's why it was very successful in the Vietnam War."
In part because of a wing-to-wing aluminum alloy beam, the bulky jet could bear that weight and its rugged fuselage while still being able to take considerable enemy fire. And with the attack-navigation system incorporated by Mr. Mead and his team, ground troops could be covered through cloudy skies and even at night. The midwing jet detected and attacked enemy vehicles traveling at night along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, North Vietnam's supply line to the south.
Over the A-6's 32-year history, Grumman built more than 700 of the planes. They flew combat sorties over Grenada and Lebanon in 1983 and during the first Persian Gulf war – "a remarkably long and successful service life," Mr. Stoff said.
"When we won the contract," Mr. Mead told Plane News in 1980, "we thought that it would be successful if we could sell 100 Intruders."
The A-6 was just one of Mr. Mead's accomplishments. He was a member of the Grumman team that designed the Apollo lunar module that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. He was also one of the chief designers of the F-14 Tomcat, the fighter featured in the hit movie "Top Gun." Lawrence Myers Mead Jr. was born in Plainfield, N.J., on May 11, 1918, to Lawrence and Eleanor Machado Mead, but spent much of his childhood in China, where his parents were missionaries. After returning to the United States, Mr. Mead graduated from Princeton in 1940 with a degree in engineering. He earned a master's degree there in 1941. Soon after, he was hired by Grumman, which at the height of World War II had more than 25,000 workers at its complex in Bethpage, on Long Island. Mr. Mead worked on the design teams for Navy fighters like the Hellcat and the Bearcat.
Besides his son Lawrence, he is survived by two other sons, Kirtland and Bradford; two sisters, Elizabeth Bolton and Margaret McCutchen; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His wife of 59 years, the former Janet Chase, died in 2001.
Mr. Mead never piloted a plane, though he sometimes sat in the navigator's seat. In recent years he conducted tours at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, aboard the World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid on the Hudson River in Manhattan – making sure, of course, to highlight the features of the A-6 Intruder.

A-6 Intruder

From The Hill School

Mr. Lawrence M. Mead, Jr. '36 P'61
Lawrence Mead Jr. Lawrence "Larry" Mead Jr., a longtime Huntington resident who lived in North Branford, Conn., died peacefully Aug. 23. He was 94. One of the leading aeronautical engineers of his generation, Mead spent much of his childhood in China where his parents were missionaries, speaking fluent Mandarin and riding his bicycle beside the Forbidden City. As a teenager, he returned to the United States via "the slow boat to China" to attend The Hill School, in Pottstown, Penn., and then Princeton, where he earned both his undergraduate degree (class of 1940) and master's in engineering. He later attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He and his wife resided for many years in Huntington, where they raised their family. Mead spent his entire career with Grumman Aerospace, a leading supplier of aircraft to the Navy, on Long Island. He first worked on the design of the Hellcat, a shipboard fighter that battled the Japanese in World War II. He later rose to become chief designer of the A-6 attack bomber, which fought in Vietnam and Iraq, and the F-14 fighter, featured in the film "Top Gun." These planes dominated the Navy's arsenal for decades and were retired from service only recently. He also helped develop several other Grumman fighters and the Lunar Module that landed on the moon. In 1983, he retired as senior vice president of Grumman but worked another decade for the company in advisory roles including several trips to China. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988. Mead was a skilled sailor, skier, tennis player, woodworker, and model ship builder. He is survived by sons Lawrence and his wife Robin, Kirtland and his wife Susan, and Bradford and his wife Dianne; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and his beloved companion Helen Peterkin of North Branford, Conn. His wife of 59 years, Janet, and son Jonathan predeceased him. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held Sept. 1 at the First Congregational Church in Branford, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to support: the Ecuadorian Project at Adopta Una Familia Inc, c/o Linda Smith, 52 Village Dr. No. 214, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

Father of Lawrence Mead '61 and Kirtland Mead '61, brother of Machado Mead '44

From the Rutherford B. Hayes library

Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard was born on 25 January 1836 in Warren, Warren Co., PA. He lived in NY, NY in 1862. He lived in Scotch Plains, Union Co., NJ in 1871. Gus died on 30 September 1913. He lived in Plainfield, Union Co., NJ.

Spouse: Joanna Elizabeth Mead. Joanna Elizabeth Mead and Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard were married on 25 September 1862 in Warren, Warren Co., PA. Children were: Eleanor Matilda Shepard, Augustus Dennis Shepard, Burritt Hamilton Shepard, Rutherford Mead Shepard, Joanna Hayes "Daisy" Shepard, Frederick Shepard.

Augustus Dennis Shepard was born on 4 February 1868 in Scotch Plains, Union Co., NJ. He died on 30 October 1955. Parents: Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard and Joanna Elizabeth Mead.

Spouse: Marie Riis. Marie Riis and Augustus Dennis Shepard were married on 4 April 1908. Children were: Marie Beatrice Shepard, William Bradford Shepard.
Burritt Hamilton Shepard was born on 13 September 1869 in Scotch Plains, Union Co., NJ. He died on 12 March 1949. Parents: Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard and Joanna Elizabeth Mead.

Eleanor Matilda Shepard was born on 11 December 1865 in New York, New York Co., NY. She died on 30 April 1948. Parents: Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard and Joanna Elizabeth Mead.

Spouse: John Doull Miller. Eleanor Matilda Shepard and John Doull Miller were married on 1 June 1891. Children were: Elinor Joanna Miller, Mildred Howells Miller, Margaret Winthrop Miller, Robert Murdach Miller.

Frederick Shepard was born on 30 July 1879. He died on 14 May 1946. Parents: Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard and Joanna Elizabeth Mead.

Spouse: Charlotte Lowe. Charlotte Lowe and Frederick Shepard were married on 10 January 1906.

Joanna Hayes "Daisy" Shepard was born on 1 October 1876 in Scotch Plains, Union Co., NJ. She died on 5 November 1952. Parents: Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard and Joanna Elizabeth Mead.

Spouse: Osborne W. B. Bright. Joanna Hayes "Daisy" Shepard and Osborne W. B. Bright were married. Children were: Katherine Bright, Elinor Bright, Joanna Bright, Osborne Edward Bright, William Harriman Bright.
Marie Beatrice Shepard (private). Parents: Augustus Dennis Shepard and Marie Riis.

Spouse: Edward Henry Wright. Children were: Sandra Shepard Wright.

Melani Ann Shepard (private). Parents: William Bradford Shepard and Anthea Joy Ledyard.
Penelope Gay Shepard (private). Parents: William Bradford Shepard and Anthea Joy Ledyard.

Rutherford Mead Shepard was born on 4 October 1874 in Scotch Plains, Union Co., NJ. He died on 2 September 1933. Parents: Augustus Dennis "Gus" Shepard and Joanna Elizabeth Mead.

Spouse: Winifred Prentice Kay.

William Bradford Shepard (private). Parents: Augustus Dennis Shepard and Marie Riis.

Spouse: Anthea Joy Ledyard. Children were: Penelope Gay Shepard, William Bradford Ledyard Shepard, Melani Ann Shepard.

William Bradford Ledyard Shepard (private). Parents: William Bradford Shepard and Anthea Joy Ledyard

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. F. G. Mead
537 East Front Street

Miss Margaret Mead
537 East Front Street

January 8, 2013

Name: Margaret Hiltner Glascock
Email: xxxxxxx
Address: xxxxxxxxxx


Hi, I enjoyed your website.

I especially enjoyed looking at the pictures of Sunnyside and the Mead/Hiltner family. My father, John R Hiltner is son of Frederica Mead Hiltner, has shared photos of Sunnyside and his relatives, too. He spent some time at Sunnyside in his youth. What a rich history.

FYI - Margaret P Mead is the taller of the Mead sisters. She was 6' tall. Her hair turned white when she was very young, so is sometimes confused for an older person. She was a wonderful person. We were talking about her last night. She loved strawberries and cream.

Thanks again for setting up the website.

Peggy Glascock

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

Arthur Ware -- Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Windows

James Edward Ware (1846–April 14, 1918) was an American architect, best known for devising the "dumbbell plan" for New York City tenement housing.

He was born in New York City in 1846, and studied at the City College of New York. He began his practice in 1869. His sons Franklin and Arthur were also architects and in 1900 formed the firm James E. Ware and Sons. His son Franklin B. Ware (1873–1945) served as New York State architect from 1907 to 1912.

Ware was an early designer of fireproof warehouses. He also achieved distinction as a designer of multiple dwellings and is best known for devising the "dumbbell plan" of tenement design for which he received recognition in 1878. He designed the Osborne Apartments in New York, as well as part of Mohonk Mountain House. He also designed a number of private residences in New Jersey and New York City and the interior of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1891. Among his finest extant buildings is the row of Romanesque Revival houses at 1285-1293 Madison Avenue, on the corner of East 92nd Street, in New York City. Ware is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in a gravesite he received in partial payment for designing the Administration Building and receiving vault.[2]

While in practice with his sons, they designed City and Suburban Homes Company's First Avenue Estate, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[3] They also designed dwelling that contribute to the Sagaponack Historic District.[3]

Arthur Ware -- YWCA 232 E. Front Street 1929

This photograph, taken in 1929, shows the nine players on the Plainfield YWCA women's basketball team, the Red Middies. The team, organized in the late 1920s, was named for the type of blouses they wore. Standing second from left in the back row is Sophia Dickson, assistant physical education director at the YWCA. Dickson had also been employed as the supervisor of physical education for the Plainfield School District. All of the other athletes in the photograph are unidentified. Behind the team members is the YWCA building at 232 E. Front St. Established in 1907, the Plainfield YWCA was originally located at 210 E. Front St. near Watching Avenue. The doors opened at 232 E. Front St., at the corner of Church Street, in October 1929. The English Tudor-style building was constructed by Arthur Ware of New York City. In 1998, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In the early 2000s, a grant was given to the YWCA to restore the theater and second floor. The YWCA at 232 E. Front St. continues to serve the Plainfield area. The structure retains much of it original floor plan and decorative finishes and still hosts numerous programs for its 850 members. For more information, visit

Photo ID: C40275 - Part of the Paul R. Collier Photograph Collection.

Arthur Ware YWCA 1920's photo

The YWCA of Central New Jersey is located at 232 E. Front Street in Plainfield, New Jersey. The historic building, which has three floors and a basement, was constructed in 1925. It was designed by Arthur Ware of F.B. & A Ware, a noted New York City architectural firm that was recognized for the designs of many Y.W.C.A buildings throughout the
United States. Most of the building's original details, finishes, and floor plan, as well as its 1920s Tudor Revival faηade, are still present in the building.

Currently, the facility houses more than 160 children per day in our Early Learning Center, Afterschool program, and summer camp program. Other services and programs held at the building include career development and training services, corporate recognition programs, a computer lab, Health and Fitness center, and adolescent and
teen services. All staff are housed in the building.

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

1919 Meeting Minutes

October 14, 1966 The Courier News Obituary for Harriette Rice Halloway

Harriette R. Halloway, Known for Flowers, Dies

Miss Harriette R. Halloway, who helped found and develop the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park, died early today (Oct. 14, 1966) in Muhlenberg Hospital where she had been a patient for two days.

She would have been 92 years old next month. She had been living at the McCutchen Home, 21 Rockview Ave., North Plainfield.

Studied at Columbia

After attending the Scribner-Newton School here, a forerunner of the Hartridge School, Miss Halloway studied at Columbia University.

For several years she was actively interested in the promotion of church missions and was the first secretary of the Presbyterian synod. She also wrote pamphlets for the Board of Foreign Missions.

Started as Teacher

She was hired by John Lesl in 1916 as a teacher in his school in the same year that Charles D. Wardlaw began his career with the school that he later headed. Miss Halloway remained on the faculty until 1949.

"To the end she was a devoted friend of the school," Prentice C. Horne, headmaster of the Wardlaw School, said today.

Miss Halloway earned many awards for flowers and flower arrangements and was recognized internationally for her work in horticulture.

Received Many Honors

Besides being honored by the Royal Horticultural Society in England, Miss Halloway was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Garden Club of America in 1958.

In 1931 she helped establish the nationally known dogwood area of Cedar Brook Park and the famous Iris Gardens was founded by her the following year. In 1936 she directed the daffodil plantings there and later a peony garden.

She also served as a consultant to the Union County Park Commission. During her lifetime she was honored with membership in the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums and the New York Botanical Gardens and the American Horticultural Society are among the national groups who recognized her accomplishments.

She also was the author of many horticultural writings.

Garden Club Member

A member of the Plainfield Garden Club since 1920, she served at various times as chairman of the conservation program and horticultural committee.

Mrs. Edward H. Ladd, 3rd, president of the Garden Club, said that Miss Halloway had asked the members of the club long ago that in lieu of flowers she would prefer a memorial plaque "Halloway Collection" to be placed in the Cornus (dogwood) planting area in Cedar Brook Park, since the collection was her chief love.

Contributions to the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Endowment fund were also mentioned by Miss Halloway in lieu of flowers.

The A. M. Runyon and Son Funeral Home which is in charge of funeral arrangements has announced services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church with the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Charles L. Mead officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetary.

There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.

May 15, 2013 Old Westbury Gardens

Washington Rock Park Commission 1921

Scannell's New Jersey's First Citizens: Biographies and Portraits ..., Volume 2

September 11, 2013 "September Charms" Horticulture Show

November 16, 2013

Celebration of the Life of Barbara Tracy Sandford

Dr. Charles L. Mead married Evie Madsen's daughter, Nancy Hance, December 2, 1968.

Perhaps Rev. Mead was a relation to "our" Mrs. Mead?

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead donated one of the stained glass windows in the church:

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

Frederick, being of course her husband, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers were Mrs. Mead's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Myers were also founding member Mrs. Jared Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) Myers '15 in-laws.

There were many Stillmans in the Club:

Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

Frederick Goodhue Mead

Birth: Mar. 19, 1848
Death: May 21, 1890

Hillside Cemetery
Scotch Plains
Union County
New Jersey, USA

Created by: Dianne Delitto
Record added: Jul 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113764504

1920 Association Monthly: Official Organ of the Young Women's Christian Association

Work Among Colored Women and Girls, Miss Margaret Mead

Mrs. Frederick Goodhue Mead

1903 Charities: The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society ..., Volume 10

1903 Charities: The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society ..., Volume 10

October 25, 1987

Published: October 25, 1987

The wedding of Helen Elizabeth Hale, a daughter of the Very Rev. and Mrs. William Manning Hale of Syracuse and Marlborough, N.H., to Frederick Goodhue Mead, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Machado Mead of Suffield, Conn., took place yesterday. The Revs. Samuel W. Hale Jr. and Daniel B. Kunhardt, uncles of the bride, performed the ceremony at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene, N.H.

Rebecca Houston Hale was the maid of honor for her sister. William Hincks Mead was best man for his brother.

The bride graduated from the MacDuffie School and Skidmore College. Her father is the Dean and rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Syracuse. She is a granddaughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Whitney Hale. Mr. Hale was the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Boston from 1938 to 1961.

Mr. Mead graduated from the Berkshire School and the Northeastern University School of Mechanical Engineering Technology. His father is the business administrator for the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin. He is a grandson of the late Lawrence and Eleanor Mead, who taught English at Yenping University in Beijing from 1914 to 1939.

Plainfield Presbyterian Church Ledger - Marriages, 1844 to 1899

Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y. -- Tuesday, December 28, 1948

Kin of Platts. Is Dead at 88

Mrs. Marie Louise Myers Mead Was Resident of Plainfield, N. J.

Mrs. Marie Louise Mead, 88, widow of Frederick Goodhue Mead, died at her home in Plainfield, N. J., on Christmas Day.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery. Please omit flowers.

She was a native of Plattsburgh which was named for her maternal ancestor's brother, Zephaniah Platt, one of the first settles on the shore of Lake Champlain. Her maternal grandfather, Rev. Frederick Halsey, was the first Presbyterian clergyman in New York State north of Albany.

A daughter of Lawrence and Letita Halsey Myers, who moved to Plainfield in her childhood, Mrs. Mead was first married to Harry Kaufman of that city. After his death she became the wife, in 1888, of Frederic G. Mead of Brattleboro, Vt., who was later associted with the American Bank Note Company in New York. He died in 1890.

Since his death, Mrs. Mead devoted herself to philanthropies, notably the YWCA, which she served in many capacities, and was elected to the national board in 1906. Over a long period she aided the work of various Presbyterian groups including the mission field.

Mrs. Mead was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in which her maternal ancestor Nathaniel Platt served as a captain, the Colonial Dames of America and the Plainfield Garden Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Miss Margaret Platt Mead, with whom she lived, and Mrs. Walter G. Hiltner of Seattle, Wash., and a son, Lawrence Myers Mead of Cambridge, Mass., a former member of the faculty of Yenching University in China.

August 28, 2014 Evarts Tracy

Email today from the Drake House:

There is a Netherwood House Tour on September 14, 2014, from 1-5PM. Details are on the attached flyer. [See Below]

One of the homes was designed by Evarts Tracy, architect. He also built the old Muhlenberg Hospital and the old Plainfield Police Station, and was the pioneering camouflage officer for the US government during WWI. It is spectacular on the outside.

Thank you for your support of Plainfield.

Nancy Piwowar
Historical Society of Plainfield

The Tracy Family had many many family members in the Plainfield Garden Club. They included:

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

These three women open the doors for many more familial Plainfield relations which include the Cox, Streuli and Perkins clans. The Tracy family also boasts a special architectural & artist relationship to Mrs. Mead. In fact, there should be a home tour just using these families' abodes!

The Tracy family lived at 1009 Hillside Avenue – which sits directly behind 1330 Prospect Avenue which is currently owned by Shakespeare Garden helper Virginia Carroll.

Interestingly enough, 1330 Prospect Avenue was said to have been built by Mrs. Streuli, who lived on the next block of Hillside at #1035. Mrs. Streuli also lived at 1331 Prospect Avenue. Yes, that's correct – the next house over! Mrs. Streuli's daughter, PGC member Caroline, married the Tracy boy at 1009 Hillside and well, lets just say, Caroline didn't get too far from both her PGC mother and mother-in-law. Did she have any choice about joining the PGC!?!

Eight homes in Netherwood are photographed on the flyer – does anyone know the addresses? It would be interesting for all of us to see if they once belonged to one of our members!

Netherwood Heights Tour of Homes September 14, 2014

To help you figure out WHO lived WHERE consult our "Home & Garden" page.

August 30, 2014 Charles Detwiller & The Architects of Plainfield

Exhibit of Detwiller Collection drawings opens at Library

The Plainfield Public Library is mounting an exhibition from its Detwiller Collection of architectural drawings in honor of New Jersey's 350th anniversary.

Plainfield architect Charles H. Detwiller, Jr., [Husband of PGC Honorary Member Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell) Detwiller, Jr. '57] is credited with rescuing thousands of architectural drawings that were being disposed of by the City by dumping from an upper floor window at City Hall into a dumpster in the parking lot.

The collection of over 16,000 items representing over 500 architects documents over a century of residential and commercial architecture in the Plainfield area. Its record of the architectural history of a suburban community is unique in the United States.

Among its outstanding items of interest are drawings of the Fire Headquarters on Central Avenue designed by African-American architect George Ernest Robinson, designed in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The exhibit culls 70 pieces from thirty-five sets of drawings by 24 architects. It is displayed on walls and in display cases on both levels of the Library.

Preservation of these aging documents began in 1998. The conservation and digitizing of the collection is still ongoing. This work is entirely supported through grant funding and volunteer efforts. Local funders include the Plainfield Foundation and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library.

The exhibit opens September 2 and runs through October during regular library hours. For more information on the Detwiller Collection, contact Sarah Hull, head of the Local History Department at (908) 757-1111 x136.

To arrange group visits, call (908) 757-1111 x129. The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots.

In addition to Mr. Detwiller's wife, Cath, his aunt, mother-in-law and sister-in-law were all Notable Members of the Plainfield Garden Club.

Miss Laura Cecelia Detwiller '29
Mrs. William Hall (Mabel C. Raper) Campbell '28
Mrs. F. Edgar (Dorothy Campbell) Davis '60

Good architecture and good gardening are two things that go together well. No where is this better demonstrated than in the families that formed the Plainfield Garden Club.

Here is an excerpt from an article about the building of the Nebraska State Capitol:

McKim, Mead & White Architects of New York had designed the Rhode Island State House in Providence, Rhode Island that was constructed from 1895–1904. McKim, Mead & White was one of the most prestigious and internationally recognized architectural firms of this era. The firm was a major training ground for other prominent architects of the period.

Tracy & Swartwout of New York had designed the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri that was constructed from 1913 –1917. Both Evarts Tracy and Egerton Swartwout were former associates of McKim, Mead & White.

Of the other eight teams in the competition including John Russell Pope of New York, Bertram Goodhue of New York, Paul Cret in association with Zantzinger, Borie & Medary of Philadelphia, Harold Van Buren Magonigle of New York, and Bliss & Faville of San Francisco, Ellery Davis of Lincoln, John Latenser & Sons of Omaha, and Allan McDonald of Omaha several individual architects had worked for McKim, Meade & White at one time or another including Magonigle and Bliss.

No doubt many of these famous early 20th century American architects were more than familiar with Plainfield and the garden club. In addition to Mr. Detwiller, here are member files that chronicle these architects:

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15
Tracy, Mrs. Evarts '22
Tracy, Mrs. Howard Crosby (Minerva Bingham Lamson) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22
de Hart, Mrs. Alden (Dorothy Voorhis) '38, President 1949 - 1950

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

January 31, 2015 Correspondence

Dear Ms. Nichols,

My sincerest apologies for getting back to you so late. Our website had an "issue" with emails and I am just figuring it out.

Unfortunately, the only thing I would know about your family are the things posted on for Mrs. Mead:

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead was relating to other members of the Plainfield Garden Club:

Myers, Mrs. J. Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) '15
Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42
Joy, Mrs. James R. (Emma Prentice McGee) '33
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Susan M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47

I do recommend you contacting the genealogy department of the Plainfield Library 908-857-1111 as they would be more likely to help you further. Also, there may be information to be found at the Fanwood Library

Best of luck to you –

Susan Fraser
Communications Chair
Plainfield Garden Club
Founded 1915

December 27, 2014

My mother, Sandra Shepard Wright, was an only child and the great grand-daughter of Agustus D Shepard and Johanna Elizabeth Mead. I am looking for any information regarding great aunt Winifred Prentice Kay, and also Marie Riis [aka Rees] who was married to Agustus D. Shepard Jr. -Thanks!

Winifred Ohrstrom Nichols