Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Reed, Mrs. Charles Arthur (Katherine L. Clark) '15

1919 Address: Woodland Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Address: Woodland Avenue, Plainfield

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

October 13, 1901 New York Times article on State Senator Charles A. Reed

Golf Events on Colonia Links.

Special to The New York Times. ();
October 13, 1901,
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RAHWAY, N.J., Oct. 12 – A variety of events held the attention of the members of the Colonia Golf Club to-day. Two of the events were for women, and among them one final round was played, being in the contest for the Greens Committee Cup. The trophy was won by Mrs. Frederick C. Wheeler, who beat Mrs. Ida Peterson by 1 hole.

State Senator Reed competes for the President's Cup at Park Golf Course.

August 26, 1894 New York Times article

PLAINFIELD, CITY OF HOMES; ATTRACTIVE FEATURES OF THIS OLD NEW-JERSEY TOWN. Prominent New-York Business Men Who Live There – About 1,500 Commuters Travel Back and Forth Each Day – One of the Healthiest Places in the State – A Delightful Place to Live in Summer as Well as in Winter

November 13, 1899 New York Times article Charles A. Reed of North Plainfield

NEW JERSEY SENATE'S HEAD.; Mr. Reed Will Not be a Candidate for Re-election as President

May 27, 1894 New York Times article

TO AID THE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY.; Tableaus by Young Women of Plainfield, N.J. – Park Club Dance.

PLAINFIELD, N.J., May 26 – "Fantasma" was presented in Music Hall Thursday and Friday evenings by a talented company of young men and women. The entertainment was given for the benefit of the Auxiliary Board of Muhlenberg Hospital. It was a decided success and handsomely produced.

Mrs. Charles A. Reed attends a dance.

January 9, 1899 New York Times article

FIVE GOVERNORS IN ONE YEAR.; New Jersey Likely to Break All Records in the Matter of Chief Executives.


TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 8. – There seems to be a good chance that this State will break all records in the matter of Governors, and have had five Chief Executives within a twelvemonth. There have already been three. When Gov. Griggs resigned to become Attorney General, he was succeeded by President Voorhees of the State Senate, who became Acting Governor.

History of the Union County Parks System

On November 19, 1921, Henry S. Chatfield, Charles A. Reed, Arthur R. Wendell, Charles Hansen and Caxton Brown were officially appointed commissioners of the newly formed Union County Park Commission. In December of that year, the commissioners met to begin the task of building a park system. Over the next few years, potential park land was visited, landscape architects were hired and Princeton graduate W. Richmond Tracy, Chief Bridge Builder for the Bronx River Parkway, became the first man on the Park Commission payroll as Engineer-Secretary

July 11, 1901 New York Times article

Charles A. Reed agent of Charles Hyde estate

October 11, 1914 New York Times wedding announcement

Madeline Reed, daughter of Coporation Counsel and Mrs. Charles Reed of Woodland Avenue, Plainfield

State Senator Charles Arthur Reed

Charles Arthur Reed, Plainfield, State senator and one of the lead-
ing members of the Union county bar, is a son of Hugh B. and Annie
E. (Thompson) Reed, and was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. , December 4,
1857. In 180G the family removed to New Jersey, settling first in New-
ark and sub.sequently on a farm in the county of Somerset. Mr.
Reed received his preparatory education at a grammar school in New
Brunswick and completed his studies at Rutgers College in the class of
1878, but did not graduate. He read law with Judge John D. Bartinc
of Somerville, and at Columbia Law School and was admitted to the
bar of this State as an attorney in June, 1882, and to the bar of Lu/.erne
county, Pa., as attorney and counselor in 1883. He then tried and
passed the civil service examination with a view to acquiring practical
experience in patent law, but instead, in January, 1884, accepted a
position in the war department at Washington, D. C. In July follow-
ing he resigned and was appointed special examiner of pensions in the
Department of the Interior, in which capacity he served one year.

In 1885 Mr. Reed began the active practice of law as a partner of
Hon. Alvah A. Clark of Somerville, and very soon won a reputation
as an able advocate. This partnership was dissolved in the fall of 1887



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and since then he has successfully practiced his profession in Plainfield,
residing in the borough of North Plainfield, which he has served as
corporation counsel for the past ten years. He was admitted to the
New Jersey bar as counselor in February, 1888, and in the fall of 1894,
formed with William A. Coddington, the present law firm of Reed &
Coddington. Though one of the younger members of the Union county
bar, Mr. Reed has for several years been one of its recognized leaders.
He has had a large general practice in all the courts of the State, and
among the many noteworthy cases with which he has been connected
as counsel may be mentioned the celebrated Job Male will case, the
Hyde vs. French trial and the wSarah M. Lattimer will case. He has
also been for some time an active and prominent Republican and in
1890 received his party's nomination for State senator. In 1895 he
was elected to the New Jersey Assembly and served wuth great credit
during the session of 1896, being chairman of the committees on
boroughs and borough commissions and on incidental expenses. The
latter committee distinguished itself by keeping the incidental expense
account lower than ever before or since in the history of the wState. In
November, 1896, he was elected State senator from Somerset county
for the term of three 3'ears and during the session of 1897 was chair-
man of the joint comuiittee on public printing, and also of the Senate
committee on boroughs and borough commissions, which revised the
borough laws of the State.

In all these capacities Senator Reed has borne a conspicuous part,
espousing the cause of right and justice and winning the approbation
of all classes of citizens irrespective of party. At home he is universally
esteemed as an enterprising, public spirited and progressive citizen,
and is president of the Park Club, the leading social organization of
North Plainfield.

Mr. Reed was married on the 4th of October, 1887, to Miss Katherine
L. Clark, daughter of his former law partner, Hon. Alvah A. Clark,
of Somerville.

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

Alvah Augustus Clark

Alvah Augustus Clark (September 13, 1840 December 27, 1912) was an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1877 to 1881. He was the first cousin of James N. Pidcock, who represented the same district from 1885 to 1889.

Born in Lebanon, New Jersey, Clark attended public and private schools as a child, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1863, commencing practice in New Germantown, New Jersey. He was licensed as a counselor in 1867 and moved to Somerville, New Jersey later the same year where he continued to practice law.

Clark was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses, serving in office from March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1880.

After leaving Congress, Clark resumed practicing law, was appointed postmaster of Somerville, serving until 1899 and, once again, resumed practicing law until his death in Somerville on December 27, 1912. He was interred in New Somerville Cemetery in Somerville.

1894 Washington Park, North Plainfield

A unique feature of social life in Washington Park, North Plainfield, is the Park Club. In it has been demonstrated the possibility of a mixed club of ladies and gentlemen. The club was organized in March 1892. It at once purchased and moved the picturesque clubhouse which had erected for it on Washington Avenue, bordering on Green Brook. Its first officers were: President-Samuel Townsend; Vice-President-William J. Roome; Treasurer-George P. Dupee; Secretary-William L. Saunders.

The scheme of the club orginated in the minds of a few gentlemen, neighboring residents of the park, led by Foster Milliken and W. J. Roome, and organization was determined upon. The consummation of the work, in the purchase of the land and the erection of a clubhouse was largely due to the untiring energy of Mr. Milliken, which kept alive a flagging interest and compelled success. By an expenditure of $10,000, the club owns an attractive brick and shingled house, having on the main floor, which opens upon the street level, a Gothic-roofed assembly room, card and committee rooms, besides a ladies' dressing room.

On the floor below are capacious billiard and bowling rooms, and, as the land slopes from the street to the brook, this lower floor opens upon the level of the club grounds, and looks out on the tennis courts. The membeship numbers 100, of whom 4 are ladies, but every gentelmen's membership gives full club rights (except vote) to the lady members of his household and his sons, when they are expected to become members in their own right. It is roughly estimated that the membership of 100 means that 300 are entitled to club priviledges.

The ladies freely avail themselves of these privileges, and their constant prescence and participation in the active life of the club make it unique in club history.

The favorite club night is Saturday and in the season, it is not an unusual event to have present seventy-five ladies enjoying the club sports or engaging in social chats. Bowling and pool are their favorite excercises below, while dancing, singing and whist are enjoyed up stairs. Under the House Committee, invitation dances are given at intervals during the season, and under Junior Entertainment Committee monthly informal invitation dances are given for the younger set. Tuesday morning is devoted to the ladies exclusively, and then they gather in large numbers for club sports, gossip and tea.

Washington park is a quiet community of homes. A man's club could in no way live there; the participation of the ladies in the life of the Park Club has made club life possible, and to them the club acknoledges its debt. The club has become the centre of the social life of the community, and has made household entertainmnet less imperative and less burdensome. It extends the acquaintance and association of all, and promotes prompt interest in and recognition of desirable newcomers into the neighborhood. The entire debt of the club is represented by $9.500 of 5 per cent bonds, running twenty years, but payable at any time, at the option of the club. It has no other debt, and maintains itself from its revenues, without deficit. Because of the constant presence of ladies and children, no wines or liquors of any kind are permitted upon any part of the club property.

The present officers are: President - St. St. J. McCutchenl Vice-President - B. A. Hegeman, Jr.; Treasurer - George P. Dupee; Secretary - George D. Hallock. Other Governors are Charles A. Reed, George C. Evans, George C. Worth, B.M. Day, and M. S. Taylor.

August 26, 1894 New York Times Article: Plainfield, City of Homes

New York Times October 13, 1895

New York Times October 13, 1895

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THE WEEK IN PLAINFIELD

Entertainment by the Dorcas Society – Monday Afternoon Club

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 12 – A social event of the last week was the entertainment given by the Dorcas Society, King's Daughters, at the home of Miss Maude Lowrie, in Park Avenue, Monday evening. It was titled "The Circulating Library," and was given for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of the poor of the city. The guests on arriving were given a blank catalogue, with only numbers on it, and they were to guess the titles of books represented. The Reception Committee was composed of Miss Bowers, Miss Brown, Miss Lowrie and Miss Langdon. Those presiding at the talbes were Mrs. Crane and Miss Wyckoff, assisted by Mrs. Clark, Mrs. C. T. Pond, Miss Minnie French, Miss Green, Miss Ella Blish, and Miss Maltly. In the library were Miss Crane, Miss Cornwell, Miss Lou French, Miss Millie Landgon, Miss Etta BLish, Miss Alice Hayners, Miss Bessie Titsworth, and Miss Kline.

S.E. Hull of Duer Street has returned from Broadway, where he spent the Summer.

The Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield's leading woman's club, held it sifrst meeting of the Fall. On account of repairs being made at the Casino or the Union County Country Club, where the meeings are usually held, the ladies gathered in the parlors of the Congregational Church. The subject upon which papers are to be read for the coming year is "Some Great Florentines and Their Times." Two papers were read Monday – one by Mrs. Josiah Brown and the other by Mrs. Robert Lowry. Next month the paper will be read by Miss Kenyon, Principal of the Young Ladies' Seminary.

H. M. Stevens of Fanwood gave a reception at the Fanwood Clubhouse Friday evening.

Miss Nellie Saums of Ricefiled is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Saums of Clinton Avenue.

George Barton has returned to Keyport after a visit with Mrs. Barton of Madison Avenue.

Edward Hooley of Rockview Avenue has gone to Atlanta.

The Rev. E. L. Hyde of Hyde Park, Mass., is visiting friends in Plainfield.

The Misses Anthony of Crescent Avenue have returned from Europe.

Miss Bessie Booker of Richmond, Va., has been visitng Miss Dryden of West Seventh Street.

James Smith of Elmwood Place has returned from Amesbury, Mass.

Miss May Haberle, who has been visitng her cousin, Miss Lillie Haberle, has returned to her home in Orange.

Miss Mary Ryder of Brooklyn, who has been visiting at the home of Robert Lucky of Fifth Street, has returned home.

Charles L. Case and family of Central Avenue returned this week from their European trip.

Miss Lydia Duffert of Morris County is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Van Dyke of East Front Street.

Mr. and Mrs. John Burnett of Brookyln have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doane of Fifth Street.

Charles Potter of West Seventh Street has returned from Philadelphia.

Mrs. Florence Howe Hall of Madison Avenue is in Massachusetts delivering a course of lectures.

Miss Mary and Miss Grace Shreve of New York are guests of B. J. Shreve of Grove Street.

Miss Agnes Baldwin of Brooklyn is the guest of Miss Haviland of Washington Park.

Benjamin Terry of Bridgeport is the guest of the Misses Livergey of Park Avenue.

Thomas H. Keller of East Front Street left this week for a trip South.

C. C. Burke and family have left for their Winter home in New York, after spending the Summer at the cottage on Ravine Road Netherwood.

William Tyler of West Eigth Street has gone to Europe.

David Krymer of West Second Street has gone to Baltimore.

Dr. Frank Searles and Mrs. Searles have returned to Bayonne, after a visit with Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Lourie of Park Avenue.

Dr. John H. Carman and fmaily of Somerset Street returned this week from the Adirondacks.

Dr. B. Van D. Hedges of Watchung Avenue is home from his outing in Maine.

Miss Caroline Fitz Randolph, daughter of ex-Mayor L. V. F. Randolph of East Front Street, sailed Saturday for Europe.

January 12, 1896 New York Times

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A WEEK'S EVENTS IN PLAINFIELD.; Numerous Receptions – Doings of Clubs and Societies.

PLAINFIELD, Jan. 11. – A reception was given by Mrs. I C. Pierson of Watchung Avenue, Tuesday evening. She was assisted in receiving by her daughters, Mrs. Malcolm MacKenzie of New-York and Miss Mabel Pierson; Miss Corbitt of New-York, Miss Cochran of Wilmington, Del., and Miss Hunter of North Adams, Mass.

The members of the North Plainfield Dramatic Club were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bailey, Jackson Avenue, Tuesday evening. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew E. Keneey, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Neeley, Mr. and Mrs. James Harper, Miss Mary Hughes, Miss Ellen Mullon, and Frank Off.

A Past Master's jewel was presented to Calvin H. Rugg of Jerusalem Lodge, F. and A.M., Tuesday evening. The same evening John J. Lynch, for several years President of the Plainfield Catholic Club, was presented with a gold-headed cane by the members of the club.

A. D. Shepard and family of the Gables have gone to Buckingham, New York, for the Winter.

The class of '96 of the North Plainfield school was entertained by Miss Emma and Miss Bertha Stevens Wednesday evening.

Mrs. John Valiant of Craig Place gave a reception and tea Wednesday. She was assisted in receiving by Mrs. H.K. Carroll, Mrs. A. A. Tafty, Mrs. F. H. Randolph, Miss Grace Carroll, Miss Bessie Valiant, Miss Florence Valiant, and Miss Mary Steiner.

The Park Club gave an entertainment Wednesday night at the clubhouse on Washington Avenue. The patronesses were Mrs. C. A. Reed, Mrs. Samuel St. John McCutcheon, and Mrs. J. H. Howell.

Miss Imogene See of Sing Sing, N.Y., is a guest of Mrs. Elmer E. Runyon of Madison Avenue.

Miss Eda Mills of Summit Avenue gave a party to her friends Wednesday night.

Miss Mollie Lawrence of New York and Miss Mather of Bound Brook are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman of Crescent Avenue.

Miss Emily Coriell of Church Street is visiting in Brooklyn.

Miss Edith Allen of Webster Place is spending the Winter in Flushing.

Mrs. J. H. Ackerman and daughter, Lydia, have returned from a two month's trip to the Pacific coast.

Miss Randolph, daughter of Thompson F. Randolph of New-York, is visiting her sister Mrs. Judson Bonnell of East Front Street.

Mrs. Lewis of Binghampton, N.Y., is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Ginna of Watchung Avenue.

Miss Rachel Fay Buckley of Newburg, N.Y., and Harry Ellis Green of Plainfield were married Wednesday night at the bride's home.

Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Moore of Ithaca, N.Y., are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Squires of North Plainfield.

Miss Laura J. Runyon of East Fifth Street is visiting friends in Philadelphia.

Miss Harriet Loomis of New York City is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Morse of Franklin Place.

Miss Josie Burlingham of Albany Normal College is a guest of ex-Councilman Seymore G. Smith of Crescent Avenue.

Miss Jennie Foster of New York and Howard Foster of Princeton Colelge are guests of D. N. Groendyke of Mercer Avenue.

Miss Helen L. Moore of New York is the guest of her sister Mrs. S. A. Cruikshank, of Belvidere Avenue.

Miss Freeman of Rahway is visiting her aunt, Mrs. W. C. Ayres, of West Second Street.

Miss Baldwin of Baltimore has gone home, after a visit with her uncle Councilman J. H. Valiant of Craig Place.

Howell Division, no. 97, Sons of Temperance, celebrated its twenty-seventh anniversary Wednesday evening. AMong those present form the out of tow were A. P. Sutphen of Somerville, Grand Worthy Patriarch Ross Slack of Excelsior Division of Trenton, Past Grand Worthy Patriarch Fred Day of Newark and Worthy Patriarch Evenson of Newark, and Worthy Patriarch Evenson of Philadelphia. James J. Perine of Brooklyn is the only living charter member of the division.

Mrs. Yerkes, wife of the Rev. Dr. D. J. Yerkes of the First Baptist Church, has gone to Greenville, S.C., to visit a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest R. Ackerman, who are making a tour around the world, are now at Hongkong.

"Scrub Oaks," Residence of Charles A. Reed, Woodland Avenue, and Winter View of Grounds

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

"Scrub Oaks," Residence of Charles A. Reed, Woodland Avenue, and Winter View of Grounds

1894 Washington Park, North Plainfield NJ

A unique feature of social life in Washington Park, North Plainfield, is the Park Club. In it has been demonstrated the possibility of a mixed club of ladies and gentlemen. The club was organized in March 1892. It at once purchased and moved the picturesque clubhouse which had erected for it on Washington Avenue, bordering on Green Brook. Its first officers were: President-Samuel Townsend; Vice-President-William J. Roome; Treasurer-George P. Dupee; Secretary-William L. Saunders.

The scheme of the club orginated in the minds of a few gentlemen, neighboring residents of the park, led by Foster Milliken and W. J. Roome, and organization was determined upon. The consummation of the work, in the purchase of the land and the erection of a clubhouse was largely due to the untiring energy of Mr. Milliken, which kept alive a flagging interest and compelled success. By an expenditure of $10,000, the club owns an attractive brick and shingled house, having on the main floor, which opens upon the street level, a Gothic-roofed assembly room, card and committee rooms, besides a ladies' dressing room.

On the floor below are capacious billiard and bowling rooms, and, as the land slopes from the street to the brook, this lower floor opens upon the level of the club grounds, and looks out on the tennis courts. The membeship numbers 100, of whom 4 are ladies, but every gentelmen's membership gives full club rights (except vote) to the lady members of his household and his sons, when they are expected to become members in their own right. It is roughly estimated that the membership of 100 means that 300 are entitled to club priviledges.

The ladies freely avail themselves of these privileges, and their constant prescence and participation in the active life of the club make it unique in club history.

The favorite club night is Saturday and in the season, it is not an unusual event to have present seventy-five ladies enjoying the club sports or engaging in social chats. Bowling and pool are their favorite excercises below, while dancing, singing and whist are enjoyed up stairs. Under the House Committee, invitation dances are given at intervals during the season, and under Junior Entertainment Committee monthly informal invitation dances are given for the younger set. Tuesday morning is devoted to the ladies exclusively, and then they gather in large numbers for club sports, gossip and tea.

Washington park is a quiet community of homes. A man's club could in no way live there; the participation of the ladies in the life of the Park Club has made club life possible, and to them the club acknoledges its debt. The club has become the centre of the social life of the community, and has made household entertainmnet less imperative and less burdensome. It extends the acquaintance and association of all, and promotes prompt interest in and recognition of desirable newcomers into the neighborhood. The entire debt of the club is represented by $9.500 of 5 per cent bonds, running twenty years, but payable at any time, at the option of the club. It has no other debt, and maintains itself from its revenues, without deficit. Because of the constant presence of ladies and children, no wines or liquors of any kind are permitted upon any part of the club property.

The present officers are: President - St. St. J. McCutchenl Vice-President - B. A. Hegeman, Jr.; Treasurer - George P. Dupee; Secretary - George D. Hallock. Other Governors are Charles A. Reed, George C. Evans, George C. Worth, B.M. Day, and M. S. Taylor.

August 26, 1894 New York Times Article: Plainfield, City of Homes

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. C. A. Reed
Woodland Avenue

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

July 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1908 Commercial and Financial Chronicle The Plainfield Trust Company

Crescent Avenue Historic District

Crescent Avenue Historic District form for the National Register of Historic Places

815 Park Avenue
c. 1880

In 1894, the home of John Clark, "Broker." In 1920 the residence of Rev. John J. Moment, pastor for thirty years of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Dentil molding and Palladian window in the gable gives a classic feeling. Stone lintels and sills. Strong projecting cornice in the gable. Segmental curved hood over the front door hood, supported by consoles. Eastlake patterns in the verge board and on the lintels.

A nice building unfortunately damaged by the sandblasting of the brick which has changed the character of the structure. Otherwise, it is one of the finer representative houses in the District.

Crescent Avenue Historic District

Crescent Avenue Historic District form for the National Register of Historic Places

131 Crescent Avenue
c. 1880
Three car garage and gardener's cottage
In 1895, the home of E. B. Clark, "Insurance, N. Y."

One of the few surviving porte cocheres in the District. Abounds with Eastlake ornamentation in the gables and on the incised window heads and in the porch treatment with champered columns.

Seven apartments.

A most interesting house and of of the few and completely Eastlake influenced designs in the District, only slightly altered and posessing much style and interesting decorations.

Nov. 12, 1980

The Plainfield Trust Company

Charles A. Reed, Att'y and Counselor-at-Law, New York

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia From the Archives of Barbara Tracy Sandford

This is a sampling of materials saved by Barbara Sandford in her "Plainfield Historical Society" file.

Plainfield Historical Society Memorabilia

Index (73 pages)

*Notation on a "presentation pitcher" stored at the Drake House given to Charles Reed, President of the Senate, 1899

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

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.