Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Timpson, Mrs. Lewis Gouverneur (Helen Frances Waring) '15

1899 Summer Social Register lists residence as "Grace Court" Plainfield

900 Park Avenue - Childhood home

1919 Address: 1045 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Directory: Not Listed

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00
1930 Treasurer Book Active and penciled in "Trans. to Ass. List"
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 Treasurer Book Associate

1932 Directory* Address: 1045 Hillside Avenue
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Mrs. Lewis G. Timpson, 1045 Hillside Avenue is listed as an "Associate Member"

1937 Treasurer Book, under Associate: Mrs. Lewis G. Timpson 1/18/37 Pd.

1938 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. Lewis G. Timpson 3/1/38 Pd 3/7/39 Pd. 2/6/40 Pd. 2/26/41 Pd. 12/4/41 Pd. 12/1/42 Pd. 12/14/43 Pd. 1/2/45 Pd. 12/12/45 July 46 May 31, 1947

1942 Directory: 1045 Hillside Avenue
NOTE: Associate Member

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book: Associate Timpson, Mrs. Lewis G. resigned

June 2011: An invitation to Shakespeare-in-Bloom was delivered to 900 Park Avenue

December 22, 1895 New York Times article

SOCIAL DOINGS IN PLAINFIELD.; The First of the Season's Assemblies – Movements of Well-Known People.

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Dec. 21. – The first of the season's assemblies was given in the Casino of the Union County Country Club, on West Seventh Street, Monday night. It was a pleasant inauguration of the season's festivities among society folk. The pretty hall was tastily decorated in pink. The music was furnished by Eliott of New-York

March 3, 1895 New York Times article

PLAINFIELD SOCIAL NEWS; Last Assembly of the Season – Other Festivities.

PLAINFIELD, N.J., March 2. – The social season was brought to a close by a delightful assembly at the Casino Monday night. The patronesses were: Mrs. Robert L. Burnett, Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman, Mrs. B.A. Hegeman, Mrs. John W. Reinhart, Mrs. William L. Saunders, and Mrs. Lewis G. Timpson.

February 16, 1896 New York Times society article

1900, 1910, 1920 census information

1900 New Jersey

119 East 6th Street, 2 Ward, Plainfield, New Jersey
Lewis G Timpson b Aug 1866 New York Head
Helen F Timpson b Mar 1867 Pennsylvannia Wife
Helen Timpson b Aug 1889 New Jersey Daughter
Louis G Timpson b Oct 1890 New Jersey Son
Ruth Timpson b Apr 1894 New Jersey Daughter
Mary Timpson b Jan 1899 New Jersey Daughter
Kate Flynn b 1881 Ireland Servant
Catherine Warley b 1873 Ireland Servant
Nellie Haglety b 1873 Ireland Servant

1910 New Jersey

1045 Hillside Avenue, 2 Ward Plainfield, New Jersey

The whole family still together, dates etc matching...except son Lewis is now called Morris, however looking at 1920 gives an explanation. I couldn't make out Lewis's profession in 1900 but know he is listed as a Real Estate Broker.
Only one servant now...Kath Kelly again from Ireland

1920 New Jersey

1045 Hillside Avenue, 2 Ward Plainfield, New Jersey

Lewis Timpson Head Real Estate Broker
Francis Timpson Wife
Lewis G M Timpson Son Travelling Merchant Food Products
Mary H Timpson Daughter
Margaret Gasthurst Ireland Servant

Ages again match up perfectly with 1900. Note the initial M in the sons name.. explains the Morris. Also wife Helen obviously gave second name.

The Timpson in Colorado is George M Timpson born 1867 married to Ada and described under Race as coloured.

May 27, 1908 New York Times article

Graduates from Montclair Academy

Ruth Waring Timpson

Ruth Waring Timpson
1894 -
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Birth 6 Apr 1894 Plainfield, NJ
Gender Female
Person ID I4048 VanRensselaer
Last Modified 13 Aug 2010

Father Lewis Gouverneur Timpson, b. 19 Aug 1865
Mother Helen Frances Waring
Married 14 Nov 1888
Family ID F0790 Group Sheet

Family Stanley Burke, b. 15 Jun 1895, Plainfield, NJ
Family ID F2184 Group Sheet

Helen Frances Waring

Helen Frances Waring

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Gender Female
Person ID I4044 VanRensselaer
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Family Lewis Gouverneur Timpson, b. 19 Aug 1865
Married 14 Nov 1888
Children 1. Helen Timpson, b. 24 Aug 1889
2. Lewis Gouverneur Morris Timpson, b. 31 Oct 1890
3. Ruth Waring Timpson, b. 6 Apr 1894, Plainfield, NJ
4. Mary Hamilton Timpson, b. Jan 1897

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Lewis Gourverneur Timpson

Lewis Gouverneur Timpson
1865 -

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Birth 19 Aug 1865
Gender Male
Person ID I4040 VanRensselaer
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Father Thomas Timpson, d. 9 Apr 1877
Mother Mary Hamilton Morris
Married 5 Jun 1861
Family ID F0787 Group Sheet

Family Helen Frances Waring
Married 14 Nov 1888
Children 1. Helen Timpson, b. 24 Aug 1889
2. Lewis Gouverneur Morris Timpson, b. 31 Oct 1890
3. Ruth Waring Timpson, b. 6 Apr 1894, Plainfield, NJ
4. Mary Hamilton Timpson, b. Jan 1897

Family ID F0790 Group Sheet

March 24, 2008

This ran in the local paper. Most of you know that my grandfather died recently. He remains close to our hearts, forever and always.

Lewis Gouverneur Morris Timpson Jr. formerly of Bridgewater

ATLANTA, Ga. – Lewis Gouverneur Morris Timpson Jr., 86, formerly of Bridgewater, passed away Wednesday March 12, 2008 in Atlanta, Ga. Born in Denver, Mr. Timpson grew up in Plainfield, raised his family in South Plainfield and Bridgewater and retired to Palm Beach, Fla., and Beach Haven.

Mr. Timpson graduated from Plainfield High School and Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. He was a World War II veteran, landed on Normandy on his 23rd birthday, was in Paris for the liberation and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a proud descendant of the first colonial governor of New Jersey, Lewis Morris, and Gouverneur Morris, statesman and member of the Constitutional Convention.

Mr. Timpson retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance in 1979. He loved to play tennis and gladly shared with friends and family the fruits of his gardening, crabbing and fishing. He was a warm and loving husband to Ingrid Gundersen Timpson and Abigail Jordan Timpson, who both predeceased him.

He was a devoted father to Karen Alvarez, Lewis Timpson III, Melissa Timpson and their spouses. He felt fortunate to have been a stepfather to John Mark Jordan, Abigail Schager, Deborah Jaquiery, Matthew Jordan and their spouses. Mr. Timpson leaves nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers, Walter and Peter; two sisters, Fran Renz and Ann Woodruff and brother-in-law, Arnold Gundersen, and their families.
Private arrangements will be held at a later date at the family's convenience.

Donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Mr. Timpson's name. Dad, our own "Desperado," you are loved and truly missed. Through us, your song will live on.

Gouverneur Morris

Gouverneur Morris (January 31, 1752 November 6, 1816) was an American statesman, a Founding Father of the United States, and a native of New York who represented Pennsylvania in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was also an author of large sections of the Constitution of the United States and one of its signers. He is widely credited as the author of the document's preamble: "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union ... " and has been called the 'Penman of the Constitution.'[1] In an era when most Americans thought of themselves as citizens of their respective states, Morris advanced the idea of being a citizen of a single union of states.[2]

A gifted scholar, Morris enrolled at King's College (now Columbia University) at age twelve, in 1764. He graduated in 1768 and received a master's degree in 1771

Family and legacy
At the age of 57, he married Anne Cary ("Nancy") Randolph, who was the sister of Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr., husband of Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph.

He died at the family estate, Morrisania, and he is buried at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. Morris and his wife had a son, Gouverneur Jr., who eventually became a railroad executive.

Morris also established himself as an important landowner in northern New York, where the Town of Gouverneur and Village of Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County are named for him.

Morris's half-brother, Lewis Morris (17261798), was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Another half-brother, Staats Long Morris, was a loyalist and major-general in the British army during the American Revolution. His nephew, Lewis Richard Morris, served in the Vermont legislature and in the United States Congress. His grandnephew was William M. Meredith, United States Secretary of the Treasury under Zachary Taylor. Morris's great-grandson, also named Gouverneur (18761953), was an author of pulp novels and short stories during the early-twentieth century. (Several of his works were adapted into films, including the famous Lon Chaney, Sr. film, The Penalty.)[11][12]

In 1943, a United States liberty ship named the SS Gouverneur Morris was launched. She was scrapped in 1974.

Gouverneur Morris

A prominent statesman, writer, and diplomat in Revolutionary New York, Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816) was perhaps the greatest member of the Morris dynasty. The grandson of the first governor of New Jersey and the half-brother of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Gouverneur Morris authored substantial portions of the U.S. Constitution, giving the document both coherency and elegance.

Born in Morrisania, then the estate of the Morris family, Gouverneur Morris graduated from King's College (now Columbia University). He was admitted to the Bar and served on New York's Provincial Congress from 1775 to 1777 obtaining a provision for religious tolerance in the first state constitution.

From 1778 to 1789, Morris served in the Continental Congress. When he failed to win re-election, he moved to Philadelphia to practice law during which time he wrote a series of essays on finance. One of these argued for a decimal currency system (money based on units with 100 parts) which, with some reworking by Thomas Jefferson, became the basis for the currency system still used in the U.S. today.

Morris served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, arguing in favor of centralized government and recommending that the president serve a life-term and have the power to nominate senators. From 1792 to 1794, Morris served as American Ambassador to France, witnessing the French Revolution first hand. His Royalist sympathies (he tried to aid Louis XVI's escape from the country) placed him at odds with the new Republican government of France and he was recalled.

In 1809, at the age of 57, Gouverneur Morris married Ann Cary Randolph and they had a son, Gouverneur, Jr (1813-1888). In 1841, in memory of his mother, Gouverneur, Jr., erected St. Ann's Episcopal church at St. Ann's Avenue and East 140th Street. New York City annexed the town of Morrisania in 1874. Sections of the original Morris estate are now Crotona and St. Mary's Parks.

The junction of Jackson Avenue, Bruckner Boulevard (previously Southern Boulevard) and East 138th Street forms the land that is now Gouverneur Morris Triangle. Jurisdiction over this property was given to the office of the Bronx Borough President in 1896. In 1929, the City Department of Public Works erected a comfort station on Morris Triangle which was closed in 1956.

In 2001, Gouverneur Morris Triangle was renovated with city funds, as part of the Greenstreets Project, a joint effort by Parks and the Department of Transportation begun in 1986 and revived in 1994. Its goal is to convert paved street properties, such as triangles and malls, into green spaces.

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

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 February 5, 1895


Entertainmnets Which Have Helped to Make the Week Pass Pleasantly

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Feb. 16 – On Wednesday evening a cotillion was danced at the home of ex-Mayor Q. V. F. Randolph of East Front Street.

Herman Simmonds of Watchung Avenue has gone to Florida, to remain until Spring.

Mrs. Dudley Insley of Tacoma and Miss See of Sing Sing are guests of Mrs. E. E. Runyon of Madison Avenue.

Mrs. Howell of Chester, who has been visiting her sister Mrs. F. D. Whiting of East Sixth Street, has returned home.

Next Tuesday evening the ladies of the Monroe Avenue Chapel will hold their annual supper.

Mrs. Robert Downy of Madison Avenue gave a tea this afternoon from 4 to 7.

By far the largest and most brilliant social function that has ever been given in this city was the Ackerman reception at the Casino on Monday night. About 500 guests were present, the largest number that has yet gathered in that pretty clubhouse and ballroom. Mrs. J. Hervey Ackerman received, assisted by Mrs. Robert Rushmore, Mrs. Ernest R. Ackerman, and Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman.

Plainfield Countil of the Royal Arcanum celebrated the addition of the two hundredth member to its ranks Monday night with an entertainment.

William C. Ayers, one of Plainfield's oldest residents, celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday Tuesday. He was born on Feb. 12, 1809, on the same day as Lincoln.

Wednesday evening the ladies of the Seventh Day Baptist Church held a sale and supper in the church.

An interesting meeting of the Monday Afternoon Club was held in the parlors of the Crescent Avenue Church Monday, at which David P. Hall gave a talk on parliamentary usage.

The Third Regiment Cadet Corps of this city will go to Bound Brook on Washington's Birthday to take part in the parade of that place.

Several new members were received into the Plainfield Bicycle Club at a meeting Monday night.

On Thursday evening, Feb. 21, a Martha Washington tea will be given in the First Presbyterian Church.

Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Bowers of Franklin Place entertained the Musical Club.

The Ladies Committee of the Young Women's Christian Association met Tuesday afternoon and elected the following officers: President – Mrs. Henry M. Maxson; Vice-President – Mrs. J. Wesley Johnson; Treasurere – Mrs. J. H. Manning; Secretary – Miss Embury.

Next month Miss Fannie Westphal will be married to George Gray of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, Mrs. Marion S. Ackerman of West Seventh Street gave a dinner in honor of her guest, Miss Cox of New York. The guests present were Miss Gertrude Waly, Miss Cox, Miss Marion Dumont, Miss Waldron, Miss Lawrence, Miss Carey, Harry Munger, Laurens Van Buren, Fred Waly, Dr. B. Van D. Hedges, Mr. Waring and Mr. Wharton.

A union meeting of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Societies of the Crescent Avenue and First Presbyterian Churches as held Tuesday afternoon at the latter church. The subject discussed as "China," papers being read by Mrs. M. E. Dwight, Mrs. Luchey, Mrs. Cornelius Schenck, Mrs. Pruden, and Mrs. Wyckoff.

Next Saturday Mrs. Henry McGee of Washington Park will give an afternoon tea. The hours will be from 4 to 7 o'clock.

During the week Miss Florence Honneger of New Brighton, S. I., has been the guest of Mrs. J. R. Hill of Belvidere Avenue.

Plainfield's handsome new Young Men's Christian Association Building was formally opened Tuesday night. Addresses were made by Mayor Alexander Gilbert, the first President of the association; the Rev. Dr. William R. Richards and William D. Murray, the present President. The building cost about $50,000.

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

Some of the others who do business in New York and have handsome homes here are . . .; Orville T. Waring of the Standard Oil Company,

National Register of Historical Places

Waring, Orville, T., House (added 1979 - - #79003252)
Also known as Runyon Funeral Home
900 Park Ave. , Plainfield
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Smith,Charles H.
Architectural Style: Late Victorian
Area of Significance: Architecture, Industry, Commerce
Period of Significance: 1875-1899
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
Current Function: Commerce/Trade
Current Sub-function: Business

900 Park Ave

Plainfield Public Library
Charles H. Smith
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Collection Detwiller
Description Addition
Condition Light
Blueprint ID D-7377
Permit 1384
Year of Permit 1903
Microfilm Roll 0210
Microfilm Frame 0056
Condition 1000
Address 900 Park Avenue
Historic District
Architect Chas. Smith
Architect Firm Chas H. Smith
Business Owner O.T. Waring
City of Plainfield
Planning Department
Historic District Addresses
Address 900-914 Park Avenue
Block 720
Lot 1
Year Built 1881
Architectural Style Queen Anne
Historic District Van Wyck Brooks

900 Park Avenue

December 4, 2011 Van Wyck Brooks Historical House Tour

900 Park Avenue

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Our last stop on the tour and the famous home of Orville Waring of Standard Oil fame and wealth. Several of his daughters were our members as well as one daughter-in-law:

Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, President 1958 - 1960

Mrs. Lewis Gouveneur (Helen Frances Waring) Timpson '15

Mrs. Orville G. (Dorothy Fleming) Waring '35

900 Park Avenue

Gail Sloan and Anne Shepherd

900 Park Avenue now operates as a catering place, which astounded Anne who remembers it as Runyon Funeral Home. Perhaps the interior will suggest a more festive atomosphere . . . although the current owner already told us a ghost story about Mr. Waring at the previous Shakespeare-in-Bloom. Still, we approach and go inside . .

900 Park Avenue

May 28, 1923
Died. Orville Taylor Waring, 84, a colleague of John D. Rockefeller in the Standard Oil Co. and one of its original incorporators, of cancer, at Plainfield, N. J. He is survived by his second wife and eight children.

900 Park Avenue

Our stay was not long. We did see the very unusual white and gold painted staircase to the second floor and the Tiffany window on the landing. A favorite feature was this gigantic stone bench inset to the port cochere.

900 Park Avenue

The Castle
The Orville Taylor Waring house on Park Avenue in Plainfield's Van Wyck Brooks Historic District is one of the homes on "An Old-Fashioned Christmas House Tour" next weekend

Several PGC members were Waring-related:

Mrs. Orville G. (Dorothy Fleming) Waring '35

Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, President 1958 - 1960

Mrs. Lewis Gouveneur (Helen Frances Waring)Timpson '15

Photo by Dan Damon

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. L. G. Timpson
1045 Hillside Avenue

November 15, 1888 New York Times


The marriage of Helen Frances Waring, daughter of Orville T. Waring, and Louis Gouverneur Timpson at Grace Church, Plainfield, N. J., last night at 7 o'clock was the most fashionable event of the season at Plainfield. A boy choir in surplices sang the wedding march from "Lohengrin." Following the choir were the ushers, Frank Van Buren, Orville Waring, Jr., and the Messrs. Helfenstein. Then came the bridesmaids, the Misses Massitt, Fairbarn, Knowland, and Poole. Two little sisters of the bridge, May and Florence, acted as maids of honor. The bridge was dressed in a corded silk. She was conducted to the altar by her father. The groom and his best man, Edward Van Buren, were waiting there. The Very Rev. Archdeacon Rodman read the marriage service.

Among the guests were Gen. and Mrs. D. T. Van Buren, Louis Couverneur Morris of Fordham, Mr. and Mrs. Sliger, Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Herring, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Potter, Jr., Mason W. Tyler, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Lowe, and Robert Burnet. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of Mr. Waring, and four three hours the house was crowded.

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

1920 Meeting Minutes

New York Times October 9, 1901

Waring - Fisk
Special to The New York Times

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Oct. 8. – The marriage of Miss Louise Green Fisk and Lewis Edmund Waring was celebrated yesterday. The wedding was the most brilliant society event that has taken place in this city this Fall. Invitations had been issued to more than 2,500 persons in this city, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Newport, Washington, and other various cities in this and adjacent States. Mrs. Waring is the eldest daughter of ex-Mayor and Mrs. Charles J. Fisk. Mr. Waring is a son of Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Waring. He is a member of the Hillside Golf Club of this city and also of the Baltusrol Golf Club.

The ceremony was performed at 8:30 o'clock in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. William R. Richards. A feature of the ceremony was the presence of a number of choir boys from Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, New York, who preceded the bridal party.

The ushers were Henry Lower, Laurens H. Van Buren, Richard S. Waring, Edward J. Waring, brothers of the bridegroom; Augustus R. Fisk of this city, Raymond Lefferts and Edward Sawyer of New York, Rutherford M. Shepard and J. Cheney Wells of Philadelphia. The flower girls were Miss Annie G. Fisk, sister of the bride, and Miss Eleanor Waring, sister of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss Margaretta Wood of Pittsburg, Penn.: Miss Esther Waterman of Southport, Conn.; Miss Helen Bushnell, Miss Helen Talmadge, Miss Florence Waring, a sister of the bridegroom; Miss Edith C. Fisk, a cousin of the bride, of this city, and Miss Evelyn Louise Fisk of Willburtha, N. J., aunt of the bride. Miss Fannie Cox of this city was maid of honor. The best man was Orville T. Waring, eldest brother of the bridegroom.

The bride wore a gown of chiffon with rose point lace and tulle veil. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses, orchids, and lilies of the valley.

After the ceremony an elaborate reception was held at the home of the bride's parents on West Seventh Street. Among the large number of presents received by the bride none attracted more attention than did the gift of Mrs. Richie, the bride's grandmother. It was linen worth $1,000, packed in an old German dower chest.

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

We had three known members of the Waring clan in the PGC. The first two are:

Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, our President in 1958

Mrs. Lewis Gouveneur (Helen Frances Waring) Timpson '15, a founding member of the PGC

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

The Warings

We learned about the Warings on the recent trip to Kykuit as the senior Orville Waring was a business associate of J.D. Rockefeller. His beloved home is now a Plainfield landmark on Park Avenue.

With the snow, it is hard to tell, but this marker seems to be for "our" Mrs. Waring – see her initials on the right "D.F.W" and her husband's on the left "O.G.W."

Mrs. Orville G. (Dorothy Fleming) Waring '35

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

The Center of the Waring Cross

"IHS" are the initials in the center of the cross. These represent the Greek letters Iota (Ι), Eta (Η) and Sigma (Σ), which are the first three letters of Jesus in Greek.

February 9, 2014

February 9, 2014

Having a web presence if fun! We get interesting email like this one:

name: Mary Waring Waldron


I was looking through the internet for information on my great grandfather, Orville T. Waring, and came upon your very interesting history, which starts with a notice of the death of "Aunt Dorothy." I am a member of the Greenwich Garden Club.

In response, we referred Mary (Greenwich Garden Club is a GCA Club) to her relatives that we know were PGC members (there could be more):

MacLeod, Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) '55, President 1958 - 1960
Timpson, Mrs. Lewis Gouveneur (Helen Frances Waring) '15
Waring, Mrs. Orville G. (Dorothy Fleming) '35

The Waring family was a very prominent Plainfield family. Sally recently reminisced about Mrs. MacLeod, whom she remembered as being a very attractive woman. The few photos we have of Carolyn Waring MacLeod confirm that. Mr. Waring, if you remember, was in business with Mr. Rockefeller – much discussed on the recent foray to Kykuit in the Fall.

1916 Metal Industry

William Andrew Conner, of Plainfield, N.J., died suddenly December 6, 1t his office in Perth Amboy, N.J. He was born in Baltimore, September 12, 1859, and began his business career in 1876 in Pittsburgh, in the oil refining business, in which he reached the position of assistant manager for the Standard Oil Company. In 1883 he took charge of the first plant built by the Standard Underground Cable Company, which manufactured copper wire and cables, of Canada, Limited in Hamilton, Canada, and from then to the time of his death he was the head of the manufacturing business of that company; including large plants planned and built by him in Pittsburgh, Pa; Perth Amboy, N.J., Oakland, Cal, and Hamilton, Canada. He was a director for ten years and first vice-president since 1909. He was vice-president of the Perth Amboy Trust Company, in whose inception he had an active part.

He was cousin of E. J. Waring of the Standard Underground Cable Company, and of the late Richard S. Waring, founder of the company and the inventor of "Waring" cables.

Hillside Historic District

August 29, 2015

Hillside Historic District has announced a new website:

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

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

807 Hillside Avenue
Browne, Miss Elizabeth B. '37

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

816 Hillside Avenue
Zerega, Miss Bertha Virginia '23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1239 Watchung Avenue
Brown, Miss Edna M. '34