Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Warren, Mrs. Frank Dale (Louise Taft) '15

1919 Address: 966 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Directory: Not Listed

1929 Treasurer Book Associate April $10.00 (Mrs. F. D. Warren not listed in the 1928 Treasurer Book)
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 Treasurer Book Associate

1932 Directory* Address: 966 Hillside Avenue
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Mrs. Frank D. Warren, 966 Hillside Avenue is listed as an "Associate Member"

1935 Treasurer Book: Associate, Mrs. Frank D. Warren 1/10/35 PAID Died Nov. 1935

Mother to Mrs. George Washington (Agnes Warren) Fraker '32

966 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

photos from 2010

Architect John P. Benson designed 966 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

Immaculate stately center hall colonial in historic district.1st fl living room,formal dining room with French doors to deck, library all with fireplaces, family room and powder room. ButlerÂ's pantry adjunct to large eat in kitchen easily to be updated for years to come. Impressive stair landing features cozy window-seat flanked by bookshelves. Large master bed room with sitting area, fireplace, walk in closet and full bath in addition to 3 bedrooms and full bath on 2nd fl. 3rd flr features 2 bedrooms and full bath plus large storage room. Oversized 3 car garage/carriage house with loft for potential studio or workshop. Full partial finished basement with half bath, storage room, workshop and utility room. Walk out from basement.All designed by architect /artist John Benson. New roof

966 Hillside Avenue

966 Hillside Avenue

966 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

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966 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

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The ladies of Hillside Avenue

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

The ladies of Hillside Avenue gather at the rear of the Wallace mansion where stone walls, laid dry by farmhands of an earlier day, enclose an old orchard in full bloom. Reminiscing about the neighborhood in which he lived from 1912 - 1935, Dale Warren remarks, "The postman . . . in October would help himself to a Russet apple or two from the surplus of windflls on the lawn." Was this the source? Gardening is a longstanding tradition in the Hillside Avenue Historic District. On a Dunham map of 1878, we discover Denton's Nursery, with a residence and green house clearly marked, filling the space between Hillside and Woodland Avenues, southeast of Prospect Avenue. Perhaps th site of "Propsect Hill" has been identified.

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

The gardens were as expansive as teh homes, featuring balustraded terraces, picket fences, statuary, latticed follies and surrounding hedges pierced by handsome gates. Dale Warren recalls, "However far and wide the summer may have taken me . . . the first sight of (home) with the September clematis fragrant over the front doorway was the best moment of all." New Orleans has its Garden District. Plainfield has its Hillside Avenue.

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

This vintage charmer on Hillside Avenue faces the twenty-first century essentially as it did when constructed; shingled exterior, domed ventilator skirted by a Chippendale-style railing, original doors and windows and perioed fittings, including horse stalls, iron stall dividers, and well-used feeding troughs.


Rounding the corner of th carriage house just pictures on a sunny morning in 1912, Mrs. Warren handles the reins of her beautifully matched pair for a trip to a Muhlenberg Hospital Auxillary meeting or a vist with the Ladds. Off they go for the day's activities. Giddyap, Peter! Ger along, Paul!

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

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

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. F. D. Warren
966 Hillside Avenue

January 22, 1936

Memorial to Mrs. Frank D. Warren

Received:

That in the death of Mrs. Frank D. Warren The Plainfield Garden Club has lost a very dear friend, the memory of whose gentle spirit is blended with the social history of this organization.

To those who knew her well her unselfish interest in the welfare of others, her devotion to every duty, her sincere affection for those she loved shed sunshine over her beautiful and never to be forgotten presence.

Resolved:

That a copy of these resolutions together with profound assurance of our sympathy be sent to the family of Mrs. Warren.

Plainfield, New Jersey
January 22, 1936

Email Correspondence 2012 - 2013

Dear Ford:

Happy New Year. Yesterday a group of us were sorting through the '30's
archival boxes at the Plainfield Library and I discovered the attached.
Mrs. Frank D. Warren would be your great-grandmother. I thought you would like to read the tribute from her friends.

Since I was the one who discovered it (out of a room of about 10 people
sorting piles of paper) I am taking it as a sign that I am remiss from
calling your grandfather! I plan on calling next week – in the afternoon
– and I hope I don't have too many questions for him.

We just received another email from the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Mead. I have a feeling your grandfather will know the Meads as Mrs. Mead and
Mrs. Warren were good friends.

Enjoy – Susan

Susan,

Thank you for your detailed reply. I will discuss your questions with him
but can answer the following ones directly (my responses are below your
questions). I have also copied my uncles (Harrison, Ford and Chris Fraker) on this email and they may have additional comments and can correct anything I have wrong or also add additional information:

For starters, the first question would be: How is he related to the 3
Fraker members?

1. Fraker, Mrs. George Washington (Agnes Warren) '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4570

George was his father and Agnes was his mother.

Is Mrs. G. W. Fraker (Agnes Warren) related to Mrs. Frank D. Warren '15?
Here is the direct link to that album:

http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4522

The Warrens were Agnes' family, so this was her mother.

2. Fraker, Mrs. Philip W. '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5367

I do not know but will ask.

Is your grandfather the "Harry" that recounts Nantucket in the 1920's?

Yes; he is the one. I think that article appeared originally in one of the
Nantucket magazines about three years ago.

Are the Frakers related to the Ackermans?

Yes; Harry had two sisters (can't remember their first names) and one of them married an Ackerman. I do not recognize the first names below but will inquire.

Ackerman, Mrs. Ernest Robinson (Nora L. Weber) '15
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4466

Ackerman, Mrs. Marion S.(Sarah M. Wills) '35
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5586

3. Fraker, Mrs. H. C. '26
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5585

We do not know too much about this member. Was she the mother-in-law of the other two Fraker members? A sister-in-law? Any idea who Margaret Fraker is?

I do not know who she is but will ask.

When you grandfather said he grew up on "Plainfield farm" – what is that location? Is it the house on Rahway Road?

Yes, that is the house. I heard it had been restored.

Tell him that house (now #1001) has been completely renovated and is a show place. I can try to get some photographs for him.

If you or your grandfather has any photos or memorabilia, we would love to include it. Did he know any of the Detwillers? They have sent in quite a bit for the ladies in their family that belonged to the club.

I do not know; he has moved several times and now lives with my uncle (his son) Chris Fraker in Nantucket. I know he would be delighted to discuss the above with you. He can be reached at (508) 228-9501. He is best in the middle of the day or early evening. You can reach Chris on his cell at (XXX) XXX-XXXX. His email is above.

Best, Ford


On Nov 29, 2012, at 9:10 AM,
PlainfieldGC@plainfieldgardenclub.org<mailto:PlainfieldGC@plainfieldgardenclub.org>
wrote:

Dear Mr. von Weise,

Thank you so much for writing to us. It is always a thrill when a
relative discovers our little website
www.plainfieldgardenclub.org<http://www.plainfieldgardenclub.org> The garden club was founded in 1915 and we are the second oldest remaining organization in Plainfield – the Music Club is a few years older!

Two years ago we began to collect the MANY boxes of archives that have
accumulated in members' attics and basements over the past 97 years. We have only scratched the surface of piecing together this memorabilia. We created the online membership list and any time we come across something that is remotely related to that member, we scan it into their album. The plan is to go back and organize later – we will see if this happens. This is our explanation for the jumble of information that appears in your family's files. Our apologies!

We have a record of 3 "Frakers" in the club. Below are the links and a
few questions if you could ask your grandfather (Please send him our
regards. Did he happen to know Barbara Sandford? We just celebrated her 94th birthday a few weeks ago. If he did, I will send you some photos to show him.)

For starters, the first question would be: How is he related to the 3
Fraker members?

1. Fraker, Mrs. George Washington (Agnes Warren) '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4570

Is Mrs. G. W. Fraker (Agnes Warren) related to Mrs. Frank D. Warren '15?
Here is the direct link to that album:

http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4522

2. Fraker, Mrs. Philip W. '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5367

Is your grandfather the "Harry" that recounts Nantucket in the 1920's?
Are the Frakers related to the Ackermans?

Ackerman, Mrs. Ernest Robinson (Nora L. Weber) '15
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4466

Ackerman, Mrs. Marion S.(Sarah M. Wills) '35
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5586

3. Fraker, Mrs. H. C. '26
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5585

We do not know too much about this member. Was she the mother-in-law of the other two Fraker members? A sister-in-law? Any idea who Margaret Fraker is?

When you grandfather said he grew up on "Plainfield farm" – what is that location? Is it the house on Rahway Road? Tell him that house (now #1001) has been completely renovated and is a show place. I can try to get some photographs for him.

If you or your grandfather has any photos or memorabilia, we would love to include it. Did he know any of the Detwillers? They have sent in quite a bit for the ladies in their family that belonged to the club.

Thank you again for writing to us. Let me know about Barbara and the
house on Rahway Road – he would probably like to see the photos.

Sincerely,

Susan Fraser
co-President Plainfield Garden Club
www.plainfieldgardenclub.org


You've received a new submission from your "contact us" through your
"Plainfield Garden Club" Andy's Web Tools web site.

name: Ford von Weise
email: ford@vonweise.net
phone: (XXX) XXX-XXXX

message:

My daughter came across the article on your website about my grandfather,Harry Fraker, who is till alive today at 94 and living on Nantucket. He grew up in Plainfield on Plainfield Farm, went to Lawrenceville, and then Princeton served in WWII at an artillery officer and then raised his family in Princeton. The article asked questions regarding if he was Mrs. H.C. Fraker's husband. The answer is no; he is the husband of the former Marjorie Tomlinson. She died in 1986. I would be happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to call or email.

_______________________________________
Thanks for using Andy's Web Tools!

Bradford L von Weise
ford@vonweise.net<mailto:ford@vonweise.net>

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Harvard College Class of 1904: Henry Taft Eaton

After graduation, I was employed for about a year in that haven for all Harvard graduates who are "waiting for something to turn up," the Old Colony Trust Co., of Boston. In December 1904 I went to Bennington, N.H., there to learn the business of paper manufacturing with the idea of coming to New York to be connected with the selling end of the business; after I was considered sufficiently versed in the gentle art of sorting rags, etc., I spent about two years in the mill, during which time I was employed in various capacities; and managed to pick up more or less knowledge of paper manufacturing, and incidentally a lot of good health. In December, 1906, I came to New York, and entered the employ of Clarke & Co., paper manufacturers and wholesalers, 225 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y., and at present writing am still with them.

I have not as yet done much for my country in the way of art, letters, or politics. I am a member of the Plainfield Country Club and the Harvard Club of New York. I have been a "Jersey commuter" for three years. Present residence: 966 Hillside Ave., Plainfield, N.J.

1909 Plainfield City Directory

Warren, Frank D. paper h 966 Hillside av

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

PAGE ONE

1915

May 26 Mrs. Warrren
Mr. Jorde Breeze - "Gardens"

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 27, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

1997 Mansions of May

May 4, 1997

Like its neighbor, this 2 1/2 story shingled colonial revival was built before the turn of the century by architect John P. Benson. The family home of Houghton Mifflin editor Dale Warren between 1903 and 1935, it was commemorated by Warren in an essay written for the New Jersey Historical Society. This spacious house has ten in the care of the current owners since 1956. A comfortable family home, it features an open floor plan, classic clean architectural lines, and a center hall design. Built-in bookcases in the library, unusual double dutch doors in the dining room, and the original butler's pantry are but a few of the special details of this home. Be sure to take a peak at the unique carriage house at the rear of the property.

F. Scott Ftizgerald description to Dale Warren

He had one of the rarest qualities in all literature, and it's a great shame that the word for it has been thoroughly debased by the cosmetic racketeers, so that one is almost ashamed to use it to describe a real distinction. Nevertheless, the word is charm–charm as Keats would have used it. Who has it today? It's not a matter of pretty writing or clear style. It's a kind of subdued magic, controlled and exquisite, the sort of thing you get from good string quartettes."

- Raymond Chandler on F. Scott Fitzgerald
In a 12 November 1950 letter to Dale Warren–the publicity director of Houghton Mifflin–detective novelist Raymond Chandler commented about Fitzgerald,

submitted by Robert F. Moss

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2007 Stationery from Julie Shortridge, former resident & cub member

December 15, 2013 Email Correspondence

name: Yvonne C Moody
email: Yvonne37@bellsouth.net
phone: XXXXXXX

message:

To Susan Fraser: I was fascinated to find your correspondence with my first cousin once removed, Ford von Weise, regarding my grandmother, Agnes Warren Fraker. Possibly I can add to your store of information. Mr. and Mrs. Fraker had six children, Margaret, Priscilla, Helen (my mother,) William, George Jr. and Harrison. I can remember as a child rolling down the back lawn of 1001 Rahway Road with my grandmother's cocker spaniel. I have never before heard of a Philip Fraker, or an H. C. Fraker. Margaret married Philip van Deventer; they had one son, Philip Jr. who died in 2010. She later married Worth Wiley, no issue. Priscilla married a Mr. Taylor and had two sons, W. Warren and Edward. My mother married Frank C. Cosby Jr. (not Crosby!) I am their only child. My uncle George had a son, G. W. III, and a daughter Margot. Harry, who just died on his 96th birthday Dec.3, had a daughter Wenda, Ford von Weise's mother, and sons Harrison S. Jr., Ford, Howard and Christopher.

If I can answer any questions you may have, I would be happy to. Also, please give Barbara Sandford my greetings. I remember her with fond admiration from my days in Plainfield.
Sincerely, Yvonne Moody

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

1922 Amherst College Bulletin

1925 Princeton Alumni

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Buffalo Courier February 6, 1921

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dale Warren of Plainfield, N. J. announced the engagement of their daughter, Mary, to Eric L. Hedstrom of Buffalo. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Hedstrom return from Plainfield where they have been guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dale Warren and will be accompanied by Miss Warren, who will be their guest.

The History of Hedstrom Manor

The original Hedstrom Manor Estate, circa 1903, was reported at one time to encompass 200 acres and reached to Sheridan Drive. The owner of the estate was Arthur E. Hedstrom, a philanthropist and president of Hedstrom-Spaulding Company until his death in 1946. It was one of Buffalo's largest coal companies and the major distributor of coal for Western New York.

Arthur and his wife Katherine Wilcox was considered pioneer suburban residents when they built their new summer home in Amherst. He built the large stone mansion you see on the property today for his wife and three children. The family lived there until 1949. With the mansion, the estate consisted of a gatehouse, a row of caretaker cottages, a riding stable, and an orchard, pool and pool house.

The original address of the mansion was 4200 Main Street and was accessed by a gatehouse at the front of the property. That gatehouse still stands today. In addition, the rustically attractive and well-built quarry stone wall which extends the entire length of Main Street and Getzville Road property lines has survived over 100 Buffalo winters. It completes and defines the property even though the original acreage is no longer intact.

Arthur Hedstrom died in 1946. He was the co-organizer of the Amherst Community Church, an active leader in Buffalo YMCA, and a life member of the Albright Art Gallery. After his death, his wife sold the remaining acreage to Genrich Builders in 1949. The mansion was converted to apartments and the land to new developments and housing began to surround the property.

Sadly over the years, the estate fell into disrepair. It deteriorated and was in need of an energetic new approach to save it and reposition it for the future. The CRS Companies purchased the Hedstrom Manor and has proudly remodeled the mansion and constructed 11 unique and spacious townhomes on the property. It is an exceptional mix of old and new, impeccably designed to preserve the exquisite architecture of the mansion while surrounding it was lovely new townhomes that will only serve to enhance and beautify this significant piece of Amherst history.

Hillside Historic District

August 29, 2015

Hillside Historic District has announced a new website: http://hillsideavenuedistrict.com

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

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Stevenson, Mrs. E. Vickers '41

1239 Watchung Avenue
Brown, Miss Edna M. '34