Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Brown, Miss Edna M. '34

1934 Treasurer Book: Miss Edna M. Brown 5/4/34 PAID
1934 Treasurer Book Associate: Miss Edna M. Brown – name then scratched out.
Treasurer Book, Active: 1935, 1936, 1937

President 1937 - 1938

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Miss Edna M. Brown 1/11/38 Pd. 1/12/39 Pd. 12/5/41 Pd. 12/12/42 Pd. 12/3/43 Pd. 12/6/44 Pd. 12/26/45 6/6/46

1940 Treasurer Book, Active: Miss Edna M. Brown 1/8/40 Pd 3/19/41 Pd.

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Active: Brown, Miss E. May 9, 1947 Name is crossed out and written is "assoc." The under "Associate": Brown, Miss Edna June 4, 1948

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book, Associate: Brown, Miss E. May 15, 1947 June 8, 1949 May 29, 1950 May 1951 June 1952

June 10, 1915 New York Times wedding announcement

Wherry - Brown Wedding

Daughter of Mrs. Edward F. Brown Marris John F. Wherry

John Frederic Wherry of Newark, NJ and Miss Edna F. Brown had a home wedding at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Edward Flint Brown, 495 West End Avenue.

Dr. Elmer J. Wherry was the best man, and the ushers were Stuart Young and Carl A. Fleick.

June 2, 1907 New York Times article

Miss Edna Brown in tennis championship at Plainfield Country Club

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

1941 - 1947 Club History by Etheldreda Anderegg

The American Red Cross May 29, 1946

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

Courier News articles

Brown Edna M. 6/6/1934 News
Brown Edna M. 11/11/1937 News
Brown Edna M. 12/18/1957 Obituary
Brown Edna M. 12/19/1957 Obituary

New York Times October 13, 1895

New York Times October 13, 1895


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.

1958 Check Book

No. 1290
Feb. 11, 1958
Garden Club of
America – Memorial to
Miss Edna Brown

1239 Watchung Avenue

This is a Single-Family Home located at 1239 Watchung Avenue #43, Plainfield NJ. The property was built in 1902. The average list price for similar homes for sale is $407,075 and the average sales price for similar recently sold homes is $254,630. This property is in the 07060 ZIP code in Plainfield, NJ. The average list price for ZIP code 07060 is $230,880.
Public Records for 1239 Watchung Ave #43Official property, sales, and tax information from county (public) records as of 05/2012:
•Single Family Residential•Built In 1902•Stories: 3 story•Parking: Garage•Parking Spaces: 1•Construction: Frame•County: Union.Property Taxes for 1239 Watchung Ave #43Year Value Land Improvements Total Tax
2012 Assessed $51,700 + $77,200 = $128,900 $9,015 (2011

November 11, 2012

1909 Plainfield Directory

Brown, Wylie, mch engineer, h 1239 Watchung Av

Mrs. Frank E. Blackwell

New York Times

Daughter of James Birney, Former Minister to the Netherlands

Sunday, 18 Oct. 1936.

Mrs. Frank Engs Blackwell, daughter of the late James Birney, United States Minister to the Netherlands, and the grandaughter of James G. Birney, who ran for President on the Abolitions ticket, died yesterday of heart ailment in her home at 1,235 Park Avenue.

Mrs. Blackwell, who was in her eighty-fifth year, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her childhood was spent in Bay City, Mich. She enter Vassar College the second year after the opening of that institution.

Her husband, the late Frank Engs Blackwell, a descendant of an old New York family, was a member of the bar in this city for forty years. Mrs. Blackwell resided in New York since her marriage more than sixty years ago.

Three children, Mrs. Francis W. Frost of Plainfield, N.J.; Mrs. James Harvey Williams and Frank Engs Blackwell of this city survive.

Sunday, 18 Oct 1936:

BLACKWELL - Alice Birney at her residence, 1,235 Park Av., on Oct 17, wife of the late Frank E.Blackwell and daughter of the late Amanda Moulton and James Birney, in her eighty-fifth year. Funeral private. It is requested that no flowers be sent.

1907 - Wedding of daughter, Miss Alice Birney Blackwell. (Added Jun, 2009)

The New York Times, Oct. 27, 1907

Will be Held Nov. 26 in the Church of the Incarnation.

Miss Alice Birney Blackwell, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Blackwell, and Frank Willoughby Frost who are to be married on Nov. 26 in the Church of the Incarnation, have decided upon their attentdants. Miss Blackwell will have her sister, Miss Jennet D. Blackwell, as her maid of honor and only attendant. Harry Fowler Woods of Cincinnati is to be the best man. H. Harwood Frost and Edwin Hunt Frost, brothers of the bridegroom; Birney Blackwell, a brother of the bride; Robert Arthur Beebe, Frederick Worth Goddard, and Wylie Brown will be the ushers.

The ceremony will take place at 3:30, and will be followed by a small reception at the home of the bride's parents, 32 West Seventy-Fifth Street.

Additional Notes:

Alice A. Birney was the daugher of James Birney III and Amanda S. Moulton. Her marriage to Frank E. Blackwell took place on September 24, 1874, at her parent's residence in Bay City, MI. They had the following children: Birney, Frank, Alice and Jennett.''
1850 - New York Births: Columbia, New York

Frank Engs Blackwell born April 4, 1850, parents James M. and Jannet D. Blackwell.
1860 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

Birney, Alice - b. 1853, Ohio
1900 - Census: Manhtatten, New York

Blackwell, Frank - age 54, b. NY
Alice, wife - age 47, Ohio
Frank, son - age 25, NY
Alice J., daughter - age 20, NY
Jennet, daughter - age 15, NY

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

January 2, 1913 New York Times


Miss Brown Wedded to C. H. H. Piffard; Miss Strong to H. Huntington

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Jan 1 - Miss Helen Louise Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving H. Brown of Central Avenue, and Charles Halsey Haight Piffard, son of Mrs. Charles H. Morse of Chicago, were married at the home of the bride's parents last night. The Rev. Dr. J. S. Zelie of this city officiated. Miss Marion Brown, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid, and W. C. Reighton Harris of Edinburgh, Scotland the best man. Harold Seymour Brown and P. Mortimer Brown, brothers of the bride, were ushers.

Miss Agnes Fales Strong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Strong of Central Avenue, and Howard Huntington, also of this city, were married to-night at the home of the bride's parents. The Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Hall of Union Theological Seminary, an uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony. Mrs. Thomas L. McCready of Pelham Manor, N. Y., and Miss Helen C. Strong, sister of the bride, were bridesmaids, and Augustus L. Huntington, brother of the bridegroom, best man

May 28, 1912 New York Times

BROWN – At Plainfield, N. J., on May 28, 1912, Sarah Edwina, daughter of the late Edwin J. and Sarah Brown of New York City. Funeral services from the residence of her brother, Irving H. Brown, 946 Central Avenue, Plainfield, N. J., on May 30, at 12 noon. Train leaves foot of West 23d St., Central Railroad of New Jersey, at 10:50 A. M.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

May 21, 1954

April 7, 1961 Courier News 25 Years Ago, 1936

Members of the Plainfield Garden Club exhibiting in the International Flower Show in New York were: Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Cornelius B. Tyler, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Miss Dorothea Tingley, Mrs. Walter M. McGee, Mrs. Arthur G. Nelson, P. Marshall, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd Jr., Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen, Mrs. Elliott C. Laidlaw, Mrs. Clinton F. Ivins, Miss Edna Brown, Mrs. Harold Brown, Mrs. Orville G. Waring, Mrs. DeWitt Hubbell, Mrs. Irwin Taylor and Mrs. Harry H. Pond.

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Hillside Historic District

August 29, 2015

Hillside Historic District has announced a new website:

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

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

807 Hillside Avenue
Browne, Miss Elizabeth B. '37

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

816 Hillside Avenue
Zerega, Miss Bertha Virginia '23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1239 Watchung Avenue
Brown, Miss Edna M. '34