Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Lawrence, Mrs. Chester B. (Florence Bailey), Jr. '22

1922 Address: 1000 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book April 15 $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active April $5.00
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address: 1000 Hillside Avenue
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932

1933 - 1934 Treasurer Book: Florence B. Lawrence, Treasurer

1937 Treasurer Book: Mrs. Chester B. Lawrence 1/7/37 Pd. Resigned Nov. 8

Smithsonian slide

Lawrence Garden [photonegative]
Landscape Architect: Sears, Thomas W. 1880-1966
Creator: Lawrence, Chester B., Jr
Architect: Keen, Charles Barton
Physical description: 1 photonegative: b&w.; 3 x 5 in
Type: Projected media
Place: New Jersey
Date: 1930
Topic: Construction sites
Local number: NJ092003
Data Source: Archives of American Gardens

Smithsonian archives


Lawrence Garden [photonegative]
Landscape Architect: Sears, Thomas W. 1880-1966
Creator: Lawrence, Chester B., Jr
Architect: Keen, Charles Barton
Physical description: 1 photonegative: b&w.; 3 x 5 in
Type: Projected media
Place: New Jersey
Date: 1911
Topic: Measured drawings
Local number: NJ092001
Data Source: Archives of American Gardens
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Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens

New York Times obituary


May 27, 1922

LAWRENCE – Kate C., on May 26, wife of the late Chester B. Lawrence. Funeral private

From the Plainfield Library


Descriptive Summary

Title: Lawrence Family Papers, 1840-2004.
Creator: Lawrence family
Size: 2.5 linear feet of papers
Comprised of 4 boxes:
One (1) 10"x15"x12" archival storage box
Two (2) 10"x12"x5" document box
One (1) 24"x20"x3" newspaper storage box
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Abstract: The Lawrence Family Papers document the daily affairs of three generations of the Lawrence family. These papers provide documentation of the family home located at 512 Stelle Avenue, Plainfield, NJ, from the first contracts with the builders in 1894 to its insurance coverage in 1947. The papers also include letters to and from family members such as Katharine Morgan Lawrence, Reina A. Lawrence, and Dorothea Dix Lawrence. A significant portion of the collection comprises receipts kept by family members from 1885-1960. Material types include: handwritten and typed letters, poems and other manuscripts, legal documents, receipts, booklets, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, a scrapbook, and a large certificate. Additional materials include blueprints for 512 Stelle Avenue.
Language: The records are in English.

Administrative Information
Access & Restrictions
The Lawrence Family Papers are available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

Preferred Citation
Identification of item; Date (if noted); "Lawrence Family Papers," Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information
The collection was donated by John A. Grady.

Processing Information
This collection was processed by Debra Schiff in 2010. The finding aid was written by Debra Schiff and encoded by Sarah Hull in 2010. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. The processing of this collection was made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission

Dorothea Dix Lawrence

Biographical Note
The Lawrence family lived in Plainfield, N.J. at 512 Stelle Avenue. In this collection, the key figures are Dorothea Dix Lawrence, Reina Andrade Lawrence, and Katharine Morgan Lawrence, although other family members also are represented in the papers. The family is closely related to Major General John Adams Dix (see below), for whom New Jersey's Fort Dix is named. Dix was brother to Roger Sherman Dix, father of Katharine Morgan Dix.

Dorothea Dix Lawrence, 1899-1979.
Dorothea Dix Lawrence may be best known for being an opera singer, but she also created "The Folklore Music Map of the United States," (visible here - this is an external link) held by the Music Division of the Library of Congress. After becoming a folklorist, she traveled the world lecturing and introducing American folk music to listeners during the 1940s and 1950s. She also was an avid collector of antique Christmas cards. Dorothea created the scrapbook in the collection.

(Photograph of Dorothea from her 1943 Christmas card)

Katharine Morgan Lawrence

Reina Andrade Lawrence, 1869-1949.
Reina was Dorothea Dix Lawrence's aunt by way of Dorothea's father, Edwin Lawrence (also known as "Ted" in this collection). Reina was a photographer of local Plainfield life. Her photographs can be viewed online through the Library's online catalog (see below) and are also available for browsing (by appointment) in the Local History Room. Reina was a vocal anti-suffragist whose views were published in the Plainfield Daily Press and The New York Times. The collection includes a letter between Reina and New Jersey Representative Thomas Scully regarding her protest of the Equal Suffrage Bill.

Katharine Morgan Lawrence, 1873-1923.
Katharine Morgan Lawrence was the mother of Reina (and Edwin) Lawrence, and the grandmother of Dorothea Dix Lawrence. Married to Phineas Lawrence of London, she was the matriarch of the family during its time at 512 Stelle Avenue. The papers show that she was the driving force during the construction of the home. The early receipts in the collection show that the family had considerable wealth.

(Photograph of Katharine Lawrence taken by daughter Reina, Photo #L1018)

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Scope and Content Note The Lawrence Family Papers, donated by John A. Grady, include a variety of material, the bulk of which spans from the 1880s through the 1950s, with a small number of documents dating as far back as 1840 and one as recent as 2004. There also are undated records, manuscripts, and drawings. Material types include: letters and correspondence, manuscripts, legal documents, receipts, newspaper clippings, booklets, objects, drawings, a scrapbook, and photographs. Also included in the collection are announcements and programs of Dorothea Dix Lawrence's many vocal performances. The collection is divided primarily among receipts for goods and services, ephemera, letters, and legal documents kept by different family members.

Within the letters is a typed note from New Jersey Representative Thomas Scully to Reina Andrade Lawrence regarding her protest of the passage of the Equal Suffrage Bill. The personal letters of Dorothea Dix Lawrence show one of her Christmas cards as well as a colorful Halloween postcard from her father. There also is an undated group of letters to "Ted" (Edwin Lawrence) from "Mother" (Katharine Morgan Lawrence).

The key figures who kept these items are Dorothea Dix Lawrence, Reina Andrade Lawrence, and Katharine Morgan Lawrence, although there also are items in the collection originating with Roger Dix Lawrence, Edwin Lawrence, Phineas Lawrence, and Emma Sherman.

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Organization and Arrangement

The Lawrence Family Papers are arranged into eight (8) series:

Series 1: Letters
Series 2: Poems and other manuscripts
Series 3: Legal
Series 4: Receipts
Series 5: Ephemera and artifacts
Series 6: Visual Materials (non-photographic)
Series 7: Clippings and secondary sources
Series 8: Photographs* and scrapbook

*The Library owns a large collection of Reina Lawrence photographs; please refer to "Related Items" below

New York Times article dated October 19, 1898

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A cable dispatch received yesterday by Manager Franklin of the Atlantic Transport Line gave the names of the following additional passengers of the ill-fated steamship Mohegan, whose bodies have been reocvered and identified: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Duncan, Miss Rosa Duncan, Mrs. J. H. Firing, Mrs. Fenton, and Mrs. H. Le Lacheur.

Robert A. Baxter, one of the ill-fated passengers of the Mohegan, was forty-one years old, and was a son of the late Robert Gordy Baxter of Hetherstett, Reigate Surrey, in his time a well-known architect, and of the late Catherine Jane Baxter, who was a daughter of Manthorpe Daniel Folk– silversmith firm of Folkard & Son of Brighton, England.

Mr. Folkard was also the first Mayor of Brighton, and the old business is still in existence after ninety years. Mr. Baxter was formerly in the general import and export business in New York and London, but had lately retired. He was largely interested in South African and Australian mining and industrial ventures and securities, and was a man of large means.

He was widely traveled, and had a reputation as a musician and a linguist.

At the time of his death, Mr. Baxter was on his way to Mrs. Katherine Dix Lawrence at Plainfield, NJ, whose son, L. P. Lawrence, was one of his most intimate friends. The intimacy of the two famlies had extended through three generations, the grandfathers of both having been great friends in England nearly a century ago.

Mr. Baxter for the past nine years has paid a visit every Fall to the Lawrences, and on this occasion he took the Mohegan, as he desired to avail himself of the longer ocean voyage. He leaves a wife and a twelve-year-old daughter in England.

November 14, 1895 New York Times


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 Haviland, Mrs. Samuel Huntington, 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

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.

June 15, 1922 New York Times


Defeats Miss Stuart, 6 and 5, in Plainfield C.C. Golf Tourney

Special to The New York Times

PLAINFIELD, N.J., June 14 – The first round for the women's championship at the Plainfield Country Club today resulted as follows:

First Eight – Miss Kate Bomann defeated Miss Florence Stuart, 6 and 5; Mrs. C. D. Boice defeated Miss Bertha Tilney, 2 and 1; Mrs R. S. Rowland defeated Mrs. C. B. Lawrence, Jr., 4 and 3, Miss Zoe Terry defeated Mrs. W. H. Rogers, 2 and 1.
Second Eight – Mrs. L. W. Hallock won from Miss Louise Patterson by default; Miss Priscilla Fraker defeated Mrs. H. R. Moyer, 5 and 4; Mrs. W. M. Alling defeated Mrs. Frank C. Ward, 2 and 1; Miss Lillie Moore drew a bye.

1000 Hillside Avenue

Plainfield Public Library
Detwiller Archives

The digital image for Roll 0089, Frame 211 is not available. This may be due to poor reproduction quality of the original building plan. Please refer to the microfilm (offline, housed in the Archives) and the corresponding Roll and Frame.
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Collection Detwiller
Title Garage Addition to Residence for Dr. & Mrs. George Lane 1000 Hillside Ave. Plainfield
Description Plans, plot plan, and elevations for attached three-car garage; no permit number.
Building Type Outbuilding
Work Type New Building
Elevation Yes
Condition Dark
Blueprint ID D-13575
Permit 0000
Year of Permit 1956
Microfilm Roll 0089
Microfilm Frame 0211
Condition 1001
Address 1000 Hillside Avenue
Historic District Hillside Avenue
City Plainfield
Architect Charles H. Detwiller, Jr.
Architect Firm
Owner George Lane
Business Owner
City of Plainfield
Planning Department
Historic District Addresses
Address 1000-1016 Hillside Avenue
Block 820
Lot 4
Year Built 1910
Architectural Style Colonial Revival
Historic District Hillside Avenue

Treasurer Book

On the first page of accounting for 1933 - 1934, Flornce wrote the following:

Florence B, Lawrence, Treasurer

Below are the correct figures and Treasurer's balance according to statements from The Plainfield Trust Co. on November 1933 when I signed as Treasurer of The Plainfield Garden Club. Note that there is only a difference of a few cents in Mrs. Corriell's account.

Balance on hand Nov. 1933
in Savings account 104.98

Balance on hand Nov. 1933
in Regular account 119.88

Balance on hand Nov. 1933
in Special Account 80.83

Florence B. Lawrence, Treasurer

Email April 29, 2012 re: Van Boskerck and Tyler Families

Peggy Lawrence mentioned below related to Mrs. Chester Lawrence?

Hi Susan,
You are going to love this...I mean really love it.
CPN is Caroline Potter Normann, my friend, the writer. The person who wrote these notes was her mother, Lucy Van Boskerck Potter Mitchel who grew up in Plainfield in the house where the ex governor lives on Prospect Ave. She moved to Seattle when she married. That is the garden she writes about.
If you have any questions, let me know.

––Original Message––
From: Caroline Normann <>
To: Sally Booth <>
Sent: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 9:38 pm
Subject: Tyler information

Dear Sally, I hope I haven't delayed too long. I had to do some digging. Mom wrote pages and pages of memoires, all interesting, occasionally repetitive, as they were written over many years. Happily, I had transcribed them. Some I added comments for the benefit of Jenny and Beth.

There isn't a lot about Aunt Susan. I do remember going to her home for tea when we came to visit. That would have been when I was in grade school. She died quite a while before I went to college. Their home was filled with interesting furniture, paintings and lovely rooms. It was all very formal, but she was always very kind and easy for a child to be with. You are correct about the portrait that she gave to the Met. Its companion piece hung in Aunt Ethel's home and also hangs in the Met next to that given by Aunt Susan. Needless to say I didn't know her well. Aunt Ethel was the youngest of my grandfather's siblings and lived into her late 80s, so I knew her very well and always enjoyed being with her. She was amazingly youthful, open-minded, and contemporary for one of her generation. I visited her often while I was in college.

Let me know if any of the attached are useful to you or if you have an follow-up questions.

Love, Caroline

Caroline Normann
18317 Sunset Way
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 771-8925
(425) 530-6687(cell)

Email April 29, 2012 by Caroline Normann
Aunt Susan Tyler started a class to teach us to make pottery. She had her own studio and kiln in a part of their garage. She was a very cultured lady, a Smith college graduate from the time when that was a rarity, and she had great artistic taste and talent and had traveled widely. She opened up the world of art to us. There were five of us, Peggy Lawrence, Jean Moment, Emilie Parsons, Ruth Foster and me. I now know that in her perceptive way she realized that we each needed something. After our work in the studio, we would go into her beautiful library and were served an elegant tea in front of the fire. She had a glamorous La Salle roadster with a rumble seat, and Patrick her chauffeur, would deliver us home afterwards. She took us to new York to the Metropolitan Museum, to lunch in a fine restaurant like Sherrys and to the opera and to plays. It was a whole new world to me. These things have been my greatest interest every since. She talked about travel and wonderful things to see in Europe. For years after I was grown she and I shared ideas, and I always went to see her when I visited in the East until she finally died at a very old age.

Aunt Ethel interested me in antiques and she was full of creative ideas. She painted stencils and was an outstanding flower arranger and won many prized in the New York Flower Show for the Plainfield Garden Club. She was a gourmet cook herself in spite of having a regular cook in her household. We always had a lot of fun together and were close friends. She had a great sense of humor and of adventure.

Aunt Edith gave me lessons in painting, perspective and color values and later guided me to go to the Art Students league. She realized that I had no skills to fall back on and after studying for a few years she had me work in her interior decorating business in New York to get some practical experience.

Aunt Susan Tyler
Tyler, Mrs. Cornelius Boardman (Susan Tilden Whittlesey)'25 President 1944 - 1947

Aunt Ethel
Tyler, Mrs. William Seymour (Ethel Van Boskerck) '15

Aunt Edith
Noss, Mrs. Henry (Edith Edwards Tyler) '66

Email April 29, 2012 written by Lucy Van Boskerck Potter Mitchel


Having grown up in Brooklyn, Mother didn't know anything about plants, but she was eager to learn about gardening. The property they bought had originally been a nursery and had many fine large trees, tall pines, oaks, hard wood maples, a tulip tree and locusts in the front of the house. They acquired a good strong Italian gardener, Paul Scalera, who was an immigrant from the Naples area with his wife and numerous children. They lived in South Plainfield about 5 miles away. He used to walk to work and later had a bicycle. The children became educated and eventually were important people in the community. He worked for us for years and we loved and respected him. He was small and gradually grew very stooped. He had dark piercing eyes and a felt hat always somewhat over them. He always spit on his hands before tackling a piece of work with a hoe or a shovel. He seldom washed. He brought delicious thick sandwiches for his lunch filled with sausage and garlic. One day Mother was horrified to discover me in the process of taking a bite which has had offered. She always washed and sterilized everything and my lunches were usually baked potatoes, spinach and lamb chops. I thought his much more exciting. Paul called Mother "the mist" and was "the little mist."

When he first worked for us Mother was upset because he was pulling plants out of the garden and throwing them away. "Paul, what are you doing?" she cried. "He do be die", he told her. One day he appeared with a gift of several little dogwood trees. She was delighted. "Where did you get them, Paul?" "Me catch up at Loiz." Mr. Loizeaux was our neighbor with scads of white Cornus Florida trees in his garden. Mother was embarrassed but could hardly take them back and explain, so she planted them. She bought many more from a nursery and they lined the semi-circular driveway in front of our house with more in back under the tall pine trees.

It was a beautiful garden with stretches of lawn patterned by light and shade. There was a woodsy wild garden with ferns, hypatica, bloodroot, trillium, and masses of fragrant violets, orchids, mertensia and other choice plants, lots of mountain laurel and vivid areas of azaleas. There was a large perennial garden with delphinium, lilies, double campanulas sweet William and other plants. Roses were planted below the terrace. Daddy had a big vegetable garden with grapes and fruit trees as well.

Mother was one of the founders of the Plainfield Garden Club and started the Cornus Arboretum in one of the parks. She was very active in it for years. Every June Mother and Auntie Flo gave two luncheons back-to-back in the garden when everything was in full bloom. It was lovely.

The Swains who bought the house in 1958 have kept up the garden. She was a Loizeaux, so it is fitting that she fell heir to the dogwood trees that Paul gave Mother. There are many birds in the garden: Kentucky cardinals, wrens, orioles, etc.

Sent in April 29, 2012 written by Lucy Von Boskerck Potter Mitchel

Aunt Ethel Tyler was the youngest Van Boskerck. She was also artistic in a very practical manner. Everything she did was in perfect taste. She added warmth and "fun" to whatever she did. She was a gourmet cook and taught me a lot. She had a cook and maids, but did a lot of fine touches herself (CPN: and always cooked when it was the maid's day off. I visited her often when I was in college, and she was my favorite of all the blood relatives after my grandmother Mom Mom died in early 1960). She won many prizes for her flower arrangements for the Plainfield Garden Club in the big NY flower show. Her husband, William Seymour Tyler, came from an old distinguished New England family. He and his brother, Boardman Tyler, shared a law partnership in NY. Their properties on 7th and 8th Streets in Plainfield ran together at the back with fine gardens. Several of their ancestor paintings are now in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum. The Tylers had Greek and Latin professors from Amherst College in their background.

Uncle Will ( a century ago) was a man for this "green" era. Aunt Ethel and Aunt Susan both had electric cars which had to be battery charged when not used. They were elegant round with windows, steered with a tiller, and always a crystal vase with a rose. At Lake Sunapee he had an electric boat which glided through the water silently and smoothly. Its batteries were also charged in the boat house when not in use. When they built their summer "camp" he did not want to cut down trees, so they grew right up through the broad railings of the porch. The architecture fitted right into the setting. He bought acres of land and cut a trail through it and gave it in perpetuity to the village, as the Nature Conservancy now.

In Plainfield he started the Boy Scouts and was on the town council. Uncle Boardman was chairman of the library board. They were both active in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. After World War I the milk was very bad, so the two brothers bought more property and started Woodbrook Farms. It was all done hygienically, well pasteurized, and the cows taken care of properly. (CPN note: pasteurization was new to the US in early 1900's and not generally required until several decades later, so these men were ahead of their time in trying to provide healthy milk at a time when typhoid, diphtheria and other such diseases were often caused by impure milk.) Our milk from there was delivered by horse & wagon. Uncle Will's cousin was president of Abercrombie and Fitch, which had the best sporting goods equipment, and was an important store then. I had an "old town" canoe from there, and Uncle Will taught me how to paddle "Indian style", kneeling on the floor. (bottom of the canoe).

Note from Sally Booth:

Jean Moment was the daughter of Dr. Moment the minister of Crescent Ave. Pres. Church. She married Walter Douglas. I don't know if she was a member...I kind of think not. Peggy Lawrence never married. She taught at Spence or Chapin (girl's schools) in NYC I don't know who Ruth Foster married and I would only know her by her married name.

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. C. B. Lawrence, Jr.
1000 Hillside Avenue

1925 Meeting Minutes

April 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

April 8, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

Archives and Manuscript Collections Personal Papers NORMAN TAYLOR PAPERS (1900-1967) 21.3 linear feet (38 boxes) BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE Norman Taylor (1883-1967) is primarily recognized as the author of the perennial horticulture reference work, Taylor's

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

June 24, 1925 Meeting Minutes

August 26, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes








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