Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Martin, Mrs. Francis A. (Mary Keech Turner) '22

1922 Address: 950 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book May 3 $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active April $5.00
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address: 950 Hillside Avenue
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Listing reads "Mrs. Francis A. Martin, 950 Hillside Avenue"

1934 Treasurer Book: Active Mrs. F. A. Martin 1/5/34 PAID Transfer Ass.
1934 Treasurer Book Associate: Mrs. F. A. Martin 4/20/34 PAID
Treasurer Book Associate: 1935, 1936

1937 Treasurer Book, under Associate: Mrs. Francis A. Martin 1/8/37 Pd.

1938 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. Francis A. Martin 1/8/38 Pd 1/16/39 Pd. 1/17/40 Pd. 1/16/41 Pd. 12/1/41 Pd. 12/1/42 Pd. 11/22/43 Pd. 12/8/44 Pd. 12/3/45 May 16, 1946 May 15, 1947 May 27, 1948 June 8, 1949 May 29, 1950 May 1951 June 1952

1942 Address: 165 Crescent Avenue

There are two "Mrs. Frank Martins" listed in the membership rolls.

1. Martin, Mrs. Francis A. 1925, 165 Crescent Ave, Plainfield (1953)
2. Martin, Mrs. Frank S. 1922, 950 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield (1920)

Mrs. Frank Sprague Martin is the mother of Plainfield Garden Club member Mrs. Elsie Cochran Martin Harlow '15

May 6, 1914 New York Times wedding announcement


Francis A. Martin and Miss Mary K. Turner Married – Attendants

The marriage of Francis A. Martin of Plainfield, NJ., and Miss Mary Keech Turner of Charles County, MD, was held at 4 PM yesterday at the residence of the bride's uncle, Frank B. Keech, 12 West Fifty-second Street, which was decorated with Spring flowers, palms and ferns. The ceremony took place at a temporary altar of white flowers, and the Rev. Mr. Southoron of Baltimore officiated.

The bride, who walked with her uncle, Mr. Keech, who gave her in marraige, wore a white satin gown draped with Duchess lace and a tulle veil held in place with orange blossoms, and carried lilies of the valley. Mrs. Frank Knowles, the matron of honor, wore a pale pink taffeta frock with a blue satin girdle. The bridesmaids, the Misses May Owens, Janetta Lee, and Caroline Martin, wore frocks of ecrue lace and pink taffeta topped by leghorn hats decorated with pink roses and blue ribbons, and carried pink flowers.

The flower girl was Miss Edith Bushnell, who was in a white frock, with touches of pink, and carried a basket of pink sweet peas.

Mr. Martin's best man was his brother, John T. Martin, and the ushers were Alan Turner, Howard Bushnell, Ralph Hallock, and Dr. Frank C. Knowles of Philadelphia. A small reception followed the ceremony.

950 Hillside Avenue, Plainfield

from Gregory Palmermo's Plainfield Tree Blog

'San Jose' holly is the most commonly available among the crosses between English and Perny hollies (Ilex x aquipernyi). The leaves are dark blue-green, glossy, thick, and stiff. It's hard to imagine a deer wanting to eat any of them. 'San Jose' hollies are resistant to winter as well as to deer. I have never seen winter injury on a 'San Jose' holly in the Plainfield area. The berries are large and pure red. 'San Jose' hollies grow slowly. Their branches tend to get droopy if the plants are shaded. There is a 'San Jose' holly (or other closely related Ilex x aquipernyi hybrid) at 950 Hillside Avenue.

June 9, 1918 New York Times Wedding Announcement

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sprague Martin of Plainfield, NJ have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Elsie Cochran Martin, to Edward Dexter Harlow, son of Mrs. Edward D. Harlow of Boston. The wedding will take place in September.

Martins' Housekeeper

Octavia E. Scruggs
Born in Vigilina, Virginia
Departed on Sep. 28, 2010 and resided in Plainfield, NJ.

Octavia E. Scruggs, 101, departed Tuesday September 28, 2010 at home.

Born in Vigilina, VA, she moved to Plainfield in 1932. She was employed as a housekeeper with the Frank Martin family of Plainfield for many years. She was a member of The Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield for 78 years. Her other memberships include the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7474 in Plainfield and VFW Post 6807 in Garwood.

Her husband James Scruggs predeceased her in 2001.

Surviving are a sister Aurelia Burton and a devoted niece and caregiver Vanessa Burton

950 Hillside Avenue

Plainfield Library Photo File

C-20069 1930 Collier Group Portrait of Teenagers, January 11, 1930 950 Hillside Avenue Group portrait of teenagers, 1930, Plainfield, 950 Hillside Avenue, boys and girls are dressed well and arranged in rows both seated and standing.

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.

950 Hillside Avenue

Plainfield Public Library
Detwiller Archives;collection=blueprints/search_results;architect=detwiller;collection=blueprints;_page=9/blueprint;id=9823;num=204/

Collection Detwiller
Title Carriage house on the property of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gilman
Description Single sheet plan for 2-bedroom dwelling.
Building Type Residence
Work Type New Building

Blueprint ID D-9823
Permit NOP581
Year of Permit
Microfilm Roll 0214
Microfilm Frame 0445
Address 950 Hillside Avenue
Historic District Hillside Avenue
City Plainfield
Architect Charles H. Detwiller Jr.
Architect Firm
Owner Charles Gilman
Business Owner
City of Plainfield
Planning Department
Historic District Addresses
Address 940-956 Hillside Avenue
Block 821
Lot 5
Year Built c. 1870
Architectural Style French Second Empire
Historic District Hillside Avenue

1952 - 1953 Check Book

No. 981
Jan. 16, 1952 [1953]
Monday Afternoon Club
money to be returned by Mrs. Martin, Miss Harmon and Mrs. Coriel

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. Francis A. Martin
1133 Evergreen Avenue

Mrs. F. S. Martin
950 Hillside Avenue

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

May 27, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1920 Meeting Minutes

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

Mrs. Steven Martin (Pam)
Arts, Voting Board Members

Detwiller blueprints 165 Crescent Avenue

August 8, 2015

Library offers trove of vintage Plainfield home blueprints for sale

Plainfield homeowners and history buffs are getting a one-of-a-kind opportunity as the Plainfield Public Library prepares to offer upwards of 3,000 blueprint originals from its Detwiller Collection for sale to the public.

The blueprints offered for sale are part of a trove of many thousands recovered from a dumpster at City Hall by the late Plainfield architect and artist Charles Detwiller.

While many of Plainfield's grand homes and mansion are among the blueprints (though fewer than originally, owing to some 'fingering' before strict controls were put in place), the appeal of the collection will be stronger for those who live in or admire the more modest vintage homes from the turn of the 20th century to the World War II era.

These homes include many classic Tudors and other 'cottage' and 'revival' styles, as well as 'foursquares', ranches and Cape Cods and more contemporary stules.

These represent the bulk of Plainfield's building stock from its most expansive period and they were often enough improved or expanded – giving rise to the need for plans showing the original building and the proposed alterations to be filed with the City's inspections department.

It is those blueprints, which have now been cataloged and digitized, that are being offered for sale. In library parlance, they have been de-accessioned, meaning that they no longer need be kept permanently by the Library and are available for dispostion to private parties.

The Library has a portal to the Charles Detwiller Blueprint Collection on its website (see here) and has made a complete list of the blueprints for sale also available online (see here).

The list is alphabetized by street name, and then number. However, I would advise reading the Library's instructions closely so you make the proper notations for your request (see here) – easing the staff's task in finding the item(s) in which you are interested. Paying attention to the suggested time frames needed and numbers of items per request will help you avoid headaches. So, please read and follow the instructions carefully – as carpenters like to say, 'measure twice, cut once'.

The sale will run from September 1 to November 13, 2015 in a two-step process –

You check the offerings to find items that interest you, making careful notations; and

You and the Library work out a pick-up appointment, at which you will be able to view the actual items and make a final decision on your purchase.

Single-page blueprints are priced at $50 each and multiple-page sets at $100. Cash or credit cards are fine, but the Library will not accept personal checks.

Proceeds of the sale will be used to finance the further digitization of the blueprint collection – meaning that we can look forward to another offering of materials at some future point.

The Detwiller Collection is absolutely unique in its size and scope, covering decades of Plainfield history and thousands of buildings throughout the city. Plainfield residents owe Charlie Detwiller a debt of gratitude for his perspicacity that cannot be repaid.

And we owe a debt of gratitude to Library Director Joe Da Rold for the vision that saw in these rescued documents an invaluable resource for the community, and devised means and methods of ensuring these fragile records would be available to Plainfield residents permanently through having them digitized.

Mr. Detwiller is the late husband of PGC Honorary member Cath Detwiller. Mr. Detwiller's Aunt Laura was a long-time member of the PGC and a very talented botanical artist. Read about the Detwiller family here:

Detwiller, Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57

Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29

And Mr. Detwiller's in-laws:

Campbell, Mrs. William Hall (Mabel C. Raper) '28

Davis, Mrs. F. Edgar (Dorothy or "Dottie" Campbell) '60

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