Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Stewart, Mrs. Walter Eugene (Anne or "Anna" G. Leeper) '22

1922 Address: 526 West 7th Street, Plainfield

1929 Treasurer Book lists "Mrs. Anna Stewart" Active April $5.00 (not listed in the 1928 Treasurer Book)
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address: 526 West Seventh
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Anna Stewart 1/10/38 Pd 1/9/39 Pd. 1940 - 1941 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Anna Stewart 1/4/40 Pd 1/6/41 Pd. 12/16/41 Pd. 11/24/42 Pd. 11/24/43 Pd. 12/7/44 Pd. 12/1/45

1946 - 1947 Treasurer Book, Associate: Stewart, Annie May 14, 1946 May 8, 1947 June 22, 1948 June 8, 1949 May 29, 1950 May 1951 1952

1942 Address: 526 West 7th Street

NOTE: Mrs. Walter Eugene Stewart but is listed in this directories as "Mrs. Anna Stewart"

Another PGC Member: Mrs. Percy Hamilton (Elinor DeWitt Cochran) Stewart '15
563 West Eighth Street (1932)

Plainfield by John A. Grady and Dorothe M. Pollard

The post office in Plainfield was established in the early 1800s and little more than a century later, airmail was becoming a reality. In August 1912, the famous aviator Lincoln Beachy gave an aerial show at the Riding and Driving Club. For the first time, spectators could send airmail cards. This card is one of 1,351 that were sent that day. It went to Mrs. W. E. Stewart, 526 West Seventh Street.

526 West Seventh Street

Plainfield Library

Collection Grimstead
Title House at 525 West Seventh Street
Image Year 1934
Time Period 1930s
Description Second Empire house with arched windows in mansard roof, three sets of paired windows on second storey, and extended front porch with retracted awning over left-side extension.

Photo ID G-534
Address 526 West 7th Street
Historic District
Creator J. Lloyd Grimstead

Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Stewart

Charter Members of the Shakespeare Society 1896 - 1998

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.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eugene Stewart

Is this the woman labeled in our membership roster as Mrs. Anna Stewart '22 residing at 526 West Seventh Street in 1922?

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

Percy Stewart's father, Walter Eugene Stewart, was one of the founders of the Plainfield Country Club and also served as the first treasurer to the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. His wife, Anne G. Leeper Stewart, had been raised in New York society and according to her grandaughter, found aspects of Plainfield society "decidedly provincial."

Anne G. Leeper Stewart

March 5, 1901 New York Times Obituary

STEWART – At San Francisco, California, Tuesday, March 5th, 1901, of cerebral apoplexy, Walter E. Stewart, Jr., son of Walter E. Stewart. Funeral and interment, private, at Plainfield, New Jersey.

Obituary record o f graduates of Yale University

Walter Eugene Stewart, Jr., son of Walter Eugene and Anna G. Stewart, was born November 7, 1878 at Plainfield, N. J., and prepared for college in the school of John Leal (Yale 1874).

In autumn following graduation he entered the New York Law School, received the degree of Bachelor of Law in 1896, and pracrticed his profession in New York City until 1898, when he was commisssioned as Seconed Lieutenant in the Third Infantry, U. S. Army. Soon afterward he was sent to Manila, where he served with gallantry, and received honorable mention for bravery in several actions. While engaged in landing horses from transport, he was thrown from his horse, and so seriously injured in the head that he was confined to a hospital for several months. Finding upon his discharge that he would not be able to continue his duties and could not live in the Phillippines, he received an honorable discharge from the service on January 31, 1901. He arrived in San Francisco on February 28 and died there in a public park on March 5, from cerebral apoplexy, caused by his injuries, at the age of 27 years. He was unmarried. A brother was a graduate of Yale University in the class of 1890.

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

The Program: Mrs. Riggs T. Stewart – relation?

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

Plainfield Public Library Archive


Mrs. Clifford Baker Heads Garden Club; Reports Stress Recent Civic Improvements

Election of officers of the year's work, especailly that of a civic nature recently undertaken, and an address by Mrs. Otto Lane, who gave instructions in making conservation Christmas wreaths, featured the annual meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club yesterday at the home of Mrs. George W. Fraker in Rahway Road.

Mrs. Leslie Runyon Fort, retiring president, was in charge of the business session. These officers were chosen for the coming year: President, Mrs. Clifford M. Baker; vice-presidents, Mrs. Harry P. Marshall and Mrs. Raymond V. V. Miller; recording secretary, Mrs. Anna Stewartl corresponding secretary, Miss Laura Detwiller; treasurer, Mrs. Frederick W. Yates.

Mrs. Samuel T. Carter, Jr., gave a report of the work in the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park. During the year there were a number of plantings in the garden which have added to its attractiveness.

Mrs. Thomas R. Van Boskerck requested donations of jellies for the Flower, Plant and Fruit Guild for distribution among the sick and shut-ins. They can be sent to her home, 1232 Prospect Avenue.

The following letter was received from Edward Baker, Jr., president of the Lions club:

"I am writing you in behalf of the Lions Club of Plainfield in regarde to the very wonderful work the Plainfield Garden Club is doing around our city. Some of the members of our club have seen the work in Cottage Place and also, the brook in Watchung Avenue, which is about completed. We just want you to know that we consider this one of the finest pieces of civic service which has been rendered Plainfield. As citizens and members of the Lions Club we certainly appreciate this work."

A report of unusual interest was presented by the conservation committe of the club. It was in part as follows:

"In early October, 1931, at the request of the Chamber of Commerce a survey was made by our president, Mrs. Leslie R. Fort and the chairman of the conservation committee of the Chamber of Commerce. This report embodied suggestions for work at conscpicuous places in the city . . . be of help in unemployment relief the club made an appropriation to be used as far as possible for wages only. Great interest was at once shown not only by club members, but also by people in many walks of life.

"Two projects were undertaken. The one first begun was Cottage Place close to the railroad tracks. Following some publicity for the work being attempted, gifts came freely – top soil, manure, plants, trees and shrubs. City officials, those of the park and street departments and the New Jersey Central, co-operated gernerously.

"Today a beautiful little park awaits the spring. There have been planted 31 trees where none stood before; 26 rose bushes and over 375 other plants and shurbs have been most carefully set out. This work employed 139 hours at 50 cents an hour and 312 hours at 40 cents an hour. The expenditure was $169.50. Cottage park has been evolved.

"It was evident when the work at Cottage Place was well underway that a second piece of work could be begun. The south bank of Green Brook at the Watchung Avenue bridge was chosen as the worst eyesore in the city. Here, as in Cottage Place, advice was generously given that nothing could be done. But the gardeners just kept on working. Gifts kept coming. A tractor was brought in to cope with stones and debris impossible for men to move. Today another pleasnt little park created by the garden club also awaits the spring.

"Because in pioneer days the little stream, now called Green Brook, was called the Sahcunk River, streams, and the tribe dwelling here along its banks were teh Sahcunk Indians, this little park made by our club is now called Sahcunk Park. In those early days from Rock Avenue to Bound Brook there was located Waccaho-vo-howiohy Village, the name meaning "where you can dig into the ground."

"In two projects 28 1/4 hours at 50 cents an hour and 211 3/4 hours at 40 cents an hour made an expenditure of $99.30. The total planting of 51 trees, 89 roses and 750 other plants and shrubs cost $268.60. Every cent went for wages so the garden club has the enviable record of being able to dispense 100 per cent relief. The fine co-operative spirit shown in every direction made every moment a delight.

"Those of us who really dug in the gardens are quite conscious that many defects may be discovered easily by those so minded. But we trust that these plots, slected as behicles for helping those in distress will be filled with flowers and restful shade. And we hope that each succeeding year will find these spots a little lovelier because of our civic interest in them and that this part of co-operative effort will not be forsaken."

Among the women who were actively engaged in these enterprises were Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president; Mrs. J. L. Devlin, Mrs. Thomas R. VanBoskerck, Mrs. Garret Smith, Mrs. Henry L. DeForest, Mrs. Clinton Ivins, Miss Elsie Harman, Mrs. Charles A. Eaton and Mrs. Henry Wells.

Plainfield Public Library Archive

Plainfield Public Library Archive

Plainfield Public Library Archive

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. W. E. Stewart
526 West Seventh Street

August 26, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1925 Meeting Minutes

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

Irving Stewart

Birth: unknown
Death: Jun. 16, 1937
Ware Neck
Gloucester County
Virginia, USA

Died at his home at Piney Point on the North River.
A veteran of the World War I and served on the Mexican border.
Married Isabelle MacMaster,brother of Percy H.Stewart,Mrs.Louis Clausel both of Plainfield,NJ and Mrs.William Fleet Taliaferro of Gloucester county.

Family links:
Isabelle MacMaster Stewart (1883 - 1961)*

*Calculated relationship

Ware Episcopal Church Cemetery
Gloucester County
Virginia, USA

1951 Yale Obituary

1951 Yale Obituary

Mrs. Stewart

Monday Afternoon Club Membership