Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Barr, Mrs. Frank Seymour (Helen Letitia Brewster) '32

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $5.00 (Listed as Mrs. Seymour Barr) Is Mrs. Barr's join date incorrect?
1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00
1930 Treasurer Book Active
1930, 1931 Treasurer Book Associate
1932 Treasurer Book "Barr, Mrs. Seymour 1/32 Pd."

1932 Directory* lists the address as Sterling Road
NOTE: Mrs. F. Seymour Barr's name is also scratched out and a note of "Associate" and "1933" is handwritten
*=This directory is not dated, but thought to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Under the list of "Associate Members" the name "Mrs Seymour Barr" is handwritten

1933 Treasurer Book Associate "Barr, Mrs. F. Seymour 6/33 Pd."
1933 Treasurer Book: Barr, Mrs. Seymour 12/32 Pd. Res.
1934 Treasurer Book Associate: Mrs. Seymour Barr 1/29/34 PAID
Treasurer Book Associate: 1935, 1936

There is no other mention of Mrs. F. Seymour Barr in other PGC resources so it is "assumed" her membership date is 1932, but most likely earlier to move to "Associate" level of membership, which required a 5-year tenure as "Active." This supposed 1932 directory has a handwritten note under "By-Laws" which reads Associate members must be former active members "for at least five years"

Mrs. Frank Seymour (Helen Letitia Brewster) Barr divorced and remarried to become Mrs. Raymond Van Vranken Miller. The first Mrs. V. V. Miller was also a member of the PGC.

Helen's daughter, Elizabeth or Betty Manning Barr also became a PGC member after marring Charles E. Loizeaux.

Unknown if Mrs. F. Seymour Barr '32 is related to Mrs. W. Manning Barr '39

May 3, 1920 New York Times article

Financial Notes

Frank Semour Barr has been admitted tp membership in the firm of Herrick & Bennett

Sterling Road Residence: Barr

Conover Genealogy

http://www.conovergenealogy.com/conover-p/p185.htm

Frank Seymour Barr (M)
(26. Jan. 1885 - ), #434869


Frank Seymour Barr was born on 26. Jan. 1885 at Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Frank married Helen Letitia Brewster, daughter of William Brokaw Brewster and Sarah Margaretta Voorhees, c 1909.

Frank was shown in the census on 19. Jan. 1920 as a broker, bonds.

Frank and Helen appeared on the census of 19. Jan. 1920 at Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. Frank and Helen appeared on the census of 12. May. 1930 at Warren Twp., Somerset County, New Jersey; real estate value 35,000.00.
Frank was shown in the census on 12. May. 1930 as a banker, investment bonds.

In the census on 12. May. 1930 Frank Seymour Barr was named F. Seymour Barr.
He and Helen Letitia Brewster were divorced in 1936. Frank married Olive F. (Unknown).

Helen's father, William Brokaw Brewster

William Brokaw Brewster (M)
(2. Dec. 1864 - 30. Sep. 1891), #434863


William Brokaw Brewster was born on 2. Dec. 1864. William married Sarah Margaretta Voorhees, daughter of Ralph Voorhees Jr. and Ann B. Brokaw, on 12. Jan. 1887. William Brokaw Brewster died on 30. Sep. 1891 at age 26.

Last Edited=19 Jul 2010

Child of William Brokaw Brewster and Sarah Margaretta Voorhees
Helen Letitia Brewster+ (21. Nov. 1887 - Jun. 1983)

Helen's mother, Sarah Margaretta Voorhees Brewster Walker

Sarah Margaretta Voorhees (F)
(5. Jul. 1865 - 7. Apr. 1949), #434862
Pop-up Pedigree
Relationship=7th cousin 2 times removed of David Kipp Conover Jr..
Relationship=7th great-granddaughter of Wolphert Gerretse Van Kouwenhoven.

Sarah Margaretta Voorhees was born on 5. Jul. 1865. She was baptized at Dutch Reformed Church, Six Mile Run, Somerset County, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Ralph Voorhees Jr. and Ann B. Brokaw. Sarah married William Brokaw Brewster on 12. Jan. 1887. Sarah married John G. Walker on 12. Oct. 1910. Sarah Margaretta Voorhees died on 7. Apr. 1949 at age 83.

Last Edited=19 Jul 2010

Child of Sarah Margaretta Voorhees and William Brokaw Brewster
Helen Letitia Brewster+ (21. Nov. 1887 - Jun. 1983)

Helen Letitia Brewster

Helen Letitia Brewster (F)
(21. Nov. 1887 - Jun. 1983), #434868
Pop-up Pedigree
Relationship=8th cousin 1 time removed of David Kipp Conover Jr..
Relationship=8th great-granddaughter of Wolphert Gerretse Van Kouwenhoven.

Helen Letitia Brewster was born on 21. Nov. 1887. She was the daughter of William Brokaw Brewster and Sarah Margaretta Voorhees. Helen married Frank Seymour Barr c 1909. Helen and Frank appeared on the census of 19. Jan. 1920 at Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. Helen and Frank appeared on the census of 12. May. 1930 at Warren Twp., Somerset County, New Jersey; real estate value 35,000.00. Helen Letitia Brewster and Frank Seymour Barr were divorced in 1936. Helen Letitia Brewster died in Jun. 1983 her last known address was at Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, according to the Social Security Death Index.

Last Edited=19 Jul 2010

September 29, 1948

Miss Barr Is Married
To C. E. Loizeaux Jr.
– –
Ate marriage of Miss Elizabeth
Manning Barr, daughter of Mrs.
Raymond Van Vranken Miller of
Plainfield, N. J., and of Frank
Seymour Barr of Sparta, N. J.,
to Charles Edward Loizeaux Jr.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Loizeaux,
also of Plainf ield, i s taking place
today in the Crescent Avenue
Presbyterian Church in Plainfield.
The Rev. Dr. John J. Moment,
pastor of: the. church, Is
performing the ceremony, and a
reception will follow at the home
of the bride's parents.

First Presbyterian Church of Plainfield 1888

http://www.archive.org/stream/historyoffirstpr00beal/historyoffirstpr00beal_djvu.txt

Contributors: John Barr

Courier News articles

Barr F. Seymour 1/10/1963 Annotation death

New York Times January 3, 1913

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F30E10F8395F13738DDDAA0894D9405B838DF1D3

PARTNERSHIP CHANGES

With the New Year a Number of Stock Exchange Firms Are Reorganized

A number of changes in the make-up of firms in the financial district and the organization of several new partnerships were announced yesterday as going into effect with the new year.

F. Seymour Barr, formerly of Herrick & Bennett and Sutro Bros. & Co., and J. R. Schmeltzer, formerly of Herrick & Bennett and Smith, Heck & Co., have formed a co-partnership under the firm name of Barr & Schmeltzer, 45 Pine Street, to transact a brokerage business in New York State, city, and other municipal bonds.

October 17, 1998 Esther Barlow Perkins

Perkins Esther (barlow)
October 17, 1998
PERKINS Esther (Barlow)

Esther (Barlow) Perkins 90, formerly of Plainfield, N.J., and Madison, widow of Seymour Perkins Jr., died Thursday, (Oct. 15, 1998). Born in Plainfield, N.J., June 4, 1908, daughter of the late DeWitt D. & Elizabeth (Moody) Barlow. She was a graduate of The Hartridge School, Plainfield, N.J., and Vassar College, Class of 1929. Prior to retiring in 1970, she was associated with Plainfield Trust State National Bank and The National State Bank. She was an active member of the Garden Club in Plainfleld, was one of the founders of the Plainfield Recycling Program and was very concerned with environmental issues. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Seymour & Jane S. Perkins III of Hindsdale, IL.; her son and daughter-in-law Brewster B. & Judith B. Perkins of West Hartford; her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth P. & L. Steven Sternberg of Point Arena, CA.; two sisters, Mrs. (William) Elizabeth Dunbar Jr. of Bayhead, N.J. and Mrs. (William) Jean Peelle of West Hartford; a brother, Carlton M. Barlow of Essex; five beloved grandchildren; Richard Shepherd Perkins of Boston, Sarah Kate Perkins of New York City, Alexander Barlow Perkins of Seattle, WA., Austin Bailey Perkins of West Hartford and Laela Seymour Perkins of West Hartford. She was predeceased by her sister, Anne B. Shepherd and her brother, DeWitt D. Barlow, Jr. Memorial services will be held Monday, (Oct. 19) 11 a.m. at The Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford, with the Rev. Karin Fowler officiating. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, Northern Connecticut Chapter, 790 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114, or to The Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, 30 Arbor St., Hartford, CT 06106. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford.

"Middleridge," Residence and Garden of F. Seymour Barr, Stirling Road

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.


publication circa 1917

"Middleridge," Residence and Garden of F. Seymour Barr, Stirling Road

1919 Muhlenberg Hospital

Mrs. F. S. Barr
1131 Martine Avenue

September 29, 1945 The New York Sun

Miss Barr is Married to C. E. Loizeaux, Jr.

The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Manning Barr, daughter of Mrs. Raymond Van Vranken Miller of Plainfield, N.J., and Frank Seymour Barr of Sparta, N.J., to Charles Edward Louizeaux, also of Plainfield, is taking place today in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. The Rev. Dr. John J. Moment, pastor of the church, is performing the ceremony, and a reception will follow at the home of the bride's parents.

Email received May 13, 2013

name: Brian Manning Smith
email: montaukbrian@yahoo.com
phone:

message:

I am the great grandson of Mary G. Manning (Born 1857, lived in Plainfield, died in Brooklyn 1938). In her will was written "bequeath to my nieces, ELIZABETH MANNING, MARGARET BAKER, and KATHARINE VALIANT, ......". I am trying to contact a current descendant of either Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Valiant to gather/confirm some family history. I wonder if one of your members could help me?


Barr, Mrs. Frank Seymour (Helen Letitia Brewster) '32
Barr, Mrs. W. Manning (Marjorie) '39
Valiant, Mrs. John (Katharine Drayton) '40
Baker, Mrs. Clifford Myron (Margaret Drayton) '32
Atterbury, Mrs. Albert Hoffmann (Emma H. Baker) '15
Baker, Mrs. John Whitney (Theodora Faber) '22
Loizeaux, Mrs. Charles E. (Elizabeth or "Betty" Manning Barr), Jr. '69


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

name: Brian Manning Smith
email: montaukbrian@yahoo.com
phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX

message:

I am the great grandson of Mary G. Manning (Born 1857, lived in Plainfield, died in Brooklyn 1938). In her will was written "bequeath to my nieces, ELIZABETH MANNING, MARGARET BAKER, and KATHARINE VALIANT, ......". I am trying to contact a current descendant of either Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Valiant to gather/confirm some family history. I wonder if one of your members could help me?

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

December 8, 2013 Art Exhibit

December 8, 2013

Today was the Opening Reception for Virginia Carroll at the Watchung Art Center. The title of her show, "Serene Winter," is taken from a fairly large painting she did of her neighbor's garden at 996 Hillside Avenue.

This was the former home & garden of PGC Member Julie Shortridge. The house was built by founding member Mrs. Frederick W. (Grace Seccomb) Wallace '15. Click Mrs. Wallace's link to learn more about this impressive home and garden –plus see Virginia's painting "Serene Winter" – which is for sale!

"Serene Winter" Paintings by Virginia Carroll

She writes, "Last Dec. I won first place in the Members Show at the Watchung Arts Center and the honor of having a solo show in their Lower Gallery. I've been working toward this goal for a year and I'd love to invite you to see the paintings .Hope you can stop by for light refreshments and conversation on a Sunday afternoon. Friend of the PGC, Virginia Carroll" Thanks for sharing and inviting us!

Coincidentally, the gallery shares a parking lot with the Watchung Library. This library used to be the residence of PGC member Mrs. Harlan Butterfield (Jane Brewer Atwater) Pratt '53 Mr. Pratt established the well-known Valley Furniture Shop and it is he who crafted the signs, one of which still remains, at the Shakespeare Garden.

Watchung at one time was part of Plainfield. In addition to Mrs. Pratt, PGC members included Senator Eaton's wife, the daughter of one of the first mayors of Watchung and of course the owner of Hillcrest – that estate we keep meaning to document right off of Hillcrest Road (naturally) which leads from the Watchung Circle to Interstate 78.

There were quite a few more Watchung residents that were members of the Club – see them here. Another estate to explore would be Mrs. Barr's "Middleridge."

Princeton 1925

Class of '15

We quote, with great pleasure, from the New York Times of March 7:

"The marriage of Miss Marjorie Bird, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Philip Bird of Plainfield, N.J., to W. Manning Barr of New York, son of Mrs. Thomas M. Barr and the late Mr. Barr of Metuchen, N.J., took place yesterday afternoon at the home of the bride's parents. The ceremony was performed by Dr. John J. Moore, pastor of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, in the presence of the members of the two families.

"Miss Elsie Bird, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and F. Seymour Barr was his brother's best man. The bride is a member of the Junior League and attended Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. Mr. Barr was graduated from Princeton University in 1995 and served overseas during the was as a pilot in the Naval Aviation. He is a member of the firm Barr Brothers (?) of this city and is a member of the University, Princeton, Nassau and Glen Cove Country Club.

"The couple will go South on their wedding trip and upon their return will reside at 915 Park Avenue."

As may be inferred from the ???, the wedding was a very quiet one, only members of the immediate families being present. In accordance with the past ??? whenever an effort of theClass has been married it is place? to present a silver loving cup to our new ??? President, to whom in the??? congratulations are recorded. Details regarding the cup will come along later.

Monday Afternoon Club Membership