Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Case, Mrs. James Herbert (Alice Needham) '32

1911 Address: 1126 Martine Avenue, Plainfield

1931 Treasurer Book Active (Is Mrs. Case's join year incorrect?)
1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* lists address as 1332 Evergreen Avenue, Plainfield
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from 1932.

1932 Treasurer Book: Signed "Respectfully submitted, Alice N. Case, Treas."

1937 Treasurer Book: Mrs. J. Herbert Case 1/4/37 Pd. Transferred Nov. 8 (illegible)

1938 Treasurer Book, Associate: Mrs. J. Herbert Case 1/5/38 Pd 1/3/39 Pd. 1/14/40 Pd. 1/21/41 Pd. 11/24/41 Pd. 11/24/42 Pd. 12/1/43 Pd. 12/1/44 Pd. 12/1/45 May 17, 1946 May 26, 1947 June 4, 1948 June 8, 1949 "1950" – no note of payment. "1951" – no note of payment June 1952

1927 Treasure Book, under "Associate": Mrs. J. Herbert Case

1942 Directory: 1332 Evergreen Avenue
NOTE: Mrs. J. Herbert Case is listed as an "Associate Member"

1950 - 1951 Treasurer Book: Scrap piece of paper found "Mrs. Case 970 Madison Ave"

1952 Address: 970 Madison Avenue, Plainfield (Who's Who)

Mrs. Case was not listed in other resource material so it is assumed her membership year is 1932.

Treasurer Book first records Mrs. Case's name in 1931

James Herbert Case, Jr.

James Herbert Case, Jr. was the 8th president of Washington & Jefferson College.

Case was born on October 26, 1906 in Plainfield, New Jersey.[1] He graduated from Princeton University in 1929 and served with the United States Navy. Later, he served as secretary of Brown University.

He was elected president of Washington & Jefferson College on May 4, 1946 and inaugurated October 25, 1946. Fall 1946 saw the largest student body on record, 1047, with 75% of the students veterans of World War II. The college added a Division of Engineering in the former Catholic Church on the corner of Wheeling and South Lincoln Streets.[1] On October 29, 1949, the college dedicated Mellon and Upperclass Dormitories.[1] In June 1949, the Board of Trustees granted Case a one-year leave of absence to study the problems of small, independent, liberal arts colleges. On March 25, 1950, before the end of his leave, he resigned to take the presidency of Bard College. He died in New York Hosptial on July 11, 1965, after a long illness.

1905 Bankers Magazine: Plainfield Trust Company, Plainfield, NJ

The officers of the Plainfield Trust Company are: O. T. Waring, President; A. V. Heely and Henry A. McGree, Vice-Presidents; J. Herbert Case, Secretary, and Edward F. Feickert, Assistant Secretary.

The directors are: Ernest R. Ackerman, president Lawrence Cement Company, New York; J. Herbert Case, Secretary and Treasurer, Plainfield, NJ; Federick Geller, attorney and counsellor-at-law, New York, Augustus V. Heely, the Farmers' Loan & Trust Company, New York; Francis deL. . . . etc.

October 2, 1911 New York Times obituary

CASE – At Plainfield, NJ on Friday, Sept. 29 , 1911, Susan P., wife of the late Samual P. Case. Services at the residence of her son, J. Herbert Case, 1, 126 Martine Avenue, Plainfield, NJ on Monday, October 2 at 2:30 PM

Everett Needham Case July 2000

Everett Needham Case
VAN HORNESVILLE - July 19 - Everett Needham Case, president emeritus of Colgate University, died in his sleep yesterday at the Harding Nursing Home in nearby Waterville, NY. He was 99.
A former president also of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and in the 1960s Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Case was born in Plainfield, NJ, the elder son of J. Herbert Case and Alice Needham Case. He was graduated from Princeton University in 1922, and earned an honors degree in modern European history at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Case's graduate study in American history at Harvard was interrupted in 1927 when he became personal assistant to Owen D. Young, then chairman of General Electric Co., founder-director of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), and deputy chairman of the New York Federal Reserve, of which Case's father was the senior Deputy-Governor.

In June, 1931, Case's marriage to Josephine Young, only daughter of Owen D. Young, was celebrated in the old Universalist Church in this upstate village, after which the young couple spent two months in China as American delegates to the Shanghai conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations. Thus began an interest in China and the Chinese that led to Case's appointment in 1949 as consultant on U. S. - China policy to Secretary of State Dean Acheson. Some 15 years later he became a founding director of the National Committee on U. S. - China Relations, and in 1973 a senior member of the delegation to visit China-in-Transition, which was received on a memorable evening by Chou-en-Lai.

On his induction in 1942 as president of Colgate University, Case pledged its total cooperation with the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps in the round-the-clock training and basic education of their aviation cadets and future officer personnel. The total thus trained at this then small liberal arts college during World War II was 4,793. In the meantime, Case had appointed and chaired a commitee of senior professors to plan for a Post-War college whose educational program would demand creative work of faculty and student alike. From this emerged Colgate's version of the so-called Core Curriculum - which attracted favorable attention for its emphasis on a freshman program that distinguished college sharply from school. Colgate's library, for which he raised much of the funding, was named in his honor in 1962.

During his administrative years, Case also served at various times as president of the American Council on Education, chairman of National Educational Television (NET), board member of IBM World Trade, the Committee for Economic Development, and the Fund for Financial Aid to Education. Additionally, he had been an alumni trustee of Princeton, board member of the Sloan-Kettering Foundation, and a member of the Harvard Overseers Committe to visit the College and its History Department.

Returning at last to Van Hornesville, which he and his wife had always considered their home, they jointly researched and co-authored the only full-length biography of her father. Scheduled for publication as "Owen D. Young and American Enterprise," in time for their Golden Wedding anniversary, its appearance was delayed until 1982, when the first two copies off the press were duly autographed by each author for the other. Proud of this partnership with his wife in preparing this fifth of her published works, as he was to have followed both his father and father-in-law as Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve, he once remarked that with these honors, his offspring, and his 13 honorary degrees, he was - and ought to be - content.

Case's wife, Josephine, died in 1990. He is survived by their four children; Josephine Edmonds Case of Van Hornesville, James H. III of White Plains, NY, Samuel P. of Fairfax, CA, and John P. of Cambridge, MA; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held later in Van Hornesville and at Colgate. Gifts in memory of the deceased may appropriately be directed to the Everett Needham Case Library or in support of minority applicants, to: Memorial Gifts, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home 40 West James Street, Richfield Springs, New York

J. Herbert Case


Cse, J(ames) Herbert
Director (Class C), Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Term Office: 22 William Street
New York 15, New York
Began february 27, 1930; terminated April 30, 1946

b. Elizabeth, NJ August 20, 1872; son of Samuel Pyatt and Susan (Thorn) C.
Educ.: Langley (Elizabeth) School; LL.D., Elmira College, 1931; Colgate U., 1942.
Married, Alice Needham, Septebmer 28, 1898; children – Everett Needham, James H., Elizabeth Robinson (deceased)

Successively Secretary and Vice Pres., Plainfield Trust Co., 1902 - 1917
VP Farmers Loan & Trust Co., NY City, 1912 -1917
Depute Governor, Federal Reserve Bank, NY City 1917 - 1930; Chairman of the Board, 1930 - 1936.

Partner, R. W. Pressprich & Co., NY City, 1936 - 1940
1955 - Laidlaw and Co.
Directory: City Bank Farmer's Trust Co., Lehman Corp of NY, Witherbee Sherman Corp., Cubitas Iron Ore Co., Oregon Carrying Corp., 1940 - 1942.

Historical People Buried at Hillside Cemetary

J. Herbert Case (1872-1972) Deputy-Governor and Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve

970 Madison Avenue

Plainfield Library Photo File

G-394 1934 Y Grimstead House at 970 Madison Avenue 970 Madison Avenue Cottage-style house with three dormers and open porch on left side, W. H. Nischwitz. Van Wyck Brooks

Hillside Cemetery

October 20, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

Hillside Cemetery

October 20, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

Frank B. Bennett and Company 1912

The Plainfield Trust Co.

On the fourth day of June, ten years ago, the Plainfield Trust Company of Plainfield, N.J., opened for business in an unpretentious store on one of the principal streets on that city. In three years, when by its aggressive methods it had acquired a deposit line of one and a half million dollars, it moved into its handsome building on Park avenue which it now occupies, and which is not only the most imposing edifice in Plainfield but is one of the finest banking houses in the State of New Jersey. In its new home the business of the institution has continued to prosper under the efficient management of its energetic and capable staff of officers until today the company reports deposits of four millions of dollars and a surplus and undivided profit account of two hundred and forty thousand dollars, or nearly two and a half times the amount of its capital.

In addition to the four million of deposits, the company has in its custody a million and a half of trust funds which are kept separate and apart from its assets. This trust business is but another indication of the confidence which the institution has won during the comparatively short period of its existence – a confidence that is based on the character of the service which has been rendered but on the personnel of its directors, all of whom are representative men in the community and who bring to the business the inspiration of some New York City's most important business activities as may be seen from the following:

and their connections: J. Herbert Case, vice-president Franklen Trust Co., Brooklyn; Frederick Geller, attorny and counseller-at-law, New York; Augustus V. Heely, vice-president The Farmers' Loan and Trust Co., New York; James W. Jackson, executor of the Jesse Hoyt Estate, New York; Edward H. Ladd, Jr. & Wood Bankers, New York; Charles W. McCutchen, Holt & Co., Commision Merchants, New York; Henry A. McGee, Standard Oil Co., New York; Walter M. McGee, Vacuum Oil Co., New York; Charles A. Reed, attorney and counsellor-at-law, New York; Isaac W. Rushmore, dairy products, New York; Frank H. Smith, register Union County, Elizabeth, N.J., Samuel Townsend, president Peoples National Bank, Westfield, N.J., Cornelius B. Tyler, Tyler & Tyler, attorneys, New York; Lewis E. Waring, Edward Sweet & Co., bankers, New York; and Orville T. Waring, Standard Oil Co., New Jersey.

Mr. H. H. Pond, secretary of the company, assumed this position two years ago, and during his uncumbency the deposits have increased from about $2,750,000 to $4,000,000. Mr. Pond has also been president of the New Jersey Bankers Association during the past year and in that capacity has won many friends both for himself and for the institution which he represents.

The Plainfield Trust Company conducts a banking trust, special, safe deposit and "banking by mail" department. Through the latter the institution has extended its operation all over New Jersey, and there are few towns in the state in which some of its deposits may not be found.

970 Madison Avenue

December 4, 2011 Van Wyck Brooks Historic Holiday House Tour

970 Madison Avenue

970 Madison Avenue

970 Madison Avenue

This house was not on the tour, but important to us as it was the home of Mrs. James Herbert (Alice Needham) Case '31

Mrs. Case lived for years at 1126 Martine, but in 1950, moved to this house on Madison.

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.

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Plainfield Foun
First Woman to

J. Herbert Case, chairman of the Distribution Committee of the Plainfield Foundation announced the appointment yesterday of Miss Margaret W. McCutchen, as a member of that commitee. Miss McCutchen was appointed by Ralph J. Smalley, judge of the Common Pleas and Orphans Court of Somerset County. This is the first time a woman has been appointed to serve on this committee and Miss McCutchen's active participation in the civic and philanthropic work in the community well qualifies her to fill this post, said Mr. Case.

Miss McCutchen is a trustee of the Visiting Nurse Association, a nurse's aid at Muhlenberg Hosptial and has worked there in the Social Service Department. She is a former president of teh Women's Auxiliary Board of Muhlenberg Hospital and has served as trustee of the Community Chest and the Catherine Webster Home. She succeeds Judge Williams A. Coddington, who served as a member of the Distribution Committee for 15 years.

The Plainfield Foundation, a non-profit organization for public giving, was founded in 1920 by a group of public spirited citizens.

"The close of World War 2," said Mr. Case, "has brought a growing awareness of the human needs of the world and it is important that the people of Plainfield know just how the Plainfield Foundation can benefit . . . run in The Courier-News to acquant the public with the many advantages of leaving money through the Plainfield Foundation.

The need for which money is left by gift or will has in the past sometimes become obsolete or in some cases, even ceased to exist. Benjamin Franklin once left a fund for printers' apprentices. This fund lies idle today. The Plainfield Foundation was organized to meet changing conditions of the times and if money is left through the combined judgement of the distribution committee, which is composed of citizens who are fully aware of community needs, the funds left are used for a purpose that most closely conforms to the expressed wishes of the donor.

Many persons who would like to leave funds for welfare work in memory of loved ones, often feel that their gift is too small, but gifts from $100 up are welcomed by the Plainfield Foundation and a number of modest gifts often become a sizeable sum and can do a great deal of good.

"One of teh most urgent needs in our community today," said Mr. Case, "is a Home for old people where they can live the latter years of their lives, in comfort at a price they can afford. Another equally pressing need is a convalescent home were persons who can no longer remain in the hospital can . . .

Dec 8 1945

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Plainfield Public Library Archives

Plainfield Public Library Archives

1954 Check Book

No. 1090
May 18, 1954
N. J. Roadside Council
Dues - June 54 - 55

No. 1091
May 19, 1954
Mrs. Herbert Case
Choco (original 322 Ryan St. , Hillside, Nj
pottery - corner cupboard

No. 1092
May 21, 1954
Dorothy V. de Hart
2 azaleas @10.00
4 azaleas @5.00

(Laurel Gardens)

1954 Check Book

No. 1120
July 29, 1954
Mrs. Herbert Case
Chaco Originals –
322 Ryan St Hillside, NJ
reimburse for 2 articles lost at G. F. [Garden Fair] (paid by insurance)

No. 1121
July 29, 1954
Garden Club of Fanwood (?)
Mrs. H. C. Hurton (?)
153 Hurter Ave. Fanwood NJ

No. 1122
Sept. 9, 1954
GCA Contributor Fund

Residence of John T. Needham, 40 Willow Avenue

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

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1908 Commercial and Financial Chronicle The Plainfield Trust Company

The Plainfield Trust Company

J. Herbert Case, Vice-Pres. Franklin Trust Co., Brooklyn

1126 Martine Avenue

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

Plainfield Library Bio Card

Monday Afternoon Club Membership