Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Fraker, Mrs. George Washington (Agnes Warren) '32

1928 Treasurer Book May 15th $5.00 Listed as "Mrs. Warren Fraker" Could Mrs. Fraker's join date be incorrect?

1929 Treasurer Book lists "Mrs. Geo. W. Fraker" Active April $5.00
1930, 1931, 1932 Treasurer Book Active
1933 Treasurer book: Fraker, Mrs. Geo. W. (crossed out) Resigned

1932 Directory* Address: Rahway Road
* = This directory was not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.

NOTE: Within this directory, the name "Mrs. George W. Fraker, Rahway Road" was crossed out by hand and written next to the name was "resigned 1933"

Below Mrs. George W. Fraker's name is "Mrs. Philip J. Fraker, 757 West Eigth Street" and it is also crossed out but there is no notation.

Mrs. George W. Fraker's membership year is not for certain 1932.

Unknown is the relationship between these two Mrs. Frakers and another Mrs. H. C. Fraker '26.

In the 30's, the Frakers sold the house to Plainfield Garden Club Member Mrs. Roswell H. (Louise Cornell) Rausch '65

Most likely related to founding PGC Member:
Warren, Mrs. Frank D. '15

Cornell Alumni News 1931

'25 - Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fraker of Plainfield, NJ have announced the engagement of their daughter, Helen Porter, to Frank C. Crosby, Jr. '25

1930 Blue Book listing

Fraker, Mr. & Mrs. George W. 988 Fifth ave.

resource

1938 Princeton Yearbook

Harrison Shedd Fraker 1001 Rahway Rd., Plainfield, N. J

Dan Damon blogs about the Fraker home at 1001 Rahway Road

http://ptoday.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 21, 2011
Hidden Plainfield: Razing the Roof

Razing the roof, literally.

I happened on this Hidden Plainfield scene quite by accident about three years ago.

The roof was literally being razed – or more correctly, lifted off in huge sections as part of a complete dismantling of this house, which was 'recycled' in the process of its replacement.

Do you know where this home is? Can you guess why it might figure in upcoming Plainfield events?

Answer tomorrow.

Dan Damon blog continued

Hidden Plainfield: Razing the Roof property ID

New home is at 1001 Rahway Road.

The roof-raising Hidden Plainfield scene of yesterday is at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Rahway Road, as folks readily guessed.

A new, larger home but with the same Georgian and center-hall feel replaced the orginal which was, as I said, recycled.

Illustration from Symphony Showcase invitation.

And you can get a peek at Plainfield's newest mansion as the owners, Gina Addeo and Michael Sullivan, are graciously opening their new home to the Plainfield Symphony's 92nd Season Showcase with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on Saturday, September 17.

For more on the Symphony Showcase, visit the Plainfield Symphony's website (here), download an invitation (here), or call the PSO office at (908) 756-4688 or (908) 561-5140. Tickets are $75/person. Please make your reservation by September 9.

Roof section being removed, May, 2008.

Where shall we go next week?

1001 Rahway Road

New York Times November 22, 1919

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FA0617FB3E5F1B728DDDAB0A94D9415B898DF1D3

Jersey City Man Charged with Misrepresenting News Services

A. Albert Lautman was arrested yesterday on an indictment charging that he obtained money under false pretenses by getting subscriptions to a book known as "The Scribes' Review of American, 1914 - 1919," which he said would be sent to "all papers receiving The Associated Press service and the United Press service." He is aid to have masqueraded as "the United Press Service," a play upon the name of the United Press Associations, which brough about his arrest.

The book purported to be a record of achievements of captains of industry in helping to win the war. Prospective-subscribers were informed that the book would be published once in four years and would be "very exclusive."

The indictment has two counts. One charges that he obtained $250 by false pretneses from the Liberty National Bank of New York, and the other that he attempted to obtain $500 by false pretenses from the Liberty Steel Products Company. His home is in Jersey City.

Lautman was arrainged before Judge Otto A. Rosalsky in General Sessions last night and held in $7,500 bail for pleading. He did not secure the bail immediatel and was sent to the Tombs Prison.

Among the men who paid money for a page in The Scribes' Review were Howard E. Cole, Standard Oil Company Director; J. G. Blaine, Jr., Liberty Natinoal Bank; George W. Fraker, Vice President National City Bank; Arthur H. Titus, Vice President National City Bank; Charles J. Graham, President Liberty Steel Products Company; Henry E. Cooper, Vice President Equitable Trust Company; James H. Carter, Vice President National City Bank; John H. Yuill, President Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.; L. Maloney, President Pl. Lorillard & co.; James H. Perkins.

These paid from $250 to $500 each.

From Dan Damon, 8-23-11
tried a little Google this am on gwf...seems he may have been a VP of
National City Bank (precursor of Citibank) and swindled by a con man, see
NYT archives –
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FA0617FB3E5F1B728DDDAB0A94D9415B898DF1D3

Library of Congress

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r110:S28MR7-0031:#

Congressional Record
110th Congress (2007-2008)

By Mr. BIDEN for the Committee on Foreign Relations.

*Ford M. Fraker, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Nominee: Ford McKinstry Fraker.

Post: Ambassador.

(The following is a list of all members of my immediate family and their spouses. I have asked each of these persons to inform me of the pertinent contributions made by them. To the best of my knowledge, the information contained in this report is complete and accurate.)

Contributions, Amount, Date, and Donee:

1. Self: Ford M. Fraker, none.

2. Spouse: Linda M. Fraker, none.

3. Children and spouses, Antonia W.H. Fraker, none; Ford J.H. Fraker, none; Charles T.H. Fraker, none.

4. Parents: Harrison S. Fraker, none; Marjorie T. Fraker, deceased.

5. Grandparents: George Fraker, deceased; Agnes Fraker, deceased.

Brothers and spouses: Harrison S. and Molly Fraker, $100, 09/2006, Phil Angelides; $100, 9/2006, Peter Hutchinson; $100, 9/2004, John Kerry.

Howard H. Fraker, none.

Christopher P. and Deborah Fraker, none.

7. Sisters and spouses: Wenda W. Fraker, deceased.

2011-10-20 Hillside Cemetery

Fraker Marker

Photo by S. Fraser

2011-10-20 Hillside Cemetery

Photo by S. Fraser


The Frakers are the original owners of 1001 Rahway Avenue, a garden the PGC documented for the Smithsonian.

A few years ago, Mrs. Fraker's grandson was nominated by Vice President Biden to be the ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

From Dan Damon's blog

November 8, 2011

June 15, 1922 New York Times

MISS BOMANN WINS EASILY

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.

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0A15FC3E5D1A7A93C7A8178DD85F468285F9

Courier News articles

Fraker George Washington 12/8/1942 News
Fraker George Washington 1/31/1944 News
Fraker George Washington 3/1/1948 News
Fraker George Washington 5/29/1951 News
Fraker George Washington 5/29/1951 Obituary
Fraker George Washington n.d. News
Fraker George Washington n.d. News

Plainfield Library Archive

1936

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 Library Archive

Plainfield Public Library

Plainfield Public Library

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. George W. Fraker
315 West Seventh Street

Mrs. P. J. Fraker
757 West Eighth Street

Email Correspondence 2012 - 2013

Dear Ford:

Happy New Year. Yesterday a group of us were sorting through the '30's
archival boxes at the Plainfield Library and I discovered the attached.
Mrs. Frank D. Warren would be your great-grandmother. I thought you would like to read the tribute from her friends.

Since I was the one who discovered it (out of a room of about 10 people
sorting piles of paper) I am taking it as a sign that I am remiss from
calling your grandfather! I plan on calling next week – in the afternoon
– and I hope I don't have too many questions for him.

We just received another email from the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Mead. I have a feeling your grandfather will know the Meads as Mrs. Mead and
Mrs. Warren were good friends.

Enjoy – Susan

Susan,

Thank you for your detailed reply. I will discuss your questions with him
but can answer the following ones directly (my responses are below your
questions). I have also copied my uncles (Harrison, Ford and Chris Fraker) on this email and they may have additional comments and can correct anything I have wrong or also add additional information:

For starters, the first question would be: How is he related to the 3
Fraker members?

1. Fraker, Mrs. George Washington (Agnes Warren) '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4570

George was his father and Agnes was his mother.

Is Mrs. G. W. Fraker (Agnes Warren) related to Mrs. Frank D. Warren '15?
Here is the direct link to that album:

http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4522

The Warrens were Agnes' family, so this was her mother.

2. Fraker, Mrs. Philip W. '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5367

I do not know but will ask.

Is your grandfather the "Harry" that recounts Nantucket in the 1920's?

Yes; he is the one. I think that article appeared originally in one of the
Nantucket magazines about three years ago.

Are the Frakers related to the Ackermans?

Yes; Harry had two sisters (can't remember their first names) and one of them married an Ackerman. I do not recognize the first names below but will inquire.

Ackerman, Mrs. Ernest Robinson (Nora L. Weber) '15
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4466

Ackerman, Mrs. Marion S.(Sarah M. Wills) '35
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5586

3. Fraker, Mrs. H. C. '26
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5585

We do not know too much about this member. Was she the mother-in-law of the other two Fraker members? A sister-in-law? Any idea who Margaret Fraker is?

I do not know who she is but will ask.

When you grandfather said he grew up on "Plainfield farm" – what is that location? Is it the house on Rahway Road?

Yes, that is the house. I heard it had been restored.

Tell him that house (now #1001) has been completely renovated and is a show place. I can try to get some photographs for him.

If you or your grandfather has any photos or memorabilia, we would love to include it. Did he know any of the Detwillers? They have sent in quite a bit for the ladies in their family that belonged to the club.

I do not know; he has moved several times and now lives with my uncle (his son) Chris Fraker in Nantucket. I know he would be delighted to discuss the above with you. He can be reached at (508) 228-9501. He is best in the middle of the day or early evening. You can reach Chris on his cell at (XXX) XXX-XXXX. His email is above.

Best, Ford


On Nov 29, 2012, at 9:10 AM,
PlainfieldGC@plainfieldgardenclub.org<mailto:PlainfieldGC@plainfieldgardenclub.org>
wrote:

Dear Mr. von Weise,

Thank you so much for writing to us. It is always a thrill when a
relative discovers our little website
www.plainfieldgardenclub.org<http://www.plainfieldgardenclub.org> The garden club was founded in 1915 and we are the second oldest remaining organization in Plainfield – the Music Club is a few years older!

Two years ago we began to collect the MANY boxes of archives that have
accumulated in members' attics and basements over the past 97 years. We have only scratched the surface of piecing together this memorabilia. We created the online membership list and any time we come across something that is remotely related to that member, we scan it into their album. The plan is to go back and organize later – we will see if this happens. This is our explanation for the jumble of information that appears in your family's files. Our apologies!

We have a record of 3 "Frakers" in the club. Below are the links and a
few questions if you could ask your grandfather (Please send him our
regards. Did he happen to know Barbara Sandford? We just celebrated her 94th birthday a few weeks ago. If he did, I will send you some photos to show him.)

For starters, the first question would be: How is he related to the 3
Fraker members?

1. Fraker, Mrs. George Washington (Agnes Warren) '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4570

Is Mrs. G. W. Fraker (Agnes Warren) related to Mrs. Frank D. Warren '15?
Here is the direct link to that album:

http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4522

2. Fraker, Mrs. Philip W. '32
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5367

Is your grandfather the "Harry" that recounts Nantucket in the 1920's?
Are the Frakers related to the Ackermans?

Ackerman, Mrs. Ernest Robinson (Nora L. Weber) '15
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=4466

Ackerman, Mrs. Marion S.(Sarah M. Wills) '35
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5586

3. Fraker, Mrs. H. C. '26
http://andyswebtools.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=plainfield-garden-club&type=5585

We do not know too much about this member. Was she the mother-in-law of the other two Fraker members? A sister-in-law? Any idea who Margaret Fraker is?

When you grandfather said he grew up on "Plainfield farm" – what is that location? Is it the house on Rahway Road? Tell him that house (now #1001) has been completely renovated and is a show place. I can try to get some photographs for him.

If you or your grandfather has any photos or memorabilia, we would love to include it. Did he know any of the Detwillers? They have sent in quite a bit for the ladies in their family that belonged to the club.

Thank you again for writing to us. Let me know about Barbara and the
house on Rahway Road – he would probably like to see the photos.

Sincerely,

Susan Fraser
co-President Plainfield Garden Club
www.plainfieldgardenclub.org


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

name: Ford von Weise
email: ford@vonweise.net
phone: (XXX) XXX-XXXX

message:

My daughter came across the article on your website about my grandfather,Harry Fraker, who is till alive today at 94 and living on Nantucket. He grew up in Plainfield on Plainfield Farm, went to Lawrenceville, and then Princeton served in WWII at an artillery officer and then raised his family in Princeton. The article asked questions regarding if he was Mrs. H.C. Fraker's husband. The answer is no; he is the husband of the former Marjorie Tomlinson. She died in 1986. I would be happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to call or email.

_______________________________________
Thanks for using Andy's Web Tools!

Bradford L von Weise
ford@vonweise.net<mailto:ford@vonweise.net>

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December 15, 2013 Email Correspondence

name: Yvonne C Moody
email: Yvonne37@bellsouth.net
phone: XXXXXXX

message:

To Susan Fraser: I was fascinated to find your correspondence with my first cousin once removed, Ford von Weise, regarding my grandmother, Agnes Warren Fraker. Possibly I can add to your store of information. Mr. and Mrs. Fraker had six children, Margaret, Priscilla, Helen (my mother,) William, George Jr. and Harrison. I can remember as a child rolling down the back lawn of 1001 Rahway Road with my grandmother's cocker spaniel. I have never before heard of a Philip Fraker, or an H. C. Fraker. Margaret married Philip van Deventer; they had one son, Philip Jr. who died in 2010. She later married Worth Wiley, no issue. Priscilla married a Mr. Taylor and had two sons, W. Warren and Edward. My mother married Frank C. Cosby Jr. (not Crosby!) I am their only child. My uncle George had a son, G. W. III, and a daughter Margot. Harry, who just died on his 96th birthday Dec.3, had a daughter Wenda, Ford von Weise's mother, and sons Harrison S. Jr., Ford, Howard and Christopher.

If I can answer any questions you may have, I would be happy to. Also, please give Barbara Sandford my greetings. I remember her with fond admiration from my days in Plainfield.
Sincerely, Yvonne Moody

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