Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Taylor, Mrs. Duncan W. '18

1922 Address: 455 West 7th St.

1928 Treasurer Book April 15 $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active April $5.00
1930, 1931, 1932 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address: 455 West Seventh Street
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: "Mrs. Duncan W. Taylor, 455 West Seventh Street" was crossed out by hand and a notation "1933" written.

1933 Treasurer Book: Taylor, Mrs. D. W. (crossed out) Deceased

It is not known if there is a familial relationship to Plainfield Garden Club member Mrs. J. Irwin Taylor '32 who resided at 835 West Eighth Street.

1941 - 1942 - 1943 Treasurer Book, under "Active" is listed a Mrs. Hall (Katherine) Taylor 1/2/42 Pd. 12/2/42 Pd. No other mention of her is found. 1328 Watchung Avenue(1942)

1912 Annual Plainfield City Report

Third Ward: Fred Endress, Frederick E. Mygatt, Charles C. Randolph and Duncan W. Taylor

Committee Chairman: Fire and Buildings

Plainfield Musical Club

Plainfield Library Archives

Plainfield Musical Club Records,

Finding aid written and encoded by Michelle Campbell in April 2010;
processed in 2010 by Michelle Campbell.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Records of the Plainfield Musical Club, 1914 - 2000

Creator: Plainfield Musical Club

Accession: MSS-2000-3

2.5 linear feet of records
Comprised of 4 boxes:
One (1) 10"H x 15 ½"L x 12 ½"W archival storage box
Two (2) 10"H x 15 ½"L x 5"W archival document cases
One (1) 3"H x 11 ½"L x 15"W archival document case
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Abstract: The Plainfield Musical Club [1914-2000] was founded in April 1892. The charter members had been meeting informally for several years before officially establishing the Club, which was "dedicated to the stimulation of a greater interest in musical culture." The collection includes administrative material, such as early constitutions and by-laws, as well as meeting minutes, annual reports, event records, correspondence, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, programs, as well as sheet music.

Language: The records are in English.

Administrative Information
Access & Restrictions
The Records of the Plainfield Musical Club are available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

Preferred Citation
Identification of item; Date (if noted); "Records of the Plainfield Musical Club," Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information
The collection was donated in 2000 by an unknown donor. Additions to the collection were donated in 2010 by Robert Paoli.

Processing Information
This collection was processed by Michelle Campbell in 2010. The finding aid was written and encoded by Michelle Campbell in 2010. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Historical Note

The Plainfield Musical Club, the oldest musical club in New Jersey was founded in April 1892 by Miss Caroline Struelli and 21 other women vocalists, pianists and "elocutionists". The charter members had been meeting informally for several years before officially establishing the Club, which was "dedicated to the stimulation of a greater interest in musical culture." Important early members included Miss Maud Van Boskerck, who came to the PMC as a pianist and contributed to programs as an accompanist and offered her studio as a meeting place. She also supported the annual concert of famous artists. Mrs. Albert H. Atterbury built Club membership up to 60, but when members wavered in meeting attendance, her suggestion of disbanding spurred renewed interest.

1925 brought the addition of males to the Club, as well as organists, harpists, orchestral instrument players and the elocutionists became "poet-readers." The PMC season ran from October through July inclusive and it held nine monthly meetings annually.

The Club was also active with the community. They contributed money to the Red Cross during both World Wars, bought and donated boxes or seats at the Metropolitan Opera House for the Jersey Junior performances as well as tickets to performances by the Plainfield Symphony Society, Plainfield Choral Club and Mendelssohn Glee Club. The PMC also made many contributions to the Edward MacDowell Association for its artist's colony in Peterborough, NH. In 1950, the Club established an Scholarship Fund which awarded high school graduates from Plainfield and North Plainfield who were interested in furthering their musical education. The fund was generously supported in 1988 with a donation from the estate of former member Adele de Leeuw, noted Plainfield author and native. The bequest was set up in honor of her sister Cateau de Leeuw, also a noted author, illustrator and club member. Other nationally known members included Harriet Ware, who composed music for solo voice, piano, choral and organ, and Charlotte Garden, once the leading female organist in the United States and Europe.

There were fifteen types of musicianship represented: piano, accompanists, organ, violin, soprano, contralto, tenor, bass and baritone, ensemble, choral director, and poet-reader. There were also five classes of membership: Senior-active, Junior-active, Joint (for husbands and wives), Associate and Honorary. Mrs. Leighton Calkins, wife of a Plainfield mayor, was made the first honorary member in 1919. The Club is still in existence today and remains active, still gathering at members homes.

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Scope and Content Note
The Plainfield Musical Club collection includes a variety of historical material dating back to 1914. Record types include meeting minutes from recording secretary, board and other committees, constitution and bylaws. The recording secretary's minutes run from 1951 - 1964. Other administrative records include financial records, membership rosters, meeting correspondence, and publicity records including PMC official letterhead, postcards, press releases, and newspaper clippings. Original paper documents contain typed and handwritten information; with handwritten marginal notes appearing on both.

There is a large volume of records documenting PMC activities including the various meetings, club fundraisers, anniversary records and event programs. A variety of scrapbooks, created by members, help document the Club's early history from 1936 to 1992. Some contain early organization minutes, and photographs; there are extensive newspaper clippings. Of particular interest is the 100th gala anniversary of the PMC from 1992 which includes photographs, clippings, and correspondence. There is also a copy of the Club's history in an article written by Muriel Collins Lambert in 1949 for the New Jersey Music magazine, from which much of the historical information was collected for this finding aid.

Finally, there is one box of sheet music, primarily choral music with publication dates back to 1869. Original paper documents contain printed and handwritten information with handwritten marginal notes appearing on both.

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Past Presidents


Mrs. Clifton Wharton
1892 - 1898

Mrs. Albert H. Atterbury
1906 - 1914

Mrs. J. Kirtland Meyers
1914 - 1917

Mrs. Albert H. Atterbury
1917 - 1920

Mrs. Ruth Waldo
1920 - 1923

Mrs. Harry R. Moyer
1923 - 1925

Mrs. Duncan W. Taylor
1925 - 1927

Mrs. Leontine Hunstman
1927 - 1929

F. Clyde Doane
1929 - 1931

H.D. Bonnell
1931 - 1933

Fay Barnaby Kent
1933 - 1935

Mary Eaton His
1935 - 1937

Georges J. His
1937 - 1939

H.D. Bonnell
1939 - 1941

Muriel Collins Lambert
1941 - 1943

Howard S. Savage
1943 - 1945

Georges J. His
1945 - 1947

Jean Bender Coulthurst
1947 - 1949

Phyllis Runyon
1949 - 1951

Catherine Talley
1951 - 1953

Rosemary Hinman
1953 - 1955

Stuart LeCompte
1955 - 1957

Claire C. O'Neill
1957 - 1959

Florence S. Hageman
1959 - 1961

Dorothea Durant 1961 - 1963

Louise Markley De Lisle 1963 - 1965

Bernice Swain 1965 - 1967

Marilyn Hannon 1967 - 1968

Patricia McNelis 1968 - 1969

Jeannette M. Rutan
1969 - 1970

Joyce Bayer
1973 - 1974

IBeverly Weber
1976 - 1977

Irina Holt
1977 - 1978

Carol Marder
1980 - 1981

Robert Paoli
1981 - 1983

Rena Fruchter
1983 - 1985

Patty Fischer
1985 - 1987

Fred Fischer
1987 - 1989

Allen Weakland
1989 - 1991

Paul DiDario
1991 - 1997

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Organization and Arrangement

The Records of the Plainfield Musical Club are arranged into nine series:

Series 1: Minutes and Records
Series 2: Membership
Series 3: Correspondence
Series 4: Constitution and By-Laws
Series 5: Scholarship
Series 6: Programs
Series 7: History
Series 8: Scrapbooks
Series 9: Music

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Index Terms


deLeeuw, Adele, 1899-1988.
deLeeuw, Cateau, 1903-1975
Hu, Shih, 1891-1962.
Ware, Harriet, 1877-1962.

Mendelssohn Glee Club
Metropolitan Opera Guild
Plainfield Musical Club, Plainfield, NJ
Plainfield Symphony Society, Plainfield, NJ
Plainfield Choral Club, Plainfield, NJ

Plainfield (N.J.)

Choral music
Music & Musicians
Music and youth
Music appreciation
Music–scholarship and performance
Music–Societies, etc.
Music Scores
Plainfield (N.J.)–History
Plainfield (N.J.)–Clubs and organizations

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents that do not require any additional technology for access.

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Series Description

Series 1: Minutes and Records [1915 – 1993]

Series Arrangement

Series 1 is arranged chronologically by subject in 5 folders.


Series 1 contains meeting minutes from various committees, including general club, board, executive, and committee minutes. It is composed solely of paper documents. Archivist maintained original organization of Recording Secretary's minutes and records (1951 - 1964), annual and chronogical and combined into two folders.

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Series 2: Membership [1937–1995]

Series Arrangement

Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically in 6 folders.


Series 2 contains records and documents that pertain to membership including rosters and correspondence. It is composed solely of paper documents. Correspondence includes recommendations for membership, resignations from membership, welcome to new members, change of address from members and announcements of death. Includes handwritten notes, letters on personal letterhead and cards. Membership rosters are comprised of printed, typed and handwritten booklets with some handmade covers.

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Series 3: Correspondence, [1931–1997]

Series Arrangement

Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically in 5 folders.


Series 3 contains correspondence from past presidents and general business correspondence. It is composed solely of paper documents. The bulk of this series are newsletters to members announcing where meeting locations and programs. Original organization included two folders labelled Correspondence, President H.D Bonnell 1931-33 and Correspondence, President Allen Weakland 1988-1991 which are now included in this series in folders 14 and 15. Programs, meeting letters, membership correspondence and board meeting minutes were removed and included in the corresponding series. Also included in this series are telegram from the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Hu Shih and a letter from Ambassador's Private Secretary to President Lambert from 1942 inviting Mrs. Francis de L Hyde as his guest for the meeting on the 17th. A handwritten note on the letter reads: " The Chinese ambassador from China to USA was invited to speak at the March 1942 meeting of the Plainfield Musical Club in an open meeting in Crescent Ave. Church in the Club's 50th anniversary year- Chinese music was featured in the program. Mr. Richard E. Lambert interviewed Mr. Hu Shih. During the meeting there was a serious fire in the neighborhood and Mr. Lambert heard the fire engines and feared that the church house just to the rear of the church was on fire while he was interviewing Mr. Hu Shih."

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Series 4: Constitution and By Laws [1940, 1959-60, n. d.]

Series Arrangement

Series 4 is arranged chronologically by subject in one folder.


Series 4 contains copies of constitution and by laws with handwritten edits and notes. It is composed solely of paper documents.

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Series 5: Scholarship [1973–2000]

Series Arrangement

Series 5 is arranged chronologically by subject in one folder.


Series 5 contains records that pertain to the scholarship administered by the clubs. It includes letters from scholarship award winners, application forms and receipts. It is composed solely of paper documents. Included is handwritten letter dated November 17, 1975 from Adele de Leeuw thanking the PMC board in "making a contribution to the scholarship fund in memory of my sister Cateau de Leeuw.

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Series 6: Programs [1912 –1995]

Series Arrangement

Series 6 is arranged chronologically by subject in 4 folders.


Series 6 contains programs of performances at club meetings and other performances. There are also handwritten and typed notes of performer biographies. It is composed solely of paper documents.

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Series 7: History [1966 –1993 with gaps, n. d.]

Series Arrangement

Series 7 is arranged chronologically by subject in 3 folders.


Series 7 contains newspaper clippings, photos and ephemera. It also contains a copy of the history of the club written by Muriel Collins Lambert, originally published in 1949 in the New Jersey Music periodical.

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Series 8: Scrapbooks [1936 –1992]

Series Arrangement

Series 8 is arranged chronologically in 2 boxes with 8 folders in total.


Series 8 contains scrapbooks. It is composed primarily of paper documents. Some contain early organization minutes, and photographs; there are extensive newspaper clippings. There are 6 scrapbooks in total: 1936-38, 1951-52, 1952-53 (contents were removed and separated from fragile 3 ring binder), 1953-54, 1954-59. The last scrapbook 1992 is dedicated solely to the 100th anniversary event. (The contents were removed from a 3-ring binder which was discarded). Also Included in Box 3 are the contents of a envelope entitled 100th Birthday Gala with clipping and final reports collected by Bob Paoli. Finally, there is a framed document from the city of Plainfield and Mayor announcing the proclamation of Plainfield Music Club Week May 24 - 30, 1992 to celebrate the event.

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Series 9: Music [1931 –n.d]

Series Arrangement

Series 9 is arranged by subject in 3 folders.

Series 9 contains sheet music with both published and handwritten arrangements. It is composed solely of paper documents. Included is a handwritten score that is inscribed " Used at the Dec. 1942 meeting of the Plainfield Musical Club." This series also includes songbook. The bulk of the series is sheet music, handwritten and printed copies of "In a Persian Garden", a vocal song cycle for four solo voice, originally published in 1869. This material is fragile. There is also a two page typed document entitled "Music Library" containing a list of music and composers.
[Handwritten copy of "In a Persian Garden", originally published in 1869.]

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Container Listing

Series I: Minutes [1915–1995]

Title Date
Annual Board of Directors Meeting
1931 - 1991 with gaps

Financial Records
1964 - 1993 with gaps

Recording Secretary
1951 - June 1960

Recording Secretary
1960 - 1964

Junior PMC

Series 2: Membership [1944–1995]

Title Date
1944 - 1945, 1959-1979 with gaps

1988 - 1993

1973 - 1974

1937 - 1968 with gaps

1969 - 1974 with gaps

1982 - 1995 with gaps

Series 3: Correspondence [1942–2000]

Title Date
1942 - 2000 with gaps

1969 - April 1997 with gaps

President – H.D. Bonnell
1931 - 1933

President – Allen Weakland
1988 - 1991


Series 4 : Constitution and Bylaws[1940-1960]

Title Date
Constitution and Bylaws
1940, 1959 - 1960

Series 5 : Scholarship[1973-2000]

Title Date
1973 - 2000

Series 6 : Programs [1914-1995]

Title Date
1914 - 1970 with gaps

1980 - 1995 with gaps

1924, 1969, 1992

Performer Biographies

Series 7 : History [1949–1993]

Title Date

1966 - 1993 with gaps

Photos and Ephemera

Series 8 : Scrapbooks [1936–1992]

Title Date
1936 - 1938

1951 - 1952

1952 - 1953

1952 - 1953
1953 - 1954

1954 - 1959

Scrapbooks – 100th Birthday

Framed Proclamation

Series 9 : Music [1931–n.d.]

Title Date
Miscellaneous Music
1931,1942 - n.d

In a Persian Garden

In a Persian Garden

Plainfield Musical Club meeting, photograph taken by Howard Rowe, circa 1930s.

June 25, 1922 New York Times wedding announcement

The wedding of Miss Julia Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan W. Taylor of Plainfield, NJ, and Eberhard Lothar Faber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lothar W. Faber of this city, took place at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Crescent Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, the Rev. John J. Moment, the pastor, officiating. The bride was graduated from Smith College this year and Mr. Faber is a graduate of Princeton, class of '15.

1910 Annual Plainfield City Report

Third Ward: Ducan W. Taylor, Charles C. Randolph and Frederic E. Mygatt

Committee Chairman for Fire and Buildings

Orange and Magenta

Could the Henry in this story be Mrs. Taylor's son?

Memorable Moments
The All-American Boy

Turkey Righter was looking forward to his 100th birthday.

I'd gone out to Bedford, New York, to meet him at the suggestion of a woman who knew that I was interested in talking to people who'd been born in the early years of the twentieth century.

The landmark birthday was to be celebrated on May 2, 2003 and chatting with Turkey in the autumn of the previous year, it was hard not to be charmed by this slender and elegant retired advertising executive. After a light lunch in the luxuriously sparse contemporary dining room that had been designed by his late wife, he shared some of his earliest memories.

"I had had a super case of whooping cough," he recalled. "It lasted three months, so a whole year was washed out for me. I had to repeat the first grade.

"As I was getting better, I said to my mother, ‘You know, Teddy Roosevelt is going to speak in the park.' But she warned that if I was still whooping I couldn't go.

"Well, I accidentally whooped once, but I didn't think she'd want to know about that and I was able to go over to the park to listen to Teddy Roosevelt.

"I'm a little boy and I was there.

"And if you're a little boy, horses, pistols, buffaloes, lassos, all that kind of thing, are important. Here was my hero! San Juan Hill and the Maine and Havana. The Spanish American War was, to me, like the Civil War was to other kids. And here was the hero of all heroes–turning up in Plainfield, New Jersey! He was running for president on the Bull Moose ticket.

"I was mesmerized. My mother hadn't come along. (Why should she? She couldn't vote. It was a race between my mother and me as to who'd get to vote first!)

"So I'm in the park and at the end of Teddy Roosevelt's speech, everybody stands up to shake hands with him. What was I going to do? I lined up too, climbed the steps and walked up to Teddy Roosevelt.

"He asked me, ‘What are you doing here, little boy?'

"I said, ‘Mr. President, I came to get a Bull Moose button.' (The Bull Moose button wasn't plastic; it was metal of some sort.)

"He looked all around the podium for a button (there was no bodyguard in sight), but he couldn't find one. So he took his own button out of his buttonhole and gave it to me. We were one block away from my house but I could have jumped home in one jump!"

Turkey, still boyish, smiled at the recollection. He clearly enjoyed telling stories from long ago.

"Henry Taylor. Who was Henry Taylor?"

Turkey looked thoughtfully around. We'd moved into the striking living room of his large house. Through the walls of windows, naked trees and a carpet of orange, brown, and yellow leaves spoke of the passage of time.

"Henry Taylor lived on West 7th Street in Plainfield, New Jersey–about four or five blocks down from where I lived. He was the brightest boy in the class and I had the most trouble.

"Henry and I were inseparable. I remember we decided that since we were getting to be eleven or twelve, we had to go on a trip. So we took our bicycles from Plainfield to Princeton to Lawrenceville. (My father had set up a thing so that we could sleep at Lawrenceville for the night.)

"We went with the wind and it took no time. I don't know how many miles it is from Plainfield to Princeton to Lawrenceville, but it was a good little trip for a couple of 11-year-olds."

Encouraged by the success of this adventure, when the young Turkey heard about a new invention–the Smith Motor Wheel–he was anxious to try it out. In those days, when motorcycles had first became popular but still cost a lot of money, this was an inexpensive alternative–a small engine that could be fitted onto a regular bicycle.

"At that time I was developing my own pictures," said the about-to-be centenarian. "So I got to know the fella who ran the picture shop. And he had one of these gadgets.

"I asked ‘How much is that?' It was $30.

"Now, I always was a saver. I always had some money put away. Fifty cents here, a dollar there. It added up and I had $35 in the bank.

"But I told my father, ‘I want a Smith Motor Wheel.' I thought he might give it to me. No. Instead, he said, ‘Well, you're going to take it out of your account then.'

"So I did and I was the only boy in town who had a Smith Motor Wheel–a one-cylinder thing that goes pop-pop-pop. You strapped it on the frame, parallel to your back wheel. And it had arms that went out and wires that went up to your handlebars–just like a real motorcycle.

"Soon afterward Henry and I had to get something that was important and we couldn't get it in Plainfield and we had to go to Newark. Henry had his bicycle and I had my Smith Motor Wheel and he held onto my shoulder as we rode along and the two of us went on the power of that Smith Motor Wheel all the way to Newark. He rode his bike and put his hand on my shoulder. The little Smith Motor Wheel pulled the two of us along."

For a few moments the old gentleman's expression clouded. He stared out into space.

"Henry Taylor went to Princeton and got killed the first year he was there in an automobile accident. They took him to a nunnery or something that was nearby and the guy bled to death. Otherwise, he'd be sitting here now."

Theodore Roosevelt Plainfield NJ May 16, 1913

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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.

1894 Washington Park, North Plainfield

A unique feature of social life in Washington Park, North Plainfield, is the Park Club. In it has been demonstrated the possibility of a mixed club of ladies and gentlemen. The club was organized in March 1892. It at once purchased and moved the picturesque clubhouse which had erected for it on Washington Avenue, bordering on Green Brook. Its first officers were: President-Samuel Townsend; Vice-President-William J. Roome; Treasurer-George P. Dupee; Secretary-William L. Saunders.

The scheme of the club orginated in the minds of a few gentlemen, neighboring residents of the park, led by Foster Milliken and W. J. Roome, and organization was determined upon. The consummation of the work, in the purchase of the land and the erection of a clubhouse was largely due to the untiring energy of Mr. Milliken, which kept alive a flagging interest and compelled success. By an expenditure of $10,000, the club owns an attractive brick and shingled house, having on the main floor, which opens upon the street level, a Gothic-roofed assembly room, card and committee rooms, besides a ladies' dressing room.

On the floor below are capacious billiard and bowling rooms, and, as the land slopes from the street to the brook, this lower floor opens upon the level of the club grounds, and looks out on the tennis courts. The membeship numbers 100, of whom 4 are ladies, but every gentelmen's membership gives full club rights (except vote) to the lady members of his household and his sons, when they are expected to become members in their own right. It is roughly estimated that the membership of 100 means that 300 are entitled to club priviledges.

The ladies freely avail themselves of these privileges, and their constant prescence and participation in the active life of the club make it unique in club history.

The favorite club night is Saturday and in the season, it is not an unusual event to have present seventy-five ladies enjoying the club sports or engaging in social chats. Bowling and pool are their favorite excercises below, while dancing, singing and whist are enjoyed up stairs. Under the House Committee, invitation dances are given at intervals during the season, and under Junior Entertainment Committee monthly informal invitation dances are given for the younger set. Tuesday morning is devoted to the ladies exclusively, and then they gather in large numbers for club sports, gossip and tea.

Washington park is a quiet community of homes. A man's club could in no way live there; the participation of the ladies in the life of the Park Club has made club life possible, and to them the club acknoledges its debt. The club has become the centre of the social life of the community, and has made household entertainmnet less imperative and less burdensome. It extends the acquaintance and association of all, and promotes prompt interest in and recognition of desirable newcomers into the neighborhood. The entire debt of the club is represented by $9.500 of 5 per cent bonds, running twenty years, but payable at any time, at the option of the club. It has no other debt, and maintains itself from its revenues, without deficit. Because of the constant presence of ladies and children, no wines or liquors of any kind are permitted upon any part of the club property.

The present officers are: President - St. St. J. McCutchenl Vice-President - B. A. Hegeman, Jr.; Treasurer - George P. Dupee; Secretary - George D. Hallock. Other Governors are Charles A. Reed, George C. Evans, George C. Worth, B.M. Day, and M. S. Taylor.

August 26, 1894 New York Times Article: Plainfield, City of Homes

Catherine Randolph Webster

Ladies Home of Plainfield
313 Franklin Place

George W. Van Boskerck

George W. Van Boskerck

Birth: Aug. 21, 1832
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 1911
Union County
New Jersey, USA

Former Resident Dead.

George W. Van Boskerck, a former resident of this town, died at his home in Plainfield last Saurday morning after a short illness. He was an active worker in the Episcopal church and one of its liberal supporters during his residence in Westfield. Of his life, the Plainfield Courier-News says:

"Mr. Van Boskerck was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, August 21, 1832. His father was John Van Boskerck, and his mother Elizabeth Taylor. His grandfather, George Van Boskerck, of New York City, was of old Dutch Colonial stock, and was a soldier in the Revoluntionary army.

"Mr. Van Boskerck was one of the original members of the old Corn Exchange, which became the New York Produce Exchange, of which he was at the time of his death one of the oldest members, and where he has been engaged in the commission business for the past sixty years. He was a veteran of the Seventh Regiment, N.Y.N.G., of which he became a member in 1857, in the Sixth Company, with which he saw active servie during the "draft riots," in New York City, at Webb's Shipyard. He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York.

"Mr. Van Boskerck has been a resident of Plainfield for the past twenty-two years. He is survived by his widow, two sons, and five daughters: Thomas R. and George T. Van Boskerck; the Misses Sarah M., Maude and Edith Van Boskerck, and Mrs. William S. Tyler, of this city, and Mrs. William Bloodgood, of New York."

The funeral was held from his late residence on West Seventh street, Plainfield, last Monday, and was attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends. Rev. E. Vicara Stevenson, rector of Grace Episcopal church, of Plainfield, officiated, and interment was made in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York. There was a large collecton of floral tributes from friends, who are grieved over his demise. A quartette sang with a wealth of expression and feeling, "Nearer My God to Thee," Peace, Perfect Peace," and "Now the Strife is O'er."

Published by The Westfield Leader on April 26, 1911.

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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.

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