Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Moyer, Mrs. Harry R. (Charlotte) '23

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Associate April $10.00
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 Treasurer Book Associate

1932 Directory* Address: 605 East Front Street
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: Mrs. Harry R. Moyer, 605 East Front Street is listed as an "Associate Member"

L. N. Moyer

Cedar Falls - A message conveying the intelligence of the death of L.N. Moyer, a former well known resident of this city, which occurred at the home of a son in Plainfield, N.J. on Sunday. The message also stated that the remains would be shipped to this city for burial, beside those of the wife and mother which are at rest in Fairview cemetery. According to late advices the funeral party will reach this city Wednesday forenoon and immediately upon their arrival the casket will be taken direct to the home of Dr. and Mrs. T.B. Keene, on West Twelfth street, where brief services will be held conducted by Rev. Eugene Allen, pastor of the M.E. church. Mr. Moyer will be remembered by many of the older residents of this city and vicinity as one of the leading business men of this city, being at the head of a large dry goods establishment some forty years ago. Later he was employed as bookkeeper and secretary of the Union Mill company up to the time of his departure for the east some 15 years ago. The remains will be accompanied to this city by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Moyer of Plainfield, N.J., with whom the deceased made his home since the death of his wife some three years ago. Besides the above named, a daughter, Mrs. Emma Kelly of Chicago, survive his memory

Waterloo Times-Tribune
Waterloo, Black Hawk co. Iowa
Tuesday, April 15, 1919

Plainfield Musical Club Records, 1914 - 2000

Plainfield Library Archives
Descriptive Summary

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

Creator: Plainfield Musical Club

Accession: MSS-2000-3
Size:2.5 linear feet of records
Comprised of 4 boxes:
One (1) 10"H x 15 "L x 12 "W archival storage box
Two (2) 10"H x 15 "L x 5"W archival document cases
One (1) 3"H x 11 "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.

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.

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.

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

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


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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.]

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

The lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, Volume 12 1908

Mrs. Lawrence R. Howard conducted a musical service on Sunday evening, May 30th, at Hope Chapel, Plainfield, N.J., and was assisted by Mrs. Violet Truell Johnston, violnist, and Mrs. Harry R. Moyer, contralto, the latter a member of Alpha Phi. Mrs. Howard goes to Medina, Ohio, for July and August.

June 15, 1922 New York Times


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.

Residence of Harry R. Moyer, 605 East Front Street

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

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1927 Plainfield Phone Book

Passenger Charlotte Moyer

Priscilla Moyer Ashton

Priscilla M. Ashton, 88
SEPT. 24, 1923-FEB. 9, 2012
February 14, 2012

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Priscilla Moyer (Wilson) Ashton, 88, of Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Autumn Assisted Living in Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 24, 1923, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Arthur Watson and Elizabeth (Moyer) Wilson.

She was the wife of 57 years of the late Thomas James Ashton, who died in August 2009.

Priscilla graduated in 1941 from Westport High School in Westport, Conn. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and later graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Priscilla was a librarian and substitute teacher for many years in the Montgomery County, Md., school system.

She is survived by one son, Arthur T. Ashton of Davis, W.Va.; two daughters, Emily L. Stephens of Mount Airy, Md., and Charlotte Hayes Ashton of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one brother, Donald Wilson of Fort Myers, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Priscilla was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kezia Rose Ashton.

The celebration of Priscilla's life will be Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Michael Hydes will officiate. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740-2400.

Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at


Detwiller blueprints 601-617 East Front street

August 8, 2015

Library offers trove of vintage Plainfield home blueprints for sale

Plainfield homeowners and history buffs are getting a one-of-a-kind opportunity as the Plainfield Public Library prepares to offer upwards of 3,000 blueprint originals from its Detwiller Collection for sale to the public.

The blueprints offered for sale are part of a trove of many thousands recovered from a dumpster at City Hall by the late Plainfield architect and artist Charles Detwiller.

While many of Plainfield's grand homes and mansion are among the blueprints (though fewer than originally, owing to some 'fingering' before strict controls were put in place), the appeal of the collection will be stronger for those who live in or admire the more modest vintage homes from the turn of the 20th century to the World War II era.

These homes include many classic Tudors and other 'cottage' and 'revival' styles, as well as 'foursquares', ranches and Cape Cods and more contemporary stules.

These represent the bulk of Plainfield's building stock from its most expansive period and they were often enough improved or expanded – giving rise to the need for plans showing the original building and the proposed alterations to be filed with the City's inspections department.

It is those blueprints, which have now been cataloged and digitized, that are being offered for sale. In library parlance, they have been de-accessioned, meaning that they no longer need be kept permanently by the Library and are available for dispostion to private parties.

The Library has a portal to the Charles Detwiller Blueprint Collection on its website (see here) and has made a complete list of the blueprints for sale also available online (see here).

The list is alphabetized by street name, and then number. However, I would advise reading the Library's instructions closely so you make the proper notations for your request (see here) – easing the staff's task in finding the item(s) in which you are interested. Paying attention to the suggested time frames needed and numbers of items per request will help you avoid headaches. So, please read and follow the instructions carefully – as carpenters like to say, 'measure twice, cut once'.

The sale will run from September 1 to November 13, 2015 in a two-step process –

You check the offerings to find items that interest you, making careful notations; and

You and the Library work out a pick-up appointment, at which you will be able to view the actual items and make a final decision on your purchase.

Single-page blueprints are priced at $50 each and multiple-page sets at $100. Cash or credit cards are fine, but the Library will not accept personal checks.

Proceeds of the sale will be used to finance the further digitization of the blueprint collection – meaning that we can look forward to another offering of materials at some future point.

The Detwiller Collection is absolutely unique in its size and scope, covering decades of Plainfield history and thousands of buildings throughout the city. Plainfield residents owe Charlie Detwiller a debt of gratitude for his perspicacity that cannot be repaid.

And we owe a debt of gratitude to Library Director Joe Da Rold for the vision that saw in these rescued documents an invaluable resource for the community, and devised means and methods of ensuring these fragile records would be available to Plainfield residents permanently through having them digitized.

Mr. Detwiller is the late husband of PGC Honorary member Cath Detwiller. Mr. Detwiller's Aunt Laura was a long-time member of the PGC and a very talented botanical artist. Read about the Detwiller family here:

Detwiller, Mrs. Charles H. (Catherine or "Cath" Campbell), Jr. '57

Detwiller, Miss Laura Cecelia '29

And Mr. Detwiller's in-laws:

Campbell, Mrs. William Hall (Mabel C. Raper) '28

Davis, Mrs. F. Edgar (Dorothy or "Dottie" Campbell) '60