Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Zelie, Mrs. John Sheridan (Henrietta Shapleigh Campbell) '17

1910 Address: 813 Park Avenue

Resigned 1918

1919 Directory: Not Listed

June 2011: 813 Park Avenued noted "does not exist"

April 26, 1916 New York Times wedding announcement

April 26, 1916 New York Times wedding announcement

The wedding of Edwin Muller, Jr., of Lexington, KY, and Miss Eleanor Ryckman Brown, a daughter of Mrs. Howard McWilliams of New York and Plainfield, NJ, took place last evening at 8 o'clock at the Central Presbyterian Church, at Madison Avenue and Fifty-seventh Street. The wedding ceremony was performed by the Rev. Edwin Muller of Lexington, the fther of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. John S. Zelie of Plainfield, NJ.

Edwin Converse Higbee

Rev. John Sheridan Zelie, Plainfield, New Jersey: "I shall always esteem him for his character, his kindness and his faithfulness, and shall never forget my good fortune in knowing him."


1910 Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Churst at Plainfield, NJ of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D.D. is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple" and the second, "The Resurrection" The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glss in the style of renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fischer Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife, Mrs. Emma C. Kimball.

The Marine and the Chaplain

On Active Service
The marine and the chaplain

Private Emery Bartlett was in a hurry to join the Marine Corps. (OSA, Oregon Defense Council Records, Personal Military Service Records, World War I, Box 6, Polk County, School District No. 26)

The paths of two men crossed on a late spring morning in France. One man had shown great courage on the battlefield, the other would show great compassion in his care.

Narrow escapes
Private Emery Augustus Bartlett wasted no time in enlisting in the Marines. The 21 year old Rickreall salesman volunteered in Portland less than three days after the United States declared war on April 6, 1917. After training in California and Virginia, Bartlett shipped off for duty in France. His first assignment, lasting over six months, was police duty in several French cities. But by May 1918 his regiment moved to the front for the battle of Belleau Wood at Chateau Thierry. Seeing continuous fighting from May 30 to June 7, he survived many "narrow escapes" while serving on a bombing squad.

"So badly wounded"
During the fighting on Friday, June 7th, Bartlett suffered a bullet wound to his head. Medics initially treated him in the field and the next day sent him by ambulance to Base Hospital Number 2 behind the front lines. His clothes, pack, and personal belongings apparently were lost in the chaos of the battle and his subsequent evacuation. Bartlett's litter was placed on the floor by the hospital operating room door, where it remained until Sunday morning. He was unconscious the entire time.

Bartlett saw police duty in France before advancing to the front at Belleau Wood. (OSA)

That morning the Reverend John Sheridan Zelie, who had just become the Red Cross chaplain for Base Hospital Number 2, walked through corridors crowded with men wounded at the front. He comforted those men who were awake and could respond. Doctor Blake, the chief surgeon, talked to Zelie about the man with the serious head wound, Private Bartlett. The doctor gently tried to arouse Bartlett but there was no response. He confided to the chaplain that there was nothing he could do for the marine.

Zelie removed the two tags from the string around the marine's neck and walked over to the light to read them: "Emery A. Bartlett, 20th Co. 5th Regt. U.S.M.C." The chaplain did his best to find Bartlett's home town and father's name but the record office didn't have the information and his other efforts to find it failed as well. He returned again and again to the marine's side that day, hoping to hear something of use, but to no avail.

The next morning he arrived at the hospital to good news. Bartlett had partially regained consciousness and, while he could barely be heard, he had responded to a question. The chaplain quickly returned to his side and asked for the name of his home town. Apparently drifting back to his boyhood days before he moved to Oregon, Bartlett responded by spelling out: G-R-I-N-N-E-L-L, Iowa and his father's first name. The chaplain "had never wanted so much to get any information in my life...." He regarded it as a miracle that the marine had regained consciousness to the extent that he had. Zelie asked some questions but it was very difficult for Bartlett to speak:

"Shall I send your love to your father?"
"Yes, if you will."

The chaplain had an 18 year old son and knew that he would want every bit of information about his son's condition if he were hurt in a far off land. So, with the information about the Bartlett's home town, Zelie sat down to compose a letter to the father of the mortally wounded marine.

June 10, '18
Mr. Arthur Bartlett,
Grinnell, Iowa

My dear Mr. Bartlett:

I am the Rev. John Sheridan Zelie of Plainfield, New Jersey and have just come to be the Red Cross Chaplain at Base Hospital Number 2. Yesterday your son was brought from the front to this Hospital.

...He received at the front a very bad head wound which made operation impossible and he lies now a few feet from me in his bed, sleeping heavily and barely conscious at moments. I do not think it is possible that he can recover and the doctors and nurses regard the end as near. It would seem to me that the end might come at anytime. He lies there with his head heavily bandaged and I shall go to him again and speak to him as I can. My heart goes out to you and him for the great sacrifice you each have made for us all in his action....

...Sir, I want to send you these few lines, so little, about one so dear to you. I shall attend to him all the time and if there is more to write I shall do it....

Believe me
Very faithfully yours,

John Sheridan Zelie
Chaplain American Red Cross

Shortly after writing the letter to Bartlett's father, Zelie added the following note with the compassionate intention of making a physical connection between father and son:

June 10, 1918
Monday, 1:30 P.M.
Dear Mr. Bartlett:
I have just taken this letter and put it in your son's hand and put my face close down to his and told him that it was a letter to you and he closed his hand and held to it and said "That is right" and then I took it away from him and am now enclosing it in the envelope.


Bartlett's condition remained the same for the next two days. Nurses went to him at intervals and touched him to let him know that someone was there. The chaplain hoped that the severe injuries had paralyzed the marine, thus lessening his suffering. Bartlett died late Wednesday night in his sleep. His funeral followed the next day at a little chapel in the hospital, with Chaplain Zelie in attendance. The American Army and the French government both sent honor guards. That night Zelie received orders to go to the front where more American soldiers were fighting and dying. View hospital photographs.

Bartlett was later laid to rest in a military cemetery near Paris. The above letter eventually reached Grinnell, Iowa but the father, Arthur Bartlett, was not there. Instead it was delivered to a relative who immediately sent a telegram to the father in Oregon. A grieving friend later wrote a memorial in Bartlett's honor. He hailed the fallen marine as "a hero of Belleau Wood." In many ways, Chaplain Zelie was a hero too.

(Oregon State Defense Council Records, Personal Military Service Records, World War I, Box 6, Polk County, School District No. 26)


November 15, 2002 Sandra Zelie Mulinos

Sandra Zelie Mulinos

RYE - Sandra Zelie Mulinos, 71, died at Clover Health Care in Auburn, Maine, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2002.

Born on Feb. 17, 1931, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the only child of John Sheridan Zelie and Charlotte Spencer Zelie of Pinehurst, N.C. She was married to Robert F. Dunn in Pinehurst, N.C., in May of 1953. They were divorced in 1961. She then married Stephen M. Mulinos in Pinehurst, N.C., in December of 1962. They were divorced in 1995.

Five children and seven grandchildren survive her: a son, John Michael Dunn, of Auburn, Maine; a daughter, Patricia Sheridan Dunn, and son-in-law Victor Iago Morrison and their children, Park Chandler Dunn-Morrison and Zelie Elizabeth Dunn-Morrison, of Hinesburg, Vt.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Dunn Spaner and Robert L. Spaner, of Gloucester, Mass.; a son and daughter-in-law, Philip Stephen Mulinos and Maria Rodriguez Mulinos, and their children, Alyssa Joyce Mulinos and Michael Philip Mulinos, of Salisbury, Md.; and a daughter, Stephanie Mulinos LaLonde and her children, Alex Michael LaLonde, Nicholas Merle LaLonde and Megan Katharine Sandra LaLonde, of Dryden, N.Y.

She held a membership in the Silver Foils at The Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., was a charter member of the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C., and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mensa and the Episcopal Church.

She was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. As a young girl in Plainfield, N.J., she took piano lessons and gave recitals and attended the Hartridge School. Her family moved to Pinehurst, N.C., where she rode in horse shows, played golf and wrote a junior column for the local paper, The Pilot. She finished high school at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1948. She attended both Sweetbriar College in Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a valued accountant, keeping books for many businesses while raising her family. She had many talents and hobbies, including building furniture, flying aircraft, sailing the open sea, playing bridge, cooking, writing poetry, N.Y. Times crossword puzzles, small-engine repair, soap operas, gardening and travel. She will be affectionately remembered for her bright, energetic, funny, adventurous and independent spirit. Her bright light will shine on in all.

MULINOS - Sandra Zelie Mulinos, 71, of Rye, died on Friday, Nov. 15, 2002. The family will hold a memorial service and burial in August 2003 on Pond Island off Milbridge in Downeast Maine, where she spent many summers throughout her life. The family will have the remains cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seacoast Hospice.

Middlebury College

JOHN SHERIDAN ZELIE, son of John Sheridan and Caroline Augusta (Prescott) Zelie. Born in Princeont, Mass., May 3, 1866. Prepared for College in Beeman Academy, New Haven, Vt., and Bangor, Me., High School. In College, 1883-1885. Student, Williams Collee, 1885-1887. Theological student, Union Theological Seminary, 1887-1888; Yale Divinity School, 1888-1890. Pastor, Congregational church, Plymouth, Conn., 1890-1894; Boton Ave., Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, O., 1894-1900; First Reformed Church, Schnectady, N.Y., 1900-190; Crescent Ave., Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, N.J., 1903 - 1917. Author (with Carroll Perry) of "Bill Pratt, the Saw Buck Philosopher"; "The Book of the Kindly Light". Married Henrietta Shapleigh Campbell, Oct. 1, 1891. Children: Frances (Mrs. Petigrue); John Sheridan, Jr.

1918 The Literary Digest

The Rev. Sheridan Zelie, of Plainfield N.J., is a Red Cross Chaplain and of the Presbyterian faith. A few days ago, when he was near Chateau-Thierry, he wanted to hold religious services, and as the Catholica chapel near there was unoccupied, with nobody with authority around, he decided to hold services there. Several Red Cross nurses and some soldiers and orderlies took seats, and as the services proceeded some French soldiers entered. After the service, as he was going aound to put out the candles, one of these approached and, smiling, said he was priest and told him he had been preaching in his chapel. "This instance shows how war breaks down all barriers between religious denominations, " the pastor said, relating the incident

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.

New York Times June 4, 1922

Heely - Gates

The marriage of Miss Pauline Mary Gates, daughter of Leroy H. Gates of Plainfield, N.J., and Laurence Sturdivant Heely, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus V. Heely, also of Plainfield, took place yesterday at the home of the bride's parents, 810 Central Avenue. The Rev. Dr. John Sheridan Zelie officiated.

[NOTE: Mrs. Heely and Mrs. Gates and Mrs. Laurence Sturdivant Heely were all members of the Plainfield Garden Club]

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

1909 Plainfield City Directory

ZELIE JOHN S Rev, h 813 Park av

1918 Meeting Minutes

January 2, 1913 New York Times


Miss Brown Wedded to C. H. H. Piffard; Miss Strong to H. Huntington

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Jan 1 - Miss Helen Louise Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving H. Brown of Central Avenue, and Charles Halsey Haight Piffard, son of Mrs. Charles H. Morse of Chicago, were married at the home of the bride's parents last night. The Rev. Dr. J. S. Zelie of this city officiated. Miss Marion Brown, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid, and W. C. Reighton Harris of Edinburgh, Scotland the best man. Harold Seymour Brown and P. Mortimer Brown, brothers of the bride, were ushers.

Miss Agnes Fales Strong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Strong of Central Avenue, and Howard Huntington, also of this city, were married to-night at the home of the bride's parents. The Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Hall of Union Theological Seminary, an uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony. Mrs. Thomas L. McCready of Pelham Manor, N. Y., and Miss Helen C. Strong, sister of the bride, were bridesmaids, and Augustus L. Huntington, brother of the bridegroom, best man

Crescent Avenue Historic District

Application to the National Register of Historic Places

November 16, 2013

Celebration of the Life of Barbara Tracy Sandford

Column to the right of the altar

Note the engraved stone "In Loving Memory of Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D. 1903 - 1917"

Mrs. Zelie was a member of the PGC:
Zelie, Mrs. John Sheridan (Henrietta Shapleigh Campbell) '17

Rev. Zelie was a remarkable person. After serving the congregation of Crescent Avenue, he shipped to France to serve as chaplain in the early days of WWI. Click Mrs. Zelie's profile to read a wonderful story titled "The Marine and the Chaplain."

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church

Plainfield Library Bio Card

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership