Plainfield Garden Club








Member: Connell, Mrs. Philip G. (Nancy Somerville), Jr. '74

1974-1975: 715 Belvidere Avenue

1975 - 1980 Address: 31 Castle Howard Court, Princeton

1981: Moves membership from Active to Affiliate

1982: Resigns from the club
New Address: 10 Sandpiper Drive, Village of Golf, Fla 33486

Princeton Alumni Philip G. Connell Jr.

Philip G. Connell Jr. '43
Published in Nov. 20, 1991, issue
PHIL DIED Oct. 9, 1991, at his home in Village of Golf, Fla. He was 71 and had fought a most valiant bout against cancer for almost a year.

Born in Chicago, Phil was the greatgrandson of William Maxwell Wood, the first surgeon general of the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the Hun School and majored in chemical engineering at Princeton. Phil served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific during WWII.

Phil's working career spanned 34 years, from 1946 to 1980, all with one company, American Cyanimid. He was president of several Cyanimid divisions, including pigments, fibers, and agricultural.

An avid golfer and all around sportsman, Phil moved to the village of Golf in 1980, upon his retirement. He was also a summer resident of Nantucket for 65 years.

He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth; four sons, Philip G. 111 '71, John, Richard, and Robert; a daughter, Laurie Kerschner; and seven grandchildren.

Phil's father, Phillip G, Connell '03, and our late classmate were both members of Tiger Inn. When Philip G. III graduated, it meant that all three Philip G. Connells were Tigers, and devoted Tigers at that.

To the entire family, we offer our most heartfelt condolences.

The Class of 1943

Robert Hattersley Connell

Miss Armstrong Wed in Pennsylvania
Published: June 24, 1990
New York Times

Elisabeth Ely Armstrong, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Armstrong Jr. of West Chester, Pa., was married there yesterday at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity to Robert Hattersley Connell, the son of Philip G. Connell Jr. of Village of Golf, Fla., and the late Nancy Somerville Connell. The Rev. William J. Fishler and the Rev. Edward L. Carter officiated. Mrs. Connell, 25 years old and a graduate of Middlebury College, is a senior advertising account executive at Hospital News in Burlington, Vt. Her father is a vice president of Armstrong Engineering Associates, a designer and manufacturer of industrial equipment in West Chester.

Mr. Connell, 26, a graduate of Florida State University, is the marketing manager at the McAuliffe Company, a computer and office machines company in Burlington. His father retired as the president of the pigments, fibers and agricultural divisions of the American Cyanamid Company in New York and Wayne, N.J.

March 17, 1981

1982 letter of resignation

1982 letter of resignation

September 25, 1982

May 23, 1983

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

1974-1975 Directory

Detwiller blueprint 715 Belvidere

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.

EDITOR'S NOTE:
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