Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Rausch, Mrs. Roswell H. (Louise Cornell) '65

1920: 129 Grove Street, Plainfield

1970 Address: 1001 Rahway Road, Plainfield

** This garden was documented by the Plainfield Garden Club and now archived in the Smithsonian **

*PGC Member Anne Shepherd recalls when her family moved to Rahway Road in 1929, the Rausch's had already lived at 1001 Rahway Road. They must have purchased it in the '30's from Plainfield Garden Club Member Mrs. George W. Fraker '32

Louise Cornell Rausch's mother was most likely PGC Member Mrs. Charles G. Cornell '41 who lived at 1429 Martine Avenue, Plainfield

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Louise Cornell Rauch Fund

NOTE: "Rauch" was misspelled

Smith Alumnae Association


Secretary Louise Cornell Rausch 1913, 129 Grove Street, Plainfield NJ

June 5, 1951 RMS Caronia First Class Passenger List


Mr. Rosewell H. Rausch
Mrs. Louise C. Rausch

Boarded at Southhampton

January 9, 1944 New York Times wedding announcement

resource: The Lounsbury Tree

Bride of Lt. Robert Lounsbury, USA, at home in Plainfield
Special to the New York Times
PLAINFIELD, NJ January 9, 1944

Miss Nancy Rausch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch of this city, was married to Lieut. Robert Hastings Lounsbury, USA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlando H. Lounsbury, also of Plainfield, this afternoon in the Rausch home by Rev. Dr. John J. Moment of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her sisters, Mrs. Peter F. Priester and the Misses Elizabeth and Virginia Rausch. The bridegroom's father was best man.

January 26, 1996 New York Times wedding announcement: Mrs. Rausch's grandaughter

The Lounsbury Tree

Anne Cornell Lounsbury, the daughter of Mrs. Emmett Stewart Epley of Lexington, Va., and the late Robert Hastings Lounsbury, was married yesterday to Nicolas Horlin Ekstrom, the son of Arne Horlin Ekstrom of New York and the later Parmenia Migel Ekstrom. The Rev. Richard D. Leonard performed the Ceremony at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York.

Mrs. Ekstrom is a museum consultant in New York. She graduated from Smith College. Her father was a lawyer in New York. Her moth, Nancy Rausch Epley, is the chairwoman of the Architectural Review Board in Lexigton. Mr. Epley, the bride's stepfather, retired as the treasurer of Washington & Lee University in Lexington.

The bride's maternal grandfather, the late Roswell Henry Rausch, was a machinery designer and a co-founder of the company that made Cut-Rite waxed paper. Mr. Ekstrom is a landscape designer nd a director of the Horticultural Society of New York. He is also a co-author of "Perennials for American Gardens" (Random House, 1989) He graduated from Columbia University.

His mother was a ballet historian and the founder of the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation in New York. She also wrote "Titania," a biography of the writer Isek Dinesen (Random House 1967), and "The Ballerinas: From the Court of Louis XIV to Pavlova" (Macmillan, 1972). His father, who is retired, was the owner of Cordier & Ekstrom, a New York art gallery. The bridegroom's maternal grandfather, the late Major M. C. Migel, was a founder of the American Foundation for the Blind in New York.

October 24, 1943 New York Times engagement announcement


Special to the New York Times
PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 24 – Mr. and Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch of Plainfield have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nancy, to Robert Hastings Lounsbury, son or Mr. and Mrs. Orlando H. Lounsbury, also of this city.

Miss Rausch attended the Hartridge School and was graduated in June from Bradford Junior College. She is a provisional member of the Plainfield Junior League.

Mr. Lounsbury, a senior at Princeton, is secreatary-treasurer of his class and a member of the undergraduate council. He is president of the American Whig Cliosophic Society, a member of Colonial Club and is on the track tream. The prospective bridgegroom is in the Army enlisted reserve and will enter active service after his graduation in January.

May 11, 1997 Sun Journal article

Sun JournalMay 11, 1997|By Arthur Hirsch | Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF
What a dark time it was in the American kitchen: 1926, a year before the dawn of the Age of Convenient Wrapping.

There was butcher paper, a waxed paper available in sheets from the meat market, but little else was available to protect food from spoiling in a sea of air and ambient smells. No Baggies. No Saran Wrap, Ziplocs, Reynolds Oven Bags or Hefty OneZips. No Reynolds Wrap. Not even Cut-Rite Wax Paper in the box with the serrated metal cutting edge – wax paper as handy as water from a kitchen sink.

Water was on the planet first, but sometimes you have to remind yourself: someone had to invent these products. The modern kitchen and its accessories, from aluminum to petrochemicals, had to be created. This year marks two milestones in kitchen evolution : 70 years of easy-to-use Wax Paper, 50 years of aluminum foil.

It all began in 1927. Roswell Rausch, who owned a paper machine company in Hoboken, N.J., made Cut-Rite Wax Paper.

The development was more evolutionary than revolutionary. Rausch didn't invent wax paper, but he did move it from the butcher shop to the kitchen counter, putting it on a slender roll in a dispenser with a cutting edge that was easy to use. His creation became king of wrap.

Its reign lasted 20 years, through the Great Depression and until shortly after World War II. But by the early 1940s, developments on two fronts were under way that would eventually end Cut-Rite's dominion over the world of wrap.

Early in World War II, the U.S. military found it needed something to protect war materiel from the elements during outdoor storage. The Dow Chemical company created a plastic film made of polyvinylidene chloride – clingy stuff that sealed out moisture and air while allowing a clear view of what lay underneath. More than 10 years would pass, however, before it appeared on grocery store shelves as Saran Wrap.

Meanwhile, aluminum manufacturers were working overtime to supply the armament industry. Reynolds Metals complemented its military work with experiments in household uses of aluminum. Working roughly along the lines of the lead and tin industries, which had created foils used in packaging tea and tobacco, Reynolds came up with aluminum pressed by rollers, thin enough to tear and fold like paper, but strong and capable of holding shape. It could serve as a heat conductor or insulator, depending on how it was used.

Cut-Rite was a leap in convenience, but aluminum foil carried wrapping to another level.

Anne Shepherd's memory of Mrs. Rausch

My family's name was spelled Lounsbery not Lounsbury. Anyway, Mrs Roswell Rausch was the mother of my good friend Ginny, Nancy Rausch's sister. Lt. Robert Lounsbury was/is a very handsome man. I believe they were divorced at some time. Barbara Peek ran into Nancy's daughter at the University Club in New York a couple of years ago.

January 2011

History of the club to 1970 by Mrs. Henry Noss



Garden Club of Plainfield, NJ. From terrace. May 24, 1967. Azaleas Dogwood. Pink and white.

The Rausch Garden
1001 Rahway Road, Plainfield, New Jersey

The home of Plainfield Garden Club member:

Mrs. Roswell H. (Louise Cornell) Rausch '65

Local Number: NJ099001

Correspondence with the Smithsonian

Dear Darlene, Hi! Thanks so much for the fill in and what fun! Although it sounds like unwrapping a big ball of twine, you are making some really great discoveries. I was sort of piecing it together from the emails that I was copied on, but this explanation fills in all the blanks for me. I saw that one of the gardens was designed by Lois Poinier. She is a member of the Short Hills Garden Club, and although she doesn't live in this area anymore she is in Mystic, CT she is still probably as sharp as a tack. Her mother was one half of a famous landscape design business in Short Hills Wodell and Cotrell. Many of their gardens are in the archives. Lois was the daughter of Mrs. Wodell. Good luck! - Cathy

From: Darlene Kasten []
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:44 AM
To: 'Cathy McGraw'
Cc: 'Susan King Fraser';
Subject: Smithsonian & PGC

Hi Cathy,

Mary Kent suggested I write you to fill you in on what I have been doing in connection with the Smithsonian Archives. I am sure you have been wondering with all the emails you have been copied on!

A small ad hoc committee within PGC has been busy reading through archives in the Plainfield Public Library to try to put together a master list of all members since our founding in 1915 in anticipation of the GCA Centennial in 2013. In doing so we have discovered all kinds of fun facts about our former members' accomplishments as well as pictures and descriptions of their delightful gardens. We had read in some of the minutes that some previously unknown garden pictures had been submitted to the Smithsonian by our then GH&D Chair Betty Hackman which led us to the Archives online. We saw an entry for an "unidentified" garden and requested a jpeg of the image thinking it would be of the garden identified in the minutes. We instead found that it was for another member's garden, Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch. Since then we have been given a number of other gardens to identify and describe which also belonged to former (deceased) PGC members, Sanders, Loizeaux and Elliott. We are actively trying to provide the Smithsonian with addresses and descriptions for these gardens. We are eager to complete their original submissions and hope they will be available online soon. All of these are available on the Plainfield Garden Club website (see links below).

In addition we requested jpegs of our Shakespeare Garden which were part of the original GCA collection.

There are also a couple of "mystery gardens" we have so far been unable to identify, .

Please let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon on the photography circuit!

Thanks, Darlene Kasten

Rausch, Mrs. Roswell H. (Louise Cornell) '65
Sanders, Mrs. David F. (Molly) '58, President 1966 - 1968
Loizeaux, Mrs. J. Harold (Marion Foster) '40, President 1947 - 1949
Elliott, Mrs. William Potter (Marjorie Blackman) '46

Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens

Dan Damon blogs about the house at 1001 Rahway Road

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.

1001 Rahway Road

2011 Plainfield Symphony Showcase

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?

September 17, 2011

Hi Susan,
Yes, I did go to the event; it was sold out and the Symphony made a nice profit thanks to the generosity of the owners, Michael and Gina Sullivan. The house is absolutely spectacular!!! Billy Toth, the architect (he lives around the corner from me and did my closed in porch..nothing compared to the house I saw on Saturday night). No detail was overlooked, with lots of beautiful paneling and moldings. There is a laundry on the first floor (with a shower to wash off the dog, a sweet, 2-year old, well-behaved Portuguese waterdog named Marlin) and also a laundry on the second floor. We were given a tour from the basement to the second floor. There's a beer brewery in the basement.
I had a chance to talk to Gina and asked about the gardens. She said the only remaining garden had to be removed before the construction began, and many of the plantings were old and overgrown. Some remaining azaelas were given away. Gina is interested in learning more about the previous gardens and seemed to know that they had been documented for the Smithsonian. She's very friendly, although busy...I'm not sure what business she's in. I'm sure if we get in touch she'll be glad to talk with us, she said she'd love to see any pictures we have. The house is going to be on the Westfield house tour, but I don't have any details.
On another subject, I plan to come to the garden on Wednesday if it doesn't rain. My own garden here is a mess...between the deer and the trees that came down during the storm it's really discouraging!!!

– On Mon, 9/19/11, <> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: Symphony event
Date: Monday, September 19, 2011, 10:07 AM

Hi Phyllis – Just curious . . . did you go to the Symphony event on Rahway Ave last Saturday night? I would love to know more about the house and gardens there. Talk to you soon – Susan

1001 Rahway Road

Plainfield Public Library
Detwiller Archives

The digital image for Roll 0082, Frame 446 is not available. This may be due to poor reproduction quality of the original building plan. Please refer to the microfilm (offline, housed in the Archives) and the corresponding Roll and Frame.
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Collection Detwiller
Title New Bow Bay Window for Residence of Mr. & Mrs. R. N. Rauch 1001 Rahway Rd Plfd
Description Elevations and construction details for a window; no permit number.
Building Type Residence
Work Type Alteration and/or Addition
Elevation Yes
Condition Dark
Blueprint ID D-13082
Permit 00000
Year of Permit 1956
Microfilm Roll 0082
Microfilm Frame 0446
Condition 1001
Address 1001 Rahway Road
Historic District
City Plainfield
Architect Charles H. Detwiller, Jr.
Architect Firm
Owner R.H. Rauch
Business Owner

Letter from Louise Cornell Rausch to Elizabeth Rogers

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2013-07-09 Email from Mrs. Rausch's grandchild

I did some research with mom and aunt Nancy.

It seems none of the Rausch daughters (Barbara (Deely), Nancy(Epley), Elizabeth, Virginia) settled in Plainfield, so none were members of the Plainfield Garden Club.

I did confirm that a line on the Louise Rausch page:
"Louise Cornell Rausch's mother was most likely PGC Member Mrs. Charles G. Cornell '41 who lived at 1429 Martine Avenue, Plainfield"

is untrue. My grandmother Louise's mother was Mrs. Charles L. (L is for Lorin) Cornell and they lived at a house known as "Fairway" on Inman Avenue. My aunt didn't recollect the exact address, but thought the gardens may have been included in one of the Garden Club's tours one year. She didn't know whether my great-grandmother had been a member of the Garden Club itself, however.

Since you have a gardening focus, I also learned that my grandfather, Roswell H. Rausch, had been a member of the Camellia Society and had a "rare" success in that region in growing Camellia's next to the porch of the 1001 Rahway house where they were able to grow in the shade.

Aunt Nancy now lives in Virginia near a Bun Terhune who used to be the Superintendent of Schools in Plainfield, but she doesn't recollect knowing Barbara Sandford.

*Both Mrs. Deely and Mrs. Epley are in their '90's. Another grandchild of Mrs. Rausch is Anne (Lounsbury) Ekstrom, daughter of Nancy Rausch Epley.

2013-07-11 Email from Anne Shepherd

Susan - Please call me sometime. Yes I knew the Rausch's. Virginia(Ginny) was inmy class, her sisters drove us to school, I worked for Mr. Rausch and they are in the photo you sent me with my mother. I sent a note to Anne Ekstrom in NY about 6 months ago to obtain my friend Ginny"s address in Washington DC but never heard from her. Several years ago B Peek was at a lecture at the University Club and sat next to her. I would be interested in knowing where she lives. Also maybe she would be interested in the photo you sent me. Anne

Mrs. Rausch

1965 50th Anniversary Party of the Plainfield Garden Club

50th Anniversary Party of the Plainfield Garden Club

Woman on the far left – possibly Mrs. Anderegg

Roswell Rausch, Louise Rausch and Margaret Morrell

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

City garden club to host zone meeting

PLAINFIELD – Four national officers of the Garden Club of America, several national committee chairmen and a number of zone chairmen from all over the United States will be guests of the Plainfield Garden Club Wednesday and Thursday at a New Jersey Zone meeting here. They will join some 45 delegates from the 11 garden clubs in the New Jersey area affiliated with the Garden Club of America.

This marks the first time the 55 year-old Plainfield Garden Club, which has been a member of the national organization since 1944, has hosted a zone meeting. An extensive tour of the Garden Club's many beautification and conservation projects in Plainfield will be a major activity on the Wednesday schedule.

There also will be business, horticultural and conservation meetings and special guests speakers, tours of private gardens of two members, a garden walk along Rahway Road, a dinner at the Plainfield Country Club Wednesday evening and a cookout luncheon at the F. Willoughby Frost barn on Rahway Road Thursday.

The emphasis on the two day meetings will be conservation. Dr. E. Alan Bromely, professor of nuclear physics at Yale University, will discuss clean power and its relation to conservation efforts at the dinner Wednesday.

Other speakers will be Dr. Robert E. Loveland, associate professor of Zoology at Rutgers University, who will discuss ecology at a conservation meeting Thursday morning at a 9:30 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Alden R. Loosli, 927 Rahway Road.

Herb horticulture will be the topic Wednesday at a meeting in the Monday Afternoon Club, by Mrs. William Y. Dear Jr., a life member of the Herb Society of America.

The bus tour of Plainfield on Wednesday afternoon will include visits to the Vest Pocket garden in Park Avenue near Depot Place, which the Plainfield Garden Club planned and planted last year and cares for on a continuing basis; the Shakespeare Garden in Cedarbrook Park which was first conceived in 1927; the Iris Garden and the dogwood collection there; a number of plantings of shade trees in the downtown area and other beautification projects the club has undertaken or supported.

The garden walk, planned through gardens on Rahway Road, will take place Thursday morning from Mrs. Loosli's home at 11:30 a.m. following the conservation meeting.

The tour will include the grounds, home and gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell H. Rausch, Mr and Mrs. DeWitt D. Barlow Jr., Mr. and Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost, Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. David S. Foster and will conclude at the 200-year-old home of Mrs. Laurence S. Heely.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stevens will be hosts of a cocktail part for the delegates Wednesday evening, prior to the dinner at the country club at which Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Fitzpatrick and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood will be hosts.

Mr. and Mrs. Rausch have planned a cocktail party prior to Thursday's cookout at the Frost barn and hosts at this luncheon will be Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Holman Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sanders. Mrs. Holman is chairman of arrangements for the two-day meetings and Mrs. Sanders is co-chairman. Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold is president of the Plainfield Garden Club.

Monday, October 5, 1970 Courier-News

July 8, 2015 Email Sent to the Club

My wife and I read with great interest your posting on the Rausch property and garden. We have just recently purchased a home in Orange, New Jersey. The home was built in 1910 for Charles L. Cornell, his wife, their three daughters and son. The house was designed by the architect Wilson Eyre Jr. complete with a landscape design by R. Wheelwright. With a copy of the original watercolor landscape plan as a reference tool, we've able to concluded that many of the original foundation plants remain, though much of the garden will require restoration. In the early 1920s, The Cornells moved down to Plainfield where Mrs. Cornell became active in the Plainfield garden club, giving the house and garden to their daughter Helen (Louise Rausch's sister) and her husband Edwin A. Harriss. We would be very interested in dialoguing with you all at some point.