Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Newberry, Mrs. Euphemia Brower (Euphemia King Brower) '54

Mrs. E. B. Newberry '54 is believed to be Euphemia Brower who first married "Newberry" and then later married F. Gregg Burger. To learn more information, click: Burger, Mrs. Frank Gregg (Euphemia "Peg" Brower) '54

1946 - 1947 Treasurer Book: Listed under "Juniors" Mrs. C. T. Newberry Jr. June 11 - 46 and then again May 15, 1947

1947 - 1950 Treasurer Book: Listed under "Junior Members" Newberry, Mrs. Charles L. June 4

1953 Address: 1649 Forest Hill, Plainfield

May 17, 1957 Club Commemorates Founding of Iris Garden

Caption: GARDEN MARKER VIEWED – Standing before the marker commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park are (left to right) Mrs. Frederick Lockwood, Victor B. King, Jr., John C. Wister, Mr. Richard Tracy and Miss Harriette R. Halloway, founder of this garden. (Courier photo by E. T. Wiggins)

The Plainfield Garden Club and guests yersterday dedicated the the entranceway of the of the Iris Garden in Cedar Brook Park.

Miss Harriette R. Halloway, found of the garden and chairman of the garden of the Iris Garden [not legible] the project was started in 1932, was presented a medal by Mrs. Frederick M. Lockwood, president of the Garden Club.

The medal is [not legible] "from the grateful members of the Plainfield Garden Club Harriette R. Halloway founder and director of the Iris gardens of Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield, 1932 - 1957."

[Not legible] viewed a recently installed [not legible] tablet marking the anniversary of the garden.

"Excercise in Perfection"
Victor R. King, president of the Union County Park Commission, led the gathering [not legible] the garden display was "an excercise in perfection is [not legible]," he said.

The park commission provides the setting for the garden and have [not legible] in the project [not legible]

W. [not legible] Tracy, executive had of the Park Commission when the Iris Garden was started paid tribute to Miss Halloway for her "tireless work and painstaking effort."

Another speaker was Dr. John C. Wister of Swarthmore, Pa., president of the American Iris Society when the garden was started and author of [not legible] article about the garden in the current issue of the Journal of the New York Botanical Gardens.

Miss Halloway spoke briefly and [not legible] on the work of the [not legible] who care for the Iris Garden. She introduced Kenneth Smith, one of the largest contributors of plants to the garden [not legible]

Mrs. Lockwood presided at the program. Guests included members of [not legible] garden clubs and contributors to the garden.

The Iris Garden Committee includes Mrs. Morris E. Benton, Mrs. Alden de Hart, Mrs. Lockwood, Mrs. Donald E. Luce, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Jr., Mrs. C. Northrop Pond, Mrs. Webster Sandford, Mrs. Arthur D. Seybold, Mrs. John R. Wells, Mrs. Willian G. Wigton, Mrs. Robert MacLeod, vice chairman, and Miss Halloway, chairman.

Special slides [not legible] for the chairman were Mrs. Charles A. Eaton, Jr., Mrs. F. Willoughby Frost ad Mrs. Edwin M. Treat, Jr.

Mrs. Victor M. King was chairman of the special committee assisted by Mrs. J. Harold Loizeaux, Mrs. E. B. Newberry, and Miss Margaret Tyler. Also cooperating were Mrs. N. C. Barnhart, Jr., Mrs. William P. Elliott, Mrs. Homer Cochran and Mrs. H. I. Flanders.

Hostesses (not legible)
Other hostesses were Mrs. William W. Coriell, Mrs. Leslie E. Fort, Mrs. William A. Holliday, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. Robert T. Stevens, Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. William S. Tyler. Mrs. Thomas Van Boskerck and Mrs. Orville G. Waring.

The Iris Garden now has more than 1,800 named varieties properly labeled, representing all types of Iris and totaling more than 75,000 plants.

The main part of the garden is [not legible] caring Iris [not legible] and is expected to be is good blooms thorugh the rest of the month.

September 14, 2011

Hillside Cemetery
Photo by S. Fraser

Email exchange with Anne Morrell Shepherd

Yes I knew who she was. As a matter of fact she appeared at the same resort we were at in St. Croix - but never really knew her. Anne. I believe her name was Brower - but some how I think there was a second marriage somewhere along the line

In a message dated 9/15/2011 2:17:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Did either of you know Peggy Burger? Was her maiden name "Brower" by chance? Thanks – Susan

Email exchange with Sally Genung Booth

Yes on both counts...her son was (is?) Terry Newberry a Presbyterian minister and a classmate of Carter's at Brown. He assisted at our wedding. We have lost touch..She was Mrs.Thomas Mann's sister (I can't remember her first name for the minute.) She was the Aunt of that guy who I think was Tom (Tommy) Man who came to the garden with the ashes. Her first husband was a Newberry of the Newberry 5 and 10 cent stores. She grew up in the brick house on Charlotte Road. If I think of anything else of interest I'll let you know.
xoxo S.
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Did either of you know Peggy Burger? Was her maiden name "Brower" by chance? Thanks – Susan

June 24, 1938 New York Times

EUPHEMIA BROWER NEW JERSEY BRIDE; She Is Married in Plainfiedl Presbyterian Chruch to Charles newberry Jr.
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Miss Euphemia Brower, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wyckoff Brower of this city, was married this evening to Charles Todd Newberry Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Todd Newberry of Irvington-on-Hudson, N. Y., in the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Charles T. Newberry Jr.

Miss Newberry Becomes Bride in Irvington

St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church in Irvington was the setting Saturday of the marriage of Miss Mollie Helen Newberry daughter of Mrs. Charles Todd Newberry of Shadowbrook, Irvington-on-Hudson, and the later Mr. Newberry, to Frederick Hobart Grenauer of Scarborough, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williams Grenauer of Indianapolis, Inc.

The Rev. Dr. Floyd Van Keuren, Rector, officiated at teh afternoon ceremony, which was follwed by a reception at the Newberry home. The bride, escorted by her brother, Charles T. Newberry Jr. wore an antique ivory satin princess style gown fashioned with a collar of heirloom point de Venise lace. Her tulle veil was arranged from a headdress of the same lace and she carried a bouquet of white orchids and stephanotis.

Miss Dorothy G. Reed of Irvington was maid of honor in toast-colored lace. She carried rubrum lilies.

Homer C. Lathrop of Ossining was best man and ushers were John D. O'Connor of Montrose; Alexander M. Hamilton Jr., North Tarrytown; James R. Hand of Harmon and Donald G. Aldrich of Port Chester.

Mrs. Grenauer was graduated form the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and from Vassar College.

The bridegroom attended Butler University in Indianapolis and served four years with the Twelfth Field Artillery Observation Battalion.

September 21, 2013 Email from Tom Mann


I can provide some more info to whoever is working on the genealogy of past members for the history portion of your website... Mrs. H.W. Brower '38 was my grandmother and both my mother and aunt were members. Sally Genung Booth thought it might have been me spreading ashes in the Garden...but it wasn't!

September 21, 2013

ear Tom,

Thank you for writing in! Yes, that was quite a day at the garden with the auntie's ashes! Sally Genung Booth had remembered babysitting for the family and had made a guess. As you can imagine, that young man just wanted to get on with his duties and leave.

Yes, we would love any information you could share with us about your family members that were in the garden club. We have become a resource for so many of these Plainfield families. It is very difficult to trace and preserve women's history when all the women are known by their husbands' names. Sadly, we cannot even find first names for many much less maiden names.

Did you know Sally? Her email is XXX if you wish to contact her directly.

Hope to hear from you –

Susan Fraser

September 21, 2013

Hi Susan,

I wil be glad to share pictures, etc. with you and maybe clear up some questions.... for example, my aunt, Euphemia (Peggy) Newberry Burger is listed 3 times in your list of notables!

Yes, I knew Sally. Her Mom and Dad were great friends of my parents and yes, she certainly did babysit for me! I think she went to Hartridge and was a few years younger than my sister.

Whoever did the research for your site did a fabulous job. I would like to contact that person or people because there was an old family manuscript that my mother and aunt had transcribed in the early 70's which is great but I have not been able to find the original manuscript in any of the family "treasure troves" – it is listed in the genealogy info for my grandmother and transcriptions are listed as being in the Plainfield Public Library which is good. I am trying to find the original to try to get it into a museum in Pittsburgh because it was written by a woman who was the daughter of one of the early "industrialists" there. I have her diary that covers a few years of her life in the 1820's and it includes a recipe for "serum" for rattlesnake venum! Very cool and I plan to give it to the Pittsburgh museum (the Frick Art & History Center).

Anyway, thanks for connecting!


September 21, 2013

Hi Tom –

I did the whole website! It has taken me a long time – I literally just sort through the boxes we have from peoples' attics and basements and throw stuff up in these "member files." I have many more boxes to go. I would love to work with you – where to begin? Maybe tell me the three names I have Aunt Euphemia under – ha!

At the Plainfield Public Library are some of our archives and of course they have an entire genealogy department that I haven't even begun to crack. The person I work with there is Sarah Hull and she is terrific. To find that manuscript (which is fascinating) I would start with Sarah, tell her you are working with me, etc.

I will probably see Sally this week so I will be sure to let her know you wrote in. She is fantastic – a third generation member of the PGC. Susan

September 21, 2013

You really have done great work sorting through all the stuff. Thank you!
In looking through the "notables" I or my parents knew most of them.

September 21, 2013

Take notes! The personal stories are the best. We are not really interested in who's husband worked at the Plainfield Trust, etc., etc. Susan

September 9, 2014 John James Audubon

September 9, 2014

Everyone might enjoy reading the NY Times article from the National Audubon Society. Can yo post this?

PGC NAL Chairman and PGC co-Chair Conservation
GCA National Chair Founders Fund

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From: Suzette Dewey
GCA Zone IV NAL and Conservation Rep
Garden Club of Somerset Hills
Date:09/09/2014 5:36 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Betse Gump ,Carrie Dyckman ,Diana Madsen ,Gwendolyn Wisely ,Joan White ,Kathleen Biggins ,Kathy Andrews ,Katy Kinsolving ,KV Dresdner ,Liz Silvernail ,Lynn Nebel ,Marit Robinson ,Mary Lewis ,Maureen Ogden ,Meryl Carmel ,Pam Mayer ,Susan Gordon
FW: National Audubon Society scientific report

More good reading,

Dear Committees,
I was pleased to see that the much anticipated National Audubon Society scientific report was released yesterday. I woke up this morning to David Yarnold being interviewed on NPR about the science. Mr. Yarnold, President of the National Audubon Society, spoke to the delegates at 2014 NAL. He is quoted in a New York Times article today saying" birds are resilient, but that climate change will test their limits."

Hearing the songs of birds,

Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America's Bird Species, Study Says

Lindsay Marshall
GCA Chairman National Affairs and Legislation Committee
mobile: 404-234-1099

EDITOR'S NOTE: Do you know that Plainfield, and more specifically, the PGC has a special connection to THE John James Audubon? His niece was Mrs. Henry Wyckoff (Euphemia Bakewell) Brower '38. The Plainfield Library has three original Audubon prints. One was inherited from the Catherine Webster's famed Ladies Home of Plainfield – where one seemingly went to live in their dotage and many of our members were residents. The Library hasn't connected the dots that the print is probably not from the Webster family, but most likely from the Bakewell-Brower-Newberry-Mann clan (we have many members from this family on our roster) as Mrs. Brower lived at the now defunct Ladies Home of Plainfield at 313 Franklin Place.

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