Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Spalt, Mrs. Evan R. (Ellen F.) '71

1973 - 1975 Address: 1205 Evergreen, Plainfield

1978 - 1980 Address: 792 Belvidere Avenue, Plainfield

1981: 34B Stratford Hills Apts, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
NOTE: Made an "Affiliate Member"

1984 - 1985: Name listed under Affiliate and then crossed out.

May 19, 1980 Board Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2005 Save Barnegat Bay

Save Barnegat Bay
906-B Grand Central Avenue, Rt. 35 North
Lavallette, NJ 08735


For Release:
August 22, 2005

Contact: William deCamp Jr.

Creation of a Park at Traders Cove Culminates
Thirty-four year effort by Save Barnegat Bay

Today's announcement by the Township of Brick, the County of Ocean, the State of New Jersey, Paramount Homes, and Save Barnegat Bay that the Traders Cove site in Brick will be purchased for a public park caps a successful thirty-four year battle by Save Barnegat Bay to protect Traders Cove and its surrounds.

Save Barnegat Bay was founded in 1971 as the Ocean County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America with the purpose of protecting Ocean County's natural resources and with an express focus on the land surrounding the Traders Cove site, according to its president, William deCamp Jr.

DeCamp added that he personally has been active in opposing proposals to develop the site since August 1985. "Some of the most meaningful friendships of my life were made battling development proposals at Traders Cove, and many of those friends have since died of old age," deCamp said.

"We are extremely grateful to the leadership of the several levels of government involved here today for their participation a project that we believe will be of enormous benefit to this and future generations," said deCamp.

Among the honor roll of deceased persons essential in preventing development on and around Traders Cove, deCamp cited:

- Charles Hetfield, first president and founder of the Ocean Izaak Walton League, which is now known as "Save Barnegat Bay"

- Chuck Schroth, formerly of Brick Township and active in the Congress of Concerned Citizens of Brick,

- David Oxenford, a retired teacher who resided in Brick and an historian of Ocean County,

- William Jenks, a bayman and Brick resident,

- Jack Cissel, a past Vice President of Save Barnegat Bay instrumental in strengthening the organization,

- Robert Weldon, Thomas Fenton, William Koar, and Carl Menger, all formerly of Mantoloking and active in protecting the area north of Traders Cove now known as the "F lagoons".

"The most important person of all," said deCamp, "was the late Evan R. Spalt, of Bay Head, who during the 1980's and 1990's successfully led the effort against 134 condominiums, a restaurant, and an expanded marina onsite under the name 'Pelican Cove'". Mr. Spalt died in March 2000 at the age of ninety.

"Everything you need to know about battling overdevelopment I learned by following Evan around like a mother duck," said deCamp, "except that Evan was unfortunately unable to transmit to me his substantial powers of diplomacy."

Other individuals instrumental in preventing overdevelopment of this and other sites were Nancy Heidt, then-president of the Ocean County Izaak Walton League, and Jean Schroth, founder of the Congress of Concerned Citizens of Brick. Mrs. Schroth was a successful champion of lower density zoning along Brick's waterfront and of numerous other civic improvements, including the Princeton Avenue Bike Trail. Mrs. Heidt and Mrs. Schroth presently live in retirement in Wall Township, NJ and Fort Myers, FL respectively.

A concept plan depicting the many types of public use appropriate for Traders Cove was created by Save Barnegat Bay Associate Executive Director Jennifer O'Reilly and may be observed here. Further background on the Traders Cove controversy may be found at Save Barnegat Bay's website, including the early history of the Save Barnegat Bay, which is reviewed here.

"Thirty-seven years is quite some time," said deCamp. "By comparison the Peloponnesian War between the Greek city states of Athens and Sparta lasted just twenty-seven years, from 431 to 404 BC."

"That controversy ended with a victory by the Spartans, but, thanks to the court-mediated settlement, Traders Cove should work out as a victory for everybody," said deCamp.

Save Barnegat Bay is a not-for-profit grassroots environmental group open to the public and relies on support from over 1,500 families each year.

Save Barnegat Bay

Early History

The Ocean County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, which is today known as Save Barnegat Bay, was founded in 1971, the year after the first Earth Day. The Chapter was born in response to the threat to develop the area of Brick Township known today as "Herring Point". Some know Herring Point as the "F Lagoons" or the "Dunes". It comprises the land from the Gunning Ditch, which is the passage linking Barnegat Bay to the Metedeconk River, south to the present site of Trader's Cove Marina.

The company attempting to develop this area was named "Triarch". The battle to stop a large residential development from being built on this land was led by George Hetfield, who lived across the Bay on Barnegat Lane in Mantoloking. Hetfield was assisted by many, including Robert Weldon, Carl Menger, and William Koar. These and others may be regarded as the "founding fathers" of the Ocean County Izaak Walton League, which is the second oldest environmental group in Ocean County, behind the Ocean Nature and Conservation Society.

Under the regulatory regime then extant, the Triarch controversy centered around the question of whether the developers had destroyed a tidal stream in creating the lagoons upon which they planned to build. The tidal wetlands act of 1970 had recently been passed but had not yet taken effect in our area because mapping of wetlands had not yet been accomplished.

Ultimately, justice in the Triarch matter was obtained in a time-honored fashion: the developer went broke. The Triarch property went to the law firm of Starkey, Blaney, Kelly, and White in lieu of a fee. It remained in that ownership until it was purchased in 1990 by the Trust for Public Land, which conveyed it to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the first acquisition in the Reedy Creek Unit of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

Following the victory over Triarch, the Chapter became less active. In the early 1980's the possibility of the Chapter's dissolution was contemplated but rejected at the insistence of William Cannon, who advocated leaving it in place "in case something else comes along."

Something else did come along when, in 1985, the year that initiates what might be considered the second era of our Chapter, Trend homes proposed a 135 unit condominium development and expanded marina to be called "Pelican Cove" on the site of Trader's Cove Marina at the northwest foot of the Mantoloking Bridge. This new threat reinvigorated the League under the leadership of Nancy Heidt. Many of the names and faces familiar in future conservation battles were assembled at this time, notably that of Evan R. Spalt. On the League's behalf, Spalt headed the Barnegat Bay Preservation Coalition, which consisted of a dozen local and regional conservation groups, including the Congress of Concerned Citizens of Brick Township, led by Jean Schroth.

Saving Barnegat Bay: Willie deCamp


But it was the Pelican Cove fight that saw deCamp become an environmentalist.

"Willie cut his eyeteeth on Pelican Cove," Anstett said. "That's when he really became an activist doing a lot of pick-and-shovel work."

DeCamp also learned a lot from his mentor, Evan Spalt, who headed the Barnegat Bay Preservation Coalition, a group of 12 organizations formed to fight Pelican Cove development.

"I tagged along with Evan and watched him do it and realized I could do it too," he said.

From Pelican Cove, Save Barnegat Bay took on other issues affecting the Bayshore – waterfront zoning, the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station (deCamp founded Oyster Creek Nuclear Watch), and perhaps most significantly, aggressively pursuing open space instead of just defending it.

"When I first started out in the mid '80s, I was an eccentric," he said. "To be an advocate for open space, you were disparaged and easily marginalized. Today, everybody is in favor of it. We're in the majority but we're still the underdogs. There's something systematically wrong with the government. Nothing's changed."

In Memoriam: Evan R. Spalt, 1910-2000

Remarks from Save Barnegat Newsletter, Summer 2000

Save Barnegat Bay mourns the passing of a leader and a true friend, Evan R. Spalt, who was an integral part of our creation and functioning over the course of fifteen years.

Starting in 1985, Evan spearheaded our successful fight against the proposed "Pelican Cove" condominium and marina complex at the northwest foot of the Mantoloking Bridge. [Note: Today this land has been purchased by Brick Township and Ocean County and is in the process of becoming one of our region's most outstanding public parks.]

I well remember our first meeting, leaning over a table inspecting the plans for that unwarranted development. In leading the Pelican Cove battle, Evan built upon the earlier efforts of George Hetfield, Nancy Heidt, and many others. He also helped shape the future of the Save Barnegat Bay movement by bringing together many persons who went on to carry the flag of conservation to sites far beyond.

I learned much of my present profession by literally following Evan around as he dealt with the consultants and public officials involved in the Pelican Cove dispute. When I took over as president, Evan was a steady counselor. He conscientiously reviewed every policy that Save Barnegat Bay adopted, as well as every word in our newsletters.

Evan personified civility and good will. Even in the most serious controversy or difficulty, he arrived with a smile. His preference in argument was for subtlety over verbal excess. A devoted alumnus of Antioch College, he was imbued with the spirit of its founder, Horace Mann, who wrote, "A man should be ashamed to die before he has won some victory for humanity." In his distinguished carreer at Johnson & Johnson and in his many community involvements, Evan won many such victories. Having known him makes it easier to strive to do likewise.

William deCamp Jr.
President, Save Barnegat Bay

Antioch College

Evan R. Spalt International Center - Antioch College

Spalt Hall's original use as a dormitory had been abandoned and the College was presented with the opportunity to find a new use for the structure. A feasibility study was completed that determined the building could be used to house Antioch College's international language program. Renovation design allowed the building to become a mixed academic building and a "language immersion" coed dormitory including classrooms, seminar space, and offices as well as two floors of dormitory space. A sympathetic addition was completed to provide accessibility and accommodate the multi-use program. The addition serves as a contrasting vertical element which acts both as an entry marquee and flying buttress while providing accessibility, a stronger building identity, and reinforcement of the structure. The original "lift slab" building was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago

Antioch College


Antioch alumni set up 'tent city' on campus
Hundreds camp out on campus during annual reunion week.
By Kelli Wynn

Staff Writer

Sunday, June 22, 2008

2001 graduate Chad Johnson, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina (left) looks on as Antioch faculty member Scott Warren answers media questions, Saturday, June 21, 2008. Antioch alumni gathered as part of their annual reunion, but this year they were locked out of the buildings they normally stay in, so many preferred to stay on campus in tents instead.Click to enlarge

YELLOW SPRINGS – If Evan R. Spalt was alive, he would be really annoyed to see what has happened to Antioch College, his son Allen said Saturday, June 21.

Evan Spalt, a 1934 Antioch graduate, died in 2000. Prior to his death, he was a community manager and a trustee for the college and had donated money during the 1990s to refurbish the building that now holds his name – the "Evan R. Spalt International Center."

"I think he would be very angry at the way the college is being neglected," Allen Spalt said. "He didn't really think bricks and mortar were all that important, but it's kind of hard to have a college without bricks and mortar."

Allen Spalt, a 1966 Antioch graduate and resident of North Carolina, was one of at least 300 people that the alumni association said registered for the university's annual Alumni Reunion Week, which ends today, June 22.

Normally the alumni are allowed to sleep in the dorms for the event, but this year some camped out in the Horseshoe, which is the area that connects Livermore Street to Main Hall of the university. When asked why the alumni were sleeping outside in tents, Scott Warren, who teaches philosophy at the college, said most of the buildings were locked. However, the alumni were notified before they came to the college that they would not be in the dorms.

On Saturday, the alumni held a press conference in the Horseshoe. At times, the crowd, which was in the hundreds, broke out in chants. "Antioch! Non-stop!" they shouted while the wind whipped around them.

During the press conference, Chad Johnston, a 2001 Antioch graduate from Chapel Hill, N.C. said, "We are determined to reclaim our historic college and to see it reborn as an independent, accredited and open residential private liberal arts college. We will not rest until Antioch College is again graduating new generations of students to win victories for humanity, as our founder, Horace Mann, commanded. We support Non-stop which will continue offering an Antioch education to students this fall. We support the work of the alumni association to reopen and revitalize this unique institution of higher learning. Antioch College is needed now more than ever."

Letter to Sports Illustrated August 04, 1969


Congratulations on your article. Natural Enemy of Wild Cats (July 14). If women would confine themselves to wearing furs and leathers taken from animals raised for these purposes, the market for poached furs would disappear and the animals would have a chance to come back. The famous example, of course, is the saving of the egret.

I say bravo to Jacques Kaplan and I urge all women to follow his principles.
Plainfield, N.J.

Read more:

February 14, 1981 Letter

February 14, 1981 Letter

March 17, 1981

March 18, 1981 Meeting Minutes

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

Detwiller blueprints 1206 Evergreen Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Spalt

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