Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Foster, Mrs. Henry Pratt (Katharine or "Kay" Gould) '69

1970 Address: 6 Pheasant Lane, Scoth Plains
1973 - 1980 Address: 8 Pheasant Lane, Scotch Plains
1981 - 1982 Address: 37 Giggleswick Way, Edison

1984 - 1985: Affiliate

Related to the following Plainfield Garden Club members:

Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance Elena Titus) '46
Foster, Mrs. Howard Crosby (Ethel Emmagene Pratt) '18
Foster, Mrs. John Gray '15
Pratt, Mrs. Harlan Butterfield (Jane Brewer Atwater) '53

Katherine Gould Foster passed away in 1984

Henry Pratt Foster

On line photo album of Henry Pratt Foster

(pictured far right)

May 17, 1982 First Meeting of Executive Board

May 17, 1982 First Meeting of Executive Board

May 17, 1982 First Meeting of Executive Board

Hillside Cemetery

September 14, 2011
Photo by S. Fraser

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Courier News articles

Foster Katherine Gould 3/2/1950 News
Foster Katherine Gould 4/12/1951 News
Foster Katherine Gould 4/5/1952 News
Foster Katherine Gould 4/26/1956 News
Foster Katherine Gould 10/2/1964 News
Foster Katherine Gould 12/9/196 News
Foster Katherine Gould 10/12/1967 News
Foster Katherine Gould 2/1/1984 Obituary

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.

A. F. Gould, Springdale Dairy, Plainfield General Delivery

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.

publication circa 1917

2013-07-08 Email in response to the email sent from the club regarding Mrs. Acomb's 1967 Art Exhibit at Swain's

In response to the email regarding the recently discovered 1967 Art Exhibit:

There is an Acomb portrait of Barbara [Sandford] at 1275 Denmark Road. Also, Wardlaw-Hartridge has one in the Oakwood Room of the last Hartridge head Betsy Cayer, which was commissioned by the board when Henry Foster was on the board.

Pat Turner Kavanaugh

November 16, 2013

Celebration of the Life of Barbara Tracy Sandford

This bench is outside the Guild Room of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. It reads "In Memoriam Kay Foster"

Needlepoint Bench for Kay Foster

Henry Pratt Foster


ETHEL EMMAGENE PRATT (b. 1877, d. 1941)

ETHEL EMMAGENE PRATT (daughter of HENRY CHAMPLAIN PRATT and EMMA LEFFINGWELL) was born 1877, and died 1941 in PLAINFIELD,NJ. She married HOWARD CROSBY FOSTER on September 23, 1903, son of SCOTT FOSTER and EMALINE HEGEMAN.

Marriage: September 23, 1903

+MARION PRATT FOSTER, b. May 31, 1905, d. date unknown.
HOWARD CROSBY FOSTER,JR., b. March 13, 1908, d. date unknown.
+DAVID SCOTT FOSTER, b. November 23, 1910, NEW YORK CITY, d. December 05, 1980, CHARLESTON,SC.

HOWARD CROSBY FOSTER (b. February 07, 1877, d. March 25, 1941)

HOWARD CROSBY FOSTER (son of SCOTT FOSTER and EMALINE HEGEMAN) was born February 07, 1877 in NEW YORK CITY, and died March 25, 1941 in PLAINFIELD,NJ. He married ETHEL EMMAGENE PRATT on September 23, 1903, daughter of HENRY CHAMPLAIN PRATT and EMMA LEFFINGWELL.


Education: PRINCETON, 1898.
Occupation: STOCKBROKER.
Residence: PLAINFIELD, NJ.

Marriage: September 23, 1903

+MARION PRATT FOSTER, b. May 31, 1905, d. date unknown.
HOWARD CROSBY FOSTER,JR., b. March 13, 1908, d. date unknown.
+DAVID SCOTT FOSTER, b. November 23, 1910, NEW YORK CITY, d. December 05, 1980, CHARLESTON,SC.

Memorial to Katharine Gould Foster 1984 found in Barbara Sandford's archives

Katharine Gould Foster 1984

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Katharine Gould Foster on Ja. 30th.

Kay first joined the Plainfield Garden Club in 1969, and true to her enthusiastic nature, she was happy to accept the responsibility of being a member. Whenever help was needed for a project, Kay was the first to volunteer, and whatever she undertook was done graciously, thoroughly and with enthusiasm.

She served as Vice President briefly, and with her great executive ability we hoped she would go on to be President, and it is our loss that she was unable to continue.

Kay was Horticulture Chairman in 1976-1977. Later as a member of the Horticulture Committee she volunteered to take the Cedarbrook Park Iris Gardens in hand. It was a major and noble effort to enlist others to help her on her hands and knees to weed, fertilize and restore the beds.

Kay also worked faithfully every year in the Vest Pocket Park. When the fence was replaced she herself helped create it and re-attach the espalier.

It was typical of Kay to give eager support to all Garden Club activities. Along with her many civic interests she gave a hand to the Beautification Committee planting annuals in early spring.

The untimely death of Kay Foster is a great loss, and we shall miss not only her willingness to help whatever the cause, but also the warmth of her friendship and engaging smile.

Memorial to Katharine Gould Foster 1984 found in Barbara Sandford's archives

Wednesday, February 1, 1984 The Courier-News


Katharine Gould Foster, served in community groups

EDISON – Katharine Gould Foster, 71, of 7 Giggleswick Way, The Woodlands, who served on the boards of several community organizations, died Monday (Jan. 30, 1984) at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield.

She was born in New York City, and had lived in Central Jersey for 52 years.

Mrs. Foster was a past president of the Junior League, past president of the YWCA in Plainfield and a member of the board of Bennett College in Lakeville, N.Y.

She was a member of the board of directors of Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison and a former board member of the United Way of Plainfield.

A former board member of Neighborhood Hose in Plainfield, she was an elder and trustee of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield.

She was a member of the Elizabeth Presbytery, the Plainfield Garden Club and the Muhlenberg Hospital Auxiliary.

Her husband, the late Henry P. Foster, was a senior partner at Foster and Adams in New York.

Surviving are two sons, Henry P. Foster Jr. of Yukon Territory, Canada, and Everett G. Foster of Watertown, N. Y.; a daughter, Susan F. Work of Denver, Colo.; a sister Margaret G. Wilson of Summit; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements are by A. M. Runyon and Son Funeral Home in Plainfield



Katharine Gould, on January 30, 1984, wife of the late Henry P. Foster, Senior Partner of Foster & Adams, residence Edison, N.J., daughter of the late Everett & Alice Gould, mother of Henry P. Foster Jr., Everett G. Foster and Susan F. Work, sister of Margaret G. Wilson, also survived by 5 grandchildren. Memorial services at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, on Friday, February 3 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church or to your favorite charity.

Katharine Gould Foster

February 22, 2010 Everett G. Foster

Everett G. Foster

Everett G. Foster, who died Saturday at 67, came to the north country in 1968 from New Jersey to take control of his family's stock brokerage house in Watertown. His wife, Judith, joined him on a Monday morning in a new profession facing the daunting challenge of sustaining an unfamiliar business in a new city.

Immediately Mr. Foster became involved in this community, expanding his volunteer service year after year.

Many agencies in the north country benefited from his enthusiasm, his energy and his courage. He sensed the kernel of a good idea, perceived the needs of the community and helped formulate decisions which resulted in new buildings, new programs and steady sources of future financial support. He and his wife, Judy, created the Governor Flower Society. Since then hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts to the Society have benefited United Way agencies.

When Rett Foster said he would help raise money for a nonprofit organization, success was assured. His most significant accomplishment was the fund drive over the last three years to help underwrite the costs of the expansion of the Samaritan Medical Center. He and his wife led the campaign which raised $13.5 million, the largest amount of money ever contributed to a single cause in the north country.

He was instrumental in the success of the YMCA which he helped resurrect from near failure. Under his direction, the doors of the Y opened to women and families. He worked closely with the Family Y board to build Bugbee Housing in vacant space at the Y and then to renovate and expand the Y.

When he chaired the Northern New York Community Foundation, he helped recruit the late Alex C. Velto as its executive director. He was a key member of the community effort to revitalize the Clayton Opera House.

Since the turn of the century, Mr. Foster devoted enormous time to Clarkson University where he was chairman of the board. In thesefinancially perilous times, he helped guide the university to a major building effort to upgrade the campus. The new president's house was his vision and the student center which will open this fall is a direct result of his courage and faith that investment in tomorrow is always the right thing to do.

Rett Foster was a respected financial adviser, a remarkable steward of endowment funds, a courageous volunteer board member who never avoided a tough decision to right an organization, a generous benefactor, an enthusiastic citizen of Clayton and a trusted friend of so many Northern New Yorkers and north country institutions.
He leaves a legacy of success and a better community.

February 21, 2010 Everett Foster

Civic leader Everett Foster dies at 67

Everett G. "Rett" Foster, 67, of 10503 Quebec Head Lane, Clayton, a financial consultant widely known across the north country for his exuberance, energy and generosity, died Saturday.

He had been ill with prostate cancer.

Mr. Foster, who was up to the time of his death chairman of the board of trustees of Clarkson University, Potsdam, raised several million dollars from the trustees to build a new house on campus for the president. He also initiated construction of a $25 million student center that will open in the fall.

During his years as chairman, Mr. Foster worked closely with Anthony G. Collins, the university president, to position Clarkson as a pre-eminent university offering high-quality education to a diverse population.
Mr. Collins said in a news release that Mr. Foster's resilient and committed characteristics will be a great loss.

"Rett Foster has given Clarkson a lasting legacy of leadership and progressive direction that befits the attributes of our namesake Thomas S. Clarkson, a man that everyone called friend," Mr. Collins said.
"He was not afraid of adversity in his personal and professional life, but instead engaged people in core values that stand the test of time," he said.

Concurrently with his major work on behalf of Clarkson, Mr. Foster worked with his wife, Judith J., to raise $13.5 million in the public campaign for the expansion of Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.
He lent his enthusiasm to fundraising campaigns from the Watertown Family YMCA to the Clayton Opera House, and he and his wife were many times lead contributors to those efforts.

From the early days after his move in 1968 to Watertown from Plainfield, N.J., to join the old Foster & Adams brokerage house founded by his grandfather, Howard C. Foster,Mr. Foster became fully engaged in community affairs. He distinguished himself by saying yes to people looking for an enthusiastic board member and volunteer.

As he helped more and more institutions during the 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Foster was named to the board of the Northern New York Community Foundation in 1985. He became president of the foundation's volunteer board in 1990. During his presidency, he and his fellow officers successfully encouraged the late Alex C. Velto to join the foundation as its executive director, paving the way for the dramatic expansion of the foundation's resources and influence. After his term on the foundation expired, Mr. Foster was a member of its investment committee.

Anderson Wise, who served on the board with Mr. Foster, said he was a leader who knew a great deal about investment vehicles that affected the foundation.

"No request was too small or too-time consuming for him," Mr. Wise said. "He was a giver. He and his family gave back in tremendous ways."

A distinguished service award was presented to Mr. Foster in 1973 by the Watertown Jaycees for community interest and leadership ability. The Watertown Junior Chamber of Commerce saluted him as Businessman of the Year, and in 1991, he was cited as Volunteer of the Year by the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility for work in the prison's tutoring program, spending two hours each week providing English instruction to inmates.
His propensity to say yes to requests for help and guidance resulted in his being named Watertown's Citizen of the Year, winning the 1999 Israel A. Shapiro Award. His wife, Judy, had received the Shapiro award in 1993.

On receiving the award, Mr. Foster said, "I like putting in 28 hours in a 24-hour day. I'm blessed with that energy. I don't know why I get awarded for it, but it's a hell of a lot of fun."

His resume of community involvement displays a vast array of interests. In the 1970s, he was a member of the state Senate Higher Education Advisory Council and president and fundraising chairman of the YMCA, where he regularly took advantage of the indoor pool. As campaign chairman and president of United Way of Jefferson County, Mr. Foster and his wife founded the Governor Flower Society, a fundraising arm established to encourage higher levels of charitable giving. Late in the 1970s, he was elected to the town of Watertown council, a seat he held through 1981.

He opened the 1980s as finance chairman for Watertown Urban Mission. He also was a director of the Jeff-Lewis Federal Savings & Loan Association, a director of United Northern Federal Savings Bank and a director and finance committee member of the Northern New York Community Foundation.

Also in the 1980s, Mr. and Mrs. Foster became Rotary exchange student hosts.

In the 1990s, he was a board member and treasurer of Dohl Development Corp., head of Thousand Islands Arts Fund and treasurer and board member of the Thousand Islands Land Trust, where he chaired a campaign that raised $1.2 million.

The Samaritan Hospital Foundation brought him on as a board member in 2000.

Also in 2000, he was building committee chairman for Hawn Memorial Library, Clayton, was on the board of directors of the Thousand Island Association's Canadian-American Alliance and was appointed to Clarkson's board of trustees. That group in 2005 elected him its chairman.

Over the years, he filled still other roles: member of the Watertown Downtown Development Task Force; president of the Joint YMCA-YWCA Merger Task Force; founding president of Friends of Hobart and William Smith Rowing; president of the Northern New York Mental Health Association; president of the Cerebral Palsy Association; president of Association for the Blind; president of the Forest Lake Club in Hawley, Pa.; president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and financial supporter of the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

Mr. Foster, a native of Plainfield, N.J.,graduated from Colgate University, Hamilton, in 1964, and in 1967 received a master's degree in business administration from Boston University. He served in the Navy. Before taking the Watertown position, he began his career in the trust department of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., New York City.

He became a general partner at Foster & Adams in 1970. When the firm was acquired by Tucker Anthony in 1977, he remained manager of the office, and was elevated to a vice president in 1979. Two years later, he was appointed director for the firm's upstate New York region and a managing director of Tucker Anthony Holding Co.

The company changed hands in March 2002, becoming RBC Dain Rauscher, and by the end of the year, the Watertown office, with Mr. Foster as branch co-manager with William W. Conde III, was given the firm's outstanding branch award.

In 2008, the company's internal Web site commended Mr. Foster for his work as a member of the SMC board of directors, and recognized him as one of the top 25 producers in the firm, which at the time had about 1,900 financial consultants.

Daniel J. Villa, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northern New York, worked closely with Mr. Foster on the SMC board of directors.
"Rett did a wonderful job for the Samaritan Foundation and the new pavilion and parking garage," he said. "He had a positive influence on everything he worked on. He will be remembered for years and years to come."

Surviving besides his wife, the former Judith Johnson, are a son, Benjamin G., Geneva, a daughter, Katharine V. Meyer, Washington, a brother, Henry, a sister, Susan Work, and four grandchildren.

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1973 -1974 Iris Garden Chairman

1974-1975 Directory

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

1950-1952: Mrs. Henry P. Foster

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

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