Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Day, Mrs. Francis P. (Fanny Carter Keith) '50

1950 - 1951 Treasurer Book, Active: Day, Mrs. Francis No notation of payment date. May 1951 June 1952

1958 Address: Rahway Road, Plainfield
Unknown year: 648 West 8th Street, Plainfield
1970 - 1978 Address: 440 West 8th St
1980 - 1986 Address: 1681 Woodland Ave

1990 Address: 3440 South Jefferson Street, Falls Church, VA

1991: Living with her daughter outside Washington, DC

1984 - 1988: Sustaining
1989 - 1990: Affiliate
1990 - 1991: Resigned

Mother-in-law possibly Plainfield Garden Club member:
Mrs. Thomas M. Day '16
who resided at 648 West 8th Street, Plainfield in 1919

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file


Dear Elizabeth,

My mother so appreciated the sweet and kind letter you wrote to her on her resignation from the Plainfield Garden Club. It is very hard for her to cut her ties to Plainfiled and so she is particularly grateful for such a personal and affectionate acknowledgement. She is actually in very good spirits and her sense of humor delights us all. It is her feeling that she is "too old for Boarding School" and so it become a bit of a challenge to persuade her to try to take care of herself.

I have recently joined the Garden Club of Alexandria and went as a delegate to the Annual Meeting in New Orleans – a wonderful and lucky opportunity for a "green horn" – I ran into Mrs. Samek and loved catching up on Plfld through her.

If, by any chance, you and/or Peter shoudl find yourselves in Washington, please let us know.

With very best to you both and love from my mother,
Mary Welby Garrison

Fanny Day 703-578-7459

M. W. Garrison 703-548-1030

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

From the Corresponding Secretary file

not dated with year but found among 1993 letters

From the Corresponding Secretary file

June 23

Dear Mrs. Shepherd,

My sister in law Fanny Day had hoped to write you submitting her resignation to the Plainfield Garden Club – However she recently fell and broke two fingers in her right hand so cannot write at this time. She asked me to write to you and say how much(?) she enjoyed her(?) membership in the Plainfield Garden Club. She sends all good wishes.


Eleanor Keith

Corresponding Secretary Annual Report May 15, 1992

440 West Eighth Street

Plainfield Library

G-513 1934 Grimstead House at 440 West Eighth Street 440 West 8th Street House at 440 West Eighth Street, image is not available, Mrs. Charles B. Crane. Van Wyck Brooks

648 West Eighth Street

Plainfield Library

G-611 1934 Y Grimstead House at 648 West Eighth Street 648 West 8th Street Italianate house with two dormers at left of front gable, triple-window bay above full front porch, porte cochere at right, and curved driveway.

Introduction in Rhyme of Skit for Garden Club Meeting May 1956 by Marge Elliott

Introduction in Rhyme of Skit for Garden Club Meeting May 1956 by Marge Elliott
To see the handwritten pages, see 1956 Archives


Imagine that you are our garden club
type here the powers that be
What things go on in a garden club
you'll be surprised to see

The cast are famous actresses
All brought at great expense
So please be kind to others, my friends
Lest they should take offense.

The President's name is Hazel
And its Lockwood thats for sure
She presides as "to-the-manner-born"
But her arrangements they are poor.

Elizabeth King of Programs She's
all fluttering, cooing and coy.
To find the right speaker for just the right day
Is her constant delight and her joy.

Page 2

Ways and Means Chairman is Shirley
Barnhart we're meaning of course
She's breathless, naive and appealing
But hasn't the sense of a horse.

Marion Loizeaux is chairman
of membership looks la-de-da
But don't let that big hat delude you
She's a great one for making faux pas.

Fanny Day has charge of the minutes
Madame Secretary no less
But I must in confidence tell you
All her reports are a mess.

Heely that's Polly the Treasurer
Does weird things to the books
She was never good at her figures
And so for the balance gad - zooks!

Hospitality chairman is Barbara
Sandford's the rest of her name
She's very smart but sarcastic
the "country tweed type" is this dame.

Conservation is Anne Marie Seybold
She is a lady who knows what is what
She has no time for the frivilous
In her ways she's terribly sot.

Alice Mooney our wonderful speaker
Rosa Bunda she has quite a past
And now you know all that you need to
about our illustrious cast.

So please let the music be quiet
I see the house lights are low
Put on the fools and the spotlights
All right curtain ready? Let's go

Courier News

Day Francis P. 11/5/1935 News
Day Francis P. 3/4/1939 News
Day Francis P. 2/27/1946 News
Day Francis P. 3/7/1949 News
Day Francis P. 3/1/1950 News
Day Francis P. 5/15/1951 News
Day Francis P. 3/9/1954 News
Day Francis P. 6/2/1954 News
Day Francis P. 3/6/1959 News
Day Francis P. 4/9/1964 News
Day Francis P. 5/29/1965 News
Day Francis P. 2/18/1966 News
Day Francis P. 2/20/1967 News
Day Francis P. 12/24/1969 Obituary
Day Francis P. n.d. News
Day Francis P. 5/5/1954 Clipping (nonCN)

440 West 8th Street, Plainfield

440 West 8th Street, Plainfield

Photo by S. Fraser

Courier News articles

Day Francis P. 11/5/1935 News
Day Francis P. 3/4/1939 News
Day Francis P. 2/27/1946 News
Day Francis P. 3/7/1949 News
Day Francis P. 3/1/1950 News
Day Francis P. 5/15/1951 News
Day Francis P. 3/9/1954 News
Day Francis P. 6/2/1954 News
Day Francis P. 3/6/1959 News
Day Francis P. 4/9/1964 News
Day Francis P. 5/29/1965 News
Day Francis P. 2/18/1966 News
Day Francis P. 2/20/1967 News
Day Francis P. 12/24/1969 Obituary
Day Francis P. n.d. News
Day Francis P. 5/5/1954 Clipping (nonCN)

1982 May Designer Showhouse: 1127 Watchung Avenue

Cover to Page 25

Page 26 to Page 51

Page 52 to Page 75

Page 76 to Back Cover

**PATRON: Mrs. Frances P. Day

Plainfield Public Library Archive

**Date unknown. Post-1955

STUDY ROSES IN DESIGN – Members of the committee planning the Rose Garden Center of the Plainfield Garden Club admire some examples of china and fabric in rose design. Mrs. Francis P. Day (left) co-chairman, looks on while Mrs. Robert McLeod, poster chairman, holds a china plate and Mrs. Edward H. Ladd, co-chairman and Mrs. William P. Elliott, head of rose collections, unfold some fabric. The center will be open to the public at the Plainfield Public Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Plainfield Public Library Archive

1953 Check Book

No. 987
Jan. 16, 1953
Fanny K. Day
Xmas party for children's home

1953 Check Book

No. 991
Feb. 13, 1953
Founders Fund

No. 992
March 2, 1953
Fanny K. Day
Rental Williamsburg film 5.00
Rental Projector 2.00
Tran. Exp. Dr. Keck 3.00
Program Com. $10.00

No. 993
March 2, 1953
Ethel Anderegg
Xmas Wreaths
ribbon etc

1953 Check Book

No. 1006
May 1, 1953
Mrs. Walter T. Leargetts (sp?)
Vice Chairman, Arboretum Com.
Garden Club of ???
sale of chances on chairs

No. 1007
April 20, 1953
Fanny K. Day
rental of projector
for April meeting

No. 1008
April 20, 1953
The Garden Club of America
rental - 1952 Flower slides (program)

February 15, 1989 New York Times

Robert T.S. Keith, 83, Retired Vice Admiral
Published: February 15, 1989

Robert Taylor Scott Keith, a retired Navy vice admiral, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at his home in Falls Church, Va. He was 83 years old and previously lived in Virginia Beach and Coronado, Calif.

A 1928 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Admiral Keith was commander of the First Fleet, based at San Diego, at the time of his retirement in 1964. Previously he served as Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for the Naval Reserve and as commandant of midshipmen at the Naval Academy. In World War II he was awarded the Legion of Merit for each of three Japanese submarines sunk by the destroyer Nicholas under his command.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Hudgins Keith; two sons, Robert Jr., of Kensington, Va., and Langhorne, of Alexandria; a brother, Judge James Keith, of Fairfax, Va.; a sister, Francis P. Day, of Plainfield, N.J., and five grandchildren.

Fanny Carter Keith Day

Birth: Nov. 15, 1909
Death: Jan. 19, 1997

Warrenton Cemetery
Fauquier County
Virginia, USA

Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Day

Fanny Carter Keith

Fanny Carter Keith (b. 15 Nov 1909)
Fanny Carter Keith (daughter of John Augustine Chilton Keith and Mary Welby Scott) was born 15 Nov 1909 in Virginia.

John Augustine Chilton Keith (b. 07 Jun 1870, d. 08 Apr 1915)
John Augustine Chilton Keith (son of Isham Keith. Jr. and Sarah Agnes Blackwell) was born 07 Jun 1870 in Virginia, and died 08 Apr 1915 in Virginia. He married Mary Welby Scott, daughter of Robert Taylor Scott and Frances Scott Carter.

Children of John Augustine Chilton Keith and Mary Welby Scott are:
+Robert Taylor Scott Keith, b. 19 May 1905, Virginia, d. 12 Feb 1989, Virginia.
John Augustine Chilton Keith, Jr., b. 07 Aug 1907, Virginia, d. 01 Jul 1987, Virginia.
Fanny Carter Keith, b. 15 Nov 1909, Virginia.
+James Keith, b. 24 Dec 1911, Fairfax City, Virginia, d. 26 Nov 2002, Virginia.

Mary Welby Scott (b. 03 Jan 1870, d. 30 Mar 1958)
Mary Welby Scott (daughter of Robert Taylor Scott and Frances Scott Carter) was born 03 Jan 1870 in "Oakwood", Virginia, and died 30 Mar 1958 in Fauquier Co., Warrenton Cemetery, Virginia. She married John Augustine Chilton Keith, son of Isham Keith. Jr. and Sarah Agnes Blackwell.

1954 Check Book

No. 1069
March 17, 1954
Garden Club of America
memorial to Miss Laura Detwiller

No. 1070
Mar. 8, 1954
Fanny K. Day
Program expenses
rental of projector etc

No. 1071
Mar 17, 1954
Mrs. Albert L. Stillman
exhibition in N.Y. Show

"Cranehurst," Residence of Charles B. Crane, 440 West Eighth Street

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

John Augustine Chilton Keith

Birth: Jun. 7, 1870
Death: Apr. 8, 1915

Family links:
Mary Welby Scott Keith (1870 - 1958)*

*Calculated relationship

Warrenton Cemetery
Fauquier County
Virginia, USA

Created by: Hope
Record added: Mar 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25463689

University of Virginia archives

Scope and Content Information

Robert I. Taylor (1777?-1840) was a prominent Alexandria lawyer and president of the town's common council. His papers contain several items of correspondence, estate materials and materials concerning the guardianship of Richmond Marshall Scott (b. 1829) by William Haywood Foote (1781?-1846), executor of Richard Marshall Scott (d. 1833). The latter includes a commonplace book kept by Foote. Taylor's wife, Mary Elizabeth (Berry) Taylor (d. 1863?) also has several letters in the collection, as does Elizabeth Blackwell (Pickett) Scott (1788-1862), wife of Judge John Scott (1781-1850).

Correspondence of Isham Keith (1801-1863), his wife, Juliet (Chilton) Keith (1800-1887), and her sister, Ann Smith (Chilton) Johnston (1810-1893), is included herein. Isham Keith was an influential Warrenton business man. Among his correspondence is a letter to Judge John Scott and several letters from a brother in Georgia, John Marshall Keith (1788-1841), discussing the sale of a slave and state and national politics.

Robert Eden Scott (1808-1862), son of Judge John Scott and Elizabeth Blackwell (Pickett) Scott, was recognized as one of the state's leading Whigs in the years immediately prior to the Civil War. His papers consist of correspondence, mostly with his son, Robert Taylor Scott, and materials concerning Sarah Scott (Ashton) Glassell. Robert Eden Scott's third wife, Heningham Watkins (Lyons) Scott (1827-1886) has several items of correspondence in the collection, as does his sister, Margaret Gordon (Scott) Lee (1817-1866). There is also a box of estate materials for Margaret Gordon (Scott) Lee (box 2), which contains accounts, vouchers, correspondence and reports to the Fauquier County Court.

Richard Henry Carter (1817-1880) was a major in the 8th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. In 1879 he received an appointment to the U. S. custom house in Panama and his correspondence is largely with his son-in-law, Robert Taylor Scott, during this period. One letter, dated 10 March 1880, discusses national politics and American policies toward Panama; however, much of his correspondence concerns a large debt which was administered by RTS (see below). Carter's wife, Mary Welby (DeButts) Carter (1819-1885), also has several letters in the collection.

The Keith papers contain some correspondence of Isham Keith (1833-1902), son of Isham Keith and Juliet (Chilton) Keith, and his wife Sarah Agnes (Blackwell) Keith (1837-1912), as sell as a scrapbook belonging to her. A letter to Mrs. Keith from Armistead Churchill Gordon (1855-1931) discusses family history. James Keith, circuit judge and president of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from 1895 to 1916, was another son of Isham Keith and Juliet (Chilton) Keith. His letters are largely with family members and deal with family history. There is also an autograph album belonging to Judge Keith from the 1859-1860 session as the University of Virginia.

The major figure in the Keith family papers is Robert Taylor Scott (1834-1897), attorney-general of Virginia from 1889 to 1897. Sone of Robert Eden Scott and Elizabeth (Taylor) Scott, he was born on 10 March 1834 at Warrenton, Va. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1854 and was admitted to the Warrenton bar in 1857. At the outbreak if the Civil War, Scott organized a company of infantry which was mustered into service as Company K, Eighth Virginia Regiment, under Colonel Eppa Hunton. RTS served as its captain until the fall of 8162, when was appointed to the staff of General George Edward Pickett as division quartermaster. He remained on Pickett's staff until the end of the war.

Robert Taylor Scott was a member of the constitutional convention of 1867 and the Virginia General Assembly of 1881-1882, representing Fauquier and Loudoun counties. He was elected attorney-general in 1889 and re-elected four years later.

Materials pertaining to Robert Taylor Scott include correspondence, CSA materials, legal files, financial records, a few items pertaining to his political career, copies of speeches, clippings, miscellany and obituaries. Most of the correspondence is between Scott and his wife, Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott, during the Civil War and the years immediately before. These letters deal primarily with personal and family matters, yet many contain information valuable to the historical researcher as well. Much of the pre-war correspondence concerns Scott's law activities; his education and apprenticeship under his father, admittance to the bar, and practice in Warrenton and Prince William and Fairfax counties. Of particular interest are the letter of 31 December 1856, discussing a slave insurrection in Prince William County; letter of 12 July 1860, concerning a runaway slave; and letter of 3 January 1861, concerning the purchase or hire of slaves. Other letters during this period deal with politics and the impending conflict. The Civil War correspondence, from 1861 through November 1864, describes the secession convention of 1861 (at which RTS was an observer and his father, RES, a delegate), general camp life, Scott's duties as quartermaster, Union activities in Fauquier and campaigns in which Scott was involved. Scott's letters from Camp Johnston, near Leesburg, dated 20 September 1861 to 1 October 1861 and from camp near Centreville, dated 1 January 1862 to 5 March 1862, provide an especially good picture of such facets of camp life as: quarters and provisions, leaves and furloughs, religious activities, health, morale and discipline. Other selected letters are indexed following this description.

Scott's legal records include several miscellaneous files, a copy of a partnership agreement with James Vass Brooke (1824-1898) and records concerning his role as fiduciary for Maria Louisa (Nelson) Carter, William Wesley Phillips, Lawrence Ashton and John Quincy Marr. Marr was the first Confederate soldier to be killed during the Civil War and Robert Taylor Scott was administrator for his estate. Scott's CSA service file contains orders, muster roles and quartermaster's pay records for Company K, 8th Virginia Regiment. Among Scott's financial records are materials concerning the debt of Richard Henry Carter.

Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott (1838-1923) was the wife of Robert Taylor Scott and the daughter of Richard Henry Carter and Mary Welby (DeButts) Carter. Her papers include general correspondence, accounts, land records, miscellany and materials from her term as president of the Black Horse Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Warrenton, Va. Her correspondence with John Augustine Chilton Keith (1870-1915) relates primarily to the estate of Robert Taylor Scott and includes two letters from John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) concerning restitution due RTS for tobacco confiscated by the Union army in 1865. Land records mainly concern tracts in Warrenton. Materials concerning Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott's presidency of the UDC chapter include correspondence, copies of applications containing service records and several biographical sketches of Robert Randolph, one of the captains of the Black Horse Cavalry during the Civil War.

John Scott (1845-1882), son of Robert Eden Scott and Ann (Morson) Scott, was a lawyer in Baltimore, Maryland, and California and items pertaining to him include diplomas, certificates, a catalog of his law library and materials concerning his death in California. There are also miscellaneous materials for Sophia DeButts (Carter) Carter (1841-1928), sister of Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott.

Robert Taylor Scott and Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott had three children who lived to adulthood and two are represented herein. Richard Carter Scott (1859-1928) was a lawyer and judge in Richmond, VA. A University of Virginia graduate, he worked in Norfolk for the Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia Air Lines and the Exchange Bank of Virginia before coming to Richmond in 1885 as Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue. He entered the attorney-general's office in 1889 when his father was elected to that post. He was appointed attorney-general in 1897 to serve out the remainder of his father's term and in 1904 was appointed by the General Assembly judge of the 10th judicial circuit.

Most of the correspondence of Richard Carter Scott was written to his father during his days in Norfolk and these letters are arranged with his father's correspondence. Another correspondent of RCS is William Wallace Scott (1845-1929), author, state law librarian and secretary to the State Democratic Committee from 1883-1892. Included in the miscellaneous material is Richard Carter Scott's account of the 1910 Episcopal Church Convention in Cincinnati.

Mary Welby (Scott) Keith's (1870-1958) materials include correspondence primarily with her husband, John Augustine Chilton Keith, certificates from the Virginia Female Institute (Staunton, Va.), signed by Mrs. J. E. B. Stuart, and a scrapbook. There are also two scrapbooks belonging to Alice Dixon (Payne) Carr (1870-19676), kept in Warrenton.

Two children of Isham Keith and Sarah Agnes (Blackwell) Keith, Katherine Isham Keith (1865-1944) and Thomas Randolph Keith (1872- ), are prominent in the collection. Materials pertaining to Katherine Isham Keith include correspondence, a scrapbook containing two letters from John Singleton Mosby and one from James Keith, and genealogical materials. Harry Flood Byrd (1887-1966), George Campbell Peery (1873-1952) and Robert Walton Moore (1859-1941) are all correspondents. Thomas Randolph Keith's correspondence primarily concerns genealogy.

John Augustine Chilton Keith (b. 1907), sone of John Augustine Chilton Keith and Mary Welby (Scott) Keith has several items of correspondence in the collection. Among these materials is a lengthy study of "Gordonsdale," Fauquier County, written by Reginald J. Vickers. The last box (14) contains miscellaneous family materials, clippings, genealogical notes on the Keith and Scott families and information on Stuyvesant School, Warrenton, Va. Included in the materials on Stuyvesant School is an essay written by John Augustine Chilton Keith (1907- ), about the school and its founder, Edwin Burrus King (1876-1950).

Virginia Historical Society

Keith Family papers, 18301979. ca. 1,025 items. Mss1K2694cFA2. Microfilm reels C432433 and C599601.
This collection contains papers of five generations of members of the Keith, Scott, and Carter families of Warrenton and Fauquier County, but the papers of Robert Taylor Scott (18341897), a Warrenton attorney and attorney general of Virginia from 1889 to 1897, and his wife, Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott (18381923), account for about half of it. Among the papers of earlier generations of men and women are the correspondence, 18581864, and estate materials of Margaret Gordon (Scott) Lee (18171866) of Oakwood (boxes 12), and correspondence, 18571905, a scrapbook, and miscellany of Sarah Agnes (Blackwell) Keith (18371912) of Woodbourne. Most of Robert Scott's correspondence, 18431897, is with his wife (boxes 38); pre-war letters illuminate their courtship and his early legal career. His letters written to Fanny Scott while serving as an officer in the Confederate States Army discuss military service, while her responses describe the Union occupation of Fauquier County, the activities of Mosby's Rangers, and visiting a Philadelphia hospital to care for her brother Edward after the battle at Gettysburg. Fanny Scott's papers include correspondence, 18571922, primarily concerning her husband's estate (box 9); personal financial accounts kept after his death; records of land that she acquired in Warrenton; and information on her presidency of the Black Horse Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy in Warrenton (box 10). The collection also contains papers, 18851914, of Fanny and Robert Scott's son, Richard Carter Scott (18591928), who succeeded his father as attorney general of Virginia (box 11). Papers of his sister, Mary Welby (Scott) Keith (18701958), include correspondence, 18951949, primarily with her husband, John Augustine Chilton Keith (18701915) of Woodbourne; certificates from the Virginia Female Institute in Staunton; and a scrapbook (boxes 1112). There are also scrapbooks kept in Warrenton by Alice Dixon (Payne) Carr (18701966) (box 12) and correspondence, 18941933, a scrapbook, and genealogical materials of Katherine Isham Keith (18651944) of Woodbourne (box 13). A finding aid is available in the repository.

Mrs. Day

circa 1984 Party at Bev Reid's house

Liz Nash speaking to Fanny Day
Cath Detwiller and her sister Mrs. Davis speaking to Peg Tyler on right

Fanny Day

Fanny Day, in blue and white print dress, facing away and speaking to the woman in the white dress.

Bev Reid's home & garden "Boxwoods" on Clarke's Lane, Scotch Plains

1984 Bev Reid's party

Evie Madsen in long floral dress
Back of Fanny Day far right.

circa 1984 at Bev Reid's home and garden

Fanny Day

August 25, 2013

We received a very interesting email from a gentleman who grew up in South Plainfield and has vivid memories of Mrs. Mellick's estate, Giggleswick. As we all know, the "personal" memories of these homes & gardens, (and club members), make the most fascinating stories. And this one is no exception.

For those not familiar, Giggleswick was the large estate adjacent to Plainfield CC. To this day, if you peer over the parking lot fence, you can still see the allee of Oaks and an old gazebo – we really must go there and photograph it!

As the gentleman who wrote in can attest, the house sadly burned and then Mr. Detwiller and other PGC husbands, developed the land into the current condo complex. We can thank PGC member Marge Elliott for writing down the history and Phyllis, for finding it last winter and uploading it on the website.

In 1918, the garden was photographed for Home and Garden magazine (along with founding member Mrs. Dumont's estate) In the sole photograph from the magazine, you can see the incredible cascading pools and rock formations. The magazine enlightens us to the use of these boulders as it states the property is part of the large glacial moraine of the area (basically, when the ice receded it left large boulders behind.) Who knew we have been traipsing all over a glacial moraine?!

This past winter, we converted some old film and discovered a brief snippit of Mrs. Mellick and her Giggleswick. To learn more about Giggleswick and Mrs. Mellick (a transplanted Brit), click her link:

Founding Member: Ella Hartley Mellick (Mrs. George P.) '15

And check out this personal memory and get a glimpse into Plainfield circa 1970's: Email Exchange Regarding Giggleswick

If anyone has memories of Giggleswick, please write in!

RESPONSE from Martie:

I believe the Kroll family lived at Giggleswick before it burned. That would be our (deceased) member Nancy Kroll who was the mother of former member Priscilla Kroll Farnum and the mother-in-law of Sally Kroll, our former member and PGC president. You may want to check this out to be certain.

Woman "Mrs. Francis P." listed with Mrs. John P. Stevens refers to Fanny Day. She lived in an apartment in the Stevens house after the death of Mr. John P. Stevens (Jack).

PGC member Helen Babcock Nash and her husband Phillip rented 1707 Woodland Avenue from the Stevens for over 40 years.

As you know, I live at 1717 Woodland Avenue (actually a private lane off Woodland although the house has a Woodland Avenue address) on land purchased from Jack and Edith Stevens.

Penny (Kroll) and Bill Barrett lived next door on the lane to us for many years. Penny is the sister of Priscilla and daughter of Nancy.



1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

September 23, 2013 Memorial for Barbara Sandford

September 23, 2013 Memorial for Barbara Sandford

September 23, 2013 Memorial for Barbara Sandford

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1973-1974 Hospital Services Chairman

1974-1975 Directory

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

Placement, Provisional Representative: June Day

May 14, 1983 Centennial The Wardlaw Hartridge School

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Liz Nash speaking to Fanny Day
Cath Detwiller and her sister Mrs. Davis speaking to Peg Tyler on right

(There are some that feel the lady in the green is not Dot Davis . . . ?)

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Fanny Day, in blue and white print dress, facing away and speaking to the woman in the white dress which may be Connie Foster.

Polly Heely in dark blue speaking to Henry Farnum, facing away, in the red and white plaid jacket.

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Fanny Day in the blue and white print dress
"J" Morse in white dress on far left

Cocktail party circa 1984 at Bev Reid's

Evie Madsen in long floral dress
Back of Fanny Day far right.

In front of the woman with the blue floral dress is a glimpse of Joan Hunziker

Mary Rose His standing to Evie's left.

Elizabeth Dukes Barlow

February 2, 2014

We received a very interesting email today regarding one of Plainfield Garden Club's "premier" families: The Barlows.

Robert Seyffert wrote to us to inquire if we knew any of the descendants of Elizabeth Dukes Barlow. Elizabeth was the daughter of Plainfield Mayor Dewitt Dukes Barlow. Robert Seyffert's grandfather, Leopold Seyffert, painted Elizabeth in 1919 and he wishes to know the whereabouts of the painting.

Robert himself has become somewhat famous. The New York Times wrote a wonderful article on him in 2010 and his quest for finding the portraits done by his grandfather.

Intrigued, the PGC network was quickly put to work and within hours the painting was located! It is in the possession of Elizabeth's great-grandson, Dewitt Dukes Barlow, in Rhode Island. Job well done PGC!

To learn more about the Barlow family, visit the PGC membership records for a few of the members of that family:

Barlow, Mrs. Carlton Montague (June Simms) '70
Barlow, Mrs. DeWitt Dukes (Mary Lee Brewer), Jr. '65
Dunbar, Mrs. William K. (Elizabeth Atwood Biggs) '17
Dunbar, Mrs. William K., Jr. (Elizabeth or "Libby" Hail) '37
Perkins, Mrs. Seymour, Jr. (Esther Moody Barlow) '49
Moody, Mrs. George T. '22
Cox, Mrs. Archibald (Frances Perkins) '25
Day, Mrs. Thomas Mills (Anne Perkins Smith) '16
Day, Mrs. Francis P. (Fanny Carter Keith) '50

Anne Shepherd sends in an edit: "Elizabeth Dukes Barlow was the mother of Dewitt Dukes Barlow not daughter and is the great grandmother of Anne Yearley who lives in Westfield. It is her nephew D.D Barlow who has the painting and lives in Rhode Island He is son of Mary Lee Barlow (Mrs. D.D. Barlow) who was a PGC member."

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership