Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Diss, Mrs. Albert B. (Alexandra or Alex" Grosset) '62

1947 - 1948 Treasurer Book: Under "Junior Members" Diss June 14

1949 - 1953 Treasurer Book: Listed under "Junior Members" Diss, Mrs. Albert

1984 - 1990: Affiliate
1991 - 1992: crossed off

Address:1299 Denmark Rd (1970)

1975 - 1990 Address: 3024 Tenth Street, Boulder

1299 Denmark Road, Plainfield NJ


This English cottage at 1299 Denmark Road in Plainfield will be part of the Maidens in May House Tour on Sunday.

From the 1990 Corresponding Secretary file

Plainfield Garden Club Tres.

Dear Mrs. Shepard,

Last year after paying $65.00 I resigned. I've paid this high fee for 16 or 17 yeras because I've lived here in Colorado 18 yrs. I've been to three garden club meetings


Alexandra G. Diss
3024-10 St.
Boulder, Colo.

From the 1990 Corresponding Secretary file

From the 1988 Corresponding Secretary file

June 17, '88

Boulder, Colorado

Dear Mrs. Shepherd,

Enclosed is my check for $65 – for affiliate dues for the Plainfield Garden Club.

I think this is very igh for affiliate membership – unless the affiliate comes down around $25, next year; I will have to resign


Alexandra G. Diss

From the 1988 Corresponding Secretary file

Janet Graham Diss Andersen

Janet Andersen
Posted on02 July 2008.

Janet Graham Diss Andersen passed away with peace and grace on June 4th, 2008. Her passing was at the home of her sister-in-law, Kathee Houser, in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she was surrounded by her loving family and friends. Janet was born on March 14, 1945, the daughter of Albert and Alexandra Grosset Diss. She lived a full life.

After attending Hartridge School in Plainfield, New Jersey, Janet graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a BA in Geography, from Sol Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, with an MA in European History; and from Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, Georgia, as a Registered Nurse. She was a teacher, travel agent and nurse, but what Janet was best at and enjoyed most was being a mother. The list of places that Janet called home is long: Plainfield, Bay Head and Mantoloking, New Jersey; White Grass Ranch, Wyoming; Denver, Boulder, and Carbondale, Colorado; Virginia City, Montana; Sitka and Homer, Alaska; Casterton, in Victoria, Australia; Spearfish, South Dakota; Wakefield in Yorkshire, England; Alpine, Texas; Valdosta, Georgia; Estes Park, Crestone, and Fort Collins, again in Colorado. Janet's energy and love of adventure took her all over the world, and her favorite modes of transportation were wide: sailing, hiking, climbing, skiing, cycling, canoeing, and most recently zipping about in wheel chairs.

She thrived in the out of doors and in wild places such that her pursuits and expeditions would require many pages to simply list. Suffice it to say that the first mountain Janet ever climbed was the Grand Teton while working as a ranch hand in Wyoming in her teens. Janet was gifted with animals, a talented weaver, and did amazing things with chocolate, but will be remembered especially as a wonderful and loving mother, friend and wife. More than anything it can be said that Janet placed the needs of others before her own: she was so full of humility, kindness, and an extraordinary sense of joy. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, and only sister, Diana Richardson.

Janet is survived by her husband, Stephen; her three sons Tor, Leif and Soren; her dogs Lexie and Ashley; and many family members including her grand nephews and nieces, Rye Whit and Veda May Petter, and Avery and Logan Musci, whom she loved as her grandchildren. Janet's life was honored in services in Crestone, Colorado on June 6th.

A memorial service will also be held in Estes Park, Colorado, on July 13th. Condolences can be sent to Stephen Andersen, P.O. Box 988 Crestone, CO 81131. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Association, or other ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) specific organizations. Janet lives on through her family, friends and spirit.
Janet's Estes Park Memorial Service of July 13th will be held at 1:00 p.m. at O'Connor Park (Hydro Plant Park) just below the Fall River Road entrance to RMNP. It will be followed with an on site celebration potluck of Janet's life.

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

Friday, Mary 26, 1905 The Lockport Journal

Grosset - Jack

A very pretty home wedding took place Wednesday evening when Ellen L. Jack was married to Philip Grosset of Orange, N.J., at the home of the bride's parents on Olcott street.

At 8 o'clock the bridal couple, unattended, took their places in front of a beautiful arch of palms where Rev. W. C. Gates performed the ceremony. The bride was beautifully gowned in white chiffon and carried bridge roses. She also wore the gift of the groom, an exquisite crescent of pearls and diamonds.

There were 12 at the bride's table, the decorations of which were pink and white. The bride's bouquet was caught by Miss Isabelle Harris.

When the bridal couple started on their trip, which includes Montreal, Quebec and the Thousand Islands, they were escorted as far as Buffalo by all the young people in attendance at the wedding. The wedding gifts were many and beautiful and showed the esteem in which the bride is held by her friends.

Among the out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Alex Grosset, East Orange, N. J., Miss Elizabeth Grosset and Garret Grosset of Newburg, N. Y., Mr. and Mrs. McLoud, Toronto, Ernest H. Gillman and Alex Gillman, Ypsilianti, Michigan, and Miss Alms Mears of St. Catharines, Ont.

Grosset & Dunlap

Grosset & Dunlap is a United States book publisher founded in 1898.
The company was purchased by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 1982[1] and today is part of the British publishing conglomerate, Pearson PLC through its American subsidiary Penguin Group.

Today, through the Penguin Group, they publish approximately 170 titles a year, including licensed children's books for such properties as Miss Spider, Strawberry Shortcake, Super WHY!, Charlie and Lola, Nova the Robot, Weebles, Bratz, Sonic X, The Wiggles, and Atomic Betty. Grosset & Dunlap also publishes Dick and Jane children's books and, through Platt & Munk, The Little Engine That Could.


Grosset & Dunlap is historically known for its photoplay editions and juvenile series books such as the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, Cherry Ames and other books from their former ownership of the Stratemeyer Syndicate (currently owned by Simon & Schuster). Today, Grosset & Dunlap's new juvenile series include Dish, Camp Confidential, Flirt (books), Katie Kazoo, Dragon Slayers' Academy, and Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver's Hank Zipzer series.

Grosset & Dunlap obtained permission from Little, Brown, to reprint Thornton Burgess' many children's books, and began issuing the "Bedtime Stories" series (20 books originally published 1913–1919, including such titles as The Adventures of Reddy Fox and The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel) in 1949. The original Little, Brown editions had plates of high quality paper for the illustrations, but the Grosset & Dunlap editions were to print the illustrations on the same stock as the text. They commissioned the original artist, Harrison Cady, to recreate the illustrations as line drawings appropriate for that type of paper, and to create many additional illustrations. Where the original Little, Brown editions had six full-page illustrations, the Grosset & Dunlap had 14 (fourteen) full-page drawings, plus many smaller drawings placed throughout the text. Cady had matured as an artist in the decades since the original Little, Brown illustrations. The line drawings he did for Grosset & Dunlap are simpler than the illustrations he had made for Little, Brown, and are generally more charming. The original Little, Brown illustrations better convey Cady's remarkable vision for Burgess' creatures.[2]

Grosset & Dunlap published the Burgess books as hardcovers with dustjackets from 1949 to 1957, then as pink hardcovers without dust jackets from about 1962 into the 1970s. They issued them with library bindings in 1977. In most cases, the latest date printed anywhere in the book was from the early 1940s, so the Grosset & Dunlap editions are today often mistaken for being older than they are. In the 1980s, Little, Brown, owned by Penguin, canceled their permission for Grosset & Dunlap to publish the Burgess books. For most of the titles, the Harrison Cady illustrations commissioned by Grosset & Dunlap have never been published since then. An exception is the 2000 Dover edition of The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver, which has all of them (the illustrations in most of the Dover editions are not the Grosset & Dunlap commissions).[3]

In the 1970s and 1980s, the company's Charter Books (also known as Ace Charter) imprint published mystery fiction, most notably the Leslie Charteris series, The Saint.

In 1974, Filmways bought the company from American Financial Group, which in turn was sold to G. P. Putnam's Sons[4] when Orion Pictures acquired Filmways in 1982 after dispute with Warner Bros. distributing the Orion Pictures library.

In 1978, the company drew a great deal of attention with its publication of RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. The preparation of the book was alluded to briefly in the 2008 Oscar-nominated film Frost/Nixon, which chronicled and dramatized a series of interviews with the ex-president conducted by British television personality David Frost. Shortly after the aforementioned interviews aired among great publicity, the copy editor whom Grosset & Dunlap sent to San Clemente to work on the book with Nixon's staff was named David Frost.

Grosset & Dunlap also published a series of literary classics which they called the Illustrated Junior Library. This series, published with colorful illustrations, included such titles as Heidi, an expurgated edition of Gulliver's Travels, Swiss Family Robinson, The Boy's King Arthur (published under the title King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table), and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (a 1956 reprinting of the 1944 edition with new illustrations by Evelyn Copelman, and published under the title The Wizard of Oz). This edition is still in print and may be a collectors item

Genealogy of Alexander Grosset and Minnie Alice Cary

Alexander Shaw GROSSET
(1839 - 1895)
(1840 - )
m. 27 Feb 1893, Orange, Essex County, NJ
Alexander GROSSET Minnie Alice CARY
b. 17 Jan 1870, Windsor Mills, Richmond, Quebec, Canada
d. 27 Oct 1934, Riverside, Fairfield County, CT
br. 1934, Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield County , CT
b. 1866, Orange, Essex County, NJ
d. Apr 1909, Orange, Essex County, NJ
br. 1909, Plainfield Cemetery, Union County, NJ
Spouses: 1, 2
Alexander Donald GROSSET

Alexander Donald Grosset and Katherine Skinner Davis

Alexander Donald Grosset lived in Plainfield at one point

Alexander GROSSET
(1870 - 1934)
Minnie Alice CARY
(1866 - 1909)
m. 15 Sep 1925, New York, NY
Alexander Donald GROSSET Katherine Skinner DAVIS
b. 7 Jan 1899, Orange, Essex County, NJ
d. 30 Oct 1958, New York, NY
br. 1 Nov 1958, Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield County, CT
b. 11 Dec 1901, Easton, Northampton County, PA
d. 17 Jun 1963, Greenwich, Fairfield County, CT
br. 21 Jun 1963, Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield County, CT

November 16, 1965 Courier-News

Personally Speaking

Mrs. Wayne J. Holman Jr., president of the Plainfield Garden Club, will entertain at a luncheon at her home at 1039 Rahway Rd., preceding a member-guest meeting to be held tomorrow at the Grace Episcopal Church House. Thomas Miller, executive assistant curator at the Cloisters, will speak on the subject of "Flora of the Unicorn Tapestries."

Mrs. Albert B. Diss also will entertain at a small luncheon at her home at 945 Cedar Brook Rd. before the meeting.

1973-1974 PGC Directory

1974-1975 Directory

1985-1986 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

Grosset & Dunlap

Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap
Posted by: Stuart Waterman (ID *****5387) Date: January 28, 2009 at 13:05:53
of 84

I was wondering if anyone knows something of the genealogy of Alexander Grosset, the American publisher and my great-grandfather. We have no detailed record of our family history, unfortunately; some basic facts have been passed on orally. Alexander Grosset was born and raised in Quebec, Canada, and came as an adult to New York, where he founded the publishing house Grosset & Dunlap, now an imprint of Penguin. I would really appreciate your sharing any pertinent information you might have. Thank you for your time and attention.

All best,
Stuart Waterman

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Re: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap David Grossett 8/25/11
Posted by: David Grossett (ID *****3323) Date: August 25, 2011 at 15:04:36
In Reply to: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap by Stuart Waterman of 84

I traced Alexander Grosset's ancestry a decade or more ago and would be happy to share same with you. I've sent the information to Joy [Joyce] Vogel nče Grosset of Williamsburg, VA. Grand-daughter of Alexander Grosset.

Re: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap alexandra weed 8/14/11
Posted by: alexandra weed (ID *****9280) Date: August 14, 2011 at 20:24:50
In Reply to: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap by Stuart Waterman of 84

Stuart, Alexander Grosset was my Great Grandfather as well. I am named after him. My uncle, the son of Donald Alexander Grosset who took over Grosset & Dunlap, lives in Maine. Please feel free to contact me, I'd love to figure out how we're connected.

Re: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap Stuart Waterman 8/25/11
Posted by: Stuart Waterman (ID *****5387) Date: August 25, 2011 at 15:38:42
In Reply to: Re: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap by alexandra weed of 84

Hi Alexandra and David,

My grandmother, Janet Grosset (later Janet Yearley), was Alexander Grosset's daughter. If I remember correctly, it was actually you, David, who supplied me with an extensive and fascinating genealogy for this Grosset family. Alexandra, I recommend taking a look if you haven't seen it. I'd be happy to forward it. A relative of mine was actually able to fill it in with a few additonal details–especially about the lineage of Frances Sparks, my great-grandmother and Alexander Grosset's second wife–and found and took pictures of the first house the Grossets lived in when they came to the States. If you're also descended from Frances Sparks, you might be interested to know that I had some genetic testing done to learn more about my maternal line. Happy to send whatever you'd like to see.


Re: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap David Grossett 8/25/11
Posted by: David Grossett (ID *****3323) Date: August 25, 2011 at 16:19:39
In Reply to: Re: Alexander Grosset, Grosset & Dunlap by Stuart Waterman of 84

Thanks Stuart!

Grosset and Dunlap from Pirates to Publishing Kings

When the American Publishing Company closed its doors for the last time in 1898, Alexander Grosset and George T. Dunlap were outside the doors. Newly unemployed, with the plates of a couple dozen books originally pirated by John Lovell. Standing out on Sixth Avenue with boxes of supposedly worthless printing plates, these two young men stole a page from the notebook of Mr. Lovell and shook hands on a partnership that changed the face of American publishing.

Grosset and Dunlap began as a pirate enterprise. Cheaply bound books, sold cheaply, without the expense of royalties. The next step was the outright purchase of paperbound books and cut and gathered sheets to be rebound in cloth and sold at deeply discounted prices. Grosset & Dunlap made an immediate impact on the market. Durable, hardback copies of popular books were available at a price that put them in competition with paperbacks and dime novels. The thing that John Lovell had attempted, and failed at, the partnership of Alexander Grosset and George Dunlap had made reality. Books as a mass market product, not a limited market for the well to do.

The next step was to contract for and buy sheets, then eventually plates, from trade publishers. It became pro forma for publishers to overrun first printings and cover their costs with sales to Grosset. The results transformed popular authors, putting them in a class with performers as celebrities. The prominence of pulp writers like Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs and others, began to rival that of "literary" writers, and, in terms of recognition from the general public, eclipse them.

When motion pictures started to gain in popularity, Grosset was one of the first companies in the bookselling business to recognize their potential. Motion picture stills replaced illustrations in Grosset "motion picture" editions. Special editions named for stars like Clara Bow or Jackie Coogan were produced with stills from motion pictures supplied by studios, gratis, as advertising. Originally publishing classic stories, such as the "Jackie Coogan" edition of Ouida's A Dog of Flanders, Grosset began to commission novelizations of screenplays that were to feature prominent stars. All of a sudden, Grosset & Dunlap, kings of the reprint, were publishing first editions that grabbed several rungs on the best seller lists. Lilac Time, The Patent Leather Kid, and the first academy award winner, Wings, found slots on best seller lists from L.A. to the Big Apple. Nor did the advent of talkies slow down Grosset's productions. King Kong got a couple weeks in the top spot and Maureen O'Sullivan's scantily clad Jane, next to Johnny Weismuller's Tarzan in a loin cloth, had mothers hiding copies from their impressionable teenage children.

Next, in cooperation with the - then hidden - Stratemeyer Syndicate (a group of ghost writers headed by Edward Stratmeyer, and later his daughter Harriet), Grosset moved into children's books in a major way. Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, the Bobbsey Twins, and other children's series appeared, and surprisingly for Grosset, at prices that were competitive with other publishers. In 1977, the acquisition of Platt and Monk brought their flagship book, The Little Engine that Could into the Grosset stable.

Built first on pirated editions and then on reprints, Grosset & Dunlap cannot be approached strictly as a reprint or, even in its early days, a pirate publisher. Its reliance on mass produced, cheap editions allowed it to publish several first editions comprised of newspaper syndicate or magazine serials and collections, such as Zane Grey's The Red-Headed Outfield (1920).

The sheer mass of books published by Grosset between that cold morning on the sidewalk outside 310-318 Sixth Avenue and the acquisition of the company by G. P. Putnam's in 1982, defies exact classification. Most are reprints. Almost to the point where the imprint of Grosset & Dunlap could be said to guarantee that the book is a reprint. Almost. Motion picture novelizations, children's books, especially from the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and the odd serial, or magazine compilation all stand as glaring - and sometimes lucrative - exceptions.

While the imprint remains, a mass market publisher of children's books, through Penguin, the successor to Putnam's, it can no longer be approached as the giant it once was, bringing out its own mass-market copies of nearly every important or popular book published in America for three-quarters of a century. Grosset & Dunlap books deserve a second look from any book dealer, because of their importance to the development of modern culture, which could be - and probably will be - highly collectible in the not-too-distant future. And, every book dealer needs to research Grossets carefully, to be sure that it is not one of the exceptions that proves the rule: "A Grosset is a reprint."

Janet Grosset Yearley

January 16, 2001
Janet G. Yearley, 81, museum docent, gardener

Janet G. Yearley, a Ruxton homemaker, museum docent and gardener, died Friday at Northwest Hospital Center of complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 81.

Mrs. Yearley grew up in Greenwich, Conn., and attended Greenwich Academy, Madeira School in Washington and schools in Switzerland and France.

She was the daughter of Frances Sparks Grosset and Alexander Grosset, a co-founder of Grosset and Dunlap, a publishing company in New York City.

In 1942, she married Dorsey Yearley of Baltimore.

During World War II, she worked for the Red Cross in New York while her husband was stationed overseas. The couple lived in Ruxton from 1945 until 1985. They divorced in 1987.

Mrs. Yearley was an avid gardener and flower arranger. She served on the Altar Guild at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, arranging the flowers for Sunday services, Mr. Yearley said.

She was also a member of the Hardy Garden Club in Ruxton and served on the national board of the Garden Clubs of America, he said.

Mrs. Yearley was a docent at the Walters Art Gallery during the 1970s and a volunteer server at Paul's Place soup kitchen. She also taught reading to adults during the 1980s.

During the three years before her death, she lived at Copper Ridge, a facility for Alzheimer's patients in Sykesville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave.

She is survived by three sons, Alexander Yearley of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Graham Yearley of Baltimore and M. Church Yearley of Ruxton; a daughter, Mallory Waterman of Wayne, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

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