Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Cox, Mrs. Edward Vermilye (Julia Bulkley) '35

1935 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Edward V. Cox 6/18/35 PAID
Treasurer Book Active: 1936, 1937

Cox Frances Perkins Mrs. Archibald 1925 1931 1010 Rahway Road, Plainfield

Cox Elizabeth Rand Adams Mrs. Fred. J. 1935 1938

1938 Treasurer Book: Mrs. Edw. V. Cox 1/15/38 Pd. 4/8/39 Pd
Mrs. Fred J. Cox 2/1/38 Pd.
Both names are crossed out and this notation is written in the margin "Resigned 3-11-39"

We had both Mrs. Edward Cox and Mrs. Fred Cox as joining the club in 1935.

New York Time Engagement announcement April 12, 1909

Miss Bukley Engaged

Will Marry Nathan A. Smyth – Both Well Known in Society.

The engagement of Miss Kathleen La Rue Bulkley, daughter of Dr. L. Duncan Bulkley, to Nathan A. Smyth of New York, a son fo the Rev. Newman Smyth and Mrs. Smyth, of New Haven, Conn., has been announced.

Miss Bulkley, who has been among the attendants at several recent weddings, made her debut about two years ago at a large reception. She is well known in society. One of her sisters, Miss Elizabeth Bulkley, married Dr. H. H. Janeway, a nephew of Dr. Janeway of this city and another, Miss Julia, married Edward V. Cox. One of her brothers, Lucius C. Bulkley, is doing missionary work in Siam, and two others, H. Duncan Bulkley and Kenneth Bulkley, are unmarried.

New York Times Obituary July 12, 1911

COX - July 11, 1911, at 531 Madison Avenue, New York, of meningitis, James Sitgreaves, aged 7 years, eldest son of Julia Bulkley and Edward V. Cox of Plainfield, NJ. Funeral private

Yale Alumni Directory Class 1920

Cox, Edward V., EE, 150 E. 7th Street, Plainfield, NJ [Eng.]


1901 Directory of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

1. Continental Chapter - Plainfield
Organized January 23, 1896; Members, 36 (New York, 2; Kentucky, 1)

Regent, Mrs. C. W. McCutchen
1st Vice-Regt., Mrs. Rowland Cox
2nd Vice-Regt., Miss Eliza E. Kenyon
Secretary, Mrs. J. Kirtland Myers
Treasurer, Mrs. J. G. Foster
Registrar, Mrs. D. H. Rowland

1920 Social Register

Cox, Mrs. and Mrs. Archibald (Frances B. Perkins) H.'96
Ph. No. 973 . . 1415 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, N.J.

Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Edw Vermilye (Julia Bulkley) Y '94 Cl. '95
Ph. No. 1895 . . . 150 East 7, Plainfield, N. J.

Cos, Mrs. (Rowland) (Fanny Cummins Hill) Dar. Cd.
Ph. No. 53 . . . .310 West 7th, Plainfield, N. J.
Cox. Mr. Robert H. * H. '05
Juniors: Cox, Mr. Rowland

Cox, Mr. and Mrs. W. Rowland (Gertrude Potter) Bg
Short Hills, N. J.

1909 Plainfield Directory

Bulkley Erastus W, banker, h 683 W 7th

COX ARCHIBALD, lawyer, h 310 W 7th
Cox Charles D, driver, h 188 Grove, N. P.
Cox Chester W, machinist, h. 727 W 3d
Cox, Edward E, civil engineer, h. 967 Madison av
Cox, John*, ashman, h 318 Berckman
Cox Robert H., 310 W 7th
COX ROWLAND MRS. h 310 W 7th

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

1938-1939 Meeting Minutes

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

The Cox and Genung Markers

Situated under some beautiful old Spruce trees – which have been allowed to billow in their natural form – are the grave markers for Sally's family, the Genungs, and the Cox family.

Sally, if you did not know, is the third generation to belong to the PGC.

Mrs. Frederick M. (Sarah Newlin Gawthrop) Genung '32
Mrs. Alfred Gawthrop (Dorothy or "Dot" Madsen) Genung '69

And here are the Cox family members:

Mrs. Archibald (Frances Perkins) Cox '25
Mrs. Edward Vermilye (Julia Bulkley) Cox '35
Mrs. Fred J. (Elizabeth Rand Adams) Cox '35

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

December 11, 2013 Gathering of the Greens at Hillside

Mary Cleveland Perkins Olmsted

February 6, 2014

Martie Samek shared with Sally Booth the October 2013 issue of the Roxbury Latin alumni magazine. Why? Because there was a wonderful article on Shakespeare Garden creator, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

Frederick Jr. was a graduate of Roxbury Latin and the son of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of many of our nation's green spaces, perhaps most famous for the creation of Central Park.

Designing Shakespeare Gardens was not standard practice of the Olmsted firm. Olmsted and his sons were known for grand scale parks featuring vistas and monuments. How did it come to be that Plainfield possesses such a garden, designed no less by the Olmsteds?

When your Editor joined the PGC in 1997 she asked this very question to a much older member of the Club. The answer was not "Oh, it was just part of the Union County Park System that the Olmsteds were designing at the time." (A standard reply from local Olmsted researchers) Instead, the answer from this 75+ year-old member was, "Oh, someone here knew HIM."

"Him" would have to have been Frederick Jr. as his father had passed away by 1927. Doing research into our members has certainly proven they were the "movers and shakers" of the Gilded Age and post-Gilded Age period. Our members knew many of the most famous people of that time – All the US Presidents, Longfellow, Caruso, Mary Pickford and on and on.

But there has never been a connection to Olmsted – until now. On the second page of the Roxbury Latin article is a photograph of Frederick Jr.'s mother – Mary Cleveland Perkins Olmsted. Perkins. Of course. Mary was a member of the large Perkins clan which includes many PGC members. Perhaps Frederick Jr. did a favor for his cousins?

To learn more about the PGC Perkins members:

Perkins, Mrs. Seymour, Jr. (Esther Moody Barlow) '49
Cox, Mrs. Archibald (Frances Perkins) '25
Cox, Mrs. Edward Vermilye (Julia Bulkley) '35
Cox, Mrs. Fred J. (Elizabeth Rand Adams) '35
Day, Mrs. Thomas Mills (Anne Perkins Smith) '16

It is also rumored that the Olmsted Landscape Architecture firm designed several gardens for private residences in Plainfield. One in particular – Mrs. Van Boskerck's garden on Prospect. This garden was included by the PGC into the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. However, we have NO photos or documentation about the garden. Although noted by the AAG – they post nothing online. Yet another GH&D Plainfield mystery to solve.

Other stories we have done on Olmsted (with more information about the genesis of the Shakespeare Garden):

October 17, 2012 Olmsted Lecture by Jeanne Kolva
October 17, 2012 Olmsted Lecture by Jeanne Kolva – edited

Thanks for sending this in Martie & Sally!

August 28, 2014 Evarts Tracy

Email today from the Drake House:

There is a Netherwood House Tour on September 14, 2014, from 1-5PM. Details are on the attached flyer. [See Below]

One of the homes was designed by Evarts Tracy, architect. He also built the old Muhlenberg Hospital and the old Plainfield Police Station, and was the pioneering camouflage officer for the US government during WWI. It is spectacular on the outside.

Thank you for your support of Plainfield.

Nancy Piwowar
Historical Society of Plainfield

The Tracy Family had many many family members in the Plainfield Garden Club. They included:

Tracy, Mrs. Evarts '22
Tracy, Mrs. Howard Crosby (Minerva Bingham Lamson) '15
Tracy, Mrs. J. Evarts (Caroline Frederica Streuli) '22

These three women open the doors for many more familial Plainfield relations which include the Cox, Streuli and Perkins clans. The Tracy family also boasts a special architectural & artist relationship to Mrs. Mead. In fact, there should be a home tour just using these families' abodes!

The Tracy family lived at 1009 Hillside Avenue – which sits directly behind 1330 Prospect Avenue which is currently owned by Shakespeare Garden helper Virginia Carroll.

Interestingly enough, 1330 Prospect Avenue was said to have been built by Mrs. Streuli, who lived on the next block of Hillside at #1035. Mrs. Streuli also lived at 1331 Prospect Avenue. Yes, that's correct – the next house over! Mrs. Streuli's daughter, PGC member Caroline, married the Tracy boy at 1009 Hillside and well, lets just say, Caroline didn't get too far from both her PGC mother and mother-in-law. Did she have any choice about joining the PGC!?!

Eight homes in Netherwood are photographed on the flyer – does anyone know the addresses? It would be interesting for all of us to see if they once belonged to one of our members!

Netherwood Heights Tour of Homes September 14, 2014

To help you figure out WHO lived WHERE consult our "Home & Garden" page.

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