Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Lockwood, Mrs. William L. (Amy M.) '25

1929 Treasurer Book Active April $5.00
1930 Treasurer Book Associate and penciled in is "Pd - Resigned"

No further mention of Mrs. Lockwood after 1930.

Most likely related to PGC Member Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) Lockwood '52 who resided at 969 Oakland Avenue from 1953 - 1973

1201 Denmark Road – Muhlenberg Hospital record 1922

June 2, 1907 New York Times Mixed Doubles at Plainfield

The championship mixed doubles were begun yesterday on the courts of the Plainfield Country Club, Plainfield, N.J. Two teams reached the finals. Miss Mildred Wildey and Millard Wadswroth in the upper half and Miss Edna Wildey and Wylie Brown in the lower. This contest for the title will be decided later in the week. The summary:

Championship Mixed Doubles – First Round – Miss Sarah E. Schuyler and H. J. Cochoran defeated Barbara Flemming and T. M. Day 6-8, 8-6; Miss Mildred Wildey and Millard Wadsworth defeated Miss C. O. P. Campbell and Clarence Campbell, 6-1, 6-1; Miss Edna Wildey and Wylie Brown defeated Mrs. S. F. Weaver and H. L. McGee, 6-2, 6-2; Mrs. and Mr. W. L. Lockwood defeated Miss Jeanette Wildey and M. J. Beaumont, 8-10, 6-3, 7-5.

Semi-final Round – Miss Mildred Wildey and Millard Wadsworth defeated Miss Sarah E. Schuyler and H. J. Cochoran 206, 6-3, 6-4; Miss Edna Wildey and Wylie Brown defeated Mrs. and Mr. W. L. Lockwood, 6-1, 6-2.

October 26, 1918 New York Times

Army Orders and Assignments

May 1928 New York Times Obituary

W. L. Lockwood, Stock Broker, Dies
Member of Firm Founded by His Father Succumbs to a Long Illness

May 29, 1928

Member of Stock Exchange
Succumbs to Illness-
Hotter, Nearly 90, Survives

William L. Lockwood, member of
the New York Stock Exchange firm
of F. M. Lockwood & Co. of 52
Broadway, died today in Plainfield,
•N. J . after an illness of several
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Lockwood of
Jersey City,
where he was born 54 years ago and
received his early education in the
public schools. The mother still survives
at the age of nearly 90. Mr.
Lockwood also attended the Peekskill
Miliiary Academy. As a young
man he entered the office of his
father's firm, F. M. Lockwood &
Co., later becoming a member: :
He is survived by his wife; an only
son. F. M. Lockwood 2d, a member
of his father's firm; his mother, two
sisters–Miss Emma L. Lockwood
and Mrs. Arthur. C. Stratford–and
an only brother, F. R. Lockwood,
Senior member of the firm. ~
. Mr. Lockwood;was a member of
the Union League Club, the New
York Stock Exchange Lunch Club,
the Plainfield Golf Club and the
Plainfield Car Club, of which he had
been president for some years.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday afternoon at 4:45, daylight
saving time, in Plainfield.

The New York Sun

June 27, 1895 New York Times

Normandie's New Manager

Normandie-by-the-Sea, which is one of the largest and leading hotels on the coast of New Jersey, will be managed this season by Mr. O. D. Potter, formerly of the New Netherland, and the Normandie of this city. Among the prominent guests registered at the Normandie are Senator David B. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Hatfield, New York; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Church, South Orange, N. J.; Mr. and Mrs. George Booth and Miss Booth, Liverpool, England; the Misses Grace and Gertrude Seymour, Long Branch, N. J.; Miss Nellie B. True, Long Branch, N. J.; Gen. Howard Carroll and family, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Fierz, New York; Miss Whiting, New York; Mr. and Mrs. W. Rasmus and Miss Rasmus, Brooklyn; James Timpson, Mr. and Mrs. John Pettit, Miss Pettit, Miss Harriet S. Pettit, John S. Pettit, and Roland S. Pettit, Orange, N.J.; Miss Childs, Pittsburg; Herbert S. Carter, New York; W. J. G. Nicholson and wife, F. M. Lockwood, W. L. Lockwood, Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Fires, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Birtschman, and Mrs. Birtschman, New York; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Flint, Virginia; Mr. and Mrs. George Seeber and Charles Seeber, Tompkinsville, S. I.; Mrs. J. T. Tomlinson, St. Louis; Miss Ward, Rumson Road, N. J., and Miss Rose Hoppenstedt, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Vivian, E. C. and Lockwood, W.L. History of Aeronautics London: Collins, 1921 p. 313–14

April 30, 1881 New York Times


F.M. Lockwood, a well-known broker, doing business at No. 8 Exchange-court, was yesterday ousted from his seat and membership in the New-York Stock Exchange by a decision of the Governing Committee of the Exchange. The charge on which the decree was based is that he has violated a rule of the Exchange relating to commissions on stock transactions. Mr. Lockwood has for some years been a member of the Exchange, and latterly has been doing a very extensive business. About a month ago, rumors reached the ears of Mr. Donald MacKay, President of the Exchange, to the effect that Lockwood was doing business in Philadelphia, in contravention of the rules, by paying a bonus or commission to certain persons in that city who were procuring business there for him. Charges made against Mr. Lockwood, and referred to the Committee on Commssions, which began an investigation. Mr. Lockwood being called made a clean breast of the matter, admitting that he had several agencies in Philadelphis, and that to none of the agents was he paying a salary, but was giving them a pro rata interest in or commission on the business transacted. The committee reported that they had unanimously found that Mr. Lockwood had violated the rule, but that he claimed to have done it unintentionally, or at least not with willful knowledge that he was violating the rule. They also suggested tht the Governing Committee might mitigate the penalty. The matter was taken up by the Governining Committee, and at its meeting on Thursday afternoon a unanimous judgment was rendered declaring that in consequence of his violation of the rule, Mr. Lockwood had forfeited all his rights and privileges as a member of the Exhange, and that his seat was therefore vacant.

The rule which he violated provides that "no bonus, commission, or pro rate percentage shall be give to any clerk or other individual for business procured for any member of the Exchange. This means in effect that members may employ only salaried persons to procure business for them. The judgment of the Governing Committee is a very severe one, for its effect is to deprive the inculpated member of his business connection with the association, and a clause of the constitution provides that when the Governing Committee declares a judgment of forfeiture against a member for violation of commission ruls his seat shall escbeat to the Exhange. A seat in the Stock Exhcnage is valued at $25,000. The Exchange, however, has no right to seel the escheated seat, and it simply lapses and becomes and remains a vacant seat. Inasmuch as the Governing Committee, consistingn of 40 members, was unanimous in its decree, it will be difficult, perhaps, for Mr. Lockwood to secure restoration. A member of the Exchange is suggesting the difficulty of securing a restoration said yestery, that the only way probable would be for Mr. Lockwood to control the next election in the Exchange, so as to secure a Governing Committee favorable to a remission of the penalty imposed on him. This would certainly be a gigantic task for any one man to accomplish. Mr. Lockwood, yesterday, in repl to some inquiries made of him by a Times reporter, said he did not wish to say anything on the subject. He had undoubtely violated the rule, but he ad done it unwittingly, and he hoped some favorable reconsideration of the matter would be had. A member of the Governing Committee said there was not recourse for a member by appeal from the judgment. The Governing Committee had power in its discretion, however, to remit or mitigate the penalty where imposed. He could not say whether such revocation would be made. When Mr. Lockwood appeared before the committee he frankly admitted what he had done, and was, in fact, convicted on his own admissions.

Johnston - Mali - de Forest - Lockwood Connections

1404. Robert Weeks DeForest (Henry Grant DeForest , Lockwood DeForest , Nehemiah DeForest , Samuel DeForeest , David DeForeest , Isaac DeForeest , Jesse , Jean , Melchoir III , Melchior II , Melchoir , Gaspard , Simon , Jean , Thomas , Louis , Jehan , Alard , Giles de L'Estoc , Gerard , Herbert , Waitier , Herbert ) was born on 25 Apr 1848. He died on 6 May 1931.

Robert married Emily Johnston on 12 Nov 1872.


They had the following children.

2195 M i Johnston DeForest was born on 5 Sep 1873.

Johnston married Mary Elizabeth Ogden. Mary was born on 30 Nov 1883.

Johnston also married Natalie Coffin. Natalie was born in 1880. She died in 1906.

+ 2196 M ii Henry Lockwood DeForest was born in 1875.
+ 2197 F iii Ethel DeForest was born in 1876. She died in 1959.
+ 2198 F iv Frances Emily DeForest was born in 1878.

1405. Lockwood DeForest (Henry Grant DeForest , Lockwood DeForest , Nehemiah DeForest , Samuel DeForeest , David DeForeest , Isaac DeForeest , Jesse , Jean , Melchoir III , Melchior II , Melchoir , Gaspard , Simon , Jean , Thomas , Louis , Jehan , Alard , Giles de L'Estoc , Gerard , Herbert , Waitier , Herbert ) was born on 23 Jun 1850.

Lockwood married Meta Kemble on 11 Nov 1880.

They had the following children.

2199 F i Judith Brasher DeForest.
2200 M ii Alfred Victor DeForest.
2201 M iii Lockwood DeForest.

1407. Henry Wheeler DeForest (Henry Grant DeForest , Lockwood DeForest , Nehemiah DeForest , Samuel DeForeest , David DeForeest , Isaac DeForeest , Jesse , Jean , Melchoir III , Melchior II , Melchoir , Gaspard , Simon , Jean , Thomas , Louis , Jehan , Alard , Giles de L'Estoc , Gerard , Herbert , Waitier , Herbert ) was born on 29 Oct 1855.

Henry married Julia Gilman Noyes on 22 Aug 1898.

They had the following children.

2202 F i Julia Mary DeForest.
2203 M ii Henry Wheeler DeForest.
2204 M iii Charles Noyes DeForest.
2205 F iv Alice Delano DeForest.

1408. Louise Woodruff DeForest (James Goodrich DeForest , Lockwood DeForest , Nehemiah DeForest , Samuel DeForeest , David DeForeest , Isaac DeForeest , Jesse , Jean , Melchoir III , Melchior II , Melchoir , Gaspard , Simon , Jean , Thomas , Louis , Jehan , Alard , Giles de L'Estoc , Gerard , Herbert , Waitier , Herbert ) was born on 2 Feb 1853.

Louise married Maynard Hollister in 1886.

They had the following children.

2206 F i Louise Maynard Hollister.

1410. Eliza Hallett DeForest (James Goodrich DeForest , Lockwood DeForest , Nehemiah DeForest , Samuel DeForeest , David DeForeest , Isaac DeForeest , Jesse , Jean , Melchoir III , Melchior II , Melchoir , Gaspard , Simon , Jean , Thomas , Louis , Jehan , Alard , Giles de L'Estoc , Gerard , Herbert , Waitier , Herbert ) was born on 28 Mar 1856.

Eliza married Charles M Russell in 1885.

They had the following children.

2207 M i Louis DeForest Russell.

1416. Moulton DeForest (Isaac Newton DeForest , Joseph DeForest , David DeForest , Samuel DeForeest , David DeForeest , Isaac DeForeest , Jesse , Jean , Melchoir III , Melchior II , Melchoir , Gaspard , Simon , Jean , Thomas , Louis , Jehan , Alard , Giles de L'Estoc , Gerard , Herbert , Waitier , Herbert ) was born in 1839.

Moulton married Mary A Thomas.

They had the following children.

2208 M i Thomas DeForest.
2209 M ii Augusta DeForest.
2210 F iii Gwendolyn DeForest.

Voisin 1907 biplane

The 1907 Voisin biplane was the first successful powered aircraft designed by aeronautical engineer and manufacturer Gabriel Voisin. It was used by the French aviator Henri Farman[note 1] to make the first heavier-than-air flight lasting more than a minute in Europe, and also to make the first full circle.[3] His aircraft, designated by Jane as Voisin II,[4] became known as the Farman I or Voisin-Farman No. 1, and modifications made to it were incorporated into later production aircraft built by Voisin. The type enjoyed widespread success, and around sixty were built.

BackgroundBetween 1904 and 1908 there was fierce competition between European aviation experimenters in their attempts to achieve powered heavier-than-air flight. Although the Wright Brothers had first flown a powered aircraft in 1903, and by the end of 1905 had flown their Flyer III many times (including a flight of 24 miles (39 km) in 39 minutes 23 seconds on 5 October,[5] they had chosen not to make public demonstrations or allow close examination of their aircraft because they feared that this might jepordise their prospects of commercially exploiting their discoveries. As a result many people did not believe the claims of the Wright Brothers until Wilbur Wright's demonstrations at Le Mans in France during August 1908, when their advance in airplane control was obviously apparent[6]

After assisting Ernest Archdeacon with his gliding experiments in 1904 Gabriel Voisin briefly entered a partnership with Louis Blériot in 1905.[7] After the failure of their second aircraft, the Bleriot IV, the partnership was dissolved in November 1906.

At this time Alberto Santos-Dumont had made Europe's first officially recognised heavier-than-air powered flights using his 14-bis aircraft,[8] witnessed by officials from the Aero Club de France. Despite this success, the 14-bis design had no potential for development, and was only flown on 12 November 1906, in a second trial, and on 4 April 1907 before being wrecked.[8]

[edit] DevelopmentAfter parting from Blériot, Gabriel Voisin set up his own aircraft construction company, Les Frères Voisin, in partnership with his brother Charles. The first powered aircraft of their own design was built for Henry Kapferer, Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe's nephew. It was completed in March 1907 but never flew.[3] Kapferer had insisted on a Buchet gasoline engine which developed only 20 horsepower, and this proved inadequate to achieve flight.[9]

At the same time, the Voisin brothers and their draughtsman Maurice Colliex[10] were building a similar aircraft, which had been ordered by the artist Léon Delagrange. This was a pusher configuration two-bay biplane with a biplane elevator in front of the wings on the end of a short nacelle and a boxkite-like empennage with three vertical surfaces each carrying a trailing-edge rudder carried on booms behind the wings. There was no provision for lateral control: instead, the wings were rigged with a slight dihedral[11] in order to achieve a degree of inherent lateral stability. The undercarriage consisted of a pair of wheels on v-struts under the trailing edge of the wings and a single nosewheel mounted under the front of the nacelle. It was powered by a 50 hp V8 Antoinette[8] gasoline engine.[12]

An attempt to fly this aircraft was made by Gabriel Voisin on 20 February 1907, but it suffered a structural failure on lifting off. After repairs a second attempt was made on 16 March: this ended in a crash caused by the engine torque driving the left-hand wing onto the ground. This was overcome by adding 2 kg (4.4 lb) ballast to the right wing. Thus modified, a successful flight of 200 m (660 ft) was made by Delagrange on 30 March.[13] A second machine, identical apart from slight changes to he undercarriage was ordered by Henry Farman in July and first flew on 30 September 1907.[8][14] The first became known as the Voisin-Delagrange I and the latter as the Voisin-Farman,[3] since the Voisin brothers had decided that the aircraft they built would bear the name of their owner prominently placed on the tail surfaces, "Voisin Freres" appearing underneath in much smaller lettering. This practise is a source of confusion to historians and was also to lead to considerable resentment on Gabriel Voisin's part,[15] since the focus of attention was often on the pilots rather than those who were responsible for the design of the aircraft. The idea behind doing this had been that people would be more ready to buy aircraft if the glory of flying them went to the customer rather than the constructor: the device succeeded only too well as far as Voisin was concerned.

Farman's early achievements
Henry Farman (left) with Gabriel VoisinHenry Farman made a series of about 20 short straight flights at Issy-les-Moulineaux between 30 September and 23 November 1907, and on 13 January 1908 he became famous for winning the Deutsch de la Meurthe-Archdeacon Grand Prix de l'Aviation for being the first European aviator to complete an officially observed 1 kilometre closed circuit flight, including taking off and landing under the aircraft's own power. More lengthy flights followed in in competition with Delagrange, each attempting to outdo the other.[16] During its history the aircraft was modified considerably: the biplane elevator was replaced by a monoplane arrangement, the nacelle was covered, the nosewheel was removed and a pair of small wheels added at the aft end of the booms carrying the empennage, the distinctive 'side curtains' that were to become characteristic of subsequent Voisin aircraft were added and the gap between the wings increased. At some stage in this process the aircraft came to be known as the Farman I-bis Farman's last modification was to fit a third, shorter wing, in which form it is referred to as the Henry Farman Triplane.[8]

Farman finally ended his collaboration with Voisin Freres after an argument over an aircraft they had built to his specifications and then sold to John Moore-Brabazon, who took it to England. Farman decided to build aircraft himself,[8] the first of which was the Farman III.[17]

[edit] Roll controlPrior to Wilbur Wright's August 1908 flying demonstrations in France, the Voisins and most other European experimenters had produced airplanes with only elevator and rudder and no direct roll control[8] ), a result of concentrating on attempts to design aircraft that were inherently stable in roll.[8][10] As such it was not easy to bank the aircraft, making it difficult to carry out controlled turns.[8] When Farman made his full-circle flight in January 1908 he had only rudder control, and made long, flat turns with the wings remaining nearly parallel to the ground.[18][19] (Gabriel Voisin who was present gives a different account, in "Revue Aeronautique Trimestrielle des Vieilles Tiges" (January 1966) page 13, by reporting that it involved fairly steep banking [20] and that Farman's experience in bicycle racing around steeply banked velodromes gave him the courage to do the same in his aircraft.)

In August 1908 Wilbur Wright demonstrated the importance of coordinated use of yaw (rudder) and roll (wing twisting) control for making non-slipped turns during his first flights in France at Le Mans. Voisin choose not to follow this path and did not add direct roll control[21] onto his 1908 airplane. Consequently, when the world's first air meeting was held at Reims in August 1909, the Voisin biplanes were the only participating aircraft that lacked direct roll control[22] thus demanding pilots trained to induced roll (by rudder input). Although the best-represented type at the event, the Voisin biplanes achieved little success at the meeting, where the most successful aviator was Henri Farman, who had added ailerons" to the wings of his biplane by October 1908. Subsequent Voisin designs, such as the Voisin Type de Course of 1910 and the Voisin Canard incorporated ailerons.

[edit] Production aircraft
John Moore-Brabazon in his Voisin Bird of Passage in 1909The final form of Farman's aircraft, but without ailerons, was the basis of production aircraft built by Voisin Freres starting in late 1908, and around sixty were eventually built. A variety of engines could be fitted according to the wishes of the buyer. Among these were the aircraft in which Captain Ferber was killed, J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon's "Bird of Passage" and the Gnome-engined example flown by Louis Paulhan

[edit] SpecificationsData from Opdycke 1999, p.264

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 13.45 m (44 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 10.80. m (35 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 42 m2 (450 sq ft)
Empty weight: 320 kg (705 lb)
Gross weight: 550 kg (1,213 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Antoinette V8 water-cooled, 37 kW (50 hp)

[edit] Notes1.^ Born in France to British parents, Henry Farman took French nationality in 1937
[edit] References1.^ Opdycke1999. p 263.
2.^ Opdycke 1999 p.265
3.^ a b c ""Voisin-Farman I." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online". Retrieved 6 December 2007.
4.^ Jane All the World's Aircraft, 1913, p. 7d.
5.^ Sharpe 2000 p. 311
6.^ Wright brothers were the first to understand the necessity for coordinated yaw and roll control in order to make fully controlled turns
7.^ Opdycke 1999 p.46
8.^ a b c d e f g h i Villard, Henry Serrano (2002). Contact! : the story of the early aviators. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications. pp. 39–53. ISBN 0-486-42327-1.
10.^ a b Vivian, E. Charles (2004). A history of aeronautics. [S.l.]: Kessinger Pub.. pp. 109–111. ISBN 1-4191-0156-0.
11.^ Confession and Absolution. pp. 151–155. ISBN 978-1-4510-0792-3. ""6 to 8 degrees [dihedral]""
12.^ Opdycke 1999 p.263
13.^ Individual performances: Delagrange Flight 2 January 1909 p.12
14.^ Whitson, William W. (2003-02-19). The Fledgling. pp. 126, 192, 255, 285. ISBN 0-925776-09-2.
15.^ Voisin 1963 p. 166
16.^ Howard, Fred (1987). Wilbur and Orville : a biography of the Wright brothers (1st ed.). Mineola, NY: Dover Publications. pp. 232–235. ISBN 0-486-40297-5.
17.^ History of Aviation by Kenneth Munson c. 1972 (Oversized portfolio text)
18.^ Aviation & Aeronautics, written by various. Global Media. ISBN 81-89940-32-5.
19.^ David Anderson, John Introduction to Flight. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2004. ISBN 0-07-299071-6.
20.^ "Henry Farman (1874-1960)" by Gabriel Voisin, pages 8-16 in "Pionniers" ,Revue Aeronautique des Vieilles Tiges , No7, January 1966, Paris
21.^ roll control remains possible with rudder input, what is "induced roll control", as commonly used by 2-axes gliders
22.^ Hallion 2003 p.260
[edit] BibliographyGibbs-Smith, C.H. The Rebirth of European Aviation London: HMSO, 1974 ISBN 0-11-290180-8
Hallion, Richard P. Taking Flight. New York: O.U.P, 2003 ISBN 0-19-516035-5
Opdycke, L. French Aeroplanes Before the Great War Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1999. ISBN 0-7643-0752-5
Sharpe, Michael Biplanes, Triplanes, and Seaplanes London: Friedman/Fairfax Books 2000 ISBN 1-58663-300-7
Taylor M.J.H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation London: Studio Editions, 1989 p. 884 }}
Vivian, E.C. and Lockwood, W.L. History of Aeronautics London: Collins, 1921 p. 313–14[edit] Further readingGabriel Voisin, Men, Women and 10,000 Kites, London: Putnam, 1963. Originally, Mes 10.000 Cerfs-volants, 1960, Editions de la Table Ronde, Paris.
Gabriel Voisin, "Henry Farman" in "Pionniers", Revue Aeronautique des Vieilles Tiges, No 7, page 13, January 1966

1201 Denmark Road

Status: Unknown
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 partial
Property type: Single-Family Home
Size: –
Lot: –
Year built: 1911
Zip: 07062

This Single-Family Home is located at 1201 Denmark Road, Plainfield NJ. 1201 Denmark Rd is in the 07062 ZIP code in Plainfield, NJ. The average listing price for ZIP code 07062 is $187,320. 1201 Denmark Rd has 5 beds, 3 ½ baths, and was built in 1911
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1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

1201 Denmark Road

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

December 28, 2014

Local blogger Dan Damon wrote this article, Suspicious fire at historic Plainfield building, regarding a fire at the Samuel W. Rushmore building on South Avenue. Many Rushmore relatives have been members of the PGC including current Affiliate Member Ginny Rushmore.

To learn more about this prominent family, click on these member albums:

Rushmore, Mrs. Murray (Helen Joy)
Rushmore, Mrs. Townsend (Jean Betram Murray) '20
Joy, Mrs. James R. (Emma Prentice McGee) '33
Mooney, Mrs. Wandell McMaster (Alice Joy McGee) '47
Joost, Mrs. Sherman Brownell (Marie Murray) '19
Murray, Mrs. James Everett (Alice Marshall) '20
Roome, Mrs. John Stanton (Dolores or "Dody" Murray) '57
Tilney, Mrs. Albert Arthur (Augusta R. Murray) '20
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Susan M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22
Lockwood, Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) '52
Lockwood, Mrs. William L. (Amy M.) '25
Marshall, Mrs. Henry P. (Dorothy Burke) '30
Howell, Mrs. Josephus Halsey (Romaine Ray) '22
Chambliss, Mrs. Leopold A. (Anna Scott Yerkes) '50
Eddy, Mrs. Charles Brown (Ellen Coolidge Burke) '15

And through marriage on her husband's side, the late Mrs. Webster (Barbara Tracy) Sandford '50.

Plainfield firefighters responded early Saturday evening to a suspicious fire in a historic factory structure at South Avenue and Berckman Street.

The complex of three buildings, parts of which are over a hundred years old, most recently housed the Royal Apex Company, a manufacturer of gutters and other metal and plastic extruded products. The buildings have been vacant since 2007, when Royal Apex was bought out by Berger Building Products, Inc., and operations were moved to Pennsylvania.

Originally, the buildings housed the Rushmore Dynamo Works, owned by Plainfield entrepreneur and inventor Samuel W. Rushmore. Rushmore made his fortune in patents and manufacturing several key improvements in automobile technology.

Among his notable inventions – or improvements on those of others – are the automatic starter, cooling systems for internal combustion engines, the flared automobile headlamp, a searchlight, and locomotive headlights. At one time, half of all the automatic starters used in American automobiles were manufactured in the Plainfield location.

Rushmore sold the business in 1914 to the Bosch Magneto Company, with the proviso that the Rushmore name be used on its products for a number of years. When Bosch violated the terms of the agreement, Rushmore successfully sued (see here) for $100,000 (which would be over $2 million today).

Bosch, a German company with a U.S. branch, established a separate U.S. corporation, headquartered in New York City. Because of suspicions of its owners' loyalty, Bosch was nationalized in both the First and Second World Wars – with control returning to private hands in 1948.

Though several area fire companies responded to the blaze, it was quickly brought under control. A source told me the fire is suspected to be arson, a determination that will be made officially by arson investigators.

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