Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Van Hoesen, Mrs. Stephen G. (Eva Lemira Hamilton) '21

1922 Address: Fanwood, NJ

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $5.00
1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00
1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Treasurer Book Active

1932 Directory* Address: North Ave., Fanwood
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.
NOTE: "Van Hoesen" is typed in this directory as one word "VanHoesen"

1938 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. S. G. Van Hoesen 7/13/38 Pd 4/15/39 Pd. 3/29/40 Pd. 5/13/41 Pd. 12/2/41 Pd. 11/24/42 Pd.

1942 Directory: North Avenue, Fanwood

1943 - 1945 Treasurer Book, Active: Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen is crossed out with no notation of payments.

NOTE: Spelling has been seen as "Hoessen" and "Hoesen," which is how the name is spelled in the 1922 Directory

April 11, 1968 article lists Mrs. Van Hoesen's home at 148 North Avenue, Fanwood

November 16, 1939 The Westfield Leader

Mrs. R. T. Messler Host to Garden Club Tomorrow

Members of the Westfield Garden Club will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the home of Mrs. R. T. Messler, 415 Wychwood road. Under the leadership of Mrs. S. G. Van Hoesen of Fanwood the club will arrange interesting holiday table settings.

Mrs. Van Hoesen and Mrs. Charles Tice have been named to enter arrangements in the 1940 International Flower Show at New York City in March.

February 20, 2005 Westfield Leader obituary

Enoch G. Van Hoesen, 76, Businessman; Descendant of Mayflower Passenger

Enoch G. Van Hoesen, a lifelong reisdent of New Jersy and loving husband of Patricia Van Hoesen, passed away on Friday, February 4 at the age of 76 at his home in Watchung.

One of four boys, Enoch was born in Fanwood on May 7, 1928 to Walter H. and Naomi Van Hoesen.

He traced his ancestory back to New Amersterdam, prior to 1646, and was a decsendent of Peter Brown, who cam to America on the Mayflower.

Enoch was a member of the Holland Society of New York, the membership of which was based on being a direct male descendant of one of the Mayflower passengers. He ws also a member of the Sons of teh American Revolutioni; the Mayflower Society and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Patricial one brother, Everett Van Hoesen and his wife Alice of Marco Island, Fla and their five children; his sister-in-law Beatrice (wife of the late Stephen Van Hoesen) and their son.

March 31, 1949 The Westfield Leader article

Jr. Women Hear of Child Care

The Fanwood Junior Women's Club met on Wednesday, Mar. 23 with Miss Marie Saunders of Willoughby road.

Mrs. Stephen Van Hoesen reported that the American home department would beet at her home on April 11.

Stephen G. Van Hoesen

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Walter Hamilton Van Hoesen b: 04 OCT 1897 in New York,

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Walter Hamilton Van Hoesen

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Walter Hamilton Van Hoesen was born on 4. Oct. 1897 at New York. He was the son of Stephen G. Van Hoesen and Eva Lemira. Walter Hamilton Van Hoesen was born on 4. Oct. 1898 at New York.

Walter married Naomi Fritts, daughter of Enoch Fritts and Maria Voorhees, on 27. Jun. 1921. Walter and Naomi appeared on the census of 12. Apr. 1930 at Fanwood, Union County, New Jersey; real estate value 10,000.00.
Walter was shown in the census on 12. Apr. 1930 as a customs broker, city.

He died in Mar. 1977 his last known address was at Fanwood, Union County, New York, according to the Social Security Death Index.

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Children of Walter Hamilton Van Hoesen and Naomi Fritts
Stephen F. Van Hoesen (29. May. 1922 - Aug. 1985)
Walter H. Van Hoesen (29. Jan. 1924 - Mar. 1985)
Enoch G. Van Hoesen (7. May. 1928 - 4. Feb. 2005)

October 21, 1921 New York Times article: Wins Dahlia Show Medal

Wins Dahlia Show Medal
Special to The New York Times.
PLAINFIELD, N. J., Oct. 1 – Mrs. Stephen G. Vanhoesen of Fanwood won the bronze medal offered by the American Dahlia Society to the exhibitors at today's dahlia show, held here under the auspices of the Plainfield Garden Club, by receiving the greatest number of points for her exhibit.

1920 American Rose Society Membership list

VanHoesen, Mrs. Stephen, Fanwood, N.J.


Eva Van Hoesen

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May 01, 2011
Women help balance the scales of justice in Plainfield in 1921.

Gentlemen . . . and ladies . . . of the jury.
On April 13, 1921, women sat on the jury in the Plainfield District Court for the first time. Judge J. Henry Crane presided over the case, in which Ignacia DeFynfo, a real estate operator, accused John Miklos of Rahway of unlawful detainer of a property. The defense attorney was John Stamler of Elizabeth and the attorney for the plaintiff was Irving Kunzman of Plainfield.

The female jurors, who sat in the front row, were Florance Runyon of Plainfield, wife of state Sen. William N. Runyon; Florence Anthony, wife of Dr. William H. Anthony of Plainfield; and Eva Van Hoesen, wife of Stephen G. Van Hoesen of Fanwood.
The jury decided in favor of the defendants. During the proceedings, Judge Crane permitted Paul Collier and Henry Bryniarski to take a photograph of the jury and others in the courtroom.

After the verdict was returned, each juror received a 75-cent fee. According to a Plainfield Courier News article the next day, "the women expressed the opinion that it was not such a difficult matter to do duty, although Mrs. Anthony remarked that she could have accomplished much more if she had spent the afternoon at home."

The other jurors who served that day were Edward A. Laing, John Dahl, Lamar Van Syckel, George Edwards, Donald McInnis, Francis Wernig, Charles S. Thorp, James Harrision and Charles Keller.

Photo ID: C40121 - Part of the Paul R. Collier Photograph Collection.

President of the Fanwood Garden Club

MADAM PRESIDENT. As the first president of the Fanwood Community Garden Club, Mrs. Stephen Van Hoesen worked for the preservation of the "Old Oak" on Martine Avenue. In addition, thanks to her, a live tree was planted in 1926 on the grounds of the railroad station. She was responsible for the tradition of decorating a Christmas tee at the station.

Fanwood Garden Club

The Garden Club. These women were some of the first members of the Fanwood Community Garden Club, formed in 1927. They are from left to right, as follows (first row) Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Vimleh, Mrs. Green, and Mrs. Maine; (second row) Mrs. Donnelly, Mrs. L. Child, Mrs. Lott, Mrs. Longwitz, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Brown. (third row) Mrs. Van Hoesen, Mrs. Child, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Frank, Mrs. Tuzo, Mrs. Sayward, Mrs. Huston, and Mrs. Gabler

February 29, 1968

The Fanwood Garden Club was organized April 11, 1928 by the late Mrs. Stephen VanHoesen, who served as president for ten years. In 1951, the Garden Club landscaped the grounds of the Fanwood Memorial Library as a memorial to Mrs. VanHoesen.

Fanwood Community Garden Club

that "the trunk of the tree occupies the entire walk in front of
the Henry L. Jesperson home." Mrs. Van Hoesen was also
charter member of the Mountainside Garden Club that was
formed in 1931. She was instrumental in assisting the New
Jersey State Garden Club in their effort towards establishing
the "Blue Star Drive" along Route 29 (now Eoute 22) from
Mountainside to North Plainfield. This drive honored the men
and women who served in World War II and was called a living
tribute to all of the New Jersey soldiers. Five thousand flowering
dogwood trees were planted along this six mile stretch of
road. Many Fanwood residents donated money towards the
purchase of these trees. The name Blue Star Drive was chosen
as it represented the blue star on the service flags that hung in
the windows of servicemen's homes. Blue Star Drive was
dedicated on October 10, 1944. Mrs. Van Hoesen was also
responsible for the Fanwood tradition of decorating a live
Christmas tree at the Fanwood railroad station. In 1924 as a
Fanwood resident and member of the National Tree Planting Association she urged the Fanwood council to invest in a live tree to be planted on the Fanwood Station Park grounds. In 1926 a live tree was planted at a cost of one hundred and fifty dollars by the borough and decorated for the christmas season.

April 4, 1940

Garden Club to Hear
Talk on New Iris
Mrs. S. G. Van Hoesen of Fanwood
will present an illustrated talk, on 'New Iris' at the meeting of the Garden Club of Cranford, to be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of Mrs. Harold P. Yates, 400 SPringfield Avenue.

Assisting hostesses will be Mrs. G. Griffiths; Mrs. S. R. Droescher, Mrs. C. F. Hansel, Mrs. L. B. Hassard and Mrs. J. Conrad.

The following members will be admitted to the club at this meeting: Mrs. E. E. Angen, Mrs. J. F. Geaney, Mrs. G. C. Hanson, Mrs. D. P. Loomis, Mrs. E. E. Moody, Mrs. T. R. Ossman, and Mrs. L. A. Rice.

National Society of the Sons of the Revolution 1921 Bulletin

WALTER HAMITLON VAN HOESEN, Fanwood, N. J. (35413). Son of Stephen G. and Eva L. (Hamilton) Van Hoesen; grandson of Frederick T. and Olivia (Gay) Van Hoesen; great-grandson of Mathia and Susan (Tolle) Van Hoesen; great-grandson of Francis and Eve (Outt) Van Hoesen; great-grandson of Garrett Van Hoesen, private, Seventh Regt., Albany County, New York Militia

Within a Garden by Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen;rgn=full%20text;idno=4732504_37_002;view=image;seq=18

Within a Garden
Journal of Home Economics: February, 1945 (Volume 37, Number 2)

Within a Garden
Journal of Home Economics: February, 1945 (Volume 37, Number 2)

Mrs. Van Hoesen is a life member of the New York Horticultural Society and a fellow of the Royal Horticulture Society of England. Three of her grandsons are "in the service." This article is a culling of her talk given at WFA's national victory garden conference last November.

It was through an invitation sent by an Army surgeon to the head of the Garden Club of New Jersey that I undertook the experiment in gardening therapy at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, and I can assure you that the first week of the experiment was harrowing indeed. I suffered, and I imagine many of the hospital staff did also.

Each patient was sent into the garden dressed only in his pajamas and bathrobe, and I was given a card which indicated what his trouble was – whether it was mental, or a little bit on the border line, or pure physical – from an operation or an injury.

Fortunately for me, I am an old nurse and I was able to draw on my experience during those years of nursing. By the way, I had been told that I was too old to stand out in a sun-drenched garden which registered 115 degrees! Moreover, I enjoyed it – and I lost 32 unneeded pounds during the summer.

Getting Inside Their Shells

Well, here were these men in their ill-fitting pajamas and maroon bathrobes sent out to my committee and me in the garden. Naturally they were ill at ease. And they didn't know exactly what they were out there for. After we got inside their shells we could find the something that was in their hearts that they wanted to talk about. Then we could do something about it.

After working a while they would take their bathrobes off, with some hesitation, and hand them on a beanpole. The day would get warmer and warmer and the warmer it got the better I liked it because then off would come the pajama tops and the men could get the full benefit of the sunshine.

I gave them a few rules: "Want to cuss a little? All right. Want to sing? All right. Want to talk about your family? That's all right, too! If you can't help talking about the war, come into a corner and we'll talk about it together."

Frustrated Artist, Jap Killer

One man had never before seen vegetables growing. One day he came to me and said, "I am so thrilled! Have you see the blossom on the eggplant? You know, I have a confession to make. I picked one."

I told him that was all right, that after all the gardens were not so much to produce vegetables as to help the men through exercise and sunshine. 

"There's something else I have done," he went on. "You know I just saw there was a little egg plant coming out of the blossom and I picked that too." I told that he could get one of the bigger ones as well!
I found out later that he had taken the blossom and the small and large eggplants and had made a still-life picture. He was a frustrated artist.
The gardens at Camp Kilmer are 150 x 150 feet; one planted in corn and beans, both early and late, and one in lima beans and other vegetables. One garden is for experimental prescription; that is, to see what effect weeding, picking beans, and the like have in restoring injured fingers their normal uses.

One fellow sent out to me said that he had joined the Army to fight Japs and not to hoe corn. "All right, there are plenty of Japs to kill in the corn field, " I told him. Then I introduced him to the Japanese beetles. He had never seen one before, but he cleaned them all out – destroyed every one! He asked whether they would come back next year and how often they visited. "They don't make advance reservations, " I told him.

Violinist Sportsman

One morning a grand looking boy came out into the garden and held his hands up to me. "I can't do anything," he said. "Look at my hands!" I could see that they had been crushed. But he told me that he would like to do something.

"Well, there's nothing wrong with your 'squatter,'" I told him. "I have a job for you – counting radishes."

He looked all around and said that he didn't see any radishes; so we went to the experiment garden and I squatted down and showed him how they grow. After I had pulled 25 or 30, he asked if I thought he could do that. "No reason why you can't try, " I told him.

He was much interested and gingerly touched the top of a radish with one finger. He was afraid he would be hurt. These boys have been hurt so much! Then he took it between his fingers. When he found out that he really could pull radishes, he sat down and cried. I paid no attention to him. Finally, he asked me if I didn't think he was a sissy.

"No," I told him. "That is your safety valve. You feel better after crying."

He wanted to know if I wasn't curious as to why he was crying. I told him no, but that if he wanted to talk about it I would be glad to listen. He said that he was a violinist and he had though that he would never be able to use his fingers again. "Thank God for the little radish!" I said fervently.

We found that men who had had paralyzed hands could also learn to use their fingers again through picking the beans.

Men came into the garden often to look at – and eat – the vegetables that were coming to maturity; so I took salt and pepper cellars out into the garden. They would pick the tomatoes, use the salt and pepper, and enjoy them. Peppers and radishes, too. It was almost like having an afternoon tea. We would have to be very careful with men who had ulcers, but when I would see men pulling the vegetables I would think it did them a lot of good.

Many times a gardener was made in that garden. Two men especially, who had never before been in the country, now want to get a piece of land so that they can grow things.

One of the most interesting cases was a man, 6-foot-4, weighing 270 pounds, who had come into the hospital with three dislocated vertebrae and who was on a board for six weeks. The fourth day that he was out of bed he was sent out into the garden.

He couldn't straighten up. I tried to get him to stand up and walk with the aid of beanpoles, taking my arm and walking from one pole to the next. We did that for 150 feet and he was standing fairly straight at the end, but when he thought I wasn't looking he bent over again. I noticed it out of the corner of my eye and told him that he wasn't fooling me and urged him to try it again.

We rested and a while later he tried it again – the full 150 feet. Four weeks from that time he was captain of a softball team. The work that he had done in the garden had given him confidence that he could do it and not be hurt. The men fear being hurt, for they have been hurt so much and in so many ways. He was a wonderful physical specimen at the end of the time and so happy that he could be captain of the team. After he got on the team he ignored us completely!

I was interested to learn what the boys want to plant this next year; tomatoes, radishes, lima beans, egg plant, cabbage, lettuce, swiss chard, and something we never though of – peanuts. But no spinach!

Yesterday I received a note from one of the boys, who said that he had had a "heck of a time" finding out where I was but he wanted me to have the enclosed clipping, for it expressed the way he felt:

What is more healing than a summer night
In quiet towns, when from small garden plots

Rich fragrances are blown on every breeze,

And we can lift our faces to the stars

Feeling that sense of nearness to those things

That make for peace

June 8, 1939 Cranford Chronicle

Flower Show Opens Today

Garden Club Event Will Be Held in Trinity Parish House

The Eleventh Annual Spring Flower Show, under the suspices of the Garden Club of Cranford, is being held this afternoon and evening at Trinity parish house, North aveneue, east. A very interesting exhibition has been arranged by Mrs. G. Leslie Griffith and her committee. The show is open to anyone interested in flowers and flower growing.

On Monday the final meeting of the Garden Club will be held a tht home of Mrs. Griffith, 117 Severin Court. It is called for 10:15 a.m., and will be followed by a box luncheon in the garden. Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen, of Fanwood, one of the outstanding horticulturalists of Union County, will be the speaker.

The assisting hostess and her committee will be Mrs. J. H. McCoy, Mrs. C. P. Buckley, Mrs. I. J. Stone, Mrs. S. R. Droescher and Mrs. W. F. Weinpahl.

Books by Walter Hamilton Van Hoesen

Early Taverns and Stagecoach Days in New Jersey
Hardcover: $28.50
July 1, 1976

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The Times April 11, 1968

Garden Club
The highlight of the Fanwoud
Garden Club meeting on April
3 In the Community Room of the
Fanwood Railroad Station was a
Camera Review, presented by
Mrs. John E, Pitcher, Past President
and Camera Chairman.
Mrs, Pitcher showed pictures of
state and local garden club activities
and special projects, such
as the club's November Holiday
Boutique and the 40th Anniversary
meeting in March. She,
also, presented views of member's
gardens with special emphasis
on old handpainted slides,
taken about 3O years ago, by the
late Mrs, Stephen G. Van Hoesen.
the first president and founder of
the club, in her garden at 148
North Avenue, Fanwood
. Mrs,
Pitcher, also, gave suggestions
on the technique of tinting pictures
and photographs. She was
introduced by Mrs, Howard G.
Hughey, Jst Vice President

On April 5, Mrs, William H.
Blair, Jr., Garden Therapy
Chairman for Lyons Veterans1
Hospital, was assisted in the
making of bedside bouquets for
the patients, by Mrs. Bruce H.
Maddoek, Mrs. William C, Meyer,
Mrs. Willard R, Morgan, and
Mrs. A. B. Sumner,
A Nominating Committee was
appointed by the President, Mrs.
Bernard A. Cruse, Jr., to present
a slate of officers at the
May first meeting, Mrs. Walter
H. Van Hoesen will serve as
chairman, to be assisted by Mrs.
Richard M. Lea, and Mrs. James
W. Weigel,
Mrs. Robert W. Weber, Chairman

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Aug. 30 1947

Mrs. Van Hoesen Dies in Hospital

Fanwood – Mrs. Eva L. Van Hoesen, 71, died this morning (Aug. 30, 1947) in Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, after having been in failing health for the past two years.

A writer, lecturer and well-known authority on horticultural subjects, she spent her summers at 145 North Avenue, Fanwood, and her winters at the Hotel Lexington, New York.

She was the widow of Stephen G. Van Hoesen, who owned and operated an exporting business in New York. He died several years ago.

Trenton Native
Born in Trenton, Jan. 4, 1876, the daughter of the Rev. Frank Hamilton, prominent Methodist clergyman and Almyra Hamilton, she was brough up in Central New York. She was a graduate of Syracuse University where she captained the first girls basketball team and began a promising career as a medical student before forsaking it for marriage.

Coming here with her husband and children from Brooklyn, N. Y. in September, 1901, she has resided in the same house since taking up residence in the borough.

In an unusually active life, Mrs. Van Hoesen found time to rear a family of four children and at the same time keep up many interests. She was a keen lover of animals and for many years took a leading part in the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also sponsoring a branch society in Plainfield.

Her work with the SPCA led her to become the first special police officer in the state after which she was appointed a deputy sheriff for Union County and elected a justice of the peace.

Politics at one time interested . . . she put up a strong race for the office of sheriff of Union County back in the early 1920's and also ran for the State Assembly. She was a member of the Democratic State Commitee for several terms and a member of the Union County Democratic Committee for 30 years.

Flower Were Avocation
Flowers were always Mrs. Van Hoesen's avocation and her gardens at her home here were known far and wide for the large variety and beauty of blooms. After specializing first in dahlias and then iris, she became expert in all forms of horticulture. She was the organizer and for 10 years president of the Fanwood Garden Club; a founder of the Mountainside Garden Club and a member of the Plainfield and Westfield Garden Clubs.

Mrs. Van Hoesen traced her ancestry back to Francis Cooke, a passenger on the Mayflower and also to early Dutch settlers. She was a charter member and at one time regent of the Scotch Plains Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Curing the first World War, she held the position of a supervisor in the Red Cross and again became a worker during the second conflict . . . . to national magazines on this subject.

She lectured extensively before civic organizations, women's groups and garden clubs in New Jersey and neighboring states.

She was a member of the New York Horticultural Society, New York Botanical Gardens, a founder of the American Dahlia Society, the American Sweet Pear Society, the Dahlia Society of New Jersey and a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society of England.

Member of Several Clubs
Clubs of which Mrs. Van Hoesen was a member included the Plainfield Monday Afternoon Club, the Philathalians of Fanwood and the Garden Club of America.
Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Claude R. Borden of Roselle Park; three sons, S. Edward Van Hoesen of Fairmount Ave., Plainfield; Frederick T. Van Hoesen of North Andover, Mass. and Walter H. Van Hoesen of Farley Ave., this place; also 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

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June 17, 1938

Editor's Note: Members of the Plainfield Garden Club prepared material for this week's garden page exclusively for Jersey Life. Guest contributors next wee will be members of the Northfield Garden Club of Livingston

Plainfield Garden Club Began Iris Garden
Inspiration Came From Iris Society
by Harriette Halloway

Two questions frequently asked about this garden are answered in the following paragraph; but the answer to a third – constantly asked – requires all the rest of the space!

The Iris Garden was inspired by The American Iris Socity whose officers and members give nearly all the plants. The Plainfield Garden Club, after having a share in establishment and development, continues active interest in it; and the Union County Par Commission which supplies the land and the labor is officially in charge.

"When is the best time to see the iris?"

The dwarf border – so suitable for the front of borders, for rock gardens, for groups with daffodils – usually are in full bloom duirng the first wee of May. There are rug-like masses – a hundred varieties – in all colors except pink. So that the first week in May is a "best" time.

The last of the these dwards and the first of the intermediate bearded always overlap. Between the 15th and the 20th of May there can be seen about 80 varieties of intermediate some of the crested and a few of the species, and the majority of the superb progocyclus. The handsome new intermediates cannot be ever-praised; and the same is true of the pogocylus. Although the colors of the later are not gay like the former, they are of Persian richness; and the one huge beg with 40 varieties, is an unforgettable mass of breath-taing beauty. No other public planting or garden has such a collection of these royal artistocrats. As just stated, their maximum bloom usually occurs between the 15th and the 20th of May, and consequently that is another "best" time.

The greatest numbers of flowers of the tall bearded iris in all colors are open between the 20th and the 25th and as there are 800 varieties that is the most spectacular (thought not the most interesting, nor the most important) week of bloom. It is also one of the two most enjoyable times for people who can see the garden only by driving past it – because unable to walk around in it. So the third week in May is another "best" time.

At the same time, the Siberians – over 40 varieties – have been blooming and the species getting under way. This collection of Siberian includes some of the handsome new orginations from Canada. The iris species, which are native wild iris of our own and other lands, and their hybrids – 50 varieties – fill three beds. These latter in fascinating shades and charming forms – the most pleasing of all iris for flower arrangements – are far too little known and used. For seeing these, the "best" time is the latter part of May and the first week in June.

The Japanese – over 100 varieties – which begin to open before the last of the species have gone, continue all through June and well over the Fourth of July holiday.

So the answer is – "What kind of iris does the questioner want to see?" For there are these five "best" times – all of them average dates, depending on the weather!

In Honor Of Shakespeare
by Dorothea Tingley

What more fertile field for the exercise of creative imagination than gardening! Few can resist it. In 1928 the Plainfield Shakespeare Club became imbued with the unique idea of making an old English Garden full of plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare's palys. They turned for help to the Plainfield Garden Club and the Union County Park Commission. The idea appealed to them. The Shakespeare Garden in Cedarbrook Park came into being.

The rustic arbor which forms its upper boundary can be seen from the drive on the left. The garden occupies a curving, shallow terrace, with a rustid fence along the back and a low retaining wall in front. The flower beds have sawtooth brick edgings and their contents are all mared with two kinds of labels – one with the correct botanical names of the sweet growing things; the others with appropriate quotations from Shakespeare's plays.

The four beds at the lower end of the garden are devoted to herbs. All of the flowers used in this garden are old-fashioned varieties. No modern hybrid, however lovely, is allowed. Beneath the arbor are some seats, and at one end a modest boulder with a bronze commemorative plaque.

Plainfield Garden Club
by Alice R. Welles

Shortly after its organization, the Plainfield Garden Club began a policy of putting aside every year a sum of money to be used in "the beautifying of the city. The first of the activities which have grown from this policy was the gift of a number of dogwood trees to Cedar Brook Park.

The interest and the aid of Mr. R. W. Tracy, the Union County Park executive, was secured and with his help, trees were purchased and a suitable place selected for planting.

Shortly before the committee . . . .

Ten Groups Make Use of Garden Center

Club Sponsors Idea

The Union County Garden Center was established in 1935 under the auspices of the Plainfield Garden Club. Through the courtesy of the Union County Park Commission, the lower floor of the Field House in Cedarbrook Park, Plainfield, was placed at the disposal of the committee and was furnished by the Plainfield Garden Club as a resting place and center of information for gardeners.

During the past three years the work of the center has been . . on by the following garden groups – Plainfield Garden Club, Plainfield Spade & Trowel Club, Mountainside Garden Club, Fanwood Garden Club, Westfield Garden Club, Cranford Garden Club, Watchung Garden Club, Metuchen Garden Club, Watchung Nature . .. Club, an organization of . . . who specialize in dahlias. Public meetings dealing with topics of interest to gardeners, demonstrations of seed planting, bulb planting, pruning, soil testing, etc., flower shows and classes in flower arrangement have been held from time to time at the Center. There also is available a small library of horticultural books and garden magazines. Its location opposite the Iris Garden, rated as one of the finest in the East, and close to the Shakspeare Garden makes it a pleasant gathering place for those who come from a distance to study these plantings.

The Wild Flower Garden and the Daffodil Garden, recently added to the Park are also points of interest for visitors. The Center has until this year been in charge of Mrs. Frederic M. Goddard and Mrs. James Devlin both officers of the Garden Club of New Jersey. It is now under the direction of Mrs. Stephen Van Hoesen of the Fanwood Garden Club, who is planning the activities for the coming season. Associated with her are representatives of the Member Clubs.

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May 20, 1936

Union Flower Show Ends in Deadlock

Mrs. L. R. Fort, Mrs. W. S. Tyler Tie with 12 Points for Sweepstakes Honor

Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president of the Plainfield Garden Club, and Mrs. William S. Tyler, club exhibition chairman, tied for sweepstakes honor yesterday in the first flower show of Union County Garden Center at Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield. Each won twelve points. Members of nine garden groups in the center competed.

Among striking arrangements by the two leading contestants were a small arrangement in Class 1 by Mrs. fort of blue violas and low-growing blue veronica in matching blue container, and a mass arrangement of flowers in tone of white in Class 8 by Mrs. Tyler. The latter's prize-winning economy luncheon table was set at a cost of 87 cents. The cost allowed on the schedule was $2.

Other awards were:

Class 1, small arrangement of flowers own foliage not to exceed ten inches in any one dimension – second, Mrs. Ethan Allen, Mountainside Garden Club; third, Mrs. Otto Krieger, Mountainside, and honorable mention, Mrs. George Moore, Watchung Hills Garden Club. Class 2. miniature arrangement in pair of vases – Mrs. Fort, Miss Ruth Griffen, Watchung Hills; Mrs. William S. Tyler, and honorable mention, Mrs. Moore. Class 2, arrangemnt of flowers in transparent container for window sill – Mrs. George Hansel, Cranford Garden Club; Miss Griffen, Mrs. F. W. Coles, Neighborhood Garderners of Rahway and Colonia, and honorable mention, Mrs. Fort.

Class 4, living room arrangement, tulips, cream to bronze shades in copper container – honorable mention, Mrs. Boardman Tyler, Plainfield Garden Club. Class 5, arrangement of flowers using container not originally designed for flowers – Mrs. Boardman Tyler, Mrs. Fort, Mrs. William S. Tyler, and honorable mention, Mrs. John Kyte, Fanwood Garden Club. Class 6, arrangement in clear glass bottle of cut plant material (no flowers) – Mrs. Hansel, Mrs. E. E. Angleman, garden committee Monday Afternoon Club of Plainfield, Mrs. Boardman Tyler. Class 7, arrangement of flowers in pitcher – Mrs. Krieger, Miss Dorothea Tingley, and honorable mention, Mrs. A. E. Van Doren, Mountainside Garden Club.

Class 8, arrangement of white floers, two or more tones, in white container against wall – second, Mrs. Boardman Tyler; third, Mrs. Coles, and honorable mention, Mrs. Harry Copeland, Mountainside. Class 9, arrangement in Flemish manner, featuring tulips – Mrs. Hugh Child, Fanwood, Class 11, collection of named varieties tulips – honorable mention Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen, president, Fanwood club. Class 12, collection annuals and perennials – Mrs. John J. Couser, Watchung Hills, and honorable mention, Miss Maud Van Bosckerck, Plainfield Garden Club.

Plainfield Public Library

Plainfield Public Library

Plainfield Public Library

Residence of Christie P. Hamilton, 1210 Denmark Road

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

October 15, 2012 Royal Horticulture Society

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From: Liz Gilbert
Sent: 12 October 2012 14:10
Cc: Fiona Davison
Subject: RHS Lindley Library

To Susan Fraser
Co-President , Plainfield Garden Club

Thank you for your enquiry regarding early RHS Fellows .

We have checked through the printed lists we hold of RHS Fellows and confirm an entry for Alice Harding in our records for 1920 and 1929 .

Mrs Edward Harding R.F.D. No 1 Plainfield N. Jersey .

In 1930 Mrs S. G. Van Hoesen 145, North Avenue Fanwood, N Jersey listed as a new overseas member .

Regret we have not been able to trace any records for Miss Harriette Halloway .

The last list of new fellows of the RHS was printed in 1934 , so it is possible she became a fellow after this date?

The library holds handwritten volumes of plants and seeds donated to Wisley and have checked the volumes from

1915- through to 1943.

Regret have not found an entry under the name Harding or Plainsfield in the index of donors .

Sadly we are unable to confirm the details of any plants donated by Alice Harding to Wisley .

Finally, just to confirm that the library has in reference collection the books by Alice Harding on ‘The Peony' and also' The Lilac ‘.

Please let us know if there is anything else we help you with .

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Gilbert
RHS Lindley Library

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Family Tree

Not sure if there is a familial relationship between Mrs. Van Hoesen and notable Plainfield citizen Charles Hamilton Frost who owned "Questover" at 1060 Central Avenue. See file for Mrs. F. Willoughby (Virginia Voorhis) Frost.

1909 Plainfield City Directory

Van Hoesen John F. Mrs, h 447 W 6th

Hamilton Charles, ashman, h 230 E 4th
Hamilton Christie P, h 1210 Denmark rd
Hamilton Lester, clerk, h 5 Verdon
Hamilton Walter, butcher, h 634 W 4th
Hamilton Walter F, h 5 Verdon N P
Hamilton Wm G, cashier, h 407 E 7th

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1936 - 1937 Meeting Minutes

Camp Kilmer WWII

Camp Kilmer WWII

July 29, 2013 Mrs. Van Hoesen's War Effort

Terrain, that wonderful garden store in PA, sent along an article titled "American Gardener: Victory Gardens"

Between 1941 and 1945, posters like the ones above [See Link] dotted the American landscape, encouraging citizens to support the war by planting a vegetable garden at home. First planted in 1917 during WWI, "victory gardens" became especially important during WWII, when a combination of rationing, transportation shortages, and the need for canned goods to feed overseas troops meant that Americans had to find new ways to put food on the table. While alleviating the pressure on the nation's food supply, the gardens also provided a morale boost to citizens by letting them contribute to the war effort. At the height of the movement, more than 20 million gardens were planted in backyards, at schools, and even on city rooftops. The campaign was a stunning success– in 1944, an estimated 40% of all vegetables grown in the US came from victory gardens. Similar efforts took root in the UK and Canada, with related initiatives that encouraged canning homegrown vegetables. America's most famous victory gardener was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who planted her own plot at the White House.

Want to learn more? Two original victory gardens are still growing– the Fenway Victory Gardens in Boston, and the Dowling Community Garden in Minneapolis. You can also visit a modern garden based on a 1943 pamphlet design at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

In our own 1942 Archives, Mrs. Anderegg writes:
The war which was sweeping over France while Mrs. Van Boskerck's history* concluded had now reached our shores. "Come to open purple testament of bleeding war." (King Richard) Our members were working for the U.S.O., the Red Cross and Camp Kilmer, apart and in conjunction with the garden club. Plans were sent to the camp to enhance its barren scenes, and seeds to Brittain. Victory gardens were planted, two new chairmanships were added to the executive board – War Activities and Victory Gardens.

*Mrs. A refers to the club history, the first 25 years, written by Mrs. VB in 1940, mere months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and our nation's entry into WWII.

One of the most interesting bits of information we have from the WWII years, is a speech by Mrs. Van Hoesen telling of her personal experience in garden therapy at Camp Kilmer in Edison.

Camp Kilmer in 1945 served as an Army Hospital for returning injured soldiers and the PGC was very involved there with the therapy gardens, a Victory Garden, a flower garden and delivering, twice a week, flower arrangements to the wards even though there was gasoline rationing making even local travel very difficult. (During WWII, our meetings were held at a locale that was in walking distance of everyone's homes.)

Mrs. Hoesen was asked to give this speech at the national Victory Garden Conference of the WFA (War Food Administration):

Through gardening, Plainfield Garden Club Member Mrs. Van Hoesen Helps Our Nation's Heroes Recover

1954 - 1970 296 Images from Plainfield Library Scrapbook

April 7, 1961 Courier News 25 Years Ago, 1936

Members of the Plainfield Garden Club exhibiting in the International Flower Show in New York were: Mrs. Leslie R. Fort, president, Mrs. Richard M. Lawton, Mrs. William S. Tyler, Mrs. Cornelius B. Tyler, Mrs. William K. Dunbar, Miss Dorothea Tingley, Mrs. Walter M. McGee, Mrs. Arthur G. Nelson, P. Marshall, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd Jr., Mrs. Stephen G. Van Hoesen, Mrs. Elliott C. Laidlaw, Mrs. Clinton F. Ivins, Miss Edna Brown, Mrs. Harold Brown, Mrs. Orville G. Waring, Mrs. DeWitt Hubbell, Mrs. Irwin Taylor and Mrs. Harry H. Pond.

Thursday, April 17, 1975 Scotch Plains-Fanwood, N. J.

Caption: Mrs. Leonard Sachar presents "Bouquet of Thanks" to Mrs. William P. Elliott as all members of the Bicentennial Committee and all guests join in the applause for a job well and beautifully done.

It was All Bustles, Bonnets and Bows at Shackamaxon

Scotch Plains stepped back into its past Saturday, as dozens of models demonstrated the appropriate manner of dress through bygone years. The event was a luncheon-fashion show, entitled "From Bustles, Bonnets, Bloomers to Bikinis." It was the first major undertaking of the Scotch Plains American Revolution Bicentennial Committee, and if the full house is any clue of what's to come, Scotch Plains Bicentennial activities will be overwhelmingly supported.

The show features over 60 outfits, running the gamut from the 1700's to the present. The costumes came from local attics from Drake House Museum in Plainfield, from old time residents such as Mrs. Clarence Slocum, Mrs. Walter Van Hoesen, Mrs. A. E. Duell and Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott; and from such modern manufacturers as Jantzen Swim Wear.

Mrs. William P. Elliott was chairman of the event.

As they were modeled by members of the Historical Society, Women's Club (afternoon, evening and junior divisions), College and Suburban clubs, they were described by narrator Mrs. Elizabeth Brown of Princeton, lecturer and a member of the Costume Society of America. She stressed the manner in which fashion repeats itself through the ages, pointing out the rotating lengthening and shortening of skirts.

There were "oohs and aahs" for many of the creations, from delicately embroidered 18th century gowns to modern day bikini, topped by a patriotically red-white-blue striped robe. Katherine Detwiller, wife of Charles Detwiller, president of the local Historical Society, wore an 1875 gown which had belonged to her grandmother-in-law. It was a summer organdy with overskirt in front and rear. Also from the 1860's or 70's was a yachting dress of green satin ribbon and white organdy, worn by Mrs. F. Gregg Burger. Fancy hooped and crinolined dresses weren't the only fashions which attracted attention, however. From 1905 there was an Annapolis uniform, and from 1913 era, a Wellsley gym suit. Arlene Emery modeled a 1940's Hollywood Original dress with shoulder pads, while Lynn Rupp appeared in a black satin strapless short gown she wore at Penn State in the 1950's. The show ran the gamut from informality, evidenced by an 1890's bathing suit and shoes to a very formal black velvet and silver ball gown worn to Calvin Coolidge's inauguration in 1915.

July 27, 1900 New York Times


Mrs. G. B. Titsworth of Plainfield Follows Mrs. A. L. Titsworth's Example and Takes Her Life

Special to The New York Times

PLAINFIELD, N. J., July 26.– Made despondent through grief for her twin sister, the late Mrs. Arthur L. Titsworth, who committed suicide last January by jumping out of a third-story window in a sanitarium in Brooklyn, Mrs. George B. Titsworth of West Sixth Street, this city, took her own life last night at a private sanitarium in Kingston, where she had been sent by her husband, who is manager of the Potter Press Works, in the hope that she might be cured of the attack of melancholia which morning for her sister had brough on.

Several weeks ago her condition became so serious that it was decided to send her to the sanitarium. There she received constant attention, and a close watch was kept over her. it was thought that she was improving yesterday afternoon.

The attendant left Mrs. Titsworth alone for a few minutes while she stepped out of the room on an errand. Hardly had she turned her back when a pistol shot was heard, and when Mrs. Titsworth's room was entered, she was found lying dead with the weapon at her side. How she secured possession of the revolver is a mystery.

Mr. Titsworth brought the body of his wife to Plainfield this evening and the funeral will be held Saturday. Mrs. Titsworth was about forty years of age, and was born in Syracuse, N.Y. Her maiden name was Fannie L. Van Hosen. She was married to Mr. Titsworth about ten years ago. Her twin sister married a brother of her husband.

Mrs. Van Hoesen

October 10, 1944

Mrs. Stephen G. (Eva Lemira) Van Hoesen '21

that "the trunk of the tree occupies the entire walk in front of
the Henry L. Jesperson home." Mrs. Van Hoesen was also
charter member of the Mountainside Garden Club that was
formed in 1931. She was instrumental in assisting the New
Jersey State Garden Club in their effort towards establishing
the "Blue Star Drive" along Route 29 (now Eoute 22) from
Mountainside to North Plainfield. This drive honored the men
and women who served in World War II and was called a living
tribute to all of the New Jersey soldiers. Five thousand flowering
dogwood trees were planted along this six mile stretch of
road. Many Fanwood residents donated money towards the
purchase of these trees. The name Blue Star Drive was chosen
as it represented the blue star on the service flags that hung in
the windows of servicemen's homes. Blue Star Drive was
dedicated on October 10, 1944. Mrs. Van Hoesen was also
responsible for the Fanwood tradition of decorating a live
Christmas tree at the Fanwood railroad station. In 1924 as a
Fanwood resident and member of the National Tree Planting Association she urged the Fanwood council to invest in a live tree to be planted on the Fanwood Station Park grounds. In 1926 a live tree was planted at a cost of one hundred and fifty dollars by the borough and decorated for the christmas season.

March 10, 2014 Eva Hamilton VanHoesen

March 10, 2014

The Star-Ledger published this today in honor of Women's History Month: Vintage Photos of Women's History in NJ

The 9th photo in captures PGC Member Eva Hamilton Van Hoesen as she was one of the first of three women to sit on a jury in 1921.

One of the other women, Florance Runyon of Plainfield, wife of state Sen. William N. Runyon, is related to PGC President Mrs. Leslie Runyon (Helen Osmun) Fort '22.

Query how they were chosen? Like today, had they voted in 1920 (when women in NJ were allowed to vote) and therefor their names were entered in the jury pool?

One of the most famous US suffragists was Plainfielder Lillian Feickert. Not surprisingly, she does not seem to have any ties to the PGC. Although the Club boasts many forward-thinking women of their time, as us old-timers know, there were many that preferred "not to rock the boat."

An example would be PGC member Mrs. Sherman Brownell (Marie Murray) Joost '19, an "in-law" of Barbara Sandford. In March 1915 she wrote a very unfortunate letter to The New York Times stating that women should just tend to the housekeeping and let men deal with "the questions of the day." Even more shameful, she was President of the Plainfield Branch New Jersey Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage.

Eva Hamilton VanHoesen

September 14, 2014 Netherwood Heights Home Tour

Hurray! Brenda has come up with the addresses for the Netherwood Neighborhood tour on Sunday, September 14th. Listed below are the homes plus the links to the members that once lived there:

559 Belvidere Avenue

601 Belvidere Avenue
Madsen, Mrs. John (Evelyn or "Evie" Wilson) '70

661 Belvidere Avnue

750 Belvidere Avenue

1210 Denmark Road
Hamilton, Mrs. Christie P. (Louise May) '27
Loosli, Mrs. Alden R. ( Demetria "Meechy" Hamilton) '64
Van Hoesen, Mrs. Stephen G. (Eva Lemira Hamilton) '21

1236 Denmark Road

720 Dixie Lane

734 Berkeley Avenue
Hall, Mrs. Frederic L. (Anne Garrigues Wigton) '68

While strolling these streets, be sure to keep an eye out for the neighboring PGC homes:

614 Belvidere
Pond, Mrs. C. Northrup (Alethea or "Toddy" Marder) '53

630 Belvidere Avenue
Joost, Mrs. Sherman Brownell (Marie Murray) '19

633 Belvidere
Clendenin, Mrs. Edward Hume (Margaret Rowe Tyler) '44

Tyler, Miss Margaret R. '44

714 Belvidere "Henry Pearl Talmadge House"
Dunbar, Mrs. William Kuhn '17

Rock, Mrs. Robert B. '43

Runkle, Mrs. Harry Godley (Jennie Fitz Randolph) '15

Whitehead, Mrs. James Harold (Jean Fitz-Randolph Heiberg) '43

715 Belivdere
Connell, Mrs. Philip G. '74

735 Belvidere
Sanders, Mrs. David F. (Molly) '58

740 Belvidere
Coriell, Mrs. William Wallace (Emma Buckle) '25

749 Belvidere
Thomas, Mrs. Eugene P. '22

770 Belvidere Avenue
Nash, Mrs. William Bryan (Blanche Pelz) '32

777 Belvidere
Rushmore, Mrs. Townsend (Jean Betram Murray) '20

789 Belvidere
Vivian, Mrs. Richard C. (Lucille Hutchings or "Diddles") '74

792 Belvidere
Spalt, Mrs. Evan R. (Ellen F.) '71

802 Belvidere
McWilliams, Mrs. Howard (Anna Louise Waldbridge/Mrs. Paul Taylor Brown) '22

1200 Denmark Road
Coriell, Mrs. William Wallace (Emma Buckle) '25

1201 Denmark Road
Lockwood, Mrs. W. L. '25

Lockwood, Mrs. Frederick M. (Hazel Marshall) '52

1216 Denmark Road
Wigton, Mrs. William Garrigues (Ann Hayes) '55

1226 Denmark Road
Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance "Connie" Elena Titus) '46

1275 Denmark Road
Sandford, Mrs. Webster (Barbara Tracy) '50

1299 Denmark Road
Diss, Mrs. Albert B. (Alexandra Grosset or "Alex") '62

717 Dixie Lane
Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance "Connie" Elena Titus) '46

Furman, Mrs. Gerald S. (Victoria or "Vicky" Houck) '62

737 Dixie Lane
Gaston, Mrs. Hugh M. (Elizabeth Thomson) '54

747 Dixie Lane
Goddard, Mrs. Frederick W. '16

754 Dixie Lane
Foster, Mrs. David Scott (Constance "Connie" Elena Titus) '46

812 Dixie Lane
Morse, Mrs. George Maxwell Randall (Jeanette Clawson or "J" Miner) '74

724 Berkeley Avenue
Cooke, Mrs. William J. '16

737 Berkeley Avenue
Ginna, Mrs. Daniel F. (Katherine Whiting Lewis) '15

August 28, 2014

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.

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

January 15, 2015

A reader of has sent us images of seven very old postcards that she has held in her possession for years. The age of the postcards range from 1928 to 1967. All were addressed to PGC founding member Miss Josephine Lapsley '15. She, her mother and brother all resided at 114 Crescent Avenue.

One of the cards is signed by Mrs. Leslie Runyon (Helen Osmun) Fort '22, PGC President 1930 - 1932, 1935 - 1936.

Another postcard, dated 1932, was signed with the initials "E.H.V." which was most likely Mrs. Stephen G. (Eva Lemira Hamilton) Van Hoesen '21.

Miss Josephine Lapsley postcards