Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Who Are Plainfield's Historic Women?

Tonight's budget meeting had only three City Council members, thus lacking a quorum, and just two citizens in attendance.

Therefore, I will change the subject and ask for remembrances of Plainfield women who made local history.

Some names that come to mind are Pepsi Charles, Angela Perun, Helen Miller, Adele deLeeuw and Phyllis Mason.

I welcome any comments on these women or others who contributed to Plainfield's legacy, whether cultural or political.

If possible, please sign your name to your comments.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous John said...

Let's us not forget Abigail Powlett

11:17 PM  
Blogger RASRAHMATAZ said...

Ok so the really sad part is that I don't know who either of these women you named are...I've heard the name Pepsi Charles...but my only recall is the fact that her name was "Pepsi" and I never knew a "person" with that name.

The question that begs to be asked is why or how these women deemed to be important historic figures in Plainfield could escape this 42 year old life-long resident?

And further...how and who determines the impact of these women?

I could just as well put my Mother: Cheryl Elizabeth Ivey Smith... her historic impact is far greater to me than of course to the other thousands of Plainfield residents...but at least I know her.

So Bernice -- how do we measure Historic and Impactful history making women? Just curious?

10:25 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

At one time Helen Miller was a dominent force among the so called "3 witches" on the Council.All sat on the reight of the President. She gloried in her role and never missed the annual meeting of municipalities in AC. She was a good party player. After ending her position on the council she became an vociferous advocate for the Senior Citizens. That was her greatest role.

Phylis Mason was never given her due. A constant advocate of good government, and both the forgotten proposed light rail line as well as upgrading the RV Line to make Plainfield more attractive for new commuting residence. Unfortunately she was never able to sell her political ambitions to the voters. She would have been a good government force in either the Council or the Assembly.

10:51 AM  
Blogger RASRAHMATAZ said...

Hey -- I wanted to follow-up my post with this so folks don't go getting their panties all in a bind...

Because "I" don't know them doesn't mean they haven't had impact! What I asking is rather to be provided some historical context/content as to "why" these ladies are considered history makers.

In otherwords -- Teach me (and I'm sure a whole lot of other Plainfielders) --something!

Looking forward to the learning!

11:08 AM  
Blogger MichaelT said...

Adele DeLeeuw was an author of children's books, penning 75 during her career. She was also a mover and shaker in the arts and music arena in Plainfield.
She was a member of the Pen and Brush, a literary and arts society in New York; founder and first president of Words and Music, a group of professional writers and musicians in Plainfield; and co-founder with her sister of the Plainfield Art Association.
She served on the board of Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Plainfield and the board of Rutgers University Advisory Council on Children’s Literature.
She was a past president of the Plainfield Symphony Auxiliary and a member of the Plainfield Music Club, Plainfield Country Club and the Author’s Guild.
When she died, she left a portion of her estate to the Plainfield Foundation to provide scholarship assistance to graduating seniors in Plainfield and the surrounding area. The students must pursue a major course of study in art, poetry, journalism, writing, engineering.
This is the 14th year of the Adele DeLeeuw scholarship program, and nearly $900,000 has been awarded to date. The Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield coordinates the scholarship program and conducts interviews for students from Plainfield and North Plainfield high schools.
Michael Townley
Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Committee

9:26 PM  
Blogger RASRAHMATAZ said...

AWESOME!!!. Thank YOU Michael and OLD Doc for Schooling me on these ladies!!! I dare say by doing so keeps their memory and contributions alive and well.

Again THANKS!!!

2:47 PM  

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