Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Artifact Found in Yates House

Workers repairing windows found this lead sash weight dated 1869, the year original owner Joseph W. Yates became one of the first council members and Job Male became the city's first mayor.

By coincidence, as I was looking up information on the building online, so was a relative of J.W. Yates, who saw my 2007 blog post on the house and wrote from Florida to share information. He later sent a New York Times obituary for J.W. Yates and other family documents. In turn, I am attempting to get a copy of the Courier News front-page story on Mr. Yates' death, which tells more about his early life as well as his contributions to the community. He died on July 30, 1904.

The Yates house is now a six-family apartment building. In the early 20th century, the story goes, it was lifted on steel girders and turned sideways on the lot. A late 19th century map in the library's Plainfield Room shows its original placement with a circular driveway, dominating the block across from Grace Episcopal Church.

Once I get more information, I will share it with readers and also with the library.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bernice,

Thanks for sharing information about the history of Plainfield. The people who live and have lived in Plainfield have made important contributions to our country in just about every aspect of history ranging from transportation, architecture, banking, music, art, inventions to name a few. Thanks for bringing the good light to Plainfield. Hope and a focus on our strengths is SOOO important. Keep the long history of Plainfield alive! Preserve Plainfield!

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now here is a protest, forget cutting school !!

Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.March 6, 1939, Monday

20 TREES FELLED TO SPIPE HAGUE; Plainfield Inventor to Cut Down 1,200, Raze Mansion and Quit New Jersey

PLAINFIELD, N.J., March 5.-- Unable to stand Mayor Frank Hague of Jersey City any longer, Samuel W. Rushmore, wealthy inventor, is carrying out his threats to chop down every tree on his...

7:13 PM  

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