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Collection TitleCL 14 Breesport County HomeCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards
Date Completed:May 24, 2007
Date Updated:March 3, 2008
Provenance:The Breesort County Home Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Thomas Santulli in 2007. 
Terms:Aged--Government policy; Aged--Health and hygiene; Aged--Institutional care; Aged--Services for; Chemung County (N.Y.); Old age homes
Historical:

The Breesport County Home began in 1837 when the Board of Supervisors purchased 178  acres of land in the town of Breesport to be used as a home for vagrants and orphans.  In 1868, it was re-designated as a home for the aged and infirm.  Since then there have been various additions to the original property to meet the institution's growing needs.  The infirmary came first in 1888 and was later expanded in 1913.  In 1902, an administrative building was constructed and, in 1933, a two-story brick hospital wing was built. 

During the 20th century, the Home's population began to steadily rise until 1958, when it had reached its saturation point.  At this point, the Council of Community Services Nursing Home Study Committee began to urge the construction of an entirely new facility.  In 1960, a Health Planning Committee was established to look into the proposal and in July 1971, the Breeseport County Home was closed and its residence transferred to the new, fully modern, facilities in Heritage Park. 

Scope:The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, correspondence and articles relating to the Home.  These items range in date from 1940 to 1972, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960's.  The earlier parts of the collection focus primarily on the day to day administrative needs of the Home, while later sections concern the County's need for a newer facility. 
Notes:

 

Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1940-1972
Abstract

The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, letters and articles regarding the County Home and Infirmary, including information on the construction of the Heritage Park.



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Letter from Kenneth West to W. Chester Hoyt dated March 21, 1960 regarding bids for supplying milk. Attached are: a supplement to the March 21st letter, a March 20, 1963 bid document from Henry Wise, President of Elm-Co Dairy, In., a letter from Paul Wigsten to W. C. Hoyt dated March 20, 1963 regarding a bit for milk and a letter from Maple Farms Inc to the Board of Supervisors dated March 20, 1963 regarding their bid for milk.DocumentsB0330
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser, Tuesday, September 22, 1964 entitled: Health Center Start Possible Before UR Plans Get OK.ArticleB0401
Newspaper article entitled: Supervisors Told Health Center In City Would Cost $315,150 Less.ArticleB0402
Newspaper article from the Chemung Valley Reporter, dated Thursday, January 30, 1964 entitled: County Home Comments with a series of newspaper articles from the Chemung Valley Reporter, dated Thursday, January 30, 1964 regarding the County Home in Breesport attached.ArticleB0403
Newspaper Article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser dated Friday, February 21, 1964 entitled: Council Asked to Help Plan Health Center.ArticleB0404
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser dated Friday, September 11, 1964 entitled: Mayor Outlines Health Center Push.ArticleB0405
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser dated August 21, 1964 entitled: Breesport Center Wouldn't Get U.S. Aid.ArticleB0406
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette dated Wednesday, February 19, 1964 entitled: Board Favors Better Of Sites for Center.ArticleB0407
Newspaper article from the Elmira Telegram dated Sunday, February 16, 1964 entitled: How Capital Cost, Other Expenses Would Differ for Center at 2 Sites.ArticleB0408
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser dated Tuesday, February 18, 1964 entitled: Eastside Site for Health Center Voted.ArticleB0409
Newspaper article from the Sunday Telegram, dated Sunday, February 16, 1964 entitled: Health Center --Which Location?ArticleB0410
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser dated Tuesday, February 11, 1964 entitled: Further Discussion Slated Thursday on Health Center Site.ArticleB0411
Newspaper article photograph captioned Board Visitors.ArticleB0412
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette dated February 15, 1964 entitled: Report Plans Stymied to Build 100-Bed Private Nursing Home.ArticleB0413
Newspaper articles entitled: Health Unit Talks Attract Supervisors and City Planners to Study Health Center Proposals.ArticleB0414
Newspaper article entitled: Letter to the Editor, Urges Board To Act Now On Center.ArticleB0415
Newspaper article entitled: Chalk to Press Vote on Health Center.ArticleB0416
Newspaper article entitled: Letter to the Editor - Home Shows Need For Infirmary.ArticleB0417
Newspaper article entitled: 14-9 Supervisors Apprival Seen For Health Center at City Site.ArticleB0418
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette dated Thursday, January 23, 1964 entitled: Planners Favor Health Unit Near St. Joseph's.ArticleB0419
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette and Advertiser dated Friday, February 14, 1964 entitled: Some in Audience Laugh, Groan, Jeer as Helath Center Discussed.ArticleB0420
Newspaper article entitled: 3 Supervisors Charge Pressure Group Wants Health Complex on City's Eastside.ArticleB0421
Newspaper article from the Chemung Valley Reporter dated Thursday, January 30, 1964 entitled: County Home Comments.ArticleB0422
Newspaper from the Chemung Valley Reporter dated Thursday, January 30, 1964 entitled: Many Oppose New Co. Home Site.ArticleB0423
Newspaper article entitled: Councilmen Favor Health Center on City's Eastside.ArticleB0424
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