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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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Memo from A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated August 8, 1949 regarding Dr. Cargill.MemoA0928
Memo from A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated May 16, 1949 regarding Recharging Fire Extinguishers. Attached is a letter from Mr. Wright to Chief Mosher dated April 20, 1949.MemoA0929
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Davis Manufacturing Co., dated June 2, 1949 regarding fire alarm systems. Attached is an advertisment for fire alarm systems.DocumentsA0930
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Tracy Bushnell dated July 7, 1949 regarding a Fire Alarm System for the County Farm.LetterA0931
Letter from George Sidney to Herman Dunbar Chairman Building Committee, dated June 21, 1949 regarding the problem of evacuating bed patients and semi-invalids from the second floor.LetterA0932
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to John M. Davis, Chief Breesport Fire Dept. dated December 19, 1949 regarding the inspection of the County Home and Farm. Attached is a note from the fire chief to Mr. Sidney.LetterA0933
Memo from A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated December 19, 1949 regarding Fire Extinguishers.MemoA0934
Notes and figures for equipment for the Chemung County Home.DocumentsA0935
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Tracy Bushnell dated January 26, 1949 regarding moving the laundry from the farm to the basement of the infirmary.LetterA0936
Letter from Executone Communication Systems to J. A. Saunders dated January 20, 1949 regarding a communication system.LetterA0937
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to C. U. Haverly, President of Haverly Electric Co., Inc. dated April 20, 1949 regarding specifications for the freezing room. Attached is a letter dated March 2, 1949 and an advertiesement.DocumentsA0938
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Mr. Forrest D. Couch, dated April 29, 1949 regarding the Drying Tumbler. Attached is a letter from the American Laundry Machinery Company to Mr. Wright dated March 5, 1949 and a product guide.DocumentsA0939
A letter from the American Laundry Machinery Company to Mr. Wright dated June 24, 1949 regarding Your Order dated June 17, 1949, Our order EM-737.LetterA0940
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Tracy Bushnell dated June 25, 1949 regarding the Stoker fire boiler.LetterA0941
Letter from Donald Wright to Chester Hoyt dated June 29, 1949 regarding quotations for a ventilating fan in the laundry. Attached is an invoice.DocumentsA0942
Letters and invoices regaring a purchase of nursery stock.DocumentsA0943
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to O. W. Nelson dated November 28, 1949 regarding an invoice for equipment. Attached is an invoice.DocumentsA0944
Memo from A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated December 6, 1949 regarding Supplies.MemoA0945
Letter from David M. Schneider to Mr. Lyman Wright dated April 29, 1949 regarding annual reports. Attached are annual reports and letters.DocumentsA0946
Memo from A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated August 29, 1949 regarding County Home Menus.MemoA0947
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Elizabeth C. Lyons dated May 3, 1949 regarding requested information.LetterA0948
Series of Monthly reports for the Breesport County Home.ReportA0949
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