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Collection TitleCL 88 Richard S. Heller CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByOwen Dean
Date Completed:January 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Mary and Harriet Heller in 2001 and 2009. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.) Genealogy - Heller Family
Scope:

Heller Family - Michael Heller and his wife, Nancy Ann, moved from Germany to Pennsylvania in the 1700's. Their son, Michael Heller Jr. (1776-1856), married Catherine Wormley. In 1803, Catherine's father bought land in Chemung County, New York, and Michael Jr. bought some of that land in 1820, bringing his family to Elmira. Their son, Charles (1821-1896), married Mary Neish (1831-1914), daughter of James Neish and Mary McLaren. Charles and Mary had four children; Harriet Bancroft (1851-1939), Helen Frances (1854-1893), and twins Michael Burt (1865-1940) and David Neish (1865-1932). Michael married Charlotte Stone in 1898 and fathered four sons: Charles Lester (1899-1963), David Robert, Francis Burt, and Richard Stone (1904-1980).

Richard S. Heller - Richard Stone Heller (1904-1980), the son of Michael and Charlotte Stone Heller,  was born in Elmira, New York in 1904. His career in law began in 1920 when he became an intern for the state Attorney General. In 1931, he gained admission to the New York State Bar and began to practice law in Elmira. He served as the chairmen of the Chemung County Democratic Party from 1950 until 1956. He was appointed to the bench of the New York State Court of Claims in 1956 and served until he retired in 1974. Afterwards, he acted as a consultant for the court until his death in 1980. He was survived by his wife Mary Trimble Heller and his daughters Mary Heller Smith, Harriet Heller Sophia, and Janet Heller Howell.

Extent2 linear feet
Date Span1800-1981
AbstractThis collection contains papers relating to the Heller family and the personal and professional papers of Richard S. Heller. 


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Richard S. Heller's oath of office for the Court of Claims, April 4, 1967.Document041901
Fake indictment against Richard S. Heller from Paul M. Lowman, District Attourney of Lake Street, February 1956.Letter042001
Letter from Michael Whiteman to John B. Lawless regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 14, 1966.Letter042101
Letter from John E. Berry to Nelson A. Rockefeller regarding the reappointment of Alexander DelGiorno, February 11, 1966. (Two copies.)Letter042102
Letter From J. Eugene Goddard to Richard S. Heller regarding a letter sent by several people, December 5, 1966.Letter042103
Letter from Michael Whiteman to Sidney Z. Searles regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 9, 1966.Letter042104
Letter to Richard S. Heller from John T. DeGraff regarding the former's reappointment, November 10, 1966.Letter042105
Letter from J. Eugene Goddard to Arthur H. Schwartz regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 5, 1966.Letter042106
Letter from Sidney Z. Searles to Manly Fleishmann regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 5, 1966.Letter042107
Letter from Sidney Z. Searles to John J. Clark regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 7, 1966.Letter042108
Document concerning the reappointment of Richard S. Heller.Document042109
Two letters from Sidney Z. Searles to John J. Clark and Nelson A. Rockefeller, regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 5, 1966.Letter042110
Letter from Bernard H. Chernin to George L. Hinman regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, November 21, 1966.Letter042111
Newspaper clipping advocating the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 8, 1966.Newspaper Clipping042112
Letter from Edward D. Siemer to Manly Fleischmann regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, November 23, 1966.Letter042113
Letter from the President of the Chemung County Bar association regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 6, 1966.Letter042114
Newsletter by Kurt Wachenheim regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 5, 1966.Newsletter042115
Newspaper clipping regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 9, 1966.Newspaper Clipping042116
Letter to Nelson A. Rockefeller from John E. Berry regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, December 5, 1966.Letter042117
Letter from Richard S. Heller to John E. Berry regarding his reappointment, November 16, 1966.Letter042118
Newsletter by Leslie Slote regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, April 1, 1967.Newsletter042119
Letter from Nelson A. Rockefeller to Richard S. Heller regarding the latter's reappointment, April 1, 1967.Letter042120
Nine newspaper clippings regarding the reappointment of Richard S. Heller, circa December 9-4, 1966.Newspaper Clippings042121
Guest book for Richard S. Heller's retirement party, October 13, 1974.Book042201
Richard S. Heller's cirtificate as a reemployment committeeman, October 6, 1942.Document042301
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