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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

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. 


Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1940-1972

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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Newspaper article entitled: Good Deed For Patients At Infirmary.ArticleB0126
From David S. Hurwitz to E. Chester Hoyt dated July 13, 1961 regarding a general survey.LetterB0127
From Kenneth West to David Hurwitz dated February 15, 1961 regarding a visit with the Nutritionist. Attached are letters from January 30, 1961, January 17, 1961, and December 29, 1961 regarding the Nutritionist and a report dated November 30, 1960 made by Emily K. Stamm, Senior Nutritionist.LetterB0128
From Kenneth West to Rosemary H. Strain, Chief Statistical Reporting Section, NYS Dept. of Social Welfare dated August 11, 1961 regarding the June WS-38 Report. Attached is a letter from Rosemary Strain to Kenneth West dated August 8, 1961 regarding the quarterly report.LetterB0129
From John C. Gridley to Pitcher Fuel & Supply Corp. dated July 3, 1962 regarding the main boiler at the County Home.LetterB0201
Newspaper article from the Elmira Star-Gazette dated July 27, 1962 entitled: County to Proceed on Plans for Health-Welfare Center.ArticleB0202
From Dr. Earle G. Ridall, Chairman of Council of Community Services to Members of County-Wide Health Steering Committee dated January 16, 1962 regarding Committee Meeting on Thursday, February 1, 1962.MemoB0203
For the Health Steering Committee dated October 26, 1961.MinutesB0204
Small City Urban Renewal. Report on 1963 Summer Research Studies in Boston, New York, New Haven, Pittsburgh by Clara L. van de Wall, October 31, 1963.ReportB0205
From David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated July 11, 1962 regarding the annual inspection. Attached is a letter from David Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated July 9, 1962 regarding the survey of the County Home.LetterB0206
From John C. Gridley to James W. Gaynor, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal dated July 18, 1962 regarding the possibility of the division advancing funds for housing the aging.LetterB0207
From John C. Gridley to the Housing and Home Finance Agency dated August 8, 1962 regarding funds for community studies.LetterB0208
Memo from John C. Gridley to Kenneth West dated November 1, 1962 regarding a survey. Attached is a letter from Anthony J. J. Rourke, MD to John C. Gridley dated October 26, 1962 regarding the submition of a Phase I survey.DocumentsB0209
From John C. Gridley to Dr. William A. Ronan dated June 29, 1962 regarding an article.LetterB0210
From John C. Gridley to Nelson A. Rockefeller dated May 11, 1962 regarding the proposed Health-Welfare Center.LetterB0211
From Kenneth West to F. P. Marone, Manager of Benefit Dept for B. F. Helmbrecht Agency dated April 17, 1962 regarding information on the Infirmary. Attached is a letter from F. P. Barone to Kenneth West dated April 16, 1962 regarding the status of the Chemung County Infirmary.LetterB0212
From John C. Gridley to Nelson A. Rockefeller dated April 12, 1962 regarding the new concept of a Health-Welfare Center.LetterB0213
Memo from Kenneth West, no date, regarding a survey made by the New York State Nursing Home Association in 1962. Attached is the survey: Public Welfare Rates for Private Proprietary Nursing Homes, Private Proprietary Homes for Adults and County Infirmary Rates of Public Welfare Districts in New York State.DocumentsB0214
From M.G. Clark, Audit Department to Mr. West dated April 23, 1962 regarding information for 1960 and 1961.MemoB0215
Memo from David S. Hurwitz to the Commissioners of Public Welfare, Area 2 dated October 23, 1962 regarding Public Home and Approved Public Home Infirmary Rates for the period 4/1/62 to 3/31/63. Attached is the Per Diem and Monthly Rates for Public Homes and Approved Infirmaries in New York State.DocumentsB0216
Memo from Kenneth West dated April 5, 1962 regarding Rates to be Used in Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached is a letter from David M. Schneider to Kenneth West dated March 30, 1962 regarding the reimbursement rate.DocumentsB0217
Monthly reports for the Chemung County Home for December and June 1962-1956.ReportB0301
From Kenneth West to Mike Ameigh dated November 14, 1963 regarding Fire Protection - Co. Home & Infirmary. Attached is a memo from H. Michael Cornwell to Manley Ameigh dated November 1, 1963 regarding Hazardous fire situation at Chemung County Home Laundry.MemoB0302
From Kenneth West to Charles Adair dated March 11, 1963 regarding information on the County Farm land useage by our lessee, Mr. Milton Roy.LetterB0303
From Kenneth West to Charles H. Adair dated October 18, 1963 regarding Sewage - Co. Home & Infirmary.LetterB0304
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