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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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Prepared by the County Planning Director, County Welfare Director and the County Health Director entitled: Location Factors For County Infirmary.ReportB0508
Chemung County Health-Welfare Complex: Narrative Description of Infirmary Section for Formal Application to New York State Department of Health.ReportB0509
Chemung County Infirmary Planning History and Data Sheet, compiled by Staff of Chemung County Planning Board, January 14, 1964.ReportB0510
Preliminary Review Draft - Study and Analysis of Population Trends for the Elmira-Chemung County Metropolitan Area dated December 16, 1960.ReportB0511
From John C. Gridley to Members of the Board of Supervisors dated January 7, 1964 regarding an information session on January 14.MemoB0512
From David S. Hurwitz to John Gridley dated March 5, 1964 regarding the approval of the site for the health center.LetterB0513
From Kenneth West to John C. Gridley dated April 6, 1964 regarding Health-Welfare Complex.MemoB0514
From David S. Hurwitz to Gordon VanHouten dated April 9, 1964 regarding questions about the relocation of the facility.LetterB0515
Letter from Kenneth West to John C. Gridley dated Jun 25, 1964 regarding materials from David Hurwitz. Attached are a letter from David Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated June 23, 1964 regarding procedure for Hill-Burton and a copy of the Revised Procedure for Hill-Burton and Accelerated Public Works Projects.DocumentsB0516
Handwritten notes regarding the Health Center.NotesB0517
Legal form from the State of New York, County of Chemung, Children's Court.FormB0518
Legal form from the State of New York, County of Chemung, Children's Court.FormB0519
For the Welfare Committee Meeting, February 20, 1964.MinutesB0520
Home Nursing Care in Virginia.ArticleB0521
Dedication, Livingston County Infirmary, December 12, 1964.ProgramB0522
From Kenneth West to Mr. R. I. Johnson dated January 20, 1964 regarding information on the County Home. Attached are: a letter from Neil Gordon to the American Society of Psychosomatic Dentistry and Medicine dated October 3, 1963 regarding regulations and control of nursing homes and a letter from R. I. Johnson to the Chemung County Health Department dated September 30, 1963 regarding a survey of nursing homes.LetterB0523
From Kenneth West dated April 1, 1964 regarding Rates To Be Used in Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached is a letter from David M. Schneider to Kenneth West dated March 31, 1964 regarding reimbursement rates.MemoB0524
From Kenneth West to Robert T. Jones dated June 2, 1964 regarding a joint purchasing agreement. Attached are: a letter from Ronald Jydstrup to Robert T. Jones dated May 27, 1964 regarding Purchasing Service for the Chemung County Infirmary and a letter from David S. Hurwitz to Kenneth West dated May 20, 1964 regarding purchasing agreements.LetterB0525
From Kenneth West to David S. Hurwitz dated August 12, 1964 regarding the County Home Infirmary.LetterB0526
From H. Michael Cornwell to Gerald Hall, Chief of the Breesport Fire Department dated May 14, 1964 regarding a meeting to work out evacuation routes.LetterB0527
Agreement between County of Chemung and Roy's Dairy Inc. dated September 1, 1964.DocumentB0601
From Mary Grace Muccigrosso to William Yungstrom, James Gaughan and Kenneth West dated March 24, 1965 regarding Status Rental a/c - Chemung County Rod and Gun Club.MemoB0602
Letter from Kenneth West to Milton Roy dated February 11, 1965 regarding a notice from the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. Attached are: a Notice of Acreage, Yields, and Payment Rates from the US Department of Agriculture and a brochure regarding the Feed Grain Program, 1965.DocumentsB0603
Letter from Kenneth West to Richard J. Clark dated October 20, 1965 regarding the County Home and Infirmary Contract. Attached are: Resolution No. 171, the Contract for Removal of Garbage and Wast Paper from Chemung County Home and Infirmary and a letter from Clark's Refuse Removal, Inc. to the Chemung County Department of Public Welfare dated September 17, 1965 regarding garbage and wastepaper removal.DocumentsB0604
Memo from Kenneth West to John C. Gridley dated March 17, 1965 regarding Narcotics Report. Attached are: a letter from Kenneth West to Joseph P. Garen, and one to David S. Hurwitz, dated March 17, 1965 regarding Narcotics Inspection, Chemung Co. Home and Infirmary. DocumentsB0605
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