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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

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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(16) Discriptive labels from assorted collectable items, including china, glass and silver goods.Documents010905
(7)Photographs of a silver teaset.Photograph011001
Letter from Alan E. Voll to Mrs. Janet Howell about teaset photographs, March 15, 1976.Letter011002
Account of Harriet Stone Heller's marriage to James Richard Sophia.Document011101
Elmira Star-Gazette wedding announcement form, Heller-Sophia wedding. Document011102
Newspaper clipping about Mary A.T. Heller's marriage to Robert Young Smith, September 9, 1956.Newspaper Clipping011201
Newspaper clippings about Mrs. Richard Heller, including her partcipation in the Junior League and her nomination as cochairman of Elmira College's Centennial Observance Committee.Newspaper clippings011202
Letter from Charles F.C. Arensburg, attorney, to Mary A.T. Heller about her trustee account, June 10, 1958.Letter011301
Letter from Richard Heller to the Internal Revenue Service about Mrs. Heller's taxes, October 27, 1960.Letter011302
Agreement establishing a financial trust for the grandchildren of Thomas P. Trimble, March 4, 1950.Document011303
Summary of the account of the Estate of Mary Annetta Trimble, 1932.Document011304
Newspaper clippings the death of Michael B. Heller, 1940.Newspaper Clippings011401
Michael Hellen Sr.'s will, December 8, 1801.Document011501
Deed for sale of land in Elmira from Michael Heller to Englehart Wormley, December 26, 1870. (Two copies)Document011502
Deed for the sale of land in Elmira from Matthew McReynolds to Michael Heller, April 1872.Document011503
Promisory note for monies owned by Michael Heller to George Benneteh, May 27, 1800.Document011504
Conditions of an auction administrated by Michael Heller and George Heller, April 10, 1801.Document011505
Document about the settling of Michael Heller's estate, April 13, 1803.Document011506
Deed for the sale of land in Big Flats from John and Elizabeth Gray to Michael Heller, May 10, 1839.Document011507
Abridged version of Michael Heller's 1857 Will and Testament, March 4, 1968.Document011508
Account of the Sheriff of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, valuation of the estate of Michael Heller, July 10, 1802.Document011509
Paycheck for Michael Heller from Augusta Dean, undated.Document011510
List of outstanding debts owed to Michael Heller, December 3, 1817.Document011511
Promisory note for money owed by Micheal Heller to Jacob Hammoin, November 19, 1821.Document011512
Map of land in Pennsylvania bought by Michael Heller Jr. from Englehart Wormley, May 16, 1816.Map011513
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