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Collection TitleCL 129 Markson Family PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed BySue Rogan
Date Completed:April 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the Estate of Maxine Markson in 2004.
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Small business
Historical:Leon Markson-Leon Markson was born in Elmira on September 21, 1894.  He was the son of Benjamin Markson, founder of the B. Markson & Son, a men's clothing store located at 147 West Water Street.  Leon Markson took over the running of the store in 1915.  In 1950, the store moved to 225-227 West Water Street.  There were also branch stores located in Elmira Heights, Dundee, Mansfield and Wellsboro.  Leon Markson sold the business when he retired in 1979.  In addition to the store, Markson was involved in local Democratic Party politics and wrote a column, "This Town We Live In," for the local paper.  He died January 23, 1987 and was survived by his wife, Maxine Saymon Markson (1910-1999). 
Scope:The Markson Family Papers include photographs of Markson's stores and employees, 1918-1979; Leon Markson's school papers, 1911-12; scrapbooks of Leon Markson's column "This Town We Live In," 1950-1980. 
Extent2 Linear Feet
Date Span1911-1987
AbstractThis collection contains photographs of the Markson's stores, Leon Markson's school papers and scrapbooks related to the Markson Family.   

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
(8) Photographs of commercial buildings on West Water Street near College, 1979.Photographs012001
Concept drawing for the new home of Markson's Men's and Boys' Store showing the new approach to the Main St. Bridge, November 1921. Sketch012101
Scrapbook - "This Town We Live In" column by Leon Markson, April 22, 1950-December 27, 1952.Scrapbook020101
Potograph of Carey Brothers Men's Wear & Shoes store, Elmira Heights, ca. 1930s. Photograph020201
AScrapbook - "This Town We Live In" column by Leon Markson, January 7, 1957-December 15, 1964.Scrapbook030101
Scrapbook - "This Town We Live In" column by Leon Markson, January 1, 1965-May 27, 1968.Scrapbook030201
Scrapbook - "This Town We Live In" column by Leon Markson, June 11, 1968-September 3, 1974.Scrapbook040101
Scrapbook - "This Town We Live In" column by Leon Markson, April 6, 1975-March 10, 1980. Supplimentary Leon Markson clippings regarding politics, business activities and obituary.Scrapbook040201
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