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Collection TitleCL 44 Lila R. Seeley CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:June 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Beverly Lewis in 2010.
Terms:Clubs; Elmira (N.Y.)

Lila R. Seeley - Lila Rawson Seeley was born in Tioga, PA and married Edward Seeley of Elmira.  The couple lived for many years at 1112 Ovid Street in Elmira and had a farm house on East Hill.  Lila worked at Loomis & Hall Photo Studio as well as Madelyn's Grill while Edward worked in the construction trade.  The two were active in various social clubs including the Order of the Moose, Junior League, Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution.  During prohibition, the couple engaged in bootlegging and ran a speak-easy in their home.  They had one daughter, Frances Seeley Lewis (1912-1984).  Edward died in a fire in 1954 and Lila died in 1984. 

Scope:The Lila R. Seeley Collection includes a scrapbook, 1940s-50s; photographs, 1940s-50; and miscellaneous material, 1930s-80s.
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1874-1984
AbstractThis collection contains photographs, scrapbooks and miscellaneous items related to the Seeley family. 

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Program - Memorial Service for Frances Seeley Lewis at Olthof Funeral Home, July 1, 1984. Program010307
Biographical notes on Lila and Ed Seeley. Document010308
Wedding and engagement announcements for Mrytle Christensen and Clinton Budd (1948); Barbara Wickham & Charles Reinhart (1961); Judith Snyder & Lawrence Curren (1961); Marie Yeager and George Sabin (no date); Antionette Sullivan and Robert Larkin (note date).Newspaper Clippings010401
Obituaries for Edward A. Rawlings (1976); Frances S. Lewis (1984) and Lena Schiller (no date). Newspaper Clippings010402
Misc. newspaper clippings regarding the Order of the Moose, PTA, Sanitorium, Southside High School and community events, 1940s-1970s. Newspaper Clippings010403
(4) Photographs of Loomis & Hall Photo Studio employees including Lila Seeley, Fred Loomis and Myrtle Stolz, ca. 1950s. Photographs010501
(12) Photographs of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Elmira Lodge 517, and the Women of the Moose, Elmira Lodge 107, members and events, 1940s & 1950s. Photographs010601
This folder contains images of the following social groups, 1930s-40s: meeting of the Seeley's social club in Cortland, NY; Elmira Junior League members with Frances Seeley Lewis; Eatern Star banquet; Installing officers of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Pocahantas Chapter; misc. unidentified groups. Photographs010701
This folder contains photographs of Lila and Ed Seeley (various dates); Hazel Rhoads; Bert Kelley & Alice Carroll; Jane Masenson; Arthur Mosiers; misc. unidentified family friends; gatherings at the Seeley home at 1112 Ovid Street; gatherings at the Seeley's East Hill cottage. Photographs010801
Lila R. Seeley photograph album, ca. 1945-1950. Featuring assorted friends and parties, Moose members and events and the Seeley family home 1112 Ovid Street. Photograph Album0109
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