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Collection TitleCL 157 Gilbert-Susemihl CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:November 2015

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Ed Susemihl in 2012 & 2013. 

Terms:Diaries; Elmira (N.Y.); Spanish-American War, 1898

Clara Gilbert (1902-1995) was the eldest daughter of restraint owner Charles Dell Gilbert and his wife Katherine.  After graduating from Elmira Free Academy in 1921,  she worked briefly at Flannagan's store, then the Chamber of Commerce Employment Bureau. In 1924, she became the head of the women's division of the New York State Employment Office in Elmira. She left in 1928 after marrying Lawrence H. Baker.

Herman R. Susemihl joined Company L of the 3rd New York Volunteer Infantry in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.  After his honorable discharge, he worked as a clerk at Gosper-Kelly Shoe Store.  During World War II, he volunteered as plane spotter for the Civil Air Defense.  He died in 1964. 

Scope:The Gilbert-Susemihl Collection contains Clara Gilbert's diaries, 1916-1926; Thomas Wilson's diary, 1870; and Herman R. Susemihl's personal papers and photographs, 1893-1960. 
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1870-1960
AbstractThis collection includes Clara Gilbert's diaries and H.R. Susemihl's personal papers. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Dues notice from the United Spanish War Veterans, E.M. Hoffman Camp No. 40, sent to Herman Susemihl, 1955. Letter011011
Receipt for payment of dues in United Spanish War Veterans, E.M. Hoffman Camp No. 40, with cover letter, 1960. Receipt011012
Newspaper clippings about the Spanish-American War, Herman R. Susemihl and Rolland & Edith Fletcher. Newspaper Clippings011013
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