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Collection TitleMC 64 PeopleCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:December 2015

The Ethel Shaver Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Betty Vondracke in 2007.  The Griswold Family Collection was donated to the Booth Library in 2001.  The Jenkins Family Collection was donated by Grace Jenkins in 2015.  The Joseph Grover collection was donated to the Booth Library in 1971.  The Rosencrans Family Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Heather Bescheler in 2010.


Bradford County (PA); Elmira (N.Y.); Jewish Americans; Recipes; Southport (N.Y.); United States.  Navy; World War, 1939-1945


Ethel Shaver was born in Canton, Pennsylvania in 1890.  She was married to Guy Shaver, a barber, and lived on Elmira’s Southside. 


Griswold Family was established in Chemung County by Elijah Griswold (1719-approx. 1800) who settled here was in the 1790s.  His descendants are scattered throughout upstate New York including in Elmira and Cortland. 


Jenkins Family – Nelson Jenkins served in U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1946 aboard the U.S.S. Langley.  His brother Richard Jenkins served in the Army in the Pacific during WW II and was killed in action in September 1944.


Joseph Grover, originally of Springfield Township, Pennsylvania, fought during the Revolutionary War.  He later settled on a farm in the Town of Southport.    


Rosencrans Family – During World War II, Seymour Rosencrans served as an officer in US Army Air Corps.  He later worked as salesman and was killed in a car accident in 1957.  His brother Herbert served as a baker with the Army Quartermaster and was stationed in India.  Both were members of Congregation Shomray Hadath, Elmira’s Orthodox Jewish temple.   


The Ethel Shaver Collection contains recipes, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous personal papers, 1862-1963.  The Griswold Family Collection includes genealogical information, familial correspondence, and family newsletters, 1890-1961.  The Jenkins Family Collection includes materials associated with Nelson and Richard Jenkins’ service in World War II, British War Relief material, and miscellaneous family papers, 1860-2007. The Joseph Grover Collection includes Grover’s financial and legal papers, 1820-1833.  The Rosencrans Family Collection includes Seymour Rosencrans’ personal papers, 1945-1957; Herbert Rosencrans’ World War II photograph album; and miscellaneous family papers and photographs. 

Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1820-2007
AbstractMC 64 contains five collections: Ethel Shaver Collection; Griswold Family Collection; Jenkins Family Collection; Joseph Grover Collection; and the Rosencrans Family Collection. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Jenkins Family Collection - Invitation to a dance at the Offices Club, Hereford, Texas, November 6, 1943. InvitationA0903
Jenkins Family Collection - Chinese 10 cent bill, ca. 1940s. CurrencyA0904
Jenkins Family Collection - Mother's Day card sent by Nelson Jenkins from aboard the U.S.S. Langley, ca. 1940s. Greeting CardA0905
Jenkins Family Collection - Notice regarding the U.S. Navy Commissary Store at Hunters Point, California, ca. 1940s. DocumentA0906
Jenkins Family Collection - Menu for Christmas dinner aboard the U.S.S. Langley, December 25, 1944. MenuA0907
Jenkins Family Collection - Change of address form filled out by Nelson Jenkins, 1945. DocumentA0908
Jenkins Family Collection - Menu from the Terrace Room of the Hotel New Yorker, New York City, November 23, 1945. MenuA0909
Jenkins Family Collection - Covered Wagon Daily News/ Langley Pioneer, U.S.S. Langley ship newsletter: April 20,1944; Easter Day; August 31, 1944; December 25, 1944; February 1945; March 1945. NewsletterA0910
Jenkins Family Collection - The Pointer, U.S. Navy Drydocks, Hunters Point, California: July 13, 1945. NewsletterA0911
Jenkins Family Collection - Paperwork regarding Nelson Jenkin's application for the Sons of the American Revolution, 2001. DocumentA0912
Jenkins Family Collection - Paperwork for photographs lent to the Southport Historical Society for the Military display, 2007. DocumentsA0913
Jenkins Family Collection - Richard Jenkin's address book, ca. 1940s. NotebookA1001
Jenkins Family Collection - Letter from Richard Jenkins to his sister-in-law Grace Jenkins, April 15, 1944. LetterA1002
Jenkins Family Collection - Program from Richard Jenkin's memorial service at Trinity Church, November 5, 1944. ProgramA1003
Jenkins Family Collection - Photograph of Richard Jenkins, ca. 1943.PhotographA1004
Jenkins Family Collection - (6) Ration books issued to Jane & John Evangiles, 1942-1945. Ration BooksA1101
Jenkins Family Collection - Booklet on the British War Relief Society, ca. 1940s. BookletA1102
Jenkins Family Collection - Certificate of War Industries Training issued to Grace Evangiles by the New York State Agriculture and Technical Institute, June 8, 1943. CertificateA1103
Jenkins Family Collection - Newspaper clippings about the efforts of the British War Relief Society, ca. 1940s. Newspaper ClippingsA1104
Jenkins Family Collection - Record of births and deaths in the Ferguson family, 1790-1920. DocmentA1201
Jenkins Family Collection - Record of Minor Ferguson's service in the Civil War. DocumentA1202
Jenkins Family Collection - Correspondence between Grace Jenkins and Rev. Henry Hubbard of Trinity Church regarding the National Roll of Honor at the Washington Cathedral, 1943-1945. CorrespondenceA1203
Jenkins Family Collection - Fishing license issued to William Ferguson, 1955. LicenseA1204
Jenkins Family Collection - Photograph of A. Edward Satterlee with his history in the Army Air Corps, 1941-1945. PhotographA1205
Jenkins Family Collection - (3) Photographs of WELM Radio host Ethel Parker, ca. 1940s-50s, also featuring Walt Disney, Tom & Charlotte Chimeleski, Eldon & MaryAnn Kasper, Jay Parker, and Nelson & Grace Jenkins. PhotographsA1206
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