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Collection TitleCL 11 John Huonker/ Hi-Bar Tavern CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/27/2008

 The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by John Huonker in 1992. 

Terms:Art museums; Chemung County (N.Y.)-History; Elmira (N.Y.); Hotels, taverns, etc.; Hurricane Agnes, 1972; Photographs; Theater programs
Historical:John F. Huonker-John Huonker was a life-long resident of Elmira, N.Y.  Beginning in 1937, he worked in the wine cellar of the Mark Twain Hotel, first as a clerk and later as a steward.  In 1943, he married his wife Jean, a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital.  During WWII, he served in the United States Army Air Corps.  In 1959, he left the Mark Twain Hotel and opened the Hi-Bar Tavern at 600 South Main Street with his partner Frederick O'Herron.  In 1981, he retired as president of Hi-Bar Tavern, Inc., although his wife remained the secretary of the company.  In his spare time, Huonker was an amateur historian who collected items relating to Chemung County and surrounding areas.   
Scope:The John Huonker/Hi-Bar Tavern Collection contains items collected by Mr. Huonker which pertain to Elmira and Chemung County History.  It includes programs from local area theaters and art galleries ranging in date from 1894 to 1963 and various booklets, magazines, documents and brochures about local history and events. It also includes photographs of John Huonker, his friends and his business, primarily from the 1970's.  The collection also contains a large number of bills and receipts related to the Carr family dating from 1885 to 1920. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1885-1978

This collection contains items which were collected by John Huonker.  It includes programs from various events, booklets and other documents pertaining to Elmira and Chemung County history, bills and receipts from various local businesses, photographs of John Huonker and his business, and yearbooks from Southside High School.   

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Elmira Military History, by Lt. Earl L. Laird. Manuscript10206
Program of Exercises Commemoratng the 100th Birthday of Elmira, NY, May 22, 1928. (2 copies)Booklet10207
Brochure for Eldridge Park. Brochure10208
Elmira, New York: The Ideal City in Which to Live and Labor, 1927. Brochure10209
The Where & Who for newcomers in the city of Elmira with the best wishes of merchants on Lake Street. Brochure10210
Elmira, New York: Your City. Booklet10211
Elmira...a friendly city. Booklet10212
Program for the 107th Regiment N.Y. Veteran Association re-union, September 1, 1925. Booklet10213
Southside Saver, April 3, 1963. Newsletter10301
Southside Saver, April 10, 1963. Newsletter10302
Southside Saver, April 17, 1963. Newsletter10303
Southside Saver, April 24, 1963. Newsletter10304
Town of Southport: Proposed Master Plan and Revised Zoning Ordinance, May 1966. Booklet10305
Highway Department Map of Chemung County, New York, 1959. Map10306
Annual report of the Elmira Federation for Social Service, June 1,1924-June 1, 1925. Manuscript104
Audit of the recrods and affairs of Mechanics Savings Bank of Elmira as of October 26, 1959. Document105
Program for the Lyceum Theater for the week of December 26, 1898. Program10601
Program for Roricks Glen for the week of August 26. Program10602
Rorick's News, August 17, 1914. Program10603
Mozart Program and Magazine, Mozart Players production of "Mrs. Wiggs," January 25, 1915. Program10604
Program for the Stanford and Western Players' production of "The Chorus Lady," March 4, 1912 at the Colonial Theater. Program10605
Program for Mme. Schumann-Heink singing at the Lyceum Theater, October 9, 1907.Program10606
Program for "The Telephone Girl" at the Lyceum Theater, December 25, 1901. Program10607
Photograph of 8 men and a dog, no date. Photograph10701
Pennsylvania Railroad Locomotive no. 4031 at Erie Station, 1890. Photograph10702
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