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Collection TitleCL 56 Hygeia Refrigerating Co. CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Debra Maloney
Date Completed:January 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library in 1982 by Garth Shoemaker.

 Elmira (N.Y.); Business enterprises;  Corporate meetings - Stockholder's meetings;  Corporate meetings - Corporate minutes; Flood control;  Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery - cold-storage lockers.

Historical:Hygeia Refrigerating Company- The Hygeia Refrigerating Company was created on September 1, 1896 to provide refrigeration services to grocers, shippers and citizens.   On March 5, 1921, an off-shoot, Hygeia Ice Cream Company, was created. Corning-Hygeia, Inc. was then founded on February 21, 1930.  The company provided cold storage for produce, furs, and wholesale distribution of ice and ice cream until 1976.  Major officers were Clayton S. Shoemaker, Floyd M. Shoemaker, Guy S. Shoemaker, J. Raymond Shoemaker, David Shoemaker and Garth Shoemaker, who was the last president.  The company was heavily involved in making improvements to the south dike of the Chemung River.  David Shoemaker's wife, Eleanor, founded the Eleanor Shoemaker Real Estate Company in 1962.    
Scope:The collection includes stock ledgers and certificates books from 1896-1904; stock certificates from 1921 and 1924-1927; by-laws of Corning-Hygeia, Inc. from 1930; diagrams of at-grade crossing elimination projects from 1932; architectural drawings, blueprints and correspondence regarding flood control projects from 1936-1946; promotional photographs of the company taken by Fred Loomis and Steiner Studios, from 1924-1954; and the 1954 summary appraisal.
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1896-1954
AbstractThis collection contains material relating to the Hygeia Refrigerating Company of Elmira, N.Y. and its subsidiaries. 

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Copy of letter sent to City Manager C.C. Hunter from J.R. Shoemaker, March 17, 1936Letter020407
Letter to Henry Wich from J.R. Shoemaker, President of Hygeia,regarding dike, 1936Letter020408
Letter from City Manager C.C. Hunter to J.R. Shoemaker, President of Hygeia, March 25, 1936Letter020409
Response to City Manager C.C. Hunter's March 25, 1936 letter from Hygeia President J.R. Shoemaker, March 26, 1936Letter020410
Letter from Wesley O. Crew, President of Elmira Association of Commerce to J.R. Shoemaker, President of Hygeia, April 8, 1936Letter020411
Letter from J.R. Shoemaker, President of Hygeia, to Oscar Monrad, Association of Commerce, October 16, 1936Letter020412
Notice issued by the Association of Commerce of public hearing to be held in Corning, New York on Thursday, October 22, 1936 as to the need of flood protection Document020413
Letter from City Manager C.C. Hunter to Hygeia President J.R. Shoemaker, October 31, 1936Letter020414
Suggestion from J.R. Shoemaker, President of Hygeia, undatedMemo020415
Notes regarding dike on south bank of Chemung River, November 4, 1935Manuscript020416
Ledger entires, June 16, 1937Manuscript020417
Correspondence regarding condition of dike, January 15, 1938Document020418
Diagram of river bank and dike, September 28, 1938 and October 2, 1940Manuscript020419
Newspaper article entitled "Crest Inches Above Record in '36 Flood", Monday, April 1, 1940Newspaper020420
Newspaper article entitled "How the River's Depth is Measured with diagram, from The Advertiser, undated.Newspaper020421
Correspondence from J.R. Shoemaker regarding level of dike, April 25, 1940.Document020422
Memo from J.R. Shoemaker to W.C. Wolgast re dike, April 25, 1940.Manuscript020422
Unsigned note regarding dike leakage, June 24 [1940]Document020423
Newspaper article entitled "Overnight Rainfall Totals 2.17 Inches, Heaviest Since '37", 1940.Newspaper020424
Note regarding Army Engineers' Test of concrete dike, October 1, 1940Document020425
Diagram, undatedDocument020426
Notes on foundation plans, October 16, 1940 and October 24, 1940Document020427
List of repairs on sewer lines, unsigned, October 16, 1940Document020428
Note regarding dike plan, October 24, 1940Document020429
Blueprint of wall near Erie R.R. Bridge, October 30, 1940.Blueprint020430
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