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Collection TitleCL 14 Breesport County HomeCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards
Date Completed:May 24, 2007
Date Updated:March 3, 2008
Provenance:The Breesort County Home Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Thomas Santulli in 2007. 
Terms:Aged--Government policy; Aged--Health and hygiene; Aged--Institutional care; Aged--Services for; Chemung County (N.Y.); Old age homes

The Breesport County Home began in 1837 when the Board of Supervisors purchased 178  acres of land in the town of Breesport to be used as a home for vagrants and orphans.  In 1868, it was re-designated as a home for the aged and infirm.  Since then there have been various additions to the original property to meet the institution's growing needs.  The infirmary came first in 1888 and was later expanded in 1913.  In 1902, an administrative building was constructed and, in 1933, a two-story brick hospital wing was built. 

During the 20th century, the Home's population began to steadily rise until 1958, when it had reached its saturation point.  At this point, the Council of Community Services Nursing Home Study Committee began to urge the construction of an entirely new facility.  In 1960, a Health Planning Committee was established to look into the proposal and in July 1971, the Breeseport County Home was closed and its residence transferred to the new, fully modern, facilities in Heritage Park. 

Scope:The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, correspondence and articles relating to the Home.  These items range in date from 1940 to 1972, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960's.  The earlier parts of the collection focus primarily on the day to day administrative needs of the Home, while later sections concern the County's need for a newer facility. 


Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1940-1972

The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, letters and articles regarding the County Home and Infirmary, including information on the construction of the Heritage Park.

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Letter from T. J. Bushnell to the Permutit Company dated October 19, 1948 regarding: "Your job BK-36743, Our Req. 4030, Our Order 4855-B, Year 1944".LetterA0809
Memorandum to Mr. John Saunders from Mr. A. Lyman Wright dated October 26, 1948 regarding Pasturizing Milk.MemoA0810
Memorandum to Mr. John Saunders from Mr. A. Lyman Wright dated July 20, 1948 regarding the annual inspedtion tour.MemoA0811
Schedule of events for the Chemung County Board of Supervisors, Annual Inspection - Chemung County Farm, September 19, 1948.DocumentsA0812
Report, schedule of events, letters of invitation and letters of RSVP for the Annual Inspection Tour of the Chemung County Farm.DocumentsA0813
Forms and letters regarding the purchase of narcotics for use in the hospital.DocumentsA0814
Form 713 - Inventory of Opium, Coca Leaves, Marihuana, Ect for the Chemung County Home & Hospital.FormA0815
Letter from William G. Flore Wage & Excise Tax Division to the Chemung County Home & Hospital dated June 1, 1948 requesting a signature for the person responsible for purchasing narcotics.LetterA0816
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to W. Chester Hoyt dated May 10, 1948 regarding the procedure for requistioning narcotics.LetterA0817
Letter from the Chemung County Extension Service to Lyman Wright and J. A. Saunders dated April 9, 1948 regarding improvements to the farm. Attached is a drawing and a contract.DocumentsA0818
Page 2 of a letter regarding the farm.DocumentsA0819
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Milton Jacobson dated February 24, 1948 regarding dental work. Attached are notes on the dental work.DocumentsA0820
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to George W. Chesbro NYS Department of Social Welfare dated March 3, 1948 regarding dental work.LetterA0821
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Carl F. Northrup, Boy Scouts of America dated June 15, 1948 regarding the puchase of a movie projector for the farm.LetterA0822
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to L. N. Wood dated November 23, 1948 regarding a public address system for the farm.LetterA0823
Article regarding a party at the County home.ArticleA0824
Newsletter BPOE Tidings entitled Elks Memorial Service, Sunday December 5th, dated November 1948.NewsletterA0825
List of Sources of Charitable Entertainment.DocumentsA0826
Memorandum to John A. Saunders from A. Lyman Wright dated March 5, 1948 regarding paperwork.MemoA0827
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to George Chesbro, dated December 9, 1948 regarding wages paid to the County Home inmates. Attached is a letter from George Chesbro to Mr. Wright dated December 8, 1948, a letter from Mr. Wright to Mr. Chesbro dated November 26, 1948 and a letter from C. L. Chamberlain to Mr. Wright dated November 22, 1948.DocumentsA0828
Memo A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated October 7, 1948 regarding voting.MemoA0829
Memo A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated August 30, 1948 regarding an inventory.MemoA0830
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to George W. Chesbro dated December 22, 1948 regarding a request. Attached is a copy of the request.LetterA0831
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to George W. Chesbro dated November 26, 1948 confirming a meeting. Attached is a letter requesting a conference dated November 23, 1948.LetterA0832
Letter from Vivian F. Bucknam, Area Supervisor of Welfare Institutions to A. Lyman Wright dated November 22, 1948 regarding the return of materials.LetterA0833
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