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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Letter from George Chesbro to A. Lyman Wright dated November 9, 1948 regarding a survey.LetterA0834
Letter from James R. Cargill, MD to A. Lyman Wright dated October 18, 1948 regarding the improvement of health and general welfare of the people in the County Home.LetterA0835
Memo from Mr. Wright to Mr. Saunders dated July 20, 1948 regarding a stretcher for emergencies.MemoA0836
Memo from Mr. Wright dated July 19, 1948 regarding nurses receiving their license to practice. Attached is a newspaper article.DocumentsA0837
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to James E. Personius dated April 20, 1948 regarding a doctor's certificate.LetterA0838
Inventory of Beds and Mattresses with a memo attached requesting the inventory, dated March 25, 1948.DocumentsA0839
Inventory of the Equipment at the County Infirmary.DocumentsA0840
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Tracy J. Bushnell dated April 5, 1948 regarding the reservoir.LetterA0841
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Safety Products dated April 12, 1948 regarding an ad for Scots Guard Home Fire Alarm. Ad is attached.DocumentsA0842
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Louis J. Mosher, Chief of the Elmira Fire Department dated April 12, 1948 regarding a fire inspection.LetterA0843
Letter from Safety Products to A. Lyman Wright dated April 19, 1948 regarding fire alarms.LetterA0844
Letter from George A. Sydney to Herman Dunbar, dated May 28, 1948 regarding Chief Mosher's report. Attached is the report.DocumentsA0845
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Louis J. Mosher, dated August 3, 1948 regarding recommendations in Mosher's report.LetterA0846
Memo from Mr. Wright to Mr. Saunders dated August 3, 1948 regarding American LaFrance.MemoA0847
Letter from J. Gerald Loughlin of Bovik & Crandall to Mr. Wright dated March 13, 1948 regarding information on a sound projector equipment.LetterA0848
Letter from Willard J. Bowers, Plumbin - Heating - Electrical Wiring to Mr. Wright dated April 16, 1948 regarding quotations on ranges. Included is a brochure.DocumentsA0849
Letter from George F. Pickel & Son to the Chemung County Purchasing Agent dated April 16, 1948 regarding the refrigeration system.LetterA0850
Letter from Edwin W. Sippel to Mr Wright, dated July 3, 1948 regarding the purchasing of cafeteria equipment. Attached is a list of items for sale.DocumentsA0851
Letter from T. J. Bushness to Mr Wright dated September 22, 1948 regarding the installation of electric stoves.LetterA0852
Memo from Mr. Wright to Mr. Saunders dated December 7, 1948 regarding a Potato Peeler.MemoA0853
Form PH-33: Monthly Report of a County, City or Town Home, for Breesport, February 1948.FormA0854
Form PH-33: Monthly Report of a County, City or Town Home, for Breesport, January 1948.FormA0855
Letter from Harry Hillman to David M. Schneider, Statistician, dated May 12, 1941 regarding the April 1941 report. Attached are letters dated April 22, 1941, June 13, 1940, June 3, 1940, April 4, 1940, November 16, 1939, October 20, 1939, August 16, 1939, June 7, 1939, May 31, 1939, May 4, 1939 and April 18, 1939.LetterA0856
Memo from A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated August 30, 1948 regarding Sale of Farm Equipment. Attached is a letter to the Star-Gazette and a listing of farm equipment.DocumentsA0901
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Arba Rogers, Chairmand Insuracne Committee Chemung County Board of Supervisors, dated June 24, 1949 regarding 2 tractors.LetterA0902
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