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Collection Title:CL 192 Central Christian Church CollectionCreator:Chemung County Historical Society
Processed By:Dan Weaver
Date Completed:November 2021

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the Central Christian Church in 2018.


Elmira (N.Y.); Churches 


The Elmira Central Christian Church’s origins can be traced to 1893 when a group of local worshippers began meeting as an informal outgrowth of the national Disciples of Christ movement. In October 1898, the group moved to a two-story building at the corner of South Main and Partridge Streets. The group was formally incorporated in November 1898 as The First Church of Christ, Disciples, and moved into a newly-built church on the South Main St. site in 1906.

In January 1951, the organization changed its name to the Central Christian Church, though it remained a local branch of the Disciples of Christ denomination. The church remained active for the next six decades, with highlights including the establishment in the 1980s of a World Outreach Committee, responsible for significant charitable work, and the establishment in 2004 of Spanish language services (the Hispanic Ministry project). In 2013, the church legally disassociated itself from the Disciples of Christ and dissolved in 2018. Notable pastors included: Clayton Chandler Crawford (1896-1909), who served as minister to the initial Disciples of Christ group; Charles M. Kreidler (1909-1924), whose efforts were instrumental in saving the church from financial crisis in its early years; Ronald L. Parker (1970-1974) and Harry L. Taylor (1974-1981), who provided leadership in reconstruction projects following damage to the church caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972; and Ramon Osorio Jr. (2004-2011), who initiated the Hispanic Ministry project.


The Elmira Central Christian Church contains church newsletters and annual reports, 1940s-2010s; service programs, 1930s-2017; correspondence, 1898-2017; meeting minutes, 1910-2017; administrative documents, 1896-2017; photographs and albums, 1910s-2000s; assorted documents.

Extent:6 linear feet
Date Span:1896-2018

This collection contains documents and photographs associated with the Central Christian Church of Elmira.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Hand-written note appearing to break down possible use of funds, with several names listed in upper left-hand corner including Dorothy Richards, Midge, L.L., and Martha, undated.Record030217
Booklet - First Church of Christ (Disciples), Elmira, New York Directory, 1924.Booklet030301
Booklets - Central Christian Church, Elmira, New York, Membership Directories, October 1984, November 1987, July 1997, June 2001, 2004. Booklets030302
Envelope containing hand-written list of church members, ca. 1983, with attached hand-written note.Records030401
Typed list of names and addresses of church members, includes hand-written corrections and updates, ca. 1984.Record030402
Hand-written list of names and telephone numbers for a selection of church members, undated.Record030403
Typed list of names and birthdates of church members, ca. 2000s.Record030404
Church Clerk Reports, 1953-2010. Reports contain updated information for church members, including births, deaths, marriages, and transfers.Records030501
This folder contains records relating to the following individuals: Edna Albee, William H. Allen, Tim Allison, Cheryl Allison, Leona May Allison, Marilyn Passmore, Ames, Mr. & Mrs. Jack L'Amoreaux, Annette Andrews, Miriam Bachle, Romayne Barrett, Alice Baylor, Mary Bennett, Maude Berry, Jackie Besanceney, Violet Newell Besley, Fredie Bingham, Ernestine Blitz, Beatrice Bly, Edgar W. Bly, Jennifer E. Bly, Charles Bockus, Roslyn Miller Boop, Rev. Stephanie Boughton, Clarabelle Bowen, Olin W. Bowen, Hannah Bowes, Walter H. Breese, Nettie Watkins Brooks, Beryl Brown, Terry Brown, Sherry Brown, Virginia Yeager Burt, Clair E. Burt, Nellie Bush, Orpha A. Butler, Shirley Jean Butts (nee: Shirley Jean Stalter), Leonard H. Brunt, Mildred S. Calhoun, Charles H. Campbell, Helen Rutty Campbell, Lydia Casterline, Mary Cheeseman, Dorothy Helen Cheeseman, Marian Louis Cheeseman, Shirley Young Cherry (formerly Shirley Edwards Bohlayer), Florence Clark, Mary Clark, Clifford Cobb, Lorraine Cobb, Lena Cogansparger, Cora Belle Collson, Dorothy M. Collson, Max Arthur Collum, Florence Johnson Collum, Elsie M. Comstock, Margaret (Shaffer) Crosby, Juan Ortiz Cruz, Robert Earl Davis, Geraldine Davis, John Paul Davis, Jim Norman Davis, Harold DeCamp Jr., Martha J. DeCamp, Donald Joseph Derrig, Juanita Derrig, Bob Dewalt, Martha-Jo Dewalt (Martha-Jo T. Harding), Delia V. Dickens, Dorothy Dickens, Paul F. Dickinson, Ralph D. Dickinson, Mary L. Dickinson, Joy Smith Dixon, Emilie Dooley, Carlyle J. Drake, Barbara Drehmer, Francis La Verne Drehmer, Richard Harvey Drehmer, Carrie Dunbar (Bragg).Records030601
This folder contains records relating to the following individuals: Doris L. Edwards, Alyce L. Elliott, Clara Ernest, Ann H. Fairbanks, Juanita Fay, Arlene Forrest, Francis E. French, Betty French, Kathy French, Kevin French, Wilma Fretz, Evelyn Fritz, Clifford Fulkrod, Larry Wayne Gambill, Margo Jean Gambill, Kathryn E. Gilbert, Susan (Hugg) Glosenger, Charlene Glosk, Josie B. Good (Randall), Jonathan R. Good, Carrie S. Goodall, Barton Graham, Robert Graham, Linda Graham, Rhea M. Grask, June E. Gray, Larry Gray, Lillian E. Gray, Ruth E. Gregory (Fulford), Jerry J. Griffin, Judy Marie Gring (Dickinson), Jeffrey Lynn Gring, Geraldine E. Haddow, George F. Haddow, Martha-Jo Harding, Lena Heffron, Marjorie Ordway Henley, Judith E. Hjorth, Alan Hinton, Herbert Hoagland, Deanna Hoagland, Eleanor B. Hofbauer, Frances Holcomb, Howard Holcomb, Bessie Holdridge, Charles F. Holloway, Florence A. Holloway, Gerald Housh, Dorothy Housh, Gregory L. Howell, Mary O. Howell, Larry Howland, Nettie M. Howland, Carol Wylie Infantino. Records030701
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