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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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This folder contains records relating to the following individuals: Althea James, Robert Jarrett, Marshall L. Jerry, Vivian Jane Johnson, Richard Jump, Gert Kelley, Charles E. Kellogg, Dorothy Lou Hazen Kieffer, Shirley Knapp, Daniel Kohena, Laurena Korfmann, Lawrence Krause, Marie Cheryl Krause (Griggs), Viva Marie Kress, George Krise, Martha Krise, Alice Krise, Marty Krise, Wallace Krise, Audrey C. Lampman, Daisy Y. Lanterman, Janice Lewis, Arlton Lewis, Linda Little, Barbara Livingston, Paul E. Locke, Sallie G. Locke, Maudanna Manley, Rafael Antonio Marrero, Kelsie Martin, Breta Martin, Ross Martin, Sylvia Mason, Clara Belle McCloskey, Gertrude McIntosh, Genevieve McIntyre, Gladys Seymour (Hugg) McLean, Gary McNaney, Kathlene McNaney, Sue Mettler, Danny Lee Mettler, Blanche S. Miller, Gladys Miller, Donald J. Miller, Jean Miller, Wilbur L. Miller, Annette J. Mills, Barbara S. Mills, Christine Anne Mills, David Michael Mills, Dorothy (Schlock) Mills, Duane Mills, Nancy Mills, Robert G. Mills, Jean Dickinson Morcom, Carolyn Bly Morris, Kathleen Jo Morris, Mark Norris, Diana Morse (Curtis), Ruth Nelson, Robert Nelson, Lillian Newell, Judith Scaffidi Newman, Marian Osler Nichols. Records030801
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Pamela O'Dell, Lillian Oliver, Lucille Osler (LeValley), Sidney Oliver, Socorro Osorio-Suki, Ronald Lee Parker, Kathleen Ann Parker, Virginia Squires Parker, Lula Passmore, Edgar Peck, Janet Peck, Esther V. Perry, Carrie E. Peters, Mildred Peterson, Helen Philo, Lawrence R. Pierce, Mildred L. Pierce, Paul Pierce. Records030901
This section contains information relating to the following individuals: Charlene Plank, Rose Plank, Jughulian Preston, Grace H. Pruyne, O. Earl Raham, John V. Raham, Amos D. Ranck, Bernice Raplee, Francis Raplee, Betty Lou Reed, Frances Reed, Florence Revie, Joe Rhode, Sophie Rhode, Fern O. Rhode, Herschel M. Rhode, Mitch Rhode Knapp, Cindy Rhode Knapp, Leslie Rhode, Joyce Rhode. Records030902
This section contains information related to the following individuals: Marjorie Rice, Larry Rice, Dorothy A. Richards, Harold F. Ripley, Jack Ripley, Gerald Roberts, A. Margaret Rogers, Ross G. Rogers, Jessie G. Rosenberry, Helen Roth, C.W. Rundell, Alice Ryan, Cleo Ryan, Clio Mae Ryan, Lewis R. Ryan, Lucile Ryan, Timothy Ryan, William A. Ryan. Records030903
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Jesse Schmick, Paul Scaffidi, Barbara Scaffidi, Leola Osler Scaffidi, Anne Louise Scarpa, Sybil E. Scarpa, Richard Smithers, Ellen Scarpa, Sharon Linette Schewe, Carole Schlock, George E. Schlock, Evelyn H. Schlock, Margaret L. Schlock, Elias E. Schmick, Orpha Schoonover, Ruth Williams Schrader. Records031001
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Mark J. Schuster, Eleanor Irene Seamon, Donna M. Seeley, Claude J. Shaffer, Ruth Shelaskey, Bernice Sheldon, Linda Bly Shine, Ida Mae Smith, Lillian M. Smith, Lola Smith, Roy P. Smith, Nellie Gertrude Snell, Nellie L. Soper, Eunice D. Soule, Leon C. Sprague, Ervin Squires, Dorothy Squires, Glen A. Squires, Martha Squires. Records031002
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Sandra Stephens, Marjorie R. Stermer, Harold Story, Charlotte Stump, Gaylene Switzer, Linda Taft, John Michael Tarby, Patricia Ann Jones Tarby, Thomas Taylor, Esther Terry, Ronald G. Terry, William C. Thomas, Carol Tobias, Leona E. Tobias, Ronald Tobias, Evalyn B. Tongue, Benjamin Francis Turner, Muriel Beryl Turner, Benjamin Harold Valet, Belinda Carol Valet, Emily Nicole Valet, Richard Van Buren, Bernard VanScoter, Patricia A. Van Scoter, Christina Marie Van Scoter. Records031003
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Jacob Vetter, Margaret Vetter, Anne Vockroth, Anna Vroman, Ralph J. Walker, James F. Walsh, Leah V. Ward, Margaret E. Ward, Kay Marie Warner, Nany Watson, William Glenn Weber, Alta Midge Weeks, Evelyn L. West, George W. West, Kathleen S. Wheeler, Cora Whiting, Dorothy J. Whitmore, William H. Wilkins, William Wilkens, Jean Wilkens, Carol Jean Wood, Harry M. Wood, Ellen M. Woodard, Eleanor A. Woodward, Mina S. Woodward, Lillian Jeanette Wylie, Elizabeth Yost, Herb Yost, Betty Yost, Yovanne Youst. Records031004
This folder contains records relating to various church members.Records031101
This folder contains records relating to individual church members, labeled "active." Records031201
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