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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
This folder contains records relating to individual church members, labeled "inactive." Records031301
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Audrey Lampman, Barbara Mills, Duane Mills, Virginia Parker, Joseph Rhode, Carole Schlock, Beryl Turner, Martha Wylie, Beatrice Bly. Records031401
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Ann Adams, Mrs. Harold Adams, Paul Allison, Jennie Barnes, Mrs. Charles Bowers, Hannah Bowes, Jill Breese, Frederick M. Clemens, Geraldine Dunn, Evelyn B. Fritz, Clarabelle Glover, Betty Hulslander Howland, John Kelley, Joseph Arleigh Kelley, Kay Lorraine Krise, DeWitt Wesley Lampman, Linda Kay Lampman, Debora S. Little, Donald Little, Lois Stump Little, Charles D. Little, Richard Little, Wanda Collson Lockner, Linda Loveless, Edward Martin, Elizabeth Ann Martin, William Martin, Rev. Kelsie G. Martin, Breta Martin, Kenneth Maynard. Records031501
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Mark H. Osler, Lee Peters, Jr., William Lee Pierce, Jeannine L. Rosenkrans, Ellen Scarpa, Sybil Scarpa, Gregory Schlock, George E. Schlock, Linda E. Shine, William L. Sutton, Scott Wallace, Thomas William Wallace, Brenda Jo Walp, Stephen Walp, Deanna Walsh, Edna Walsh, Pamela Eileen Walse, Nancy Correll. Records031502
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Martin Krise, Alice Marie Krise, Craig L. Lampman, Karen Little, Sandra M. Rhode, Timothy James Ryan, Paul Scaffidi, Joyce Smith, Joyce Taylor, William Wilkins, Jeanne Wilkins, Violet Newell Besley. Records031503
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Timothy Allison, Donald I. Hapeman, Dorothy Cheesman, Marian Cheesman, Ellen Louise Whipple, Mark William Morris, Judith Newman, Julian Scarpa, Robert E. Mills, James Walsh, Ann Holcomb, Gary John Jezorski, Patricia Jezorski, Kathleen Ryan, Leliah Anne McNaney, Scott Edward McNaney, Elsie Comstock, Kay Marie Wallace, Kathleen Ann Parker, Rev. Ronald Lee Parker, Edna Albee, Carrie E. Browning, Cecile F. Wood, Archie L. Wood, Edgar Peck, Mrs. Edgar Peck, Claude J. Shaffer, Lawrence R. Pierce, Brenda Wenger, Blanche B. Wenger, Patricia Wenger, Ruth A. Hawthorne, John Hawthorne, Lillian B. Oliver, Charles Lane Brooks, Clifford Carpenter, Georgia Ann Carpenter, Marlene Kohena, Daniel L. Kohena. Records031601
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Alice M. Ryan, Jay Glenn Smith, Paul H. Towner, Wayne L'Amoreaux, Kenneth William Drehmer, Charles Rundell, Jon David Meriwether, Thomas Gerald Dean, John E. Dean, Anne Dean, David Lee Dean, Grace Brace, Willard Brace, Charles Rundell, Patricia Young, Patricia S. Merritt, Edward L. Merritt, Suzanne McCloskey, Barbara Smith, Sharon Sutton, Linda Jump, Helen Carpenter, Robert R. Graham, Virginia Graham, H. Ross Martin, Joan A. Martin. Records031602
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Joel Meriwether, James F. Bennett, Francis LaVerne Drehmer, Susan Fulkrod, Jack L'Amoreaux, George West Jr., William C. Thomas, John Thomas Jr., James N. Davis, Robert Earl Davis, Geraldine Davis, Barbara Drehmer, Denise A. Thomas, John Paul Davis, Alice M. Fulkrod. Records031603
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Betty L. Reed, Esther Terry, Marshall L. Terry, William Collson, Frances A. Holcomb, Howard E. Holcomb, Martha Krise, Marian L. Nichols, Mildred L. Pierce, Fern Rhode, Clio Decker Ryan, Ida M. Smith, George Krise, Eleanor Woodward, Edgar Wilson Bly II, Leola Scaffidi, Lena E. Heffron, Gertrude P. Kelley, Alta Weeks, Lloyd G. Bly, Clara Belle McCloskey, Dorothy A. Richards, Cleo M. Ryan, Jane H. Riley, Janice Collson, Margaret A. Vetter, Evelyn W. West, George W. West, Leona M. Allison, Paige J. Allison, Leon F. Bailey, Carolyn Morris, Veral Brooks, Lora Brunt, Helen Campbell, Florence Collum, Max Collum, Fred Groff, Ralph D. Dickinson, Clifford E. Fulkrod, Elleanor French, Catherine Hapeman, Edna Howe, Lillian Kellogg, Cecilia Krazinsky, Charles E. Mills, Dorothy L. Mills. Records031701
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Cora Perkins, Lawrence R. Pierce, Marjorie L. Stermer, Evelyn H. Schlock, Roy P. Smith, Ervin Squires, Dorothy B. Squires, Ruth Schrader, Nellie Gertrude Snell, Russell Sparling, Ruth Sparling, Emma H. Smith, John Otho Smith, Gladys M. Stump, Elaine J. Sutton, Bernice I. Taylor, Jacob Vetter, Martha Wells, Jennie Winner, Nellie P. Wylie, John J. Wylie, Charles E. Richards. Records031702
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