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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 section contains records relating to the following individuals: Ruth B. Schmick, Jay H. Parker, Kenneth Baylor, Clara M. Ernest, Kathryn C. Jones, Carrie Peters, Lily Smith Rogers, Edgar W. Bly, Mable L. Reid, Hazel Landon Ryan, George F. Haddow, Francis E. French, Geraldine Haddow, Ollie E. Kellogg, Cora Collson, Lena B. Kennedy, Richard Merrill, Henry B. VanKeuren. Records031703
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Mary Cheesman, Margaret L. Schlock, Leonard H. Brunt, Bessie R. Holdridge, Agnes Merrill, Addison O. English, Walter M. Good, Ross Hammond, Mary J. Livens, Lucille U. Osler, Drummond B. Wylie, Fernie Schlock, Mae G. Whitaker, William H. Sharp, Edith Hulslander, Jullian Swech, John Lampman, Merle Hyde, Kenneth Soper, Ethel L. Hamilton, Charles L. Spicer, Earl J. Hamilton, Margo Joan Gambill, Cora A. Wilcox, Donald E. Walp, Francis W. Jones, Reynolds H. Husted, Marie Clark, Grace Bly, Grace G. Benjamin, Bernice L. Squires, Clarence Harrington, Minnie W. Sharp. Records031704
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Harry Wilcox, Jonathan R. Good, Lloyd Clemens, W. Dean Hyde, Bernice M. Holcomb, Etta M. Terry, Edward McNaney, Samuel Squires, Charles P. Shaffer, Lee R. Shanks, Edward E. Ryan, Edith B. Livens, Frank Tongue, Richard Gordon Weeks, George W. Lanterman, Leah V. Ward, Anne M. Vockroth, Ruth Gregory, Harry M. Wood, Lulu Passmore, Paul L. Pierce, Daisy York Lanterman, Nettie Chapman, Sena Hulslander Comfort, Howard A. Howland, Lillian B. Peterson, Mary C. Holter. Records031705
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Agnes S. Scott, Russell Seymour, Anna Rauscher, Asel Graves, William P. Collson, Sherman Holter, Beryl Lewis, Gladys H. Squires, Winifred E. Bullock, Charles P. Shaffer, Viola Vannest, Mattie E. Stone, Archie E. Ryan, Richard B. Walsh, Arthur L. Streeter, Rosemond Sherman Leonard, Eloise Lilley, William Hulslander, Sadie Tongue, Lydia Casterline, Mary R. Raplee, Reverend Allan M. Laird, Casper A. Johnston, George J. Vetter, Mabel Payne, Sidney I. Osler, Drummond Wylie Jr., Floyd S. Austin, Carlton H. Armstrong, Mina Woodward, Sarah E. VanKeuren. Records031706
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Clifton Adams, Virginia Cleveland Aldrich, Raymond Alexander, Lena Alexander, Betty Allen, Lester Allen, Beverly Hovencamp Anderson, Rosalie Hugg Andrus, Alys Austin, S. Berton Barnes, Ruth A. Barnes, Eleanor Bauer, Jo Ann Baryk (Peterson), Clara B. Beardsley, JoAnn B. Bednarek, Jennie Bennett, Maxine Bentley, Thomas Bentley, David Alan Bentley, Susanne Berry, Sandra Berry, Evelyn Berthod, Betty Lou Bisbo, Dolores Blaker, Lyall Blaker Sr., Virginia Stewart Bockus, Shirley Edwards Bohlayer, James Ronald Botsford, Shirley S. Boughton, Jeanette Spirithes Bower, Charles Bowers Jr., Alice Boynton, Martha Brewer. Records031801
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Sandra Bronson, Curtis Brooks, Nettie Watkins Brooks, Lawson Brown, George Burgett, Mary Louise Butts, Shirley Jean Butts, Wilford Campbell, Shirley E. Canty, Pearl L. Costright, Demar Clark, Dorothy Clark, Kim Clark, Kenneth Clark, Jill Clark, Robert Clark, Sandra Clark, Merle R. Collson, Elton L. Comfort, Pearl Cook, Herbert M. Cook, William P. Dailey, Rita Layton Dailey. Records031802
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Ella Dale, Sallie A. Darrow, Anne Maria Dedominick, Carol Dedominick, Faye Dennison, Sarah Depew, Jean Divine Bronson, Dr. Emilie Dooley, James Francis Doughty, Lewis Drake, Ralph Drake, Roy W. Dunbar, William A. Dunn, William R. Dunn, Doris L. Edwards. Records031803
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: William N. Elias, Alyce L. Elliott, Duane A. Elliott, Thelma Woodard Elston, Elias G. Ernest, Mae Fitch, Robert Fitch, Helen Cleveland Forsythe, Goldie Francis, Shirley S. Freeman, Gertrude Friez, Elizabeth Frisk, Russell Fuller, Florence B. Gallagher, Larry W. Gambill, Grace W. Garthwaite, Shirley M. Gilbert, Lois Arlene Glover, Barbara Ann Glover, Fredda Gryska, Judith Darling Gryska, Carol Heffron, Buddy Henry, Lenora Henry, Charlotte Heuser, Alma R. Hitt, Harry L. Hollenbeck. Records031804
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Lois Holmes, Gleyn Holmes, Jack Houghton, Richard G. Hovencamp, Festus H. Hovencamp, Larry E. Howland, Viva Tongue Hubbard, Russell Huddleson, Ruth Huddleson, Gladys Seymour Hugg, Margaret Hugg, Robert Hugg, Glen W. Hulslander, Sadie Humphrey, Charlotte P. Husted, Edna A. Johnston, Vivian Johnston, George A. Jughulian, Janet Jughulian, Merle Eugene Kellogg, J.R. Kelsey, Donald Kringle, Helen D. Knapp, Vera Kwasnik, Janice Hulslander Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Ella Lucas, Constance Adell Lux, Judith Barbara Macleod, William P. Mcleod, E.H. May, Patricia McClellan, Carl McCloskey, Shirley Hovencamp McGinnis. Records031805
This section contains records relating to the following individuals: Helen Millard, Lawrence Millard, Mary Ann Millard, Harold Miller, Allen Miller, Fanny J. Monnell, Carol Monroe, Joan Monroe, Nancy Moulthrop, Marsha Carolyn Nelson, Robert C. Nelson, Ruth M. Nelson, Madeline F. O'Leary, Ora (Maude) Oliver, Eloist Ordway, Leon Ostrander, Nancy Crawford Ostrander, Sidney Palmer, Ella Palmer, Wilton Passmore, Jane M. Passmore, Murial Paul, Mrs. James Peterson, James Peterson, Beverly Pisall, Charlyn Florence Pratt, Mary I. Preston, Richard Quick, Carol Ann Quick. Records031806
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