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Collection TitleCL 88 Richard S. Heller CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByOwen Dean
Date Completed:January 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Mary and Harriet Heller in 2001 and 2009. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.) Genealogy - Heller Family

Heller Family - Michael Heller and his wife, Nancy Ann, moved from Germany to Pennsylvania in the 1700's. Their son, Michael Heller Jr. (1776-1856), married Catherine Wormley. In 1803, Catherine's father bought land in Chemung County, New York, and Michael Jr. bought some of that land in 1820, bringing his family to Elmira. Their son, Charles (1821-1896), married Mary Neish (1831-1914), daughter of James Neish and Mary McLaren. Charles and Mary had four children; Harriet Bancroft (1851-1939), Helen Frances (1854-1893), and twins Michael Burt (1865-1940) and David Neish (1865-1932). Michael married Charlotte Stone in 1898 and fathered four sons: Charles Lester (1899-1963), David Robert, Francis Burt, and Richard Stone (1904-1980).

Richard S. Heller - Richard Stone Heller (1904-1980), the son of Michael and Charlotte Stone Heller,  was born in Elmira, New York in 1904. His career in law began in 1920 when he became an intern for the state Attorney General. In 1931, he gained admission to the New York State Bar and began to practice law in Elmira. He served as the chairmen of the Chemung County Democratic Party from 1950 until 1956. He was appointed to the bench of the New York State Court of Claims in 1956 and served until he retired in 1974. Afterwards, he acted as a consultant for the court until his death in 1980. He was survived by his wife Mary Trimble Heller and his daughters Mary Heller Smith, Harriet Heller Sophia, and Janet Heller Howell.

Extent2 linear feet
Date Span1800-1981
AbstractThis collection contains papers relating to the Heller family and the personal and professional papers of Richard S. Heller. 

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Bond for monies owed to John Wormley by Michael Heller, April 12, 1827.Document011514
Bill from R. Schuyler for purchases by Michael Heller, July 18, 1843.Document011515
Receipt for payment of monies owed by Michael Heller to John Cree, March 24, 1821.Receipt011516
Envelopes addressed to Michael Heller of Elmira, ca. 1820s.Envelopes011517
Notice from the Commissioners of Highways of the Town of Elimra informing Michael Heller that they will build a highway through his property, September 19, 1836.Letter011518
Note from B.L. Ostenleout to Michael Heller concerning a cow, July 27, 1830.Letter011519
Receipt for Michael Heller's 1822 taxes.Receipt011520
Receipt of monies paid to Nancy Heller by her son Micheal Heller, March 2, 1802.Receipt011521
Letter in German from Jacob Brumwaln, March 29, 1802.Letter011522
Bond for monies owed to Englehart Wormley by Michael Heller, December 26, 1820.Document011523
Document of the Administration Account of George and Micheal Heller, December 28, 1801.Document011524
Deed for land in Elmira passed between Michael B. Heller and David N. Heller, October 9, 1900. (Two copies.)Document011601
History of the Neish family written by Margaret Neish Lewis. (Seven copies)Document011701
Neish family tree.Document011702
Notes, October 9, 1828.Manuscript011703
Documents containing Neish family geneology, focusing on Margaret Cowan Neish, Lola McDowell Neish, and Isabella Neish, 1865-1967.Document011703
Yearbook - The Cornellian of 88, Cornell University, Class of 1888. Yearbook011801
Articles of Agreement etablishing business G.W. Matchett, furniture finishing and repair, a partnership between Guy W. Matchett and James F. MacGill, September 3, 1946.Document020101
Book - Progressive Intellectual Arithmetic edited by Daniel W. Fish, A.M., 1858.Book020201
Book - Song Echo by H. S. Perkins, 1871.Book020301
Book - Union Reader Number Three by Charles W. Sanders, A.M., 1862.Book020401
Certificate of deposit for Ambassador Hotel Corporation issued to Rosa Kaler, March 1, 1932.Document020501
Letter to Lewis M. Smith from Hugh S. Gregory, M.D., Bighamton State Hospital, regarding Pauline Smith, May 27, 1948.020601
Decoration Day Picnic attendees, 1949-1952.Notebook020701
(6) Receipts for moneis paid by Merton Shuwway to teh Contract Purchase Co., August 1942-August 1943.Receipts020801
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