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Collection TitleCL 11 John Huonker/ Hi-Bar Tavern CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/27/2008

 The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by John Huonker in 1992. 

Terms:Art museums; Chemung County (N.Y.)-History; Elmira (N.Y.); Hotels, taverns, etc.; Hurricane Agnes, 1972; Photographs; Theater programs
Historical:John F. Huonker-John Huonker was a life-long resident of Elmira, N.Y.  Beginning in 1937, he worked in the wine cellar of the Mark Twain Hotel, first as a clerk and later as a steward.  In 1943, he married his wife Jean, a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital.  During WWII, he served in the United States Army Air Corps.  In 1959, he left the Mark Twain Hotel and opened the Hi-Bar Tavern at 600 South Main Street with his partner Frederick O'Herron.  In 1981, he retired as president of Hi-Bar Tavern, Inc., although his wife remained the secretary of the company.  In his spare time, Huonker was an amateur historian who collected items relating to Chemung County and surrounding areas.   
Scope:The John Huonker/Hi-Bar Tavern Collection contains items collected by Mr. Huonker which pertain to Elmira and Chemung County History.  It includes programs from local area theaters and art galleries ranging in date from 1894 to 1963 and various booklets, magazines, documents and brochures about local history and events. It also includes photographs of John Huonker, his friends and his business, primarily from the 1970's.  The collection also contains a large number of bills and receipts related to the Carr family dating from 1885 to 1920. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1885-1978

This collection contains items which were collected by John Huonker.  It includes programs from various events, booklets and other documents pertaining to Elmira and Chemung County history, bills and receipts from various local businesses, photographs of John Huonker and his business, and yearbooks from Southside High School.   

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Photograph of John W. Jones, no date. Photograph10703
9 Photographs of flood damage to interior and exterior of the Hi-Bar Taver at 600 South Main Street, June 22, 1972.Photograph10704
David Harper and Frederick Harter watch the Superbowl at Hi-Bar Tavern, January 15, 1978. (photograph and newspaper clipping)Photograph10705
4 Photographs of the interior of Hi-Bar Tavern, circa 1970.Photograph10706
27 Photographs of the Hi-Bar bowling team, circa 1970.Photographs10707
Photograph of Water Street, circa 1950.Photograph10708
John Huonker and friend with golf trohpies, circa 1970. Photograph10709
Crowd at Hi-Bar Tavern, circa 1970. Photograph10710
Harold Palmer with fish, circa 1970. Photograph10711
Map of Southport. Photograph10712
Postcard showing two men at a brewery, no date. Postcard10713
Martin Ford Company, circa 1900. Negative10714
Grand Union Grocery Store at 600 South Main Street, circa 1920. Negative10715
Portrait of J.S. Fassett, no date. Photograph10716
Portrait of Dr. Alexander Cameron MacKenzie, President of Elmira Female College, 1896-1915. Photograph10717
Horwitz Bros. Paper Co. 50th Anniversary, 1960. (3 copies)Booklet108
Folder of Carr Family bills and receipts from various Elmira businesses, 1885-1920. Document109
Marine Midland Trust Company of Southern New York: Our Modernized Main Office in Elmira.Booklet11001
"Some Childhood Memories of Mr. and Mrs. Beecher in Their Later Years" by Ida Langdon, 1956. Booklet11002
"Oldtime Chairmakers of Erin" by James L. Smith.Booklet11003
"Geophysical Studies Along Northern Ellesmere Island" by A.P. Crary, 1956. Booklet11004
Chemung Canal Trust Co.: The Bank of the People for Nearly 100 Years. Booklet11005
The Y.W.C.A. Crescent, vol. II no. 4, July 1892. Magazine11006
Heritage Park Project, Elmira, N.Y.Booklet11007
Chemung Women's Racing Association: Official Score Sheet, 1963. Booklet11008
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