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Collection TitleCL 51 Hall Family CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:February 2011

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by members of the Hall family at various times. 

Terms:Diaries; Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy - Hall Family; Hotels, taverns, etc.; Lowman (N.Y.); World War, 1914-1918 

Hall Family-Herbert Hall Sr. of Elmira and his wife, Jenny Lind Hale Hall, had three sons: Asaph, Irving and Herbert Jr.  Herbert Hall Sr. worked as a salesman at Powell & Hall, a home furnishings store. 

Asaph B. Hall served in Company "I" 56th U.S. Infantry during World War I.  After the war, he married Elizabeth Lowman of Lowman, New York.  He was the president of Bartholomew & Hall, Inc., a building contractor, and involved in local politics.  Their son, Asaph H. Hall, born in 1933, worked in the Federal Railroad Administration, first as Deputy Administrator and then as Acting Administrator.  

Herbert Hall Jr. married Betty Loomis of Elmira.  He and his brother-in-law ran Hall & Loomis, a photography studio.  Their son, Herbert "Skip" Hall worked for Schweizer Aircraft Co.     

Irving Hall worked as a grocer in Odessa, NY.

Scope:The Hall Family Collection contains diaries of family members, 1913-1947; Asaph B. Hall's WWI correspondence and miscellaneous personal papers; Asaph H. Hall's high school yearbook, 1951. 
Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1911-1982
AbstractThis collection contains items relating to the Hall and Lowman families. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Newsletter - Court House Crier, May-June 1936. Includes article by Asaph B. Hall on flood-damaged court records. (2 copies)Newsletter010504
Sign - Asaph B. Hall for County Clerk, 1923. Sign010505
Asaph B. Hall's high school reunion name tag.Name Tag010601
Asaph B. Hall's membership certificate for the Lincoln Legion (temperance league), April 9, 1911.Certificate010602
Program - Annual Banquet of Theta Phi Mu Beta Chapter at the Hotel Rathbun, December 28, 1915. Program010603
Program - Annual Banquet of Theta Phi Mu Beta Chapter at the Hotel Rathbun, December 28, 1917.Program010604
Asaph B. Hall's eighth-grade diploma from the Elmira Free Academy, January 15, 1912. Certificate010605
(4) Letters to Asaph B. Hall from family members Annie Hatheway Smith and Benjamin Hall regarding genealogy, 1958-1967. Correspondence010606
Letter from Asaph B. Hall to the Chemung County Historical Society regardind dues, October 4, 1982. Letter010607
Invitation to the Commencement of the Elmira Free Academy class of 1951, June 27, 1951. Invitation010701
Yearbook - Elmira Free Academy Torch, 1951. Belonged to Asaph H. Hall. Yearbook010702
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