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Collection TitleCL 56 Hygeia Refrigerating Co. CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Debra Maloney
Date Completed:January 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library in 1982 by Garth Shoemaker.

 Elmira (N.Y.); Business enterprises;  Corporate meetings - Stockholder's meetings;  Corporate meetings - Corporate minutes; Flood control;  Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery - cold-storage lockers.

Historical:Hygeia Refrigerating Company- The Hygeia Refrigerating Company was created on September 1, 1896 to provide refrigeration services to grocers, shippers and citizens.   On March 5, 1921, an off-shoot, Hygeia Ice Cream Company, was created. Corning-Hygeia, Inc. was then founded on February 21, 1930.  The company provided cold storage for produce, furs, and wholesale distribution of ice and ice cream until 1976.  Major officers were Clayton S. Shoemaker, Floyd M. Shoemaker, Guy S. Shoemaker, J. Raymond Shoemaker, David Shoemaker and Garth Shoemaker, who was the last president.  The company was heavily involved in making improvements to the south dike of the Chemung River.  David Shoemaker's wife, Eleanor, founded the Eleanor Shoemaker Real Estate Company in 1962.    
Scope:The collection includes stock ledgers and certificates books from 1896-1904; stock certificates from 1921 and 1924-1927; by-laws of Corning-Hygeia, Inc. from 1930; diagrams of at-grade crossing elimination projects from 1932; architectural drawings, blueprints and correspondence regarding flood control projects from 1936-1946; promotional photographs of the company taken by Fred Loomis and Steiner Studios, from 1924-1954; and the 1954 summary appraisal.
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1896-1954
AbstractThis collection contains material relating to the Hygeia Refrigerating Company of Elmira, N.Y. and its subsidiaries. 

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan, February 1, 1941.Document020431
Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control Drawings, February 5, 1941Document020432
Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control Drawing, February 5, 1941Document020433
Letter from J.R. Shoemaker to Major J.C. Marshall, District Engineer for U.S. Engineer's Office, February 20, 1941.Letter020434
Notes regarding changes in dike, February 21, 1941.Document020435
Notes regarding new wall and improvements,unsigned, March 19, 1941Document020436
Diagram and notes, unsigned, March 19, 1941.Document020437
List of improvements, undatedDocument020438
Handwritten note from W.C. Wolgast to ask about gate to be used on condenser, March 19, 1941Document020439
Newspaper clipping with map entitled "Engineers' Map Shows How Flood Control Job Will Protect Southside", Monday, March 31, 1941Newspaper020440
Army Corps of Engineer Blueprint for Chemung River dikes, April 1, 1941.Blueprint020441
Newspaper page from The Sunday Telegram, entitled "7,050 Bulwark to Curb Chemung River on South Bank; Armyh to Launch Wate St. Wall-Levee Project Next Spring, October 5, 1941Newspaper020442
Flood Control Projects legal documentation with maps for Hygeia Refrigerating Company, October 17, 1941Document020443
Department of Public Works Flood Control Project maps and legal documentation for Hygeia Refrigerating Company, October 28, 1941.Documents020444
Handwritten note about pipes, undatedDocument020445
Memo to J.R. Shoemaker from W.C. Wolgast re dike construction company's request to cut off part of Hygeia building so that steam shovel can continue work, December 30, 1941Document020446
Handwritten drawing showing reinforced concrete pipe from Universal Construction Co., Binghamton, New York, undatedDocument020447
Cost estimate of roof replacement and work on garage, unsigned, undatedDocument020448
Handwritten note from J.R. Shoemaker to discuss plans re Foster's Pond area, on back of Elmira Rotary Club dues statement, dated January 9, 1942Document020449
Newspaper clipping, "Land Owners to Ask cole Seek Change in Levee Construction", with map of proposed new levee, February 1942Newspaper020450
Handwritten memo egarding getting specifications from Army Engineers office, unsigned, undatedDocument020451
Handwritten note regarding discussion with Mr. Gabriel about cost of cinderblock wall, unsigned, February 23, 1942 and March 24, 1942Document020452
Handwritten memo on letterhead, "From the Desk of W.C. Wolgast", 3 pages, regarding Mr. B.L. Gabriel of Binghamton Construction Co.'s refusal to allow building to rest on new dike, in planning to begin dike construction on April 1, 1942, March 2, 1942Document020453
Newspaper clipping entitled "Bids Submitted for Major Part of River Project" and article entitled "Plans Call for Riverfront Roadway" with three photographs, Elmira Star-Gazette, March 3,1942Newspaper020454
Newspaper clipping entitled "State Yet to Buy Land For Flood Job on Creeks And North Bank of River", source unknown, undated.Newspaper020455
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