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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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Contract for the sale of a 1934 Oldsmobile between Merton Shuwway and Mark Rosenheck, Septenber 11, 1941.Document020802
List of members of the executive and judiciary committees of the New York State Legislature, 1966.Document020901
Letter from G.T. Lawrence, Lumber Mutal Casualty Insurance Company of New York, to Arthur Warfle regarding his claim, July 17, 1947.Letter021001
Deed for the sale of Newton land from John Miller to Angleheart Wormley, May 26, 1803.Document021101
Deed for the sale of Newton land from Charles and Elizabeth Clinton to Angelhart Wormley, November 19, 1803.Document021102
Letter to Euphemia Trimble from Mike regarding a personal matter, August 19, 1942.Letter021201
Program - Morning Worship at Park Church, December 7, 1980.Program021301
Booklet - Keeping These Holy Seasons In Our Home, Park Church, ca. 1980s.Booklet021302
Newsletter - Park Church Cross Currents, December 1997.Newsletter021303
Results of plurality poll, November 3, 1964.Document021401
Receipts for monies received from Leroy Stein (6), Jesse Yalloway (14) and Thomas Chuck (1), 1940-1945.Receipts021501
Receipt for monies paid by Rollin S. Stone to the Office of Receiver of Commutation Money for draft deferment, September 5, 1863.Receipt021601
Certificate of Non-Liability for Military Duty issued to Rollin S. Stone, September 5, 1863. Document021602
Certificate of Discharge from military service for Rollin S. Stone, April 5, 1864. Document021603
Certificate of Discharge from the New York State Guard for Rollin S. Stone, July 29, 1863.Document021604
Three manuscripts regarding time, budget, and subsidy.Manuscript021701
Three newspaper clippings regarding Mary H. Thurston, June 24, 1955.Newspaper Clippings021801
German manuscript.Manuscript021901
Letter from John Wormley to his brother and sister regarding personal matters, August 8, 1833.Letter021902
Contract for a loan from Michael Heller, December 15, 1820.Document021903
Notes regarding daily matters.Notes022001
Birthday cards to Richard S. Heller from Jane and Walt, Helend and Emory, Dot and Bob, and Susie and Pete, June 11, 1974.Greeting Cards030101
Cancelled checks from the account of Richard S. Heller with the Marine Midland Trust Company regarding Richard S. Heller, 1958-1959.Checks030201
Certificate of membership for Richard S. Heller in the Chemung County Safety Council, December 31, 1950.Certificate030301
Letter from Richard S. Heller to Leon regarding personal matters, May 16, 1944.Letter030401
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