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Collection TitleCL 154 Scharf-Sheely Genealogy CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:September 2015

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the Westfield Memorial Library in 2012. 

Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy -- Scharf Family; Genealogy -- Sheely Family; Women -- Suffrage

Scharf Family - Edward Scharf (1831-1874) and his wife Elizabeth (1826-1897) emigrated from Germany to Elmira, New York, in 1852.  He worked as a butcher, as did his son.  

Sheely Family - Frederick Sheely Sr. (1801-1826), his wife, and children emigrated from Germany to the United States during the 1830s.  They initially settled in Allegheny County, New York, but the oldest son, Frederick Sheely Jr. (1828-1901) eventually settled in Southport, New York.  There he established a tannery.  His sons continued the tradition with their own tanneries. 

Fred Scharf (1885-1953) married Mildred H. Sheely (1893-1974) in 1919.  Their daughter Harriet and Mildred's sister Olive Sheely (1889-1982) compiled the collection. 

Scope:The Scharf-Sheely Genealogy Collection contains genealogical notes and family papers compiled by Harriet Scharf Ehringer and her aunt Olive Sheely concerning the Scharf and Sheely families and related lines. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1850-2001
AbstractThis collection contains genealogical notes and family papers concerning the Scharf and Sheely families and related lines. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Annual program of the Elmira College Young Women's Christian Association, ca. 1914. Program012706
Architectural drawings for the proposed residence for Henry B. Sheely by Harry M. Haskell, 1925. Architectural Drawings012707
Manuscript - History of Tanneries in Chemung County and Surrounding Territory by E.V. Sheely, ca. 1920s. Manuscript012708
Mourning card for Donald S. Sheely, 1905-1978. Mourning Card012709
Manuscript - Mary Estey: Witch of Salem by Harriet S. Ehringer, ca. 1980. Manuscript012801
Harriet S. Ehringer's correspondence with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) regarding her research into family history, 1979-1985. Correspondence012802
This folder contains the following wedding invitations: Ella V. Mason to John R. Stan (1911); Mildred A. Ellis to Stockwell A. Ridge (1919); Jessie P. Prentice to Gomer F. Smith (1926); Natalie Borst to Alexander D. Falck Jr. (1946); Eleanor M. Stan to Frederick E. Scharf (1947); Ruth Schornstheimer to Wilfred S. Campbell (1947); Miriam A. Hee to John Lucarelli (1963); Nancy G. Hood to Roy D. Paddock (1968); Marion Wiegner-Wahler to David C. Pallesen (1970); Margaret I. Pallsen to Beaver E. Waring (1971); Mary F. Kinsman to Donald H. Monroe (no date); Sarah Hoffman to James C. Pinkston III (no date). Invitations012901
(4) Invoices from hotels in Paris and several German cities, 1894. Invoices013001
Menu for dinner aboard the S.S. Elbe, September 3, 1894. Menu013002
Booklet - How to See Paris and Its Environs: Cook's Carriage and Automobile Excursions for the 1894 Season. Booklet013003
(2) Letters from Mrs. Maria Sheely to Edward & Hattie Sheely during her trip to Europe, summer 1894. Letters013004
Ledger - Minutes and scrapbook of the Woman Suffrage Party of Chemung County, May 1916-November 1917. Ledger013101
Booklet - Temple of Herod the Great by Eva Taylor for the Park Church. Booklet013201
Book - A Short History of the Park Church of Elmira: 1846-1946 by Eva Taylor. Book013202
Newsletter - Park Church Cross Currents, May 13, 1973. Newsletter013203
Program - Morning worship at Park Church, May 5, 1974. Program013204
Manuscript - Sustaining Memories-Empowering Visions as preached by Rev. Robert F. Lester of the Park Church, May 5, 1974.Manuscript013205
Invitation to the centennial of the opening of the Park Church building, October 5, 1975. Invitation013206
Booklet - The Park Church 135th Anniversary Building Fund, 1979. Booklet013207
Booklet - Last Words of a Pastor to His People: Final Sermon Preached by Rev. William E. Knox at the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira, June 17, 1883.Booklet013301
Program - Dedication of a Marker Commemorating the Treaty of Painted Post, July 4, 1927. Program013302
Letter from Rosenbaum's announcing the new college & career shop, 1949. Letter013303
(2) Letters to the membership from the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), 1952. Letters013304
Letter to the supporters of Judge Donahoe, ca. 1950s. Letter013305
Letter of resignation from Mrs. Walter R. Allen to the Elmira Board of Education, 1956. Letter013306
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