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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
Third Generation Ownership, A Century of Service: 100th Anniversary Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc.Booklet11009
Elmira Water Board 1958 Annual Report. Booklet11010
The Elmira Heights Historical Journal, 1961. Booklet11011
List of Chemung County hotels in 1872. (2 copies)Manuscript11012
Flyer for the Chemung County 125th Anniversary, September 9-16, 1961. Document11013
Highlights of History in Chemung County, 1955. Booklet11014
Capabilities, Inc.: Your Special Jobs can be handled--quickly, skillfully, economicallyBrochure11015
George Vetter's New York State Historical Association membership card, 1957. Document11101
Letter to George Vetter from the New York State Historical Association regarding his membership, August 8, 1956. Letter11102
"Woodcuts, Monotones, Drawings" by George Vetter, 1940. Booklet11103
John Huonker's receipt for a money order from the Marine Midland Trust Company of Southern New York, May 19, 1967. Receipt11201
Pay stub from American LaFrance, June 18, 1966. Document11202
Letter from R. Sunderlin of the Century House in Watkins Glen to John Huonker, January 2, 1968. Letter11203
John Huonker's bill from Claude Reppard Plumbing and Heating, December 13, 1967. Document11204
John Huonker's receipt for payment of membership dues in the Elmira Council of the Knights of Columbus, January 4, 1969. Document11205
Delivery slip from Little Joe's TV and Appliance for John Huonker's new tv, November 18, 1967. Document11206
Flyer for Thunderbird Indian Village, 1961. Document11301
Status of Geological Mapping in New York State by Quadrangles, 1955. Document11302
Program for the dedication of a maker commemorating the Treaty of Painted Post, July 4, 1927. (2 copies)Booklet11303
The Settler, vol. II no. 3, April 1954. Magazine11304
"Indian History of New York State Part I- Pre-Iroquoian Cultures" by William A. Ritchie, 1967. Booklet11305
"The Iroquoian Tribes: Part II of the Indian History of New York State" by William A. Ritchie, 1963. Booklet11306
"Indian History of New York State Part III-The Algonkian Tribes" by William A. Ritchie.Booklet11307
Program for the Chemung Ambuscade Observance and Monument Dedication, August 27, 1929. Booklet11401
Program for the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Sullivan Expedition, August 24, 1929. Booklet11402
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