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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Collection of Dog Daze and Literally Speaking (About Dogs) columns from The Sunday Telegram, written by Richard S. Heller.Newspaper Clippings030501
Itinerary for Judge and Mrs. Richard S. Heller and Mrs. W. W. Warren's European vacation, April 14, 1970.Document030601
Memorial cards for Richard S. Heller, December 3, 1980. (2 versions)Documents030701
Obituaries for Richard S. Heller, December 4, 1980. Newspaper Clippings030702
List of flowers brought by different people for Richard S. Heller's funeral, December 1980.Notes030703
Richard S. Heller memorial service, December 1980.Manuscript030704
Memorial resolution by the Chemung County Bar Association in tribute to Richard S. Heller with attached cover letter, December 11, 1980. Manuscript030705
Certificate of Richard S. Heller's membership in the Interstate Commerce Commission, March 30, 1942.Certificate030801
Medical records for Richard S. Heller from the Albany Medical College's Cardiovascular Health Center, June 4, 1964.Document030901
Two memorial books from the funeral of Richard S. Heller, December 5, 1980.Book031001
List of Park Church members.Document031101
Manuscript - Famous Last Words by Richard S. Heller, Fall 1980.Manuscript031201
Biography - Richard S. Heller (resume)Manuscript031202
Letter from Robert F. Wagner Jr., President of the Borough of Manhattan, to Richard S. Heller regarding an invitation to the Chemung County Democratic Outing, August 8, 1950.Letter031401
Newspaper clippings that reference Richard S. Heller's involvement in Democratic Party politics, 1930-1960.Newspaper Clippings031401
Letter from John F. Donnelly, chairman of the Broome County Democratic Committee, to Edward M. Gallavan regarding Donald W. Kramer's run for governor, August 25, 1950.Letter031402
Letter from Ralph H. Roberts, General Electic Company Works Manager, to Richard S. Heller regarding voter registration, October 9, 1950.Letter031403
Letter from W. Sterling Cole, US Congressmen, to Richard S. Heller regarding a constituent's problem, July 26, 1951.Letter031404
Letter from James B. Gitlitz to Richard S. Heller regarding the former's candidacy for State Supreme Court, September 28, 1951.Letter031405
Correspondence between US Senator Herbert H. Lehman and Richard S. Heller regarding the construction of a swimming pool, October 11-15, 1951. Correspondence031406
Letter from Michael H. Pendergast, Chairman Rockland County Democratic Committee, to Richard S. Heller regarding the 1954 National Committee election, January 26, 1954.Letter031407
Letter from Congressmen Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. to Richard S. Heller regarding the former's visit to Elmira, January 28, 1954.Letter031408
Letter from William B. Mahoney to Richard S. Heller regarding John Cusick, May 25, 1954.Letter031409
Letter from Arthur Levitt to Richard S. Heller regarding the 1954 election, November 6, 1954.Letter031410
Letter from Angela A. Parisi, Vice-Chairman Women for Harriman Committee, to Richard S. Heller regarding the 1954 election, November 26, 1954.Letter031411
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