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Collection TitleCL 14 Breesport County HomeCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards
Date Completed:May 24, 2007
Date Updated:March 3, 2008
Provenance:The Breesort County Home Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Thomas Santulli in 2007. 
Terms:Aged--Government policy; Aged--Health and hygiene; Aged--Institutional care; Aged--Services for; Chemung County (N.Y.); Old age homes

The Breesport County Home began in 1837 when the Board of Supervisors purchased 178  acres of land in the town of Breesport to be used as a home for vagrants and orphans.  In 1868, it was re-designated as a home for the aged and infirm.  Since then there have been various additions to the original property to meet the institution's growing needs.  The infirmary came first in 1888 and was later expanded in 1913.  In 1902, an administrative building was constructed and, in 1933, a two-story brick hospital wing was built. 

During the 20th century, the Home's population began to steadily rise until 1958, when it had reached its saturation point.  At this point, the Council of Community Services Nursing Home Study Committee began to urge the construction of an entirely new facility.  In 1960, a Health Planning Committee was established to look into the proposal and in July 1971, the Breeseport County Home was closed and its residence transferred to the new, fully modern, facilities in Heritage Park. 

Scope:The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, correspondence and articles relating to the Home.  These items range in date from 1940 to 1972, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960's.  The earlier parts of the collection focus primarily on the day to day administrative needs of the Home, while later sections concern the County's need for a newer facility. 


Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1940-1972

The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, letters and articles regarding the County Home and Infirmary, including information on the construction of the Heritage Park.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
From the Welfare Committee Meeting dated May 5, 1960.MinutesA1904
Measurements for a fence.NotesA1905
Handwritten calculations.NotesA1906
Handwritten calculations.NotesA1907
From the Desk of Harry A. Hillman, handwritten notes regarding electricity for the Farm Managers residence.NotesA1908
Handwritten list of equipment needed and cost estimates.NotesA1909
Handwritten notes regarding the heating bill.NotesA1910
From the Desk of Harry A. Hillman, handwritten notes regarding Dairy Products.NotesA1911
Handwritten notes.NotesA1912
Documents include: Comparison Costs of Food Per Meal for the years 1959-1961, County Farm Record on Chickens 1959, Milk Used in Home October 1959, Pea Crop 1959, Tomato Crop for 1959, and the Cost of Farm Vegetables Raised and Used in Home Oct., Nov., & Dec. 1959.DocumentsA1913
County Home Report.ReportA1914
Letter from George A. Sydney to Peter J. Woloson regarding blood counts at the County Home and Infirmary, January 22, 1959.LetterA1915
From Cameron P. Loomis to Accounting Division dated July 23, 1959 regarding Self-Pay Patients.MemoA1916
From the Welfare Committee dated December 17, 1959.MinutesA1917
Memo from P. J. Woloson dated April 16, 1959 regarding Rates Used in Claiming Federal Reimbursement. Attached is a letter from David M. Schneider to Peter J. Woloson dated April 15, 1959 regarding Federal Reimbursement rates.DocumentsA1918
From Cameron P. Loomis, Acting Commissioner for the Department of Public Welfare, Chemung County to David S. Hurwitz dated October 15, 1959 regarding "Your letter of 10/13/59 relative to 'Nursing Home Type Facility' questionnaire." Attached is the October 13, 1959 letter from David S. Hurwitz to Cameron Loomis.LetterA1919
From David S. Hurwitz to Peter J. Woloson dated May 28, 1959 regarding the inspection on May 22, 1959. Attached are: a letter from David S. Hurwitz to Peter J. Woloson dated April 20, 1959 regarding the results of a recent survey, a letter from P. J. Woloson to David S. Hurwitz dated April 8, 1959 regarding carrying out recommendations and a letter from David S. Hurwitz to Peter J. Woloson dated April 2, 1959 regarding recommendations from the annual inspection.LetterA1920
From David S. Hurwitz to Peter J. Woloson dated May 11, 1959 scheduling a visit to the Infirmary.LetterA1921
Newspaper article entitled: Fire Protection Needed at the County Home.ArticleA1922
Newspaper Article from the Elmira Star-Gazette, Thursday, November 12, 1959 entitled: County Home Questions.ArticleA1923
From the Welfare Committee Meeting dated November 12, 1959.MinutesA1924
Newspaper Article from The Sunday Telegram dated Sunday, October 25, 1959 entitled: Story of Inaction: Fire Protection at County Home.ArticleA1925
Schedule of Fire Inspection for the Chemung County Home in Breesport.FormA1926
Minutes concerning Comity and Evangelism. On the back of the sheet of paper is a drawing of the pond.DocumentA1927
From Arthur Terwilliger, President of Terwilliger Electric, Inc. to T. J. Bushness dated April 21, 1959 regarding fire protection.LetterA1928
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