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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
Newspaper clipping about 220 Bancroft Road.Newspaper Clippings010101
Receipt from B. Pail for monies paid by Charles Heller for a coffin, Janaury 7, 1857. Receipt010102
Christmas poem and/or song.Document010201
Story - Heller's Christmas Carol.Manuscript010202
(25) Heller family Christmas cards, 1946-1974.Greeting Cards010203
Newspaper clippings about David Neish Heller, covering his marriage, his appointment to the Supreme Court, and his obituary.Newspaper Clippings010301
Manuscript - Heller Family History and Family Tree. (2 copies)Manuscript010401
Heller Family geneological notes.Document010402
Newspaper clippings about Mrs. Lottie Stone Heller, covering her marriage, her fourtieth wedding anniversary, and her obituary.Newspaper Clipping010403
Hand-drawn map of Woodlawn Cemetary in Elmira, with grave sites marked by letters.Map010404
1909 calender with a photograph of Charles, David, Francis and Dick Heller, sons of Richard Heller.Calendar010501
Newspaper clipping about the Matthew Heller homestead, April 2000.Newspaper clipping010601
Newspaper clippings about an award-winning dog owned by Judge Richard S. Heller.Newspaper Clipping010701
Letter from E.T.R. Maddocks to Richard Heller about dog breeding, September 7, 1944.Letter010702
(6) Certificates about a dog owned by Richard Heller, issued by the American Kennel Club Incorporated, the State of New York, Victor Moench, Dog World Magazine, and the Morris & Essex Kennel Club, 1937-1951.Certificate010703
Inventory of Heller Family property.Ledger010801
Inventory of Heller family dining room silver.Document010802
Appraisal of Heller family goods by L. Shreiban & Son, 1977-1981.Document010803
Inventory of Heller family goods by P. Sall, March 30, 1977.Document010804
Inventory of Heller family china. (2 copies)Document010805
Inventory of Heller family goods.Document010806
Inventory of Heller family goods by Richard Heller, April 1, 1977.Document010807
Envelope from Walter Schatzki to Judge Richard Heller, June 20, 1972.Envelope010808
(2) FedEx receipts from Janet Howell to Tom Oesau, circa 2000.Receipts010901
(94) Illustrated catalog clippings of various collectables in 2 envelopes.Newspaper Clippings010902
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