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Collection TitleCL 74 Lutz Market PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:January 2011
Date Updated:February 2014
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Evelyn Lutz in 2011 and 2012.
Terms:Butchers; Elmira; Genealogy—Lutz Family; Small business

Lutz Meat Market- The Lutz Meat Market, located at 56 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, was founded in 1906 by Joseph J. Lutz.  He retired in 1939 and the store was acquired by Selaer and Jennie Ayers.  In 1954, Louis J. Lutz, Joseph's nephew, took over the store and ran it until it went out of business in 1966.  The store served primarily as a butcher shop but also sold groceries as well. 

Scope:The Lutz Market Papers include financial ledgers, 1954-1966; invoices, 1939-1965; Betty Clemons and Matilda Dartt letters, 1965-1988; and miscellaneous family papers, 1940-1973. 


Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1939-1988
AbstractThis collection contains financial records for the Lutz Market and family correspondence. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Lutz Market Ledger - Payroll, 1954-1966. Ledger010101
Lutz Market Ledger - Cash Accounts, 1963-1966. Ledger010201
Lutz Market bill and letterhead, 1930s & 1950s. Letterhead010301
Lutz Market invoices, 1939-1965, for the following customers: Barnard; Benson; Dr. A. Booth; I.D. Booth; John Brand; H. Brand; Careswell; Coaklin; Catherine Connelly; Costello; Cotton; John Diner; A. Falck; Farley; Fitzgerald; Francher; Paul Freeman; Frost; Galt; Gennett; Hoffman; Home for the Aged; C. Keeton. Invoices010401
Lutz Market invoices, 1939-1965, for the following customers: Mrs. Jervis Langdon; Lavelle; Linke; Lipcot; L.J. Lutz; Marcotte; Markthaler; Maryland; Paul McCabe; M. McCaulty; Miline; Morgan; G.H. Parker; Wm. Pezke; F. Pulford; Riggs; Sammie; Sheehan; Straus; H. Suffern; Syracuse General Hospital; Tepple; Dan Utter; Sylvia Wheaton; L.S. Whittier; Ethel Wilson; Windsor. Invoices010501
Notes on prices for different cuts of meat, cigarettes, eggs and prepared foods at Lutz Market, ca. 1950s. Notes010601
Armour Dry Sausage pricing guide, 1961. Document010602
Handbill - Take the Guess Out of Your Mark-up, ca. 1950s. Handbill010603
Letter of sponsorship for 22 students at Southside High School to the National Honor Society submitted by teacher Elsa Brookfield, June 1951. Letter010701
Letter from J.R. Shoemaker of Hygeia Refrigerating Co. to Evelyn Lutz regarding an essay contest, June 13, 1952. Speech "Freedom is Your Business" by Garth Shoemaker enclosed. Letter010702
Ledger - Augusta Limberger Lutz's personal accounts, 1965-1968.Ledger010801
WWII rationing points markers put on meat at Lutz Market to indicate prices, ca. 1940s. Document010901
City of Elmira Department of Weights & Measures seal of approval, 1945. Seal010902
Booklet - Constitution and By-Laws of St. John's Beneficial Society of Elmira, April 1963.Booklet010903
Ledger - Louis Lutz's Receipt Book fo St. John's Society, 1972-1973. Ledger010904
(6) Invoices from I. Fidelman, produce merchant, for S. Ayers, May 1940. Invoices010905
Handbill - Fidelman's Licensed and Bonded Wholesale Fruit and Produce, 620 State St., Elmira, ca. 1940s. Handbill010906
(5) Letters from Betty Clemons to her niece Evelyn Lutz regarding life and conditions at the Chemung County Nursing Facility, November 1972-February 1981. Letters011001
Biography of Matilda Mathew Dartt, 1896-1989. Document011101
Letter from Matilda Dartt to her niece Evelyn Lutz regarding the death of her employer, Mrs. Florence Whittier, May 21, 1965. Letter011102
(20+) Letters from Matilda Dartt to her niece Evelyn Lutz regarding her health and family news, February 1969-1979.Letters011103

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