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Collection TitleCL 157 Gilbert-Susemihl CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:November 2015

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Ed Susemihl in 2012 & 2013. 

Terms:Diaries; Elmira (N.Y.); Spanish-American War, 1898

Clara Gilbert (1902-1995) was the eldest daughter of restraint owner Charles Dell Gilbert and his wife Katherine.  After graduating from Elmira Free Academy in 1921,  she worked briefly at Flannagan's store, then the Chamber of Commerce Employment Bureau. In 1924, she became the head of the women's division of the New York State Employment Office in Elmira. She left in 1928 after marrying Lawrence H. Baker.

Herman R. Susemihl joined Company L of the 3rd New York Volunteer Infantry in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.  After his honorable discharge, he worked as a clerk at Gosper-Kelly Shoe Store.  During World War II, he volunteered as plane spotter for the Civil Air Defense.  He died in 1964. 

Scope:The Gilbert-Susemihl Collection contains Clara Gilbert's diaries, 1916-1926; Thomas Wilson's diary, 1870; and Herman R. Susemihl's personal papers and photographs, 1893-1960. 
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1870-1960
AbstractThis collection includes Clara Gilbert's diaries and H.R. Susemihl's personal papers. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Diary - Clara Gilbert, student, 1918. Describes World War I home front, Spanish flu epidemic, and student life at Elmira Free Academy (EFA). Diary010001
Diary - Clara Gilbert, student, 1920. Describes her life as a student at Elmira Free Academy (EFA).Diary010002
Diary - Clara Gilbert, student, 1921. Describes her life as a student at Elmira Free Academy and a shop girl at J.J. Flanagan & Co. department store. Diary010003
Diary - Clara Gilbert, 1923. Describes her social life and work as the Assistant Superintendent of the Chamber of Commerce Employment Bureau.Diary010004
Diary - Clara Gilbert, 1926. Describes her social life and work as the Assistant Superintendent of the Chamber of Commerce Employment Bureau.Diary010005
Diary - Clara Gilbert, 1916. Describes her social life and school. Diary010101
This folder contains the following items removed from Clara Gilbert's 1918 diary: Regents Exam ticket; 4 leaf clover; sketches by Clara; Terbell-Calkins Drug Co. trade card; place cards for Clara & Alberta Gilbert; program for concert by Kitchen Band at Hedding Methodist Church, July 15, 1918; program for 'Mrs. Temple's Telegram' at Elmira Free Academy, April 26-27, 1918; Dance card for K.E. Dance April 2, 1918; undated letter to Clara; newspaper clipping about sale of Liberty Bonds by Girl Scouts. Documents010201
This folder contains the following items removed from Clara Gilbert's 1920 diary: short story written on invoices from Gilberts Café; letter to Donald Thomas, August 20, 1920; bookmark; fun at the institute list; poetry; photo of Mr. Benton; dance card; program for 61st Commencement of the Elmira Free Academy, 1921; hair clippings; essay about the institute; sketch by Clara; newspaper clippings about church events. Documents010301
This folder contains the following items removed from Clara Gilbert's 1921 diary: certificate from the Epworth League Institute; 2-Elmira Free Academy (EFA) excuse forms; EFA excuse slip; EFA tardy slip; short story; program for 'Captain Kidd Jr.' at EFA, April 7-8, 1921; poem by Douglas Malloch; school absence excuse. Documents010401
This folder contains the following items removed from Clara Gilbert's 1923 diary: unidentified photographs; Steele Memorial Library card; Company L, 108th Infantry membership card, 1922; letter from Pauline to Clara, December 13, 1922; description of trip; program from Eastman Theatre in Rochester, May 27, 1923; letter regarding Clara's job at the Chamber of Commerce; art & poetry; employment forms; clippings about golf; clipping about Clara's Civil Service exam. Documents010501
This folder contains the following items removed from Clara Gilbert's 1921 diary: unidentified photographs; poetry & sketches; Bullock's Tea Room trade card; employment applications; program for the K.E. Convention, November 25-27, 1926; ticket to Colgate v. Syracuse game; letter to Bill; letter from Chuck to Clara, March 1, 1926; telegram from Robert Gray to Clara, March 26, 1926; calling cards for Willis Manchester, Jane E. Riley & Mrs. Donald Wheeler; telegram for J.D. Henry to Clara, July 15, 1926 misc. newspaper clippings including obituaries for Daniel Soper and Martha Van Gorder Soper.Documents010601
Diary - Thomas Wilson, 58 Northern Street, 1870. Diary010701
Ledgers - Herman R. Susemihl personal accounts: 1903-1907, 1918-1922 & 1926-1927.Ledger010801
This folder contains the following photographs from the Spanish-American War, 1898-1899: soldiers of Company L, 3rd NY Volunteers, at Camp Alger, Virginia; Herman R. Susemihl, Tom Wheeler, Fred Farr & Charles Halliday; soldiers at Owego Light House; solders in Kingston, Canada. Photographs010901
This folder contains the following photographs: camping by the Chemung River, 1893; Herman Susemihl biking to Corning, 18795; old Fitch's Bridge, 1899; American Girl statue in Eldridge Park, 1900; group from Rochester Brewing Co. at Riverside Hotel near Fitch's Bridge, 1900. Photographs010902
Certificate of membership in the 30th Separate Company of the NY National Guard issued to Herman R. Susemihl, April 12, 1898.Certificate011001
Certificate of discharge issued to Herman R. Susemihl, Company L, 3rd New York Volunteers, December 10, 1898. Certificate 011002
Certificate of discharge issued to Herman R. Susemihl, 30th Separate Company of the NY National Guard, April 18, 1903. Certificate011003
Notification of an award for military service sent to Herman R. Susemihl from the Adjutant General of NY State for his service during the Spanish-American War, 1917. Document011004
Booklet - United Spanish War Veterans, E.M. Hoffman Camp No. 40, membership dues ledger, 1924. Booklet011005
Letter from president Franklin D. Roosevelt to veterans, December 19, 1938. Letter011006
Letter from the Office of Defense Transportation to Herman Susemihl regarding his part in the war effort, April 23, 1945. Letter011007
Letter from the Social Security Administration to Herman Susemihl regarding his benefits, December 17, 1947. Document011008
Herman Susemihl's membership card in the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, Parley Coburn chapter, 1952.Membership Card011009
Certificate of Commendation from the US Air Force to Herman Susemihl for his participation on Operation Skywatch, August 1, 1953. Certificate011010
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