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Collection TitleCL 56 Hygeia Refrigerating Co. CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Debra Maloney
Date Completed:January 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library in 1982 by Garth Shoemaker.

 Elmira (N.Y.); Business enterprises;  Corporate meetings - Stockholder's meetings;  Corporate meetings - Corporate minutes; Flood control;  Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery - cold-storage lockers.

Historical:Hygeia Refrigerating Company- The Hygeia Refrigerating Company was created on September 1, 1896 to provide refrigeration services to grocers, shippers and citizens.   On March 5, 1921, an off-shoot, Hygeia Ice Cream Company, was created. Corning-Hygeia, Inc. was then founded on February 21, 1930.  The company provided cold storage for produce, furs, and wholesale distribution of ice and ice cream until 1976.  Major officers were Clayton S. Shoemaker, Floyd M. Shoemaker, Guy S. Shoemaker, J. Raymond Shoemaker, David Shoemaker and Garth Shoemaker, who was the last president.  The company was heavily involved in making improvements to the south dike of the Chemung River.  David Shoemaker's wife, Eleanor, founded the Eleanor Shoemaker Real Estate Company in 1962.    
Scope:The collection includes stock ledgers and certificates books from 1896-1904; stock certificates from 1921 and 1924-1927; by-laws of Corning-Hygeia, Inc. from 1930; diagrams of at-grade crossing elimination projects from 1932; architectural drawings, blueprints and correspondence regarding flood control projects from 1936-1946; promotional photographs of the company taken by Fred Loomis and Steiner Studios, from 1924-1954; and the 1954 summary appraisal.
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1896-1954
AbstractThis collection contains material relating to the Hygeia Refrigerating Company of Elmira, N.Y. and its subsidiaries. 

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Hygeia Refrigerating Company stockholder ledger, January 1897 to December 1903.Ledger010001
Hygeia Refrigerating Company stockholder ledger, 1904.Ledger010002
Hygeia Refrigerating Company stock certificate book, September 1896 to December 1903.Ledger010003
Pierce & Bickford, architects, price estimate for Hygeia Refrigerating Co. cold storage building, 1909.Document010101
Architectural concept drawing for the Clifton Springs Sanitarium designed by Pierce & Bickford.Drawing010102
Pierce & Bickford, architects, advertisment and fee schedule, circa 1909.Document010103
Letter to Hygeia Refrigerating Co. from Pierce & Bickford Architects regarding consuting fees, May 11, 1909.Letter010104
Letter to Floyd Shoemaker of Hygeia Refrigerating Co. from Pierce & Bickford Architects, April 26, 1909.Letter010105
Letter to Mr. Bickford of Pierce & Bickford from Floyd Shoemaker of Hygeia Refrigeration Co., April 23, 1909.Letter010106
Letter to Floyd Shoemaker of Hygeia Refrigerating Co. from Pierce & Bickford Architects, April 24, 1909.Letter010107
Hygeia Ice Cream Co. stock certificate ledger, 1921.Ledger010201
Hygeia Refrigerating Co. stockbook, 1924 to 1930.Ledger010301
Hygeia Ice Cream Co. stock holders meeting minutes, 1921 to 1928.Ledger010401
A xerox copy titled "USS Chemung engaged in high speed fueling operation".Photo Copy015602
Elmira Consolidated Ice Co. stock certificate book, 1924-1930.Ledger020101
Articles of incorporation and by-laws of Corning-Hygeia Inc., February 21, 1930.Document020201
Minutes for the meeting of incorporators of Corning-Hygeia Inc., February 21, 1930.Document020202
Minutes of stockholders meeting for Corning-Hygeia Co., January 20, 1931.Document020203
New York State Department of Public Works easement of lands owned by Floyd Shoemaker for the elimination of highway-railroad crossings at grade, August 19, 1932. Case number 3199-4014, maps number 56, 60, 65 and 71-R.Document020301
Memo with Letterhead of "From the Desk of- W.C. Wolgast"Manuscript020401
Measurements and drawingsManuscript020402
Building Permit, June 17, 1924Document020403
Precautions taken during flood dangers, March 1934Memo020404
Letter from Hygeia Refrigerating president J.R. Shoemaker to C.C. Hunter, City Manager of Elmira, March 17, 1936Letter020405
Handwritten notation "Blueprint taken by Mr. George"Manuscript020406
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