Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
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Auto Service Stations, Elmira NY
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Chemung County NY
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Hello. My name is Bill Poray. I am in Fairport, near Rochester, New York. I stumbled upon your wonderful website yesterday. I was able to find an ancestor, Herman Broekhuizen, in the 1917 Directory. I am attaching two photos, one of a house that is labeled in an album I have as belonging to Herman (Harmon actually) Broekhuizen. I have two addresses for him. The 1917 Directory lists him as living at 1130 Hall. I have another address from the 1920 census: 509 West Hill St.  [See house photo below]

The other photo is, I believe, of a gas station that I believe my grandfather briefly owned. He was Harmon Poray, and probably owned or operated it in somewhere in the Elmira area from in the mid 1920's. He did not stay in Elmira long, he returned to Wayne County, NY. If I get down to Elmira soon, I will look him up in the directories from that period to see if I can find him. Do you know if any of these directories are scanned and online?

Love your website. Thanks for all your hard work.

Sincerely, Bill Poray

Response from Joyce - I have a 1923 directory here. Harmon Poray was pres and treasurer of Poray & Howell, Auto Service Station, residence 653 Park Place
Auto service Stations located at 513 Park Place and 50 S. Main st.

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Broekhuizen Home in Elmira NY
Chemung County NY
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