Laney Hoeing Family Papers

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Laney-Hoeing family papers
Creator: Laney family
Call Number: D.104
Dates: 1842-1972
Physical Description: 9 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Series I: Laney family papers
Series II: Augusta Laney-Hoeing papers
Series III: Charles Hoeing papers
Series IV: Frederick Hoeing papers
Series V: Photographs of people and places
Series VI: Flags
Collection Overview
Title: Laney-Hoeing family papers
Creator: Laney family
Call Number: D.104
Dates: 1842-1972
Physical Description: 9 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The collection consists of scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, memoirs, diaries, and other memorabilia belonging to four generations of the Laney and Hoeing families. Calvin Cooke Laney was born on February 18, 1850, at Waterloo, New York. His father, Enos Laney, had emigrated to the United States from England at the age of 16. As a young boy, Calvin Laney attended the Friends Academy at Union Springs, New York and then a professional school at Poughkeepsie, New York. In the 1870's he worked as a surveyor for the New York Central, the Buf­falo, Rochester & Pittsburgh, and the Lehigh Valley railroads. A diary in the collection dates from this period of his life. In 1885 Laney opened a surveyor's office in Rochester and in 1888 he was appointed as superintendent of the newly created Rochester Parks Department. His first assignment was to survey the lands to create Genesee Valley Park under the counsel of Frederick Law Olmsted. Over the years, Laney worked closely with John Dunbar, a horticulturist, to create, Highland, Maplewood, Cobb's Hill, Seneca, Durand Eastman, and Ontario Beach Parks. Laney was made parks commissioner in 1920, a post which he held until his retire­ment in 1928. Laney, however, continued to have a keen interest in the park system until his death on August 22, 1941.

On March 26, 1879, Laney married Georgena P. Walbridge (1851-1931). Mrs. Laney's mother, Augusta (Platt) Walbridge (1825-1903), was related to the Dewey family of Bennington, Vermont. Her father, George W. Walbridge (1822-1878), was originally from New England. The collection includes a sentiment album given by Mr. Walbridge to Miss Platt before they were married. It also contains a photo­graph diary with pictures of a Mediterranean trip taken by Mrs. Laney's sister Frances (Walbridge) Mathews (1845-1918) and her husband William Henry Mathews (1838­-1932). Mr. Mathews was the president of the Rochester Printing Co. and the pub­lisher of the Democrat and Chronicle, a Rochester newspaper, from 1870 to 1921. He also served as president of the East Side Savings Bank and was a director of the Central Trust Company.

Calvin and Georgena Laney had three girls. Marie, born on March 25, 1880, later married John Oliver Montagnani and died in January, 1963, leaving four daughters. Augusta and Esther, twin girls, were born to the Laneys on May 4, 1883. Esther never married and died suddenly on July 1, 1908. The collection includes a scrapbook kept by Esther and also scrapbooks and notebooks kept by her twin, Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, along with business and family correspondence of the latter. Augusta (Laney) Hoeing became prominent in local circles, belonging to the Roundup and the Wednesday clubs, and the city Library Commission. She was also an officer of the Rochester Female Charitable Society and as such sat on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Association. She had a keen interest in literary matters. She and her husband sponsored poetry readings and enter­tained famous poets such as A. E. (George Russell), Louis Untermeyer, Vachel Lind­say, and Carl Sandburg in their home. Mrs. Hoeing was also interested in other literary figures, particularly Henry James. She donated a collection of first editions of James's works to Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester and was an avid book collector in general. She delighted in giving books to the children of all her acquaintances. She also donated money for the construction of the Garden Court in memory of her father, C. C. Laney, when Rush Rhees Library was remodeled in 1970.She died on August 22, 1972.

Augusta Laney married Charles Hoeing on June 20, 1905. Mr. Hoeing was born at Lexington, Kentucky, on May 27, 1871, of German immigrant parents. Mr. Hoeing did his undergraduate work at Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical College. After teaching for three years at Garrard College, he then enrolled at Johns Hopkins Uni­versity in 1893 in order to study Latin and Greek at the graduate level. While there he received a scholarship that enabled him to spend a year studying at the American Academy in Rome. In 1898 he received his Ph.D. and then came to the University of Rochester, where he taught Latin for several years. He became Dean of the College for Men in 1914, a post he held until 1929. In 1928 he was named the first Dean of Graduate Studies. He was loved and respected by students and faculty alike, not only for his scholarly ability, but for his dry wit and humor as well. He also was a member of the Humdrum Club, a prestigious club to which many notable Rochesterians belonged. In 1933, Hoeing had to retire from his post because of ill health. He went to a sanitarium for the winter of 1935-6 and during this time he wrote his memoirs. He returned home for about a year and then died of a heart attack on March 9, 1938, whileMrs. Hoeing was on her way to Italy. The collection includes Hoeing's memoirs, speeches and class notes.

Charles and Augusta Hoeing had one son,, Frederick, born on November 7, 1907. He received an A.B. from Amherst College in 1929, an M.A. from Harvard University in 1930, and an honorary M.A. from Amherst in 1949. In 1941, as a member of the British American Ambulance Corps, Hoeing left the United States on the Egyptian ship Zam Zam with a group of other drivers and ambulances bound for Lake Chad in French Equatorial Africa. On April 17, however, the Zam Zam was sunk by the Germans and Hoeing became a prisoner of war until his release in July. Hoeing then worked with the American Field Service during World War II. He was an instructor of His­tory at the University of Rochester in 1946. Later that year he became a field representative of the New York State Commission Against Discrimination, a post he held until 1948. He next was an administrator for the Educational Practices Act of the New York State Education Department from 1948 to 1951. From 1951 to 1955 he was an assistant to the president of Hofstra College. In 1955 he left that post to work for the American Field Service again. He helped to arrange interna­tional teenage student exchanges. He also was a contributor to the Journal of Modern History. Frederick Hoeing died on August 25, 1962. The collection includes a scrapbook and a photograph album of Hoeing's, as well as correspondence, affidavits and a memoir of the Zam Zam incident.

Scope and Content
The collection includes materials in four broad categories: scrapbooks, cor­respondence, photographs and autobiographical materials. The scrapbooks kept by Mrs. Laney, Esther Laney, and Augusta (Laney) Hoeing have a definite, if limited, historical interest. In her scrapbooks dating from 1872 to 1894, Mrs. Laney saved items relating to the deaths and marriages in the Laney and Walbridge families. She also collected obituaries of friends and Rochester notables, as well as items relating to the Rochester park system. All three women collected poems and hu­morous short stories cut out of newspapers and magazines. The two younger women's scrapbooks, dating from 1894 to 1917, also contain reviews of local recitals and theater performances along with newspaper clippings about national events and a few personal keepsakes.

The bulk of the correspondence in the collection consists of letters to Mrs. Hoeing of either a personal or business nature, dating from 1926 to 1971. Unfor­tunately, it includes little from the poets with whom she was acquainted and who visited her in Rochester. Only one letter from Louis Untermeyer, written to Charles Hoeing and an inscription to Frederick Hoeing from Robert Nichols survive.

The majority of the photographs were taken from 1860 to 1930 and include tin­types dating from the 1860's and 1870's. The collection also includes a folder of pictures of children given to Mrs. Hoeing in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Of particular interest to local historians are the photographs of places in Rochester and those of the parks in their early stages of development. Three photograph albums are found separately within the collection: the travel diary of W. Henry Mathews' Mediterranean trip of 1913, the album of Frederick Hoeing's baby pictures from 1908 to 1912, and an album of pictures that members of the Laney family ap­parently took while on vacation around the turn of the century.

There are several items in the collection that are autobiographical in nature. The earliest is Calvin Laney's diary, kept in the years 1871-3, while he was working as a surveyor for the railroad. Charles Hoeing also wrote his memoirs in 1935-6. Besides childhood experiences in his native state of Kentucky, Hoeing gives an engaging description of what the University of Rochester was like in the early twentieth century. His Humdrum Club anecdotes will also be of interest to Rochester historians. He also reminisces about the visits of Vachel Lindsay, Carl Sandburg, and other famous poets to his home. Hoeing's son Frederick also wrote a short memoir relating the circumstances of the sinking of the Zam Zam, and his experiences as a prisoner of war.

New York (State)--Rochester
Albums (Books)
University of Rochester
Zamzam (Ship)
Laney family
Hoeing family
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the heirs of Mrs. Augusta Laney Hoeing.Access
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Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Laney family papers
Box 1, Folder 1Sentiment album - Augusta Platt, 1842-1848
Box 1, Folder 2Photograph album - Laney family
Box 1, Folder 3Travel album - W. Henry and Frances (Walbridge) Mathews, 1913
Box 1, Folder 4Scrapbook - Georgena (Walbridge) Laney, 1872-1885
Box 1, Folder 5Scrapbook - Georgena (Walbridge) Laney, 1894
Box 2, Folder 1School programs - C. C. Laney, 1864-1869
Box 2, Folder 2Journal - C. C. Laney, 1871-1873 1886
Box 2, Folder 3Correspondence and clippings - C. C. Laney, 1871-1941, undated
Box 2, Folder 4Diploma - Esther Laney, 1894
Box 2, Folder 5Scrapbook - Esther Laney, 1895-1908
Box 2, Folder 6Correspondence - Esther Laney, 1906-1908
Box 2, Folder 7Notes - Marie (Laney) Montagnani
Series II: Augusta Laney-Hoeing papers
Box 2, Folder 8Scrapbook - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1895
Box 2, Folder 9Notebook - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1896-1898
Box 2, Folder 10Notebook - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1900
Box 3, Folder 1Laney-Hoeing wedding, 1905
Box 3, Folder 2Bridal book, 1905
Box 3, Folder 3Scrapbook - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1917
Box 3, Folder 4Notebook, "Henry James" - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing
Box 3, Folder 5Notebook, "Henry James, et. al." - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing
Box 3, Folder 6Notes, "Samuel Johnson" - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing
Box 3, Folder 7Notebook - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1944
Box 4, Folder 1Notebook - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1956
Box 4, Folder 2Datebook - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1959
Box 4, Folder 3Correspondence - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1926-1959
Box 4, Folder 4Correspondence - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1960-1961
Box 4, Folder 5Correspondence - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1962
Box 4, Folder 6Correspondence - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1963-1966
Box 4, Folder 7Correspondence with doctors - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1947-1963
Box 4, Folder 8Correspondence from Frederick Hoeing - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1951-1961
Box 4, Folder 9Correspondence from family - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1956-1971
Box 5, Folder 1Miscellaneous correspondence - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, undated
Box 5, Folder 2Greeting cards - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, undated
Box 5, Folder 3Pamphlet - "The Rochester Female Charitable Society - 1931" - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing
Box 5, Folder 4Report of University of Rochester President and Treasurer, 1959 - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing
Box 5, Folder 5Claire Denison lecture - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1960-1961
Box 5, Folder 6Garden court dedication - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1970
Box 5, Folder 7Partial will and testament, death notice - Augusta (Laney) Hoeing, 1962-1972
Series III: Charles Hoeing papers
Box 5, Folder 8Notebook "Latin" - Charles Hoeing, 1894
Box 5, Folder 9Notebook "epigraphy" - Charles Hoeing, 1915
Box 5, Folder 10Notebook "paleography" - Charles Hoeing
Box 5, Folder 11Notebook "Sejanus" - Charles Hoeing
Box 6, Folder 1Correspondence - Charles Hoeing, 1920-1925, undated
Box 6, Folder 2Notes on trip to Rome - Charles Hoeing, 1923
Box 6, Folder 3Paper presented to Humdrum Club: travel impressions with map - Charles Hoeing, 1928
Box 6, Folder 4Travel diary - Charles Hoeing, 1928, 1930
Box 6, Folder 5Virgil's 2000th birthday celebration - Charles Hoeing, 1929-1930
Box 6, Folder 6Memoirs (copy with corrections) - Charles Hoeing, 1935-1936
Box 6, Folder 7Memoirs (copy, second draft) - Charles Hoeing, 1935-1936
Box 6, Folder 8Speech, "The decay of nations" - Charles Hoeing
Box 6, Folder 9Manuscript, "Imperial traits" - Charles Hoeing
Box 6, Folder 10Reprints and manuscripts of articles - Charles Hoeing
Box 6, Folder 11Memorials - Charles Hoeing, 1938 1956
Series IV: Frederick Hoeing papers
Box 7, Folder 1Photograph album - baby pictures of Frederick Hoeing, 1908-1912
Box 7, Folder 2Scrapbook - Frederick Hoeing
Box 7, Folder 3Correspondence - Zam Zam incident - Frederick Hoeing, 1941
Box 7, Folder 4Affidavit - Zam Zam incident - Frederick Hoeing, 1941
2 copies

Box 7, Folder 5Memoir - Zam Zam incident - Frederick Hoeing, 1941
Box 7, Folder 6Miscellaneous correspondence - Frederick Hoeing, 1912-1955
Series V: Photographs of people and places
Box 8, Folder 1Photographs of Calvin Laney
Box 8, Folder 2Photographs of Laney family members
Box 8, Folder 3Photographs of Charles Hoeing
Box 8, Folder 4Photographs of Frederick Hoeing
Box 8, Folder 5Friends of Georgena and Frances Walbridge
Box 8, Folder 6Buffalo Bill's daughter
Box 8, Folder 7Pictures of children
Box 8, Folder 8Mrs. Gormley (Laney)
Box 8, Folder 9Group pictures
Box 8, Folder 10Surveying party
Box 8, Folder 11Animals - domestic
Box 8, Folder 12Rochester scenes
Box 8, Folder 13St. Paul's Church
Box 8, Folder 14Log cabin
Box 8, Folder 15Houses
Box 8, Folder 16Oxford St.
Box 8, Folder 17Cobbs Hill
Box 8, Folder 18Erie Canal
Box 8, Folder 19Trees
Box 8, Folder 20Pictures of Germany and England
Box 9, Folder 1Genesee river
Box 9, Folder 2Park animals
Box 9, Folder 3Park scenes
Box 9, Folder 4Genesee Valley Park
Box 9, Folder 5Letchworth Park
Box 9, Folder 6Seneca Park
Series VI: Flags
Box 10, Object 1Nazi flag

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