John Handley Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

John Handley Collection, 522 THL

Scope and Content: The John Handley Collection contains the dispersal of Judge Handley’s estate and the subsequent 100th anniversary celebration, although there are a few personal items and biographical sketches. Of particular interest is a handwritten opinion by Judge Handley in a case he adjudicated in September 1875.
(4 boxes) Last updated 02/13.

Biographical/Historical: Handley was born in Ireland in 1835, became a U.S. citizen in New York in 1856, and eventually moved to Scranton, PA where he practiced law. He began visiting Winchester, VA, in 1869. When John Handley died in 1895, he was buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester and left what eventually amounted to over a million dollars to the City of Winchester for education of the poor and $250,000 for a public library.

Cite As: John Handley Collection, 522 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

News Articles—Judge John Handley—unnumbered pages, printed (photocopy)

Handley correspondence to Holmes Conrad, November 18, 1886, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)

Handley, John – Letters to Holmes Conrad, 25 leaves, transcribed from originals
Dec. 14, 1885, Dec. 23, 1885, May 17, 1886, Nov. 5, 1886,
Jan. 15, 1887, Mar. 1, 1888, Nov. 26, 1889, Dec. 7, 1889,
Feb. 11, 1890, Apr. 9, 1890, Apr. 18, 1890, Apr. 20, 1890,
May 23, 1890, Dec. 15, 1890, Dec. 16, 1890, Dec. 16, 1890,
Jan., 9, 1891, Mar. 20, 1891, Apr. 16, 1891, May 22, 1891,
May 30, 1891, Dec. 4, 1891, Dec. 12, 1891, Mar. 28, 1893,
Nov. 14, 1889

Handley, John – Letter to Clarence Pifer, April 1, 1890, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy with original)

Handley, Judge John – correspondence, etc. between C. F. Staples and Lackawanna Historical Society, 1958, 14 leaves, photocopy (originals housed in Lackawanna Historical Society)

Legal opinion written by Judge Handley, September 1875, re-naturalization of James P. Kane, 2 items, 10 leaves, manuscript; 1 leaf, typescript

Visiting card, John Handley, c. 1890, 1 item, printed; 1 item, typescript

"Judge John Handley, 1835-1895"–biographical sketch by Garland R. Quarles, 1974, 5 items, 4 pages, printed

"Judge John Handley: Yankee Carpet-Benefactor of Winchester," by William W. Hassler, article in Virginia Country, September-October 1984, 4 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Handley, Elizabeth–letters of administration intestate, 1866, 3 leaves, manuscript on printed form (photocopy)

Handley Trust Fund - brochure, 1994, 1 page, printed

Miscellaneous papers, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy); 1 envelope, printed

100th anniversary celebration (1895-1995), John Handley Memorial Dinner, February 1, 1995 -invitation, program, guest list, 3 leaves, manuscript on printed form (photocopy); 3 pages, 1 leaf, printed

100th Anniversary Memorial Dinner, February 1, 1995–news articles, 2 leaves, printed (photocopy)

"John Handley, R. Gray Williams and Progressive Education for Winchester," paper delivered by Kenneth W. Rose, February 1, 1995, at 100th Anniversary Memorial Dinner, 1 item, 28 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

100th Anniversary Memorial Dinner – videocassette

Will of John Handley, Deceased, n.d., c. 1895

Will – United States Court of Appeal, Exhibit B – Judge John Handley, na, nd.
Exhibit C – Pennsylvania Railroad

 

Box 2 Estate Papers

Correspondence, 1895-1908 – "Estate of John Handley, Deceased," 1 item, bound book, 479 leaves, manuscript and typescript (copy)

Correspondence, 1897, 3 leaves, manuscript; 1 leaf, typescript

Correspondence, 1915-1917, 21 leaves, typescript; 15 leaves, manuscript; 20 leaves, typescript telegrams; 2 leaves, manuscript (copy) telegram

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA–Book of notes, 1874-1917 (#1-176), 1 item, manuscript on printed form

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA–Interest account bankbook (Shenandoah Valley National Bank of Winchester), 1920-1923, 1 item

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA–Report and Appraisement, 1914, 4 leaves typescript (photocopy)

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA–Report of Capitol Stock, 1895 and 1915, unnumbered pages, manuscript on printed form

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA–Statements, March 26, 1895 to November 6, 1913, 1 item, 55 leaves, typescript (copy)

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA–Transfer of stock receipts, 1873-1917, 11 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA–Trustees correspondence and reports, 1897-1913, 53 leaves, typescript (copy)

Petition of the Handley Board of Trustees, 1914-1915
Correspondence between lawyers, June 1914-March 1915, 5 leaves, typescript; 11 leaves, typescript (copy)
Petition to court, February 20, 1915, 21 leaves, typescript (copy)
Show cause order, February 20, 1915, 3 items, 2 leaves, typescript (copy); 1 leaf, typescript on printed form
Answer of the Executors, March 1915, 3 items, 13 leaves, typescript, 2 copies
Answer of the Executors, March 1915, 13 leaves, typescript (copy)
Answer of the Executors, March 1915,13 leaves, typescript (copy)
Facts for basis of reply to the petition of the Handley Board of Trustees, no date, 5 leaves, typescript (copy)
"Report of the Handley Board of Trustees for Two Years Ending December 31, 1917," 1 item, 24 pages, printed

Box 3

Stock Certificates for Equity Improvement Co. of Scranton, PA, #1-85, 86 leaves manuscript on printed form

Bookkeeping Journal, 1895-1916, 1 item, manuscript, bound volume

Ledger, 1895-1911,1 item, manuscript, bound volume

Box 4

Annual Accounts of Executors Books, February 18, 1895 – May 11, 1917, 2 items, bound, 208 leaves, typescript, photocopy

DVD/VHS Tapes

The DVD "Judge John Handley Bequest 100th Anniversary Dinner," February 1, 1995 is located in the Media Collection #1306.

Mapcase 2, Drawer 10

Equity Improvement Company of Scranton, PA
Archbald Borough Addition, 3 leaves, blueprints

Estate of John Handley in Scranton PA, 4 leaves, renderings

Plat of Handley Estate Subdivision, compiled by Alexander Spotswood Dandridge, October/November 1921, 3 items

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Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

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