Near Westside Dental Practice History

Our office location became a dental office in 1965 when Dr. John J. Aber opened his practice. He practiced here for 27 years and became a community leader and one of the most prominent dentists in Elmira while raising his family of eight children. He selected Dr. Hurley in 1992 to take over his life’s work and went on to enjoy many years of retirement.

In 2017, the practice was purchased by Dr.Comlan Missih.

Harold Eugene Roach "Hal"

The Hal Roach Connection

An interesting side note to the office location is that it is the birthplace of Harold Eugene Roach. Hal filmed and directed major comedy stars such as Will Rogers and Laurel and Hardy. “The Little Rascals”, which was based on his own childhood experiences here in Elmira, was his most well known creation. His major feature films included “Topper”, starring Cary Grant and “Of Mice and Men”, written by John Steinbeck. He is buried in Elmira’s Woodlawn Cemetery.

Inscription on the Hal Roach Plaque

“Harold Eugene Roach was born in this house, 208 Columbia St., on January 14, 1892. Sometime later his family moved to 357 W.First St. In 1908, Hal left Elmira and traveled west, ending up in Los Angeles in 1912 working as a movie extra. In no time at all, Hal was getting regular acting jobs and, with the help of a small inheritance from Elmira, began producing his own films in 1914.

Hal filmed and directed major comedy stars such as Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, Will Rogers and numerous others. “The Little Rascals,” which was based on his own childhood experiences here in Elmira, was his most well-known creation. His major feature films included “Topper”, starring Cary Grant and “Of Mice and Men”, written by John Steinbeck.

Hal passed away in November of 1992 at the age of 100. He is buried here in Woodlawn Cemetery next to his mother and father. His epitaph reads, ‘After leaving Elmira, he found success in Hollywood and the motion pictures, but always loved his hometown and has returned.'”

Pictures From Our Waiting Room Wall

Little Rascals Pic 1
Little Rascals Pic 1
Little Rascals Pic 1

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Near Westside Dental is located at:
208 Columbia Street   Elmira, NY   14905