In Years Past

In 1914, Herman Sixbey, a well known Mayville merchant and prominent G. A. R. man, suffered a severe fall while waiting on a customer in his store at Mayville shortly before noon this day. He had stepped upon a chair to get some article down from a high shelf, when he slipped and fell striking on his side on a corner of the counter. The fall rendered him unconscious. Dr. Prendergast was called and Mr. Sixbey was taken home. In the afternoon he was somewhat easier but there were indications of serious internal injuries. Mr. Sixbey’s friends were greatly alarmed over his injury.

John Sodusky of Lopez, Pa., who was injured several months ago in a mine accident and had since been bedfast, offered his daughter, Anna, aged 11, in marriage to John Skobon, 45 years, on condition that Skobon keep him for the balance of his life. The offer was accepted and little Anna was taken from the public school and forced to prepare for a wedding. She opposed the match and tried to fight it off but the father looked on the impoverished condition of his family and refused to reconsider the matter. The arrangements were made. The gown for Anna bought and made. A marriage license was secured. Before a priest could be secured, the authorities learned of the case and a hearing was held. After hearing the facts and learning that the child opposed the match, the court decreed that the marriage could not take place.

In 1939, massed floes were forming Niagara Gorge’s “ice bridge” just a year after a record ice jam destroyed famed Falls View bridge. For a quarter mile downstream from Horseshoe Falls stretched a sheet of shimmering white. Gargantuan icicles hung suspended from the cataract’s brink. This year’s ice bridge was being caused by floes from the river above the falls, while the previous year’s ice pack was augmented by thousands of tons that formed in Lake Erie. Tremendous floes, some of them a half mile long, floated into the Niagara River at that time. Crowding the narrow outlet into Lake Ontario, they thundered over the crest of Niagara Falls and choked the steep gorge below the cataract.

At Randolph, fire the previous day destroyed the building occupied by Hose Company No. 2 with contents, including a fire truck, more than a thousand feet of fire hose and other fire apparatus as well as some road building machinery belonging to the village. The flames had gained such headway when the alarm was sounded that although the entire Fire department responded, nothing was saved. The building, owned by the village, was a two-story farm structure. The first floor was used for housing the fire truck and apparatus, the second story contained a hall and recreation room.

In 1964, two persons were killed on Chautauqua County highways the previous day in accidents blamed on poor visibility and icy pavement. The dead were: Roger Erickson, 42, of Jamestown and Donald E. Moore, 47, of Dewittville. Authorities said Mr. Erickson, an employee of Marlin Rockwell Corp., was killed when his car skidded on ice on the Busti-Sugargrove Road, about four miles south of Busti about 1:45 p.m. Mr. Moore lost his life when his car and another collided head on about 4 p.m. on Route 60 near the entrance to Boy Scout Camp Gross, north of Cassadaga. Heavy wind-whipped snow made visibility poor at the time, according to police.

The creation of an artificial lake in Allegany State Park as an adjunct to the Kinzua Dam recreation complex was being eyed by New York State. Chautauqua County Assemblyman A. Bruce Manley said a $1.2 million appropriation was included in the proposed state budget for the project which would be known as Quaker Lake. It would be built in the Quaker Bridge region about 20 miles from Jamestown and marked the first move by New York State to set aside funds for developing dam recreation areas in conjunction with the $120 million Kinzua Dam currently under construction.

In 1989, the leader of the Democratic caucus of the Chautauqua County Legislature and County Executive John A. Glenzer expressed a willingness to resume talks about a south county office building. The project to convert the Unigard Building in Jamestown ran off track Wednesday when Democrats voted against a resolution calling for an additional $1.7 million to finance interior renovations.

In a small room off the library of Ripley Central School Missy Clicquennoi was learning marine science. Her teacher was in San Antonio, Texas. Missy, a senior who decided to become a marine biologist after she “fell in love with Jacques Cousteau,” was Ripley’s “pilot project.” She was the pilot for something called the TI-IN United Star Network. What is was, in fact, was a satellite learning center. From the San Antonio Center and several feed-in networks, classes in subjects ranging from Spanish to computers were simultaneously videotaped and beamed over the United States.