The following information was already compiled and presented in brochure form and on the St. Bonaventure Archives website - Archives.sbu.edu/buildings/statue_mobile. On the Archives website, you can explore the history of even more sites on campus or look for an additional walking tour of the buildings of St. Bonaventure and the plantings. There is also great information on the people, the athletics, the folklore and the collections of The University on the Archives website. They can be reached by calling 716-375-2322.
Anna Botsford Comstock, born Anna Botsford on September 1, 1854, was early contributor to, and leader of, the Nature Study Movement. The Nature Study Movement was a push toward encouraging outdoor, first-hand observation and study of plants, animals, insects, etc. rather than through just reading books. Anna was born in Otto, NY in Cattaraugus County. Anna’s early years were spent observing the natural world with her mother around the family farm. Her mother taught her the names of flowers, plants, constellations, and more.
Submitted by the Ischua Valley Historical Society (Maggie Fredrickson), here is a list of Veterans who enlisted in the Civil War from the towns of Machias, Franklinville, Ischua, Yorkshire, Farmersville, and Lyndon.
Stage Coach Mary was born into slavery in TN and named Mary Fields. Her slave master was a Judge. Mary was a 6 ft, 250lb woman who knew how to shoot, carried a pistol and rifle on her at all times, drank whiskey, smoked cigars, didn’t take shit from anyone, and was extremely hard working, loyal and intellegent.
"The Statute of Liberty, a gift from France, erected on Bedloe Island, New York Harbor in 1886, is a symbolic landmark of the dreams and aspirations of mankind to live, under God, free and peacefully with each other."
(Cattaraugus Historical Society. "Karl Wittman and his Statute of Liberty")