(3:20 PM) Ground Broke On Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial

P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

MAYVILLE — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the Chautauqua County Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial.

A group of residents from the village of Mayville and town of Chautauqua formed the memorial, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise funds to construct and maintain a veterans’ tribute in the Mayville Cemetery.

According to Jim Kurtz, CCHHVM board member, the memorial will serve as an everlasting remembrance to local veterans.

The memorial will include bricks for the 11 Medal of Honor recipients from Chautauqua County. Those who will be recognized include:


¯ 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, Fredonia

¯ Lt. Gen. John M. Schofield, Gerry 2nd Lt. Ebenezer Skellie, Mina

¯ Sgt. William Houlton, Clymer

¯ Sgt. Edgar P. Putnam, Stockton

¯ Pvt. James M. Young, Ellicott

¯ Capt. Edwin Goodrich, Westfield

¯ Sgt. John M. Haight, Westfield

¯ Sgt. Thomas Horan, Dunkirk

¯ Sgt. Henri L. Brown, Ellicott


¯ Sgt. Archie Peck, Sinclairville

The Memorial is a gazebo structure incorporating walls of commemorative bricks honoring all Chautauqua County service men and women.

See Thursday’s edition of The Post-Journal for more.