The family was originally in Western NY. As I understand it, a brother or two went down to Ohio and started the company and at some point a couple more of them were headed down to help and were killed in a car accident. I'm not really sure though, never been able to verify it, even that we're related for sure. My father's name is Ernest though, which is the name of the guy who started the company and my grandmother said dad was named after him.
Kind of a mystery. There's also a side story
(verified) that my great-great grandfather was the tax collector in a small town in NY ( Cattaraugus, then called Black Rock) and at some point he stole the tax money and left. Census records then show him in Ohio, so I always wondered if there was a connection there.
So... guns... uh, yeah.... lube that rifle!
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.