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Strictly Solvay
Shoot-Out Near St. Cecilia's
In 1910 Black Hand extortionists targeted a young Italian immigrant in Solvay, and the result was a gunfight that nearly wounded a priest hearing confession at St. Cecilia's Church.
He burst in, fired three shots, then disappeared
Jealousy and an uncontrollable temper led to the murder of a Solvay mother in 1921.
This murder had everything — but a solution
When a railroad conductor was murdered in Belle Isle, police had plenty of suspects and a case with more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera.
Murder on Montrose
Solvay's most compelling story of 1930 was the murder of James Bixby, who woeked as an attendant at a gasoline station at the intersection of West Genesee Street and Montrose Avenue. The incident was the tragic conclusion of a three-part drama that started several months earlier:
Did Al Capone Send Them?
Four would-be gangsters driving from Chicago to New York City made a stupid mistake that led to a wild chase from Fairmount Four Corners to the woods of Wolf Hollow, where they were captured.
Oh, sure, blame 'The Solvay Gang'
In some ways Prohibition seemed to be a prvate joke between law enforcement officials and the people who were arrested, but no one was laughing when a mob war broke out in 1931.
Exasperating landlords
The McCarthy brothers of Solvay waged long and frustrating legal battles with the village and the city of Syracuse over condemned properties.
A Menace named Dennis
Patrick, one of the aforementioned McCarthy brothers, had big dreams for his children, including son Dennis, who, after a tough start, made his American dream came true.
First Lady of Solvay
Dora Sedgwick Hazard was a remarkable woman, and Solvay was better off for having her choose to live there.
Romance went from bad to worse
Solvay native Fernando "Freddie" Tagliaferri and his Detroit, Michigan, sweetheart, Elizabeth Martin, had a tumultuous relationship which came to an end that was both tragic and ironic.
Airplane down
During World War 2 the Army had an air base near Solvay, using the State Fairgrounds and the Syracuse airport, then located in Amboy. On July 4, 1944, an Army plane crashed between the village and the airport.
Tragic blunder
One of the little-known World War 2 disasters was the sinking of a troop ship in the English Channel. Among the 800 victims was Pvt. Vincent Paci from Solvay.

Explosive times
From 1915 to 1930 there were several explosions connected with the Solvay Process Company. Among them: one of Central New York's most tragic disasters.

1915: It felt like an earthquake. 1929: Gas attack!
1916: Deadly preview. 1930: Disaster averted.
1918: Split Rock is ground zero.  
Martha's her name, bowling's her game
In 1929 a 9-year-old Solvay girl amazed grown-ups with her ability to knock down pins.
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All in the family
Tony Kane's last voyage
He could have been a character in "Boardwalk Empire"; Tony Kane was headed for an early death.
Christmas tragedy
In December, 1929, seven teenagers crammed into a car to buy holiday decorations in Skaneateles for their school. Minutes later tragedy struck.
God Struck Out
In 1913, Mickey Major and 17 others were arrested. Their crime? Playing baseball on Sunday.
 
Central New York
High School Prank Leads to Death
An annual Auburn High School night of fun and games came to a tragic end in 1915 when the mayor's son crashed his father's car into a tree and killed a friend.
It could have been much worse
It's a miracle only one Marcellus student was killed at the Kirkville train crossing.
Tragedy at Putnam's Crossing
Two lives were lost as the result of a spectacular, but perhaps inevitable train-car collision in Jordan, NY, in 1917.
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