John Sixt, the founder of the family feed business; was born in Nuremburg, Germany. He came to America in 1883, with $3 in his pocket. He located a job at a mill in Cowlesville, NY; at a yearly salary of $50. Later he joined Howard Adams, who operated feed mills at Porterville & Marilla, NY. He worked 12 years for this feed concern, during which he developed the idea that he should be in business for himself.In 1912, John Sixt bought an old wooden mill in Sardinia, NY and converted it into a grist mill. This water-powered operation was the home of the Sixt Flour & Feed business for the next 16 years. In 1921 his son Edward L. Sixt joined him and became a full partner in 1928. That same year the Sardinia Mill burned.
With the feed end of the business growing, they wanted to continue operations instead of rebuilding. They bought the E.C. Sherman Mill at Yorkshire, NY. Edward’s two sons, Ed Sixt Jr. & John Sixt; along with Edward’s wife, Lois all worked side by side to run the mill after Edward’s father retired in 1952.
With the business being so successful, they decided to expand to lumber and building materials in 1956. This brought on new demands and challenges.
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