Two Sinclairville residents, one known for his Wild West shows, are together recovering in the hospital after becoming ill on the tail end of a vacation.
Bill and Lucile Frost were at a campsite April 21 after crossing the Ohio River from Kentucky to Indiana when Bill fell ill. “We were traveling just coming home from one of the best vacations when he got sick,” Lucile Frost said this week. “He didn’t want to go to the hospital.”
Lucile Frost decided it was best to drive home posthaste from Indiana in their RV. “I drove home with the help of God, angels and adrenaline,” she said of the hours-long trek back to New York.
The couple arrived at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown around 9 p.m. that night. Lucile Frost drove the RV right up to the ambulance bay entrance of the hospital.
Bill Frost would eventually be diagnosed with pneumonia and sepsis. Complicating the situation, Lucile Frost also ended up getting pneumonia, but because her symptoms were mild, she did not require a long stay in the hospital.
By May 7, though, fluid had built up in Lucile Frost’s lungs so she returned to UPMC Chautauqua. It was then she learned she had congestive heart failure.
As of this week, the Frosts remain in the hospital.
In a telephone interview from her bed, Lucile Frost credited hospital staff for saving her husband and noted the great care both have been receiving. “I just want to say how great of a job they’re doing,” she said. “I think they need to be recognized.”
The Frosts are best known locally for their gun and saddle shop in Sinclairville — where Bill Frost also created his popular Wild West shows.
In an interview regarding the 50th anniversary of Bill’s Gun & Saddle Shop, he said, “I like the people. You get talking to the customers and they get to be like your family. Then you get to know their kids and the next thing you know you’ve had four generations having walked through the door.”
During his nearly 30 years of performances with the Wild Bunch and other community events in the county, “Wild Bill” as he has been nicknamed, Bill Frost had used the event as a way to fuel his love for Americana artifacts and history. His main focus has been on the Wild West.