In Years Past

In 1913, the death of the daughter of the first settler in what is the present city of Jamestown and the last surviving member of his family, occurred Saturday. This woman, whose ancestry dated back to the very beginning of this community, was Mrs. Lucy Blowers Akin. Her death occurred Saturday at 8:15 p.m. in the evening at her home with her son, James L. Akin, on the Town Line Road between Ellery and Ellicott. This farm was the homestead of her father, to which he removed after having lived in what is now Jamestown for a number of years. She was aged 79 years, 6 months and 19 days. Akin was the daughter of John Blowers who had come to this part of New York state in 1810, then in the employ of James Prendergast, whose name had gone down in history as the founder of this thriving city named in his honor.

Boggio Vorelli, who was severely wounded in the affray at Red House the past Saturday night which cost the life of Carl Fabrizzi, caused the hospital authorities at Olean considerable uneasiness Thursday night by thrice attempting to escape from the institution where he was being held under guard of Deputy Sheriff Louis Reinhardt of Randolph. The officials at the hospital stated that Vorelli, although improving, had not sufficiently recovered from the bullet wound in his abdomen and thigh to be removed to the county jail at Little Valley. In spite of this, however, the man was bent on leaving the hospital at the first opportunity.

In 1938, the French government was placing its hopes of peace this day on the efforts of Prime Minister Chamberlain of Britain to solve the Czechoslovak crisis by his personal talk with Adolf Hitler. Although the French indicated Premier Daladier had taken the initiative in urging Chamberlain into the extraordinary step, sources close to the foreign office said they had little idea what turn the interview might take. While French commentators were unanimous in praising the “courage” of the British premier’s move, they were divided on the chances of his persuading Hitler not to use force to gain the Sudeten demands, which centered on their right of “self-determination.”

New York’s mental hygiene department disclosed, in charts and statistics going back for nearly a half-century, a steady increase in insanity throughout the state. The department’s charts showed that there were 40,907 male and 38,282 women patients in state hospitals, hospitals for the criminally insane and private licensed institutions. One reason for the continual yearly increase, the department’s statistical director believed, was that, with the steady lengthening of the average life span, the number of mental ailments, more frequent with age, also mounted.

In 1988, human error was blamed by Cattaraugus County Sheriff Jerry E. Burrell for an inmate’s escape the past Saturday from the county jail. Discussing the escape by 43-year-old Patrick Prial, Burrell told Cattaraugus County legislators that he was conducting an internal investigation to determine how Prial escaped. Meanwhile, Prial was still on the run. Burrell said his investigation had revealed that “the cause is not related to work assignments or procedures in place. It appears to be human error by two employees. And I treat that as serious.

State College at Fredonia President Donald A. MacPhee would support a small tuition hike for students in the state university system in light of proposed budget cuts. Erosion of resources could no longer be absorbed by the college, he said. The money had to come from somewhere. “We’re at the point where we can no longer cut a little bit here and a little bit there and nobody notices,” MacPhee said at Wednesday?s State College board of trustees meeting. “My sense is that given the financial situation of this state, given the financial situation of this state university, we need to seriously consider an increase in tuition – on the assumption that there is adequate funding for disadvantaged students,” he told The Post-Journal afterwards.