The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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July 8, 2013

Old is new as historical marker unveiled

Medina Journal-Register — History was new in Albion on Saturday.

Thanks to the generosity of the Capurso family, the base of the hill leading up to the County Legislature building added a new historic marker early Saturday afternoon. It commemorates the log cabin site of Albion’s first settlers, Mr. and Mrs. William McAllister.

The McAllisters first arrived in Albion in 1811, but he moved away a year later when his wife passed away in 1812.

Al Capurso, the unofficial emcee of the marker’s dedication ceremony, said the McAllisters were the first to settle this frontier area.

“They were here before Albion, before the discovery of sandstone, and before the canal and before cobblestone houses,” he said.

The summit of the hill is where the McAllisters built their cabin, and Capurso said when Mrs. McAllister died in 1812 she was buried nearby. He said skeletal remains, believed to be hers, were found when a construction company working for the county dug them up in 1957.

“It’s still a mystery where she was re-interred,” Capurso said.

Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin praised the Capurso family and mentioned Al’s mother-in-law, the late Donna Rodden. Lattin said Rodden passed her love of local history to the next generation.

“Everything she did was to Albion with love,” Lattin said. “She recognized the importance of local history and heritage.”

In talking about the newest historical marker, Lattin said it is like many others throughout the county in that it only teases a larger story.

“It’s the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “There is really an immense amount of history with each marker all over the county, and we’re fortunate to have a number of them here.”

Gaines Town Historian Delia Robinson praised the Capursos for making sure the marker paid tribute to two settlers, and not just one.

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