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Tipparary - the original sanitorium
Perrysburg NY
Museum Memorabilia

The following passage appeared in the Thirtieth Anniversary Issue of "Grit-Grin," (1942), which was then the newsletter of the J. N. Adam Memorial Hospital.

"It was about 1903 that a young girl, Bula E. Lincoln, daughter of George I. Lincoln, Superintendent of the Thomas Indian School, was stricken with tuberculosis. She went to Roy Brook (near Saranac Lake) to cure, but after a year there she become homesick and Dr. A. D. Lake, who hod practiced medicine in this vicinity for sometime, advised toking her to the hills of Perrysburg. And so, a ten-year lease was taken on a tract of land and a little shock built ("Tipperary") at about the spot where our greenhouse now stands. Here Miss Lincoln cured summers from 1905 to 1907, and winters in the village of Perrysburg.

Dr. John H. Pryor at that time Superintendent of Roy Brook, often visited Bula and was greatly impressed with the location and enthusiastic about its possibilities.

In 1909, the citizens of Buffalo became interested in the erection of a hospital for the care and treatment of its tubercular. There was considerable controversy about its location, each of the county supervisors heing eager to secure it for his own town. In the meantime, Dr. Pryor had resigned his post at Ray Brook and moved bock to Buffalo. Being a specialist in his field of work, it was natural that he should be consulted in the Buffalo Sanatorium Project.

It was his enthusiasm for the hills above Perrysburg, and his statement that they had already been used for convalescing that led the committee to investigate their possibilities as a site for the new sanatorium.

Soon after, a number of the City's Fathers, headed by J. N. Adam, come out to look matters over. Everyone seemed enthused with the location; that is, everyone except Mayor Adam, who was the one the owners of the land most wanted to impress. Dr. Pryor, seeing his indifference, said to him, "Well, what's the matter with it?" Whereupon, Mr. Adam called him to one side and said, "If I became as enthusiastic as the rest of you, it will toke a king's ransom to buy the land." The Commission at a meeting held December 10, 1909, decided to recommend the purchase of the Perrysburg lands, then comprising 293 acres. This recommendation met with considerable controversy, but on December 13, 1909, Mayor Adam offered to purchase the land himself and donate it to the City of Buffalo if it were used for a sanatorium. This proposition was unanimously adopted by vote of the Common Council on December 18, 1909. Work on the hospital began in 1910."

On the 12th of November, 1912, J. N. Adorn Memorial Hospital was formally opened, and on November 25th, the first patients were admitted.

"Tipparary" — the original sanatorium

Contributed by Judith Quinn