Person Scioto County Infirmary

The Tragic Deaths of Lula and Sarah McCandless

“Shock and worry over the death of a grandchild are believed to have hastened the end of Mrs. Sarah Belle McCandless, aged 72, Wednesday evening.”

“Mrs. McCandless collapsed after being brought to town from the infirmary to see her granddaughter Louise, before she passed away from measles last Saturday. A few minutes later the child died and the aged grandmother collapsed. She had been in a critical condition ever since and organic heart trouble caused her death at the home of her son, James McCandless of New Fifth street. The woman was a native of Adams county. She was admitted to the infirmary six years ago. Burial took place Thursday.”1

Ohio Certificate of Death for Sarah Belle McCandless2

Ohio Certificate of Death for Lula McCandless3

Editorial Note: Given the dates and location of burial for Sarah McCandless and Lula McCandless is it very likely that they are either buried with or next to each other at the Scioto County Infirmary Cemetery.

  1. Death Came Suddenly. (1910, March 17). Portsmouth Daily Times, p. 11.
  2. “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 March 2021), Sarah Belle Mccanless, 16 Mar 1910; citing Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio, reference fn 17383; FHL microfilm 1,927,358.
  3. “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), 1910 > 15371-17870 > image 2436 of 3062.