Scioto County Infirmary

Demia Rye

Demia Rye, 58, an inmate of the county infirmary, died at that institution Wednesday evening, at 5 o’clock, from complications of diseases, after an illness extending over several months. She was committed to the infirmary from Buena Vista in April of this year, and has been in poor health continually from that time. In addition to her bodily ailment she suffered from mental derangement, brought on by her physical suffering.”

Superintendent John Addis, of the infirmary, has been unable to get in communication with any of the relatives of the deceased woman, and it is not believed that there any living in this part of the state. At the time of her commitment to the infirmary she was living alone at Buena Vista.”

“Unless relatives or friends claim her body in the meantime, it will be buried at the county infirmary burial ground Friday morning at 9 o’clocl.”1

1910 US Census


The 1910 US Census shows that a Dela Rye, aged 58, resided with Mr. Charles Boland and Lizzie Boland. Her occupations is listed as a weaver of carpets. It is likely that this is the same person with both the infirmary and Portsmouth Times misspelling her name and age.

  1. Demia Rye. (1914, August 22). Portsmouth Times, p. 8.