Scioto County Infirmary

Charles Sayer Dies at the County Infirmary

Charles Sayer, ages 66 years, a former Portsmouth painter, died very suddenly of heart trouble at the county infirmary Saturday morning, at 5:30.”

“Sayer was the last person to retire at the infirmary Friday night and was in unusually good spirits. Shortly after he awoke Saturday he began muttering, and when fellow inmates rushed to his side, found he had ceased breathing. Dr. Rapp was called, but pronounced him dead. Sayer had been an inmate of the institution for quite a number of years. He was a widower and is said to have several cousins living in the city. His remains will be buried in the county graveyard, Sunday.”1

Charles Sayer’s Death Certificate

The death certificate2 for Charles Sayer who is reported to have been born in Ohio on October 28, 1849, states that he died as a result of endocarditis and myocarditis on October 16, 1915, making him 65 years, 11 months, and 18 years old. He was interred at the County Infirmary Cemetery which is now part of Earl Thomas Conley Park.

  1. Charles Sayer. (1915, October 20). Portsmouth Valley Sentinel, p. 6.
  2. “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), 1915 > 54861-57770 > image 2570 of 3285.
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