Petersburg Observer, June 30, 1900

Bernard Saal Dead.
Fell From the Stairway at the County Poor Farm.

Bernard Saal, the tailor, came to his death in a sudden manner at the country poor farm last Tuesday. He left the farm after breakfast, and had not returned until about 6 o'clock in the afternoon, when it was noticed that he was under the influence of liquor.

He went to the house and it is supposed went up the staircase, but whether he reached the top or not there was no one to bear witness. About 6:30 o'clock a rumbling noise was heard by the men on the porch outside the house. When they went in to investigate they found Mr. Saal lying at the foot of the stairs unconscious. He was taken to the adjoining room and placed on a bed, County Physician Cheaney was summoned, but the injured man never regained his senses and never moved a muscle until his death at 8:30 p.m.

Coroner Clary was notified, impaneled a jury and held an inquest. The verdict of the jury was that the "deceased came to his death from injuries sustained by falling from the stairway at the county poor farm while under the influence of liquor".

The funeral services were held at St. Peter's church Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Wm. Futterer, and the remains were buried besides his wife in Rose Hill cemetery. Deceased was born in Germany , was aged 69 years, 8 months, and 12 days. He had been a resident of this place for the past 40 years, but leaves no relatives here except two brother-in-laws, Joseph Beams and John Stuart.

Barney, as he was familiarly called, was an inoffensive citizen, and at one time was one of the most prosperous tailors, but after the death of his wife and division of his family, his life has been on the downward course, until some time ago he was compelled to seek a home at the county farm.

He was his own self's worst enemy. Strong drink had fastened its hold on him and according to the facts learned before the coroner's jury was perhaps the main cause of the accident which terminated in his sudden death.

Transcribed by: Matthew