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Dr. Joshua F. Stout died 1856

STOUT, SHARP, ACERS

Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 9/25/2019 at 20:47:54

1878 Delaware Co., IA History pg 392

MURDER IN DELHI.

On the 10th of March, 1856, murder flashed its red hand in Delhi. It was the result of professional jealousy between physicians and the ungovernable passions growing out of it. Drs. C. C. Sharp and Joshua F. Stout were practicing physicians of Delhi. A condition of acrimonious bitterness existed between them, especially on the part of Sharp, who pparently cherished a vindictive animosity against his professional rival, which culminated in a fatal assault on the 10th. Dr. Sharp entered the store of Edmund Davis, where Dr. Stout was sitting quietly, and, after some very abusive language addressed to his rival, stabbed him twice in the chest with a dirlf knife. Stout died on the 16th from the effects of his wounds. Sharp was arrested on the 19th, by Deputy Sheriff S. F. Parker, on complaint of Dr. Acers, Stout's brother-in-law. The murderer was tried, convicted and sentenced to the penitentiary, from which he afterward escaped and fled to Tennessee. Sheriff Parker followed and discovered him, obtained a requisition upon Gov. Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, who granted the necessary papers, arrested the fugitive and returned him to his quarters. Subsequently, Sharp was pardoned by Gov. Grimes.


 

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