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An Iowa Tragedy-Ulysses Grant Hibbs-1895


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Date: 4/23/2020 at 12:52:36

Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, Dec. 10, 1895

An Iowa Tragedy

DEXTER, Iowa, Dec 9 - The Valentine Hibbs home, four miles northeast of Dexter, was the scene yesterday of one of the bloodiest tragedies ever enacted in central Iowa. Grant Hibbs, aged 32 years, fired one shot at his wife and then shot himself twice through the head. After shooting himself he grabbed a knife and inflicted two very dangerous wounds on his wife before falling from the loss of blood. Hibbs is slowly dying and his wife is in a precarious condition. The house where the terrible struggle took place presents a horrible sight. The floor, stove, bed and walls are spattered with blood. When neighbors reached the house Mrs. Hibbs was holding her husband's head in her lap and a year-old babe on one arm, the baby playing in the blood that flowed from its father's wounds. Hibbs had been released from the Mount Pleasant insane asylum as cured five weeks ago, but his insanity returned suddenly in a violent form. His heroic wife fought a noble battle for her life and to save her child. She may survive.


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