The following is an article about the murder of Dr. C.C. Stribbling that appeared in the Oglethorpe Echo newspaper dated January 29, 1875.
A Bloody Affray. Dr. C.C. Stribbling stabbed and killed. Our usually quiet county was the scene last Saturday of one of the bloodiest affrays that it has ever been our painful duty to record. It appears there was misunderstanding between Messrs. John Eberhart & Sons, prominent merchants doing business at Millstone in the lower part of this county, and Dr. C.C. Stribbling, one of our most popular an influential citizens, in regard to some cotton transaction. The latter gentleman together with Messrs Richard Ward, Mike Mattonx and others were at Eberhart's store when the matter at issue netween them was brought up. During the discussion high words were indulged in by both parties, when a general fight ensued, in which the seniro Eberhart knocked Stribbling down with a stick. Some say this was occasioned by Dr. S stepping upon the toes of the former. But be it as it may, this brought on a general difficulty in which all three of the Eberharts (father and sons) on one side and Stribbling, Ward and Mattox on the other, participated. The fight lasted but a short time as John Eberhart Jr. stabbed Stribbling and Ward, the former thrice in the shoulder, hip and scross the abdomen. The senior Eberhart was also badly beaten about the head with a stick as also Mr. Hacob Eberhart. It is said that as soon as Dr. Stribbling found himself wounded , he exclaimed " I am killed by a man who I never injured in my life". It is also reported prior to the fight, he threw open his vest to show his opponents that he was unarmed. We learn that the deceased, anticipating a difficulty, wanted to carry weapons with him, but his wife persuaded him not to do so.
This distressing affair has a cast a gloom over the enitre community which only time can dispel. All parties were considered peaceable, law abiding citizens and were prominent men in the county.
The elder Eberhard once represented the county in the legislature. The deceased was one of the most popular men in the county- a kind and tender father, a good neighbor, generous to a fault and of undoubted courage. he leaves a wife and several children to mourn his untimely end.
John J. Eberhart, Jr. was arrested Sunday on a charge of assault and battery with intent to murder, but upon the death of Dr. Stribbling, another warrant was issued, charging him with murder.
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