A. Phillebaum



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In this letter, dated February 24, 1919, from Sarles, North Dakota (ND) Village Marshal Alvah Phillebaum to ND Attorney General William Langer, Phillebaum writes he and Ernest D** have hired Langdon Attorney E. E. Fletcher to pursue their claims of statutory rape against Hiram Stepp, and that they have discovered that Stepp has never been tried in the case. Phillebaum explains that the D**'s daughter has now filed a written complaint, and he expects the sheriff to serve Stepp that night or the following day. Phillebaum adds that Stepp is preparing to leave town and if he attempts to do so, Phillebaum plans to detain him, by force if necessary.

See also:

Letter from L. F. Hinegardner to Attorney General Langer regarding the Stepp Case, February 24, 1919

Date of Work



Stepp, Stave v. Stepp, rape, statutory rape

People Referenced

Ernest D**, Matilda D**, E. E. Fletcher, William Langer, Alvah Phillebaum, Hiram Stepp, Alvah Phillebaum


Political History | United States History


Please note that information related to the identification of the underage victim in this case has been redacted from the digital collection per library policy. The original documents are available to researchers at the Chester Fritz Special Collections Library.

Letter from Sarles, ND Village Marshal Phillebaum to Langer Regarding Hiram Stepp Flight Risk, February 24, 1919