Endowed by nature with talents of a high order, and scholarly in his attainments, the late Amos Newton Stout, M. D., was engaged in the practice of medicine during his active career, which was comparatively brief, and was reputed one of the most skillful and able physicians of Southern Illinois. The fourth child in succession of birth of William J. and Minerva (Klutz) Stout, who reared seven children, he was born October 8, 1859, on a farm in Cobden, Union county, Illinois.

Gleaning his elementary knowledge in the public schools of his native county, Amos Newton Stout continued his studies at the Carbondale Normal School, and later was graduated from Ewing College, in Ewing, Illinois. His inclinations leading him to choose a profession, he then went to Philadelphia, where he was graduated from the College of Medicine with the degree of M. D. Returning to his native town, Dr. Newton practiced for two years in Cobden and Bryden, and then, in order to further advance his knowledge and usefulness, he took a post graduate course in Louisville, Kentucky. Returning then to Bryden, the Doctor continued his practice there until 1895, when he removed to Ava, Jackson county. His professional wisdom and skill was soon recognized, and he built up a large and remunerative practice, becoming one of the physicians of that part of the county, and was there a resident until his death, in 1904, while yet in the prime of life. Dr. Stout was an active and popular member of the Democratic party, and for a time served as mayor of Ava. Fraternally he belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and to the Woodmen of the World.

Dr. Stout married, in 1895, Miss Anna Smith, a daughter of A. J. and Mattie Smith, of DuQuoin, Illinois, and of their union two children were born, Lawrence and Ross. After the death of her husband Mrs. Stout opened a general store at Sand Ridge, Jackson county, and has since carried on a lucrative business, being well patronized, and is also serving as postmistress. She is an active, brainy woman, and is held in high esteem throughout the community. She is conscientious, Christian woman, and a member of the Baptist church.

Extracted 13 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 A History of Southern Illinois, volume 3, pages 1395-1396.

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