Early Benevolent Societies – J. P. Moore’s “This Strange Town–Liberal, Missouri”

Checking with the copyright catalogue, I find copyright was made in 1963 by J. P. Moore but was never renewed, which means the book has entered the public domain. The author is long since deceased.

THIS STRANGE TOWN–LIBERAL MISSOURI
A HISTORY OF THE EARLY YEARS
1880 – 1910

BY J. P. MOORE

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Early Benevolent Societies

[page 93]

Liberal had benevolent societies earlier than the Spiritual Science Association. There were two, “The Brotherhood” and the “Women’s Guild” — the latter probably an auxiliary of the former. These were organized in 1882. Just when they disorganized and quit is not now known.

These organizations were dedicated to purely benevolent and charitable purposes. They did not go beyond that into the spiritual and scientific realms as was the declared purpose of the Spiritual Science Association.

Names subscribed as founders of the Brotherhood were: D. P. Greeley, E. A. Jewart, Harriet P. Walser, J. B. Bouton, T. R. B. Adams, F. L. Yales, J. W. Curless, Rach H. Yale and G. H. Walser. How the one woman happened to join in the forming of the Brotherhood, this writer has found no explanation.

None of these names appear on the petition for the incorporation of the Spiritual Science Association. All of both organizations are presumed to have been Freethinkers. If there was any area of conflict between the two groups is another thing of which there is no record.

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