“Two Years Among The Spirits” by Dr. J. B. Bouton, pages 1 thru 5

Freethought Liberal turned to spiritualism, much aided by the ministries of the mediumship of Dr. J. B. Bouton. Then in 1887-88 there was a fire at Bouton’s, a trap door was found, and his chicanery was exposed. Mr. W. S. Van Camp and Mr. J. H. Roberts had aided with acting as spirits. Rather than […]

Spiritualism at Liberal – An Account of the Bouton Manifestations

Liberal turned to spiritualism, which was a surprise for some of the freethoughters, but I imagine a fair number were previously inclined. O. E. Harmon writes of an incident in which a fire in a medium’s house revealed trickery by Dr. J. B. Bouton, a medium and resident of Liberal, who had been aided by […]

George H. Walser, Notary Public

A tidbit below on George H. Walser, founder of Liberal, Missouri, showing him as having been appointed to the office of Notary Public while in Illinois. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Journal of the senate of the General Assembly, Volume 23 Illinois General Assembly, Senate […]

King Belk of Liberal, Missouri (cont.) November 12, 1921 News Article

Note: James King Belk and his wife Charity (Palmer) were prominent Liberal residents present since the formation of the town. King had a first marriage, mentioned in J. P. Moore’s book on Liberal, which caused something of a scandal as his first wife had purportedly believed him to be dead, whereas he was very much […]

King Belk of Liberal, Missouri (cont.) News Article from November 11, 1921

Note: James King Belk and his wife Charity (Palmer) were prominent Liberal residents present since the formation of the town. King had a first marriage, mentioned in J. P. Moore’s book on Liberal, which caused something of a scandal as his first wife had purportedly believed him to be dead, whereas he was very much […]

King Belk of Liberal, Mo. (cont.), News Article from November 4, 1921

Note: James King Belk and his wife Charity (Palmer) were prominent Liberal residents present since the formation of the town. King had a first marriage, mentioned in J. P. Moore’s book on Liberal, which caused something of a scandal as his first wife had purportedly believed him to be dead, whereas he was very much […]

King Belk of Liberal, Missouri (cont.) News Article from Oct 17, 1921

Note: James King Belk and his wife Charity (Palmer) were prominent Liberal residents present since the formation of the town. King had a first marriage, mentioned in J. P. Moore’s book on Liberal, which caused something of a scandal as his first wife had purportedly believed him to be dead, whereas he was very much […]

King Belk of Liberal, Missouri (cont.), News Article from March 30 1921

Note: James King Belk and his wife Charity (Palmer) were prominent Liberal residents present since the formation of the town. King had a first marriage, mentioned in J. P. Moore’s book on Liberal, which caused something of a scandal as his first wife had purportedly believed him to be dead, whereas he was very much […]

King Belk – “The Double Life of a Brown County Pioneer”

Note: James King Belk and his wife Charity (Palmer) were prominent Liberal residents present since the formation of the town. King had a first marriage, mentioned in J. P. Moore’s book on Liberal, which caused something of a scandal as his first wife had purportedly believed him to be dead, whereas he was very much […]

Freelove and Common-Law Marriage – J. P. Moore’s “This Strange Town–Liberal, Missouri”

THIS STRANGE TOWN–LIBERAL MISSOURI A HISTORY OF THE EARLY YEARS 1880 – 1910 BY J. P. MOORE “Return to the Table of Contents Freelove and Common-law Marriage [pages 158-162] Since there have been stories and accusations that Freelove was practiced some in early Liberal as being consistent with the spirit of Freethought-Liberalism, no history of […]

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