“The Decline of Faith” – A page from the Bengali translation from the belongings of Victor Hugo Noyes

This page from a leaflet of John E. Remsburg’s “The Decline of Faith”, noted as “translated into the Bengalee language by Kedarnath Basu M.C. a leader of the Freethought Movement in Bengal, India”, is believed to be from Victor Hugo Noyes’ travel to India pre 1886. The image is courtesy of Nancy Benton. Who was […]

Stories of Liberal, Missouri from George Ashley’s “Reminiscences of a Circuit Rider”

Note: Thanks to Greg Olson for sending me the pages of the book from which I made the following transcription. It was a surprise to see Mrs. Harmon mentioned by Ashley. This would have been Emma Viola Noyes, wife of Orrin Ellie Harmon. She was born 1860 and was the daughter of my ancestors James […]

The P. J. Umbrite Drug Store in Liberal, Missouri, 1895

I tried photoshopping it some. Just for the fun of play. Original from web This photo was originally up at the late Barbara Irwin’s web page on Liberal. The information on it was: “In 1895, the Umbrite and Son Drug Store was the oldest one in western Barton County. P. J. Umbrite had lived in […]

Production of “The Corner Store”, Liberal, Missouri

    The above image was originally on the late Barbara Irwin’s web pages on Liberal, which are no longer maintained. I photoshopped it some and looked around hoping to find some information on the play. Thanks to John Talbot Smith’s 1917 “The Parish Theatre, A Brief Account of its Rise, its Present Condition, an […]

Mr. Walser’s Residence in Liberal–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 Mr. Walser’s Residence in Liberal [pages 45-47] Mr. Walser’s first home at Liberal, as near can now be determined, was not within the original town plot. But it was about one-fourth mile […]

Prologue–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 THIS STRANGE TOWN–LIBERAL, MISSOURI (Once So Called) AN EARLY HISTORY–1880 TO 1910 OF A MOST UNUSUAL TOWN By J. P. MOORE Prologue [pages 3-5] This treatise is a history of the beginning […]

Foreword–from 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 Foreword [pages 1-2] In presenting this history of the early years of Liberal, Missouri, a brief foreword seems appropriate. I have endeavored to write only of the first thirty years of the […]

List of Illustrations–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 List of Illustrations J. P. Moore, Author–Frontispiece View of Main Street–8 Hotel Denison–24 Original Plat of Liberal–48-49 The Methodist Church–68 Christian Church–68 Walser Residence at Catalpa Park–78 Lake at Catalpa Park–78 Spook […]

Image of the Author–from J. P. Moore’s “This Strange Town–Liberal, Missouri”

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THIS STRANGE TOWN–LIBERAL MISSOURI A HISTORY OF THE EARLY YEARS 1880 – 1910 BY J. P. MOORE Return to the Table of Contents Image of the Author, J. P. Moore

A Freethought University Alumnus, Irving A. Barker

This is the first item I’ve found on a Freethought University Alumnus. From the “History of Indiana from its Exploration to 1922, Volume 4”, published 1924. Irving A. Barker, well known in Indianapolis as the head of the Barker Coal & Block Company, was born in Decorah, Iowa, January 10, 1872. His public school education […]

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