George MacDonald on “The Truth Seeker” and George Walser

The Truth Seeker Company published, in 1929, George E. MacDonald’s “Being the Story of the Truth Seeker, with the Natural History of its Third Editor”. The Truth Seeker was a periodical begun in 1873 by freethinker D. M. Bennett. George MacDonald had been its fourth editor, succeeding his brother who had become editor after the […]

Table of Contents–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 Table of Contents Foreword–1 Prologue–3 The Beginning–7 Waggoner’s Addition and the Barbed Wire Fence–15 The Neutral Strip or No Man’s Land–20 Denison, or Pedro–22 Strong Prejudices–27< The Crusaders and the Columnists--30 An […]

Title Page–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 Title Page THIS STRANGE TOWN–LIBERAL MISSOURI FOUNDED BY G. H. WALSER As a Place Set Apart for Freethinkers A History of the Early Years of the Town, 1880-1910 With an Account of […]

C. W. Stewart, Freethought Speaker and One of the Original Freethinkers at Liberal

Who was the touted debater, C. W. Stewart, of Liberal, Missouri? One account gives him as being brought in from outside, by Walser, to speak at Liberal, but J. P. Moore, in “The Strange Town – Liberal, Missouri” states he was first among “the original hard core of Freethinkers” in Liberal. However, after J. P. […]

“This Strange Town–Liberal Missouri” by J. P. Moore

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 COPYRIGHT J. P. […]

George H. Walser in the “Light of Truth Album”

Photo and bio of George H. Walser from the “Light of Truth Album, Containing the Photographs of Prominent Workers in the Cause of Spiritualism” issued by The Light of Truth Publishing Company, Columbus, Ohio, 1897 “G. H. Walser, poet, philanthropist, lawyer, and scientist, is a well known man all over southwest Missouri. Mr. Walser laid […]

A Question Raised by the Death of John Wade Vincent at Liberal, Missouri in 1881

“The Wade Family, Monongalia County, Virginia, now West Virginia” published by Franklin Marion Brand in 1927, includes mention of a John Wade Vincent. John Wade Vincent was preparing himself for the ministry in the Baptist church at a seminary at Liberal, Missouri. He died while a student there in the year 1881 and was buried […]

The Dead Man’s Banjo

In Gridley Adams’ “Prose and Worse” column in Volume 46 of “Everybody’s Magazine”, 1922, we find: (Liberal. Mo. News) To The Late Mr. S. W. Cooper’s Friends: Several who have been interested enough to ask me if the banjo was returned that the man borrowed from Mr. Cooper before his death. I wish to say […]

Caleb Lipscomb’s 1907 Hay Experiment

A report, “Conditions Affecting the Value of Market Hay”, published by the Department of Agriculture in July 1909 issue of the Farmers’ Bulletin (362), included an experiment conducted by Caleb Lipscomb. Caleb Lipscomb had arrived in Liberal in 1899, coming from Fort Scott, and had founded the Lipscomb Grain & Seed Co. J. P. Moore […]

The Carter-Dorsey Stone Company’s Quarries at Liberal, Missouri, 1895

From “Stone, An Illustrated Magazine”, Volume XI, June to November 1895. The Carter-Dorsey Stone Company, Liberal, Mo., have begun work preparatory to taking out stone from their quarries on the Othen place. They have erected a blacksmith shop and are building three large derricks. One large space of the store has been uncovered, and work […]

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