THE STORY OF LIBERAL, MISSOURI
BY O. E. HARMON
Published by THE LIBERAL NEWS, J. P. MOORE PRINTER, LIBERAL, MO, 1925
This was the title of an organization founded in Liberal in 1882, and incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri. Its objects are set forth in the constitution of the society, and may be stated in the following extract from the constitution:
“The objects of the Brotherhood shall be to extend the influence of benevolence, charity, kindness, fraternity and friendship as far and as wide as possible. * * * * * * * The members of this society shall visit the sick, bury the dead, care for the helpless, educate and protect the orphans of its members, and shall pursue such a course as is calculated to expand the mind and elevate man mentally, socially and morally, and bring him up to that standard which nature has fitted him to fill.”
The society had a ritual and a collection of songs suitable to the work of the society. The writer is informed that the Brotherhood did good work during the years of its existence along social and educational lines.
It is of interest to know the original incorporators of the organization. They were as follows: D. P. Greeley, C. B. Adams, E. A. Jewart, Harriet P. Walser, J. B. Bouton, T. R. B. Adams, F. L. Yale, J. W. Curless, Rach. H. Yale, G. H. Walser.