Liberal, KS

Now: 21 °F

Currently: Fair

Hi: 21 °F | Lo: 16 °F

Thursday

Hi: 45 °F 

Lo: 21 °F

Friday

Hi: 54 °F 

Lo: 31 °F

Saturday

Hi: 57 °F 

Lo: 29 °F

Sunday

Hi: 42 °F 

Lo: 20 °F

Monday

Hi: 48 °F 

Lo: 24 °F

Seymour Rogers Found

KSCB News - December 1, 2014 8:11 am

An amateur historian has solved the old mystery of what happened to the founder of the southwest Kansas town of Liberal.

The High Plains Daily Leader reports that Lidia Hook-Gray was researching on an online genealogy website when she discovered that Seymour S. Rogers, and his wife, Addie, were buried in a cemetery in Joplin, Missouri.

Rogers made his way to southwest Kansas after a failed first marriage and a stint in the Union Army in the Civil War.

He established a homestead with a sod house that doubled as a general store. He allowed travelers free use of his hand-dug well, earning the title of "that liberal fella." Word got out, and the well became a popular stop.

The town picked the name Liberal because of Rogers’ generosity.

 

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