Mr. Gray's Ledger: unnumbered
Subject: William Bickerton (1815-1905)
According to No Cyclone Shall Destroy (Dorrance, 1979), in 1874, William Bickerton left the Methodist Church and led a group from the Church of Jesus Christ onto the plains of Kansas searching for religious freedom and a place to build their dreams. When the group reached the ridge, six miles north of today's St. John, Bickerton felt moved to kneel and ask blessings upon the land, that it might be a home for their followers and no cyclone might devastate the area as long as a band of faithful saints reside there. Bickerton died in 1905 (the year Mr. Gray opened his photo studio in St. John) and is buried at Fairview Park Cemetery in St. John.
Photo No. 2638
Location: St. John
Date: ca. 1900