Beilhart, Jacob 1867-1908
BEILHART, Jacob 1867-1908
PERSONAL: Born March 4, 1867, in Fairfield, OH; died of peritonitis following surgery November 24, 1908, in Ingleside, IL; son of John (a farmer) and Barbara (Schlotter) Beilhartz; married, 1887. Education: Attended Healdsburg College.
CAREER: Farm worker in Kansas, c. 1885; preacher and evangelist in Kansas, beginning c. 1888; worked at a sanitarium in Battle Creek, MI, in the early 1890s; operator of a medical boarding house c. late 1890s; Spirit Fruit (magazine), Lisbon (now New Lisbon), OH, founder and publisher, beginning 1899; Spirit Fruit Society (commune; later known as Freedom Hill), founder and leader, 1901-08.
My Life and Teachings, Quo Vadia? (Geneva, Switzerland), 1932.
Some writings were translated into French and Portuguese.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Grant, H. Roger, Spirit Fruit: A Gentle Utopia, Northern Illinois University Press (DeKalb, IL), 1988.
Henry, Leroy Freedom Hill, compiler, Jacob Beilhart:Life and Teachings, Freedom Hill Pressery (Burbank, CA), 1925.*