Whispers at the Kettle Hole

The Marmaton River's deep, rocky-bottomed Kettle Hole was known for its full-immersion baptisms and was a camping site for Native people.

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April 19, 2021 - 9:47 AM

Bill Perry of rural Moran points to features of “Perry Rock,” which is carved with a map of the trail between Fort Scott and Humboldt. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

The Marmaton River remembers.

And on Easter Sunday as I stood on its northern banks, not far from the deep, rocky-bottomed section called the Kettle Hole, I swear I could hear it whispering.

It might have been ghosts of “the Holy-Rollers,” for as Minnie Munson recalled in the Marmaton Valley Sun, at the turn of last century and beyond, this was a place where church groups performed full-immersion baptisms.

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