The Liberty County Historical Commission will hear from a spirited and successful Texas woman, Mollie Bailey, during its first quarterly meeting in 2022 at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24 at the Hartel Building, 318 San Jacinto St., in Liberty, according to Linda Jamison, Chairman of the Committee. The guest speaker will be a seventh generation Texan and author Jamie Carter Bollich of Beaumont.
Mollie Arline Kirkland Bailey is one of the most talented and dynamic first Texan women you may never have heard of.
In addition to owning a circus that visited Texas and the surrounding states from 1879, she was also a Confederate nurse and spy during the Civil War, a stubborn teenage girl who fled the family plantation in Alabama in the late 1980s. 1850s to get away with a musician, the mother of nine, a storyteller who entertained guests in a luxury train car, and a big-hearted philanthropist with a soft spot for veterans.
Speaker Jamie Bollich has roots in Liberty County dating back to the early 1800s, and her father Keith C. Carter is originally from Cleveland. She is co-author of the historical fiction book Arvetta, written with distant cousin Herman Wright Jr., which includes part of his Wright family history.
Bollich regularly speaks at historic events in Texas and Louisiana. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, she has worked for the Beaumont Enterprise and Journal in a number of roles, her favorite being that of columnist for “Life in the Slow Lane”. Her family includes her husband Andrew, four grown children and five grandchildren.
The public is invited and encouraged to witness this fascinating story of Mollie Bailey! Also find out about the many current and future projects that the LCHC has planned for this coming year.
For more information, please email: [email protected] or call / text 936-334-5813.